Author of A Home on the Field to Speak at University of Mount Olive

Author of A Home on the Field to Speak at University of Mount Olive

MOUNT OLIVE – Award-winning journalist and author Paul Cuadros will be a guest lecturer at the University of Mount Olive on Thursday, October 29, at 4 PM in Southern Bank Auditorium in Raper Hall. The event is free and the public is invited to attend.

After months of meticulously screening over 40 books, A Home on the Field: How One Championship Soccer Team Inspires Hope for the Revival of Small Town America by Cuadros was designated as the University of Mount Olive freshmen read by the Common Reading Selection Committee. The story is set in Siler City, NC where a large number of Latinos had migrated to work in the local chicken processing plants. As is often the case, the newcomers and the native population of Siler City clashed on multiple levels. It took a group of young Hispanic boys with a passion for playing soccer to pull the town’s factions together.  In the process, the town’s people, the Latino population, and the athletes learned to trust one another and to see life from a different perspective. It’s a heartwarming, important story with many parallels to issues in towns all over North Carolina and the country.

During the October 29 event, attendees will have a chance to meet the author and have their copy of the book signed during an autograph session with Cuadros immediately following the lecture. Audience members will also have the opportunity to ask questions at the event.

This project is made possible in part by funding from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment of the Humanities.  The Humanities Council serves as an advocate for lifelong learning and thoughtful dialogue about all facets of human life. It facilitates the exploration and celebration of the many voices and stories of North Carolina’s cultures and heritage. The UMO Meet the Author Event was awarded the grant based on the involvement of both humanities scholars and a wide, community-based audience. The grant funded books, the author’s meal, and a portion of the scholar’s stipend, publicity and printing.

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