Author Kathy Izard to Visit UMO

Author Kathy Izard to Visit UMO

MOUNT OLIVE-Award winning Author Kathy Izard is scheduled to visit the University of Mount Olive campus on October 18, at 2:30 PM.  Izard will meet with students in the Hennessee Room, located in the Lois K. Murphy Regional Center, to discuss her book, The Hundred Story Home, which was UMO’s 2021 Common Read book selection.

An award-winning graphic designer in Charlotte for 20 years, Izard had always believed in doing good and loving others.  Although she regularly served in her community’s soup kitchen, her life seemed unfulfilled. In 2007, she quit her job, and began doing what seemed unimaginable…building homes for Charlotte’s homeless.

“Do you ever have the feeling that what you are doing isn’t what you are supposed to be doing,” Izard pondered.  Struggling with finding her own place in the world, Izard admits that she wrote the book not to convince readers to solve homelessness in their communities, but rather to help them solve the homelessness in themselves. Izard has helped transform homelessness and mental health in Charlotte by helping fundraise and build, Moore Place and Hope Way.

For more information about the upcoming event, contact UMO Director of First Year Experience and Chair of the Common Read Selection Committee Ashley Gayles at

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