Joy Jordan-Lake, a national recognized author for her first novel, Blue Hole Back Home: A Novel, (David C. Cook, 2008), will read from her works in the upcoming Writers Read Dinner and Author Series, on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 5:30 p.m., in room 105 of the Campus Center.

Writers Read Author To Take Participants “Back Home”

Joy Jordan-Lake, a national Christy Award recipient for first novel, Blue Hole Back Home: A Novel, (David C. Cook, 2008), will read from her works during the second event in the “Writers Read Dinner and Author series,” Thursday, Nov. 1, at 5:30 p.m., in the west dining room in Northlawn at Eastern Mennonite University.

Reserve tickets online at or by calling the language & literature department at 540-432-4168 by Oct. 26.

Inspired by actual events from her teenage years, Blue Hole Back Home explores the tensions and eventual violence that erupt in a small, all-white Appalachian town when a Sri Lankan family moves in. Ultimately, Blue Hole Back Home is a story not only of the devastating effects of racial hatred and cowardice, but more centrally, a celebration of courage, confrontation and healing, according to Jordan-Lake’s website.

Jordan-Lake has also authored Grit and Grace: Portraits of a Woman’s Life (Wheaton Library Series, 2000), Whitewashing Uncle Tom’s Cabin: Nineteenth-Century Women Novelists Respond to Stowe (Vanderbilt University Press, 2005), and Why Jesus Makes Me Nervous: Ten Alarming Words of Faith (Paraclete Press, 2007).

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Furman University and a master’s from a theological seminary,  Jordan-Lake earned a master’s and a PhD in English literature from Tufts University, specializing in the role of race and religion in 19th century American fiction.

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Several of the author’s books will be available for purchase. A book signing and short question-and-answer session with the author will follow her reading. Sign-language interpretation is available upon request.

  • General admission, $15
  • EMU students with meal plan, $5
  • All other students, $7