Drew Lanham, Nic Brown and Jim Melvin Reading Eclipse Over Clemson
Join Drew Lanham, Jim Melvin and Nic Brown for an afternoon with Clemson faculty! They will be doing a small reading and signing 2 p.m. Sunday, February 25 to promote their latest book Eclipse Over Clemson.
The Aug. 21, 2017, total solar eclipse was a once-in-a-lifetime experience attended by more than 50,000 people. A team of writers and photographers chronicled this rare celestial event. This high-quality, keepsake book contains a poem by renowned Southern author Ron Rash, essays from a variety of Clemson University experts, and dozens of full-page color photos of the eclipse, the event and the people in attendance.
Dr. J. Drew Lanham (B.A. Zoology 1988; M.S. Zoology 1990; Ph.D. Forest Resources 1997) is a native of Edgefield and Aiken, S.C. In his 22 years as a member of Clemson University’s faculty, he’s worked to understand how forest management impacts wildlife and how human beings think about nature. Lanham holds an endowed chair as an Alumni Distinguished Professor and was named an Alumni Master Teacher in 2012. His board memberships include the S.C. Wildlife Federation, South Carolina Audubon, Aldo Leopold Foundation, BirdNote and the American Birding Association. Lanham is a widely published author and award-nominated poet, writing about his experiences as a birder, hunter and wild wandering soul. His work and opinions have been featured on National Public Radio, National Geographic online, USA Today, the New York Times and Slate. His first solo works, The Home Place-A Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature, and a chap book of poetry, Sparrow Envy, were published recently.
Nic Brown is the author of the novels In Every Way, Doubles, and Floodmarkers, which was selected as an Editors' Choice by The New York Times Book Review. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Garden & Gun, and the Harvard Review, among many other publications. Formerly the Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi, he is now an assistant professor of English at Clemson University.
Jim Melvin became director of communications for the College of Science at Clemson University in February 2017. Melvin joined Clemson in January 2015 as a media specialist for Public Service and Agriculture and the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences. During his first year at Clemson, he won a gold medal in the national Association of Communications Excellence (ACE) contest in the category “Writing for the Web.” In 2016, he won another gold medal in the ACE contest in “Writing for a Magazine” and a silver medal in “Writing for the Web.” Earlier in his career, Melvin totaled more than 30 national and state awards as a journalist for the Tampa Bay Times, Charlotte Observer and Greenville News. He is also a novelist who is the author of The Death Wizard Chronicles, a magical six-book epic fantasy for adult audiences. Book 1 of the series it titled Torg’s First Death.