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Why Are There So Many NC Writers? North Carolina’s Literary Lineage

Who: Georgann Eubanks - Why Are There So Many NC Writers?
When: 4 pm, March 26, 2014
Where: Martha Blakeney Hodges Reading Room, 2nd Floor of Jackson Library, UNCG Campus

Visitors to North Carolina often ask, “Why are there so many writers in North Carolina?” The late Louis D. Rubin, Jr., the founder of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, put it this way: “Like bad checks and grapes, writers tend to come in bunches.” Throughout our state’s history, writers have sprung up in clusters, usually around a central mentor or teacher. North Carolina has also produced multiple writers within a single family.  In this presentation with historic photos and lively anecdotes, Georgann Eubanks explores North Carolina’s literary lineage and the conditions and attitudes that have made our state such fertile territory for the production of stories, novels, plays and poems.

Georgann Eubanks is one of the founders of the North Carolina Writers' Network, a past chair of North Carolina Humanities Council, and former president of Arts North Carolina.   She is author of the three volume series, Literary Trails of North Carolina, a guidebook to locales and writers, from the western mountains to the Outer Banks, who have profoundly influenced North Carolina's cultural identity.

This free talk and book signing is presented by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries  and this project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Copies of Georgann Eubanks' books will be available for sale at the event.