Published on February 17, 2016 by Sean Flynt  
Ann Pancakebook
The novel 'Strange As The Weather Has Been'

Author Ann Pancake will speak at Samford Feb. 22 at the first event in the 2016 BACHE Visiting Writers Series.

Pancake, whose novel Strange as the Weather has Been offers a compelling fictional account of a coal mining community in Appalachia, will read from her work at a free public event February 22 at 7 p.m. in the Howard Room of Samford’s University Center. Her reading will be followed by a book signing and reception.  

Strange as the Weather Has Been won the 2007 Weatherford Prize for best fiction/poetry about Appalachia and was on the Kirkus Review’s list of Top Ten Books of 2007.

Pancake also has published two short story collections, Me and My Daddy Listen To Bob Marley (2015) and Given Ground (2001). She is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writers’ Fellowship Grant, a Pushcart Prize and numerous writing fellowships. She currently teaches at Pacific Lutheran University.

BACHE is the Birmingham Area Consortium for Higher Education, a partnership among the five four-year colleges and universities in the greater Birmingham area: Birmingham-Southern College, Miles College, Samford University, University of Montevallo and University of Alabama at Birmingham.

Samford is a leading Christian university offering undergraduate programs grounded in the liberal arts with an array of nationally recognized graduate and professional schools. Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th-oldest institution of higher learning in the United States. Samford enrolls 5,791 students from 49 states, Puerto Rico and 16 countries in its 10 academic schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, health professions, law, nursing, pharmacy and public health. Samford fields 17 athletic teams that compete in the tradition-rich Southern Conference and ranks 6th nationally for its Graduation Success Rate among all NCAA Division I schools.