July 10, 2013 - Harrogate, Tennessee, July 10, 2013—Lincoln Memorial University’s (LMU) 2013 Arts in the Gap programming continues this week with the first installment of the Murder, Mayhem and a Little Misfortune Reading Series featuring Susan Gregg Gilmore. The reading will take place on Saturday, July 13 at 2 p.m. in the Cumberland Gap Convention Center.

Gilmore will read from her fiction, including from her new novel The Funeral Dress, which will hit bookstore shelves in September.

“Susan is an amazing woman and a talented writer,” LMU Writer-in-Residence Darnell Arnoult said. “I’m so excited about her new novel, The Funeral Dress, coming out in the fall. She started out of the gate with a wonderful novel and she gets stronger and stronger with each story she puts on the page.”

Gilmore’s debut novel, Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen (Shaye Areheart Books/Crown/2008), was called a “stand-out coming of age novel” by NPR’s Alan Cheuse and was a Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA) 2009 Book Award Nominee. Her second novel, The Improper Life of Bezellia Grove (Shaye Areheart Books/Crown/2010), also reviewed on NPR, was named a 2010 SIBA Summer OKRA Pick and selected as part of Target’s Emerging Author Program.

Before becoming a novelist, Gilmore wrote for newspapers including the Los Angeles Times, The Christian Science Monitor and the Chattanooga News-Free Press. Her first novel, ,i>Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen, is rooted in summer vacations spent with her paternal grandmother and grandfather, a revival-bred preacher, who after church on Sundays, always took his granddaughters to the Dairy Queen.

Gilmore currently lives in Chattanooga with her family and two dogs.

AITG includes stand-alone events as well as residential experiences and camps. Based primarily in LMU’s Paul V. Hamilton Center for the Arts in Cumberland Gap, Tenn., and on the LMU main campus in Harrogate, Tenn., the program will bring a wide range of arts experience to the region. AITG programming will run from June 1 through July 27. A full schedule including links to registration pages can be found at .

Lincoln Memorial University is a values-based learning community dedicated to providing educational experiences in the liberal arts and professional studies. The main campus is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. For more information about the undergraduate and graduate programs available at LMU, contact the Office of Admissions at 423-869-6280 or e-mail at

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