Carter biographer to discuss ‘Prophet from Plains’ at AU

AUBURN – Author Frye Gaillard, who has written on subjects ranging from civil rights to southern music, will talk about his biography of Jimmy Carter, “Prophet from Plains: Jimmy Carter and His Legacy,” on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 3 p.m. in the Special Collections and Archives Department of Auburn University’s Ralph B. Draughon Library.

Gaillard first profiled the former president for the Charlotte Observer in the mid-1980s. In “Prophet from Plains,” he expands on his earlier research to examine Carter’s role on the national and global stages in his post-presidency years to interpret the former president’s life and work. He covers the energy crisis, the Iran hostage situation, the Camp David Accords, the Panama Canal and other treaties and the new diplomatic emphasis on human rights.

David Carter, an associate professor in the AU Department of History, wrote the introduction for “Prophet from Plains” and will speak at the program.

Gaillard is the writer-in-residence in the English and history departments at the University of South Alabama. He is the author of 20 books, including “Cradle of Freedom,” winner of the Lillian Smith Book Award; “The Dream Long Deferred,” winner of the Gustavus Myers Award; and “If I Were a Carpenter,” the first independent, book-length study of Habitat for Humanity.

The program is cosponsored by the Auburn University Libraries, the Caroline Marshall Draughon Center for the Arts & Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts and the Auburn University Bookstore.

Copies of “Prophet from Plains” will be available for purchase and signing. Refreshments will be served following the program. For more information, call (334) 844-4946 or go to

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