Author T. Davis Bunn to speak at WFU Feb. 20

T. Davis BunnT. Davis Bunn, an author who has written several contemporary and historical novels, will be the featured speaker during chapel services at Wake Forest University at 11 a.m. Feb. 20 in Wingate Hall’s Davis Chapel. A luncheon and lecture will be held afterwards in the lower auditorium of Wingate Hall. All events are free and open to the public.

Bunn will speak about his work as an author who has been successful at including his deep Christian beliefs and values in novels that appeal to a variety of readers, both religious and secular. During the luncheon, Bunn will discuss the topic “Inspirational Fiction.”

The talks are sponsored by Wake Forest’s Campus Ministry, the Divinity School and Pro Humanitate Center. The Pro Humanitate Center was created in 2002 to coordinate the activities of a grant from the Lilly Endowment. The center’s mission is to help students explore the influence that values, ideals, human service experiences and faith can have on their careers and lives.

A Wake Forest graduate, Bunn left the university in 1974 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and economics. After studying international finance in London for several years and teaching at the American College of Switzerland, the Raleigh native became marketing director for a Swiss company that sold pharmaceuticals and hospital equipment in Africa and the Middle East.

He served as managing director of North Carolina’s European trade office in Dusseldorf, Germany, from 1979-1991.

Bunn began writing inspirational novels in 1981. His first book, “The Presence,” was published in 1990 by Bethany House Publishing, an evangelical Christian publishing company in Bloomington, Minn.

Several religious publishing houses have released his books, and in 2000 Bunn successfully crossed over to a mainstream publishing company with Doubleday’s release of his book “The Great Divide.” The novel went to the top of the Christian Booksellers Association’s best seller list and won the Christy Fiction Award for suspense.

Bunn followed that publication with “Drummer In The Dark” and “Winner Take All,” which was released in January as a sequel to “The Great Divide.”

Editor’s Note: To arrange an interview with Bunn or to set up coverage of the events, please contact Jacob McConnico at mcconnjn@nullwfu.edu or 336-758-5237.

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