MUDBOUND A convocation and a giveaway

What does Hillary Jordan’s debut novel, Mudbound, have in common with the likes of Nickel & Dimed, Freakonomics, The Glass Castle, and Three Cups of Tea? The answer: it’s the 2010 selection for Appalachian State University’s Summer Reading Program. Like the aforementioned titles, Mudbound was assigned as summer reading for Appalachian’s 3,500 incoming freshman.

Hillary Jordan at the podium on September 16th

The highlight of the program was Jordan’s recent visit to the University, where, adorned in full regalia, she delivered an inspiring speech to the freshman class and the entire school faculty. With a full-brass ensemble, a jumbotron, and an audience of 4,000+ people staring back at her, Hillary was in full-command. Heck, it was like watching Bono, Springsteen, or Lady Gaga, and the response she received was an enthusiastic standing ovation.


For a day and a half, Hillary went from one campus event to another: readings, interviews, dinners, question and answer sessions, and classroom visits. It was absolutely inspiring to watch an entire college community embrace a novel and an author with such enthusiasm.


Appalachian was nice enough to provide us with some wickedly cool Mudbound T-shirts. The pick-up truck graphic coupled with the quote, “Everything’s fine. I just gave Ronsel here a lift from town,” makes it a must-have. Want one?


—Craig Popelars, Marketing Director



21 Comments On This Post:

October 28, 2010
11:07 am
Carey says...

What a cool shirt! Please enter me!

October 28, 2010
11:18 am
tread says...

love the book…and the frickin shirt!

October 28, 2010
11:19 am
Bailey says...

Awesome shirt!! Please enter me 🙂 I would love to have one of those!

October 28, 2010
11:26 am
Emily H. says...

What a cool contest!

October 28, 2010
11:34 am
Susan Richmond says...

This has been one if my favorite handsells this year. Great book! I’d live to be entered in the contest to win the shirt with the “great pick-up line”

October 28, 2010
11:37 am
lola malone says...

I’d love to be entered. thank you so much. :F

October 28, 2010
11:37 am
Lydia says...

Black shirt, muddy truck, what’s not to love?

October 28, 2010
11:48 am
Cindy barriga says...

Awesome shirt!

October 28, 2010
11:53 am
christina says...

great shirt!

October 28, 2010
12:24 pm
chris says...

I would so wear that shirt!

October 28, 2010
12:25 pm
Trin says...

Just like camo around here.
Love it! Please count me in!

October 28, 2010
1:23 pm
Jane says...

I am an ASU graduate,class of ’67. I would love one of these shirts!

October 28, 2010
2:16 pm
Shelly Goodin says...

Love the shirt! Another cool offering from the creative bunch at Algonquin.

October 28, 2010
2:17 pm
John says...

Cool shirt! Count me in

October 28, 2010
2:24 pm
Susan Mulder says...

Love it-sign me up please!

October 28, 2010
4:29 pm
Melissa says...

Love the shirt! Can’t wait to read this one.

October 28, 2010
5:23 pm
Ruth Rosenfield says...

Love the truck graphic T and love that book! Hilary Jordan is a wonderful novelist!

October 29, 2010
1:49 am
Cash For Gold Price Per Gram says...

Hi i like shirt please give me one i like very much.

October 29, 2010
9:34 pm
Anita Jordan says...

Hi, Craig, it’s Hillary’s mother, Anita Jordan. I realize I’m a shameless woman, but I’d dearly love to win a T-shirt or purchase one if that’s possible. I’m getting ready to teach Mudbound to my 115 Advanced Placement English seniors in January, and I’d love nothing more than to wear the T-shirt on the first day of teaching Mudbound. Let me know how I could purchase some. Thanks so much,
Anita Jordan

November 1, 2010
11:20 am
Doni Molony says...

Loved the book. Would love to wear the shirt. Am feeling lucky. Throw my name into the hat!

November 25, 2010
6:02 am
Hope Hall says...

Great design! Great shirt! Great Book!
I would love to have them all.

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