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Margaret Maron Will Deliver Commencement Address

040710NewsAndNotes_MaronMystery novelist Margaret Maron will deliver the commencement address Friday, May 14.

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in the Greensboro Coliseum. Our university will recognize approximately 2,467 students who are candidates for undergraduate, masters and doctoral degrees. Maron will receive an honorary doctorate.

The Johnston County native attended Woman’s College (now UNCG) for two years, 1956-57 and 1957-58. Initially planning to study education, she switched her major to English after just one class. She transferred to UNC-Chapel Hill, but dropped out soon afterward to get married.

“Nevertheless, I have always had warm memories of UNCG,” she says, “because it was my first step toward finding my tribe, my entrance into a wider world that valued intellect and the joys of the written word.”

In 2006, Maron loaned her papers to University Archives and Manuscripts in Jackson Library. She also has established an endowment in the UNCG Excellence Foundation to enhance the preservation of her papers and other collections in University Archives and Manuscripts

Maron has written 26 novels and two collections of short stories. Winner of several major American awards for mysteries (Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity), her works are on the reading lists of various courses in contemporary Southern literature and have been translated into 16 languages. She has served as national president of Sisters in Crime, the American Crime Writers League, and Mystery Writers of America.

Maron still lives on her family’s century farm a few miles southeast of Raleigh, the setting for her “Bootlegger’s Daughter,” which is numbered among the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century as selected by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. In 2004, she received the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for best North Carolina novel of the year; and in 2008, the North Carolina Award for Literature, the state’s highest civilian honor. Her mystery novels feature District Court Judge Deborah Knott and the latest, “Christmas Mourning,” is due out in November.

According to the New York Times, “Every Margaret Maron mystery is a celebration of something remarkable.” They frequently involve issues confronting the state, such as race relations, real-estate development, the environment and the outsourcing of manufacturing jobs.

Maron has described her novels as the pegs upon which she hangs her love and concern for the state as it transitions from its agricultural past to its hi-tech future.

For more on UNCG’s graduation, visit http://www.uncg.edu/reg/CommencementCentral.html.