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August 29, 2019

Best-Selling Author to Visit La Roche University

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 29, 2019 – Science-fiction author Cadwell Turnbull will present his debut novel, “The Lesson,” at an event sponsored by La Roche University and Riverstone Books on Friday, Sept. 6.

The reading will begin at 7 p.m. in the Zappala Campus Center Square at La Roche’s campus in McCandless Township. There is no cost of admission, and the event will include light refreshments. Copies of “The Lesson” will be available for purchase for $26.99 plus tax. Preregistration is suggested.

Released by Blackstone Publishing, “The Lesson” follows three families living in the U.S. Virgin Islands, all of whom deal with their own everyday hardships, as they live under the increasingly unstable alien regime, the Ynaa. Following the death of a young boy at the hands of an Ynaa, citizens of the small island prepare for a bloody revolt against their previously peaceful overlords.

Mr. Turnbull, a 2009 graduate of La Roche’s professional writing program, obtained a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing and a Master of Arts in English from North Carolina State University. Mr. Turnbull was the winner of the 2014 NCSU Prize for Short Fiction and attended Clarion West 2016. His short fiction has appeared in The VergeLightspeedNightmare and Asimov’s Science Fiction. His Asimov’s short story, “When the Rains Come Back,” made Barnes and Noble’s Sci-Fi & Fantasy’s Short Fiction Roundup in April 2018. His Nightmare story, “Loneliness is in Your Blood,” was selected for The Best American Science Fiction and Fantasy 2018.

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About La Roche University: A private liberal arts university in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for more than 1,400 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.