James Whorton Jr. returns to Northeast State

Former Northeast State associate professor of English, James Whorton, Jr. will return to the College March 12 and 13 to discuss his latest novel, Angela Sloan. Whorton, who taught at Northeast State from 1995-2006, is also the author of Frankland and Approximately Heaven.

James Whorton Jr.

Whorton will visit Northeast State at Elizabethton at noon on March 12. On March 13, Whorton will discuss his novels and writing at the Basler Library, Room L106 at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.  At 6 p.m., Whorton will lecture in the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts.

With Angela Sloan, Whorton delivers a curious Nixon-era caper of broken men and stoic runaways who learn just how much there is to gain, and lose, when you go undercover. Angela Sloan, a seemingly average teenager living in the suburbs of Washington, D.C., is left to lie low and fend for herself when her father, a retired CIA officer, skips town in the wake of the Watergate scandal.

Driving a Plymouth Scamp she has just learned to operate, Angela encounters strangers literally at every turn. A fugitive Chinese waitress won’t get out of the car. A jaded lady spy offers up free therapy and roadside assistance. A restless pair of hippies keeps preaching about the evils of monogamy. And, an anteater lurks in the unlikeliest of places. But through all of her outlandish adventures, Angela keeps focused on one urgent wish: to reunite with her father.

Bold and quirky, Angela Sloan is a priceless, coming-of-age story about stealing diner food and salvaging lost identities.

Whorton currently lives in Rochester, New York, with his wife and their daughter. He is an associate professor of writing and literature at SUNY Brockport. For information about Whorton and his novels, visit http://www.jameswhortonjr.com/.

The Basler Library and the Wellmont Regional Center for the Performing Arts are located at 2425 Highway 75, Blountville, adjacent to the Tri-Cities Regional Airport. Northeast State at Elizabethton is located at 386 Highway 91 North, Elizabethton.

For more information, contact 423.354.2463 or by e-mail at capeters@NortheastState.edu.