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Virginia Moylan

Virginia Lynn Moylan, author of a new book on Zora Neale Hurston, will speak at Flagler’s Gamache-Koger Theater on Oct. 24.

Sept. 30, 2013

Virginia Lynn Moylan, author of a new book on Zora Neale Hurston, will speak at Flagler’s Gamache-Koger Theater on Oct. 24.

Internationally known as an author and folklorist, Hurston was married in St. Augustine in 1927, wrote the first work about Fort Mose, and taught at Florida Memorial College in 1942. 

While Hurston died in a poorhouse, her books now sell over half a million copies a year.  She was buried in a grave that remained unmarked for over a decade until novelist Alice Walker paid to have a headstone put there declaring her a “genius of the South.”

Moylan, 2011 recipient of the Florida Book Award Silver Medal for nonfiction, has been teaching English and literature for over 23 years.  She holds a master’s degree in the Foundations of Multicultural Education and is a founding member of the annual Zora Fest held in Fort Pierce, Fla.  In addition to her biography, “Zora Neale Hurston’s Final Decade,” Moylan was a contributing author to “The Inside Light: Critical Essays on Zora Neale Hurston” and the upcoming biography of female Highwaymen painter, Mary Ann Carroll.

The free program is open to the public and takes place at 3:30 p.m. at the Gamache-Koger Theater in Flagler’s Ringhaver Student Center.


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