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Author Niles Reddick to return to Motlow State for Book Signing

Drifting too far From the Shore

LYNCHBURG, TN (Nov. 18, 2016) — Decorated author Dr. Niles Reddick, a former member of the Motlow State Community College faculty, will return to the Moore County campus for a book signing and reception from 11 a.m. - noon on Monday, Nov. 21.

Reddick will speak to multiple Motlow classes during the morning hours before locating in the Clayton-Glass Library Jeannie Motlow Reading Room at 11 a.m. He will speak about, and possibly read from, his latest novel, Drifting too far From the Shore, followed by a book signing and reception.

Niles held multiple roles at Motlow State between 1994-2007, including instructor of English, director of the Smyrna Center, and dean of humanities and social sciences. For more information about Dr. Reddick, his family, and his writing accomplishments, visit his website at

Reviews for his latest novel have been overwhelmingly positive, including this from Winston Groom, the author of Forrest Gump. “The South has been blessed with a writer like Niles Reddick. Drifting too far From the Shore marks extraordinary talent. I can't remember the last time that I have enjoyed a book this much. It's beautifully written and compelling, with incredible range.”

Drifting too far from the Shore has been nominated for a Foreword Award, a Pen-Faulkner award, and a Pulitzer. His work has appeared in anthologies Southern Voices in Every Direction, Unusual Circumstances, Happy Holidays, and Getting Old and has been featured in many journals including “The Arkansas Review: a Journal of Delta Studies,” “Southern Reader,” “Like the Dew,” “The Dead Mule School of Southern Literature,” “The Pomanok Review,” “Corner Club Press,” “Slice of Life,” “Deep South Review,” “The Red Dirt Review,” “Faircloth Review,” “New Southerner,” and many others.

For further information about Dr. Reddick's visit or his books, please contact Brenda Cannon, Motlow's director of special events, at or 931-393-1548.