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Memoirist coming to special event at St. Andrews

Laurinburg, N.C. - Adam Shepard, author of Scratch Beginnings, will speak on Sept. 29 at St. Andrews.

Free and open to the public, this special Writers' Forum event begins at 7 p.m. in the Morris Morgan Theatre.

Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25 and the Search for the American Dream, is a spirited and inspiring memoir in which the author, in a sort of "anti-Nickel and Dimed" experiment to see if the American Dream is still viable, gets of a train in Charleston, S.C., and spends 70 days in a homeless shelter. His goal was to have $2,500, a car and a place to live by the end of the year.

Shepard took on his journey as a personal response to the investigative journalism of Barbara Ehrenreich. The first to admit he has had advantages that many of the working poor did not, he ran into more challenges than he could have envisioned. He worked for low wages for a labor company, sold plasma and sweet-talked his way into moving furniture for a moving company.

He befriended many men and women with similar financial problems but fewer options. Ultimately, Shepard learned the key to success is in his own mind and that only he has the ability to change his life.

Shepard is a 2006 graduate of Merrimack College. He resides in Raleigh. His appearance at St. Andrews is funded by a grant from the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities College Access Network. The event is part of a program to help first year students succeed in college.

For more information about the Writers' Forum, creative writing at St. Andrews or the St. Andrews College Press, call 910-277-5310 or email press@sapc.edu.

About St. Andrews Presbyterian College

An innovative and bold academic venture, the distinctive character of St. Andrews has been marked by an interdisciplinary curriculum, a highly acclaimed college press, an award-winning pipe band, national champion equestrian teams, and first-rate scholarship. In addition to classes on the main campus, adult learners also choose the Center for Adult and Professional Studies opportunities through St. Andrews @ Sandhills and St. Andrews ONLINE.

On Aug. 29, 1958, the merger between Presbyterian Junior College and Flora Macdonald College became official with the formation of St. Andrews Presbyterian College in Laurinburg, N.C. Further information may be obtained by visiting the College's website www.sapc.edu, calling 800-763-0198 or sending an e-mail to info@sapc.edu.


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