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Mr. Wiley Cash

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Local Address: North Carolina, United States

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  • Ph.D. , English
    University of Louisiana-Lafayette
  • B.A. , Literature
    University of North Carolina-Asheville
  • M.A. , English
    University of North Carolina-Greensboro
  • Low-residency MFA , Fiction and Nonfiction Writing
    Southern New Hampshire University
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Writer Wiley Cash is three ..., 1 Mar 2014 [cached]
Writer Wiley Cash is three years shy of 40, looks younger and once was mistaken for Justin Timberlake - a silly bit people won't let the handsome author forget.
A room full of struggling writers might find it easy to hate Wiley, begrudge his "luck" and early success. Except that is impossible. He's polite, thoughtful, hilarious and deserving. As young as he looks, he has known rejection and persevered.
Wiley writes about his beloved home state of North Carolina with a sensitivity not even expected in his thriller genre. "Reads as if Cormac McCarthy decided to rewrite Harper Lee's 'To Kill a Mockingbird,'" one reviewer said of his first New York Times bestseller, "A Land More Kind than Home. About his latest, "This Dark Road to Mercy," a critic said: "Harper Lee by way of Elmore Leonard."
Wiley is headliner at this Louisiana book fair in the beautiful burg of St. Francisville. He could - some would - give this small-town date the better-than-thou treatment. Not Wiley. He attends all the obligatory functions, arrives on time in a dress jacket, mingles with the natives and, I suspect, will write thank-you notes.
If Wiley is the literary Lancelot in the room, Gaines is King Arthur.
Wiley has learned at the feet of a master and seems to have taken a lesson in graciousness as well as fiction.
Wiley went to the University of Louisiana in Lafayette for his Ph.D. specifically because he wanted to study under its writer-in-residence Gaines, whom he believed was the South's greatest living writer. Louisiana's wonderful but alien atmosphere made Wiley miss his own "postage stamp of land," to quote another master, Faulkner. Wiley loved Louisiana but missed his mountains.
Gaines' example helped Wiley realize that he could have both places - the Mardi Gras and Abita beer, mountains and pork barbecue.
Wiley "did the work," as he describes it. Then he found an agent, but she had no luck selling Wiley's first. It would take several years and another agent to find a publisher with a two-book deal for the fiction writer. Wiley asked the new agent if there might be a publisher with a three-book deal, "but he told me not to press my luck."
There are snake-handlers and shiftless fathers and abandoned children and all sorts of dark places in both of his books. Yet Wiley never condescends or condemns or exploits his region, but in print understands it.
"From my desk in Louisiana," Wiley wrote, "I pondered the silence of snow-covered fields ...
Local author Wiley Cash to ..., 21 Dec 2013 [cached]
Local author Wiley Cash to receive Thomas Wolfe Memorial literary award
The Western North Carolina Historical Association is pleased to announce that writer, Wiley Cash, is the 2013 winner of its Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award. Wiley Cash is being honored for his book A Place More Kind than Home published by William Morrow.
Cash grew up in the North Carolina Mountains and received an M.A. from the University of North Carolina and a Ph.D. from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
However, Wiley Cash's powerful first novel, set in a fictional Marshall, NC, won the acclaim of the entire committee. On his website Cash says, "I hope my love for this region is evident in A Place More Kind than Home's portrayal of Western North Carolina's people, culture, and religious faith. Cash achieves that hope with masterful literary skill.
The presentation of the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award to Wiley Cash will be held on Saturday, February 1,2014, in the Magnolia Building next door to the historic Fernihurst House on the AB Tech campus. The reception and presentation will be held from 5:00 - 7:00 pm. Mr. Cash will be present to accept his award.
Introducing Wiley ..., 11 Feb 2014 [cached]
Introducing Wiley Cash
In 2012 American crime writer Wiley Cash, scooped the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger award for Best First Novel for his book A Land More Kind Than Home. Wiley Cash is from western North Carolina, a region that features prominently in his writing.
Now in 2014 he's back with a new novel and whilst the subject matter is very different, it contains the same intrinsic look at family, faith and hope, sometimes with tragic consequences. Here he tells us a little bit more about This Dark Road to Mercy:
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Introducing Wiley Cash
Author Wiley Cash introduces his new novel: This Dark Road to Mercy
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Wiley Cash | More info » Arkansas Literary Festival -- Authors -- Wiley Cash
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Wiley Cash
Wiley Cash is a Gastonia, North Carolina, native who is returning to his roots this fall when he and his wife move to Wilmington. He holds a PhD in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where he studied fiction writing under Ernest J. Gaines. He has held residency positions at Yaddo and the MacDowell Colony and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. His books include the bestseller A Land More Kind Than Home and the recently-released This Dark Road To Mercy.
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