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Author's Luncheon

The Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library Annual Author’s Luncheon is made possible thanks to the generosity of Mary Louise Little. We would like to extend our appreciation for her endowment efforts. In order to meet the primary components of the Friends of the Library Mission Statement: to encourage understanding of the work of Wingate University’s Ethel K. Smith Library and to further a realization of the present and future importance of the Library to the University’s advancement, to attract to the University Library, through gifts or bequests, new resources including funds, books, manuscripts, and other appropriate material beyond what the University budget can provide, and to serve as a medium through which Friends of the Library may become acquainted with each other and share their enthusiasm for books, the FOL hosts the Annual Author’s Luncheon.

Author's Coffee and Talk

The Friends of the Library began a new tradition in the fall of 2002 by offering an academic aspect to the Wingate University Homecoming festivities. The FOL group invites local and regional authors to speak to the group. Guests enjoy a delightful author’s discussion, assorted coffees and pastries, book signings, and a chance to meet and talk with the author.

 

FOL Events: 2015-2016

2016

Concert: "An Afternoon with Mark Winchester"- Sunday, April 10, 2016; 4:30 pm; Austin Auditorium at Wingate University

Tickets: $10

Join us as we host Mark W. Winchester. Award-winning upright “slap” bass player (Emmylou Harris’ Nash Ramblers, Brian Setzer Orchestra, Planet Rockers) Mark W. Winchester is also an accomplished singer/songwriter.  His songs have been covered by many artists including Randy Travis, Balsam Range, Brian Setzer, and Carlene Carter.  Born in the Piedmont of North Carolina, now a member of the Nashville Tennessee music community since 1987,  Mark continues to slap the bass, write songs, and release his own recording projects.

 

FOL Events: 2012 - 2013

2013

Author's Dinner: Friday, February 15, 2013 - 7:00pm; Rolling Hills Country Club

Reservations: $50

Join us as we host Wiley Cash author of A Land More Kind than Home.

Cash's debut novel A Land More Kind Than Home, has received numerous accolades including New York Times Bestseller, New York Times Notable Book of 2012, Kirkus Reviews and Books-A-Million Best Fiction of 2012, and Library Journal Best Book of 2012. 

"A first novel that sings with talent. It will knock your socks off."
- Clyde Edgerton author of The Night Train"

      

 

 

 

 

 Menu

  • Carved Pork Loin with Silver Dollar Rolls
  • Fruit and Cheese Display
  • Vegetable Display
  • Spinach Artichoke Dip with Spicy Pita Chips
  • Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
  • Asiago Redskins
  • Assorted Finger Desserts
  • Tea, Water, and Coffee
  • Cash Bar

Silent Auction Items

  • Eight Bottle Wine Cooler
  • Reader's Package
  • Golf Package
  • Wingate University Package
  • Georgia Lynne's Boutique Basket
  • Calico Creations Custom Hand-Crafted Jewelry Set

Author Talk, Book Sales and Signing

The Wingate University Bookstore will have Cash's novel available for purchase.

Reservations Required

Christy Inge

704.233.8091

c.inge@wingate.edu

2012

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol: Saturday, December 8, 2012 - 7:30pm

Join us for our Second Annual Christmas Celebration!  The Ethel K. Smith Library has been decorated and is in its full holiday splendor.

The Storefront Theatre presents a Concert Play Reading of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.  Readers Melvin Faris, Judy Simpson Cook, and David Michael, present this beloved Dickens tale. You'll see Scrooge's discovery of the true meaning of Christmas and meet the generous Mr. Fezziwig, the beautiful Belle, and sweet Tiny Tim.

Concert Reading to be followed by hors d'ouevres.  Reservations are required.  General admission $10.  Contact Christy Inge at c.inge@wingate.edu or 704-233-8091.

Photo courtesy: Judy Simpson Cook

 

 

 

 

Author Talk: Monday, November 5, 2012 - 6:30pm

Free Event ~ Reservation Not Required

Join us for this fascinating Lyceum event with Dr. Michael Dorcas.

Dorcas is a Biology Professor at Davidson College whose research is focused on the physiology, ecology, and conservation of amphibians and reptiles.  He has published seven books, including Invasive Pythons in the United States and Snakes of the Southeast.

Dorcas will be joined by his 15' docile python Carmelita!

Seating is free and open to the public.  Wingate University students have priority seating.

Contact Christy Inge at c.inge@wingate.edu or 704-233-8091.

 

 

Fall Tea: Friday, October 19, 2012 - 6:30pm

Reservations Required ~ Space is Limited

Join the FOL as we host Christian fiction author Marybeth Whalen

Whalen is a contributing writer to Proverbs 31 Ministries, directs the book club blog She Reads, contributes to the southern fiction blog, Southern Belle View, and is a published novelist.  Her novels include The Mailbox and She Makes It Look Easy.  Whalen's newest novel, The Guest Book, released in July 2012.

Reservations ~ $20.00

Come out to enjoy cupcakes and tea followed by an author talk.  The evening will also include book sales and signing.

Contact Christy Inge at c.inge@wingate.edu or 704-233-8091.

 

Author Talk: Tuesday, October 2, 2012 - 6:30pm

Free Event ~ Reservation Not Required

Join us as we host Eugene Cross author of Fires of Our Choosing for this Lyceum event.

Cross captures much of his generation's fear and excitements with a collection of realistic stories that border on darkness at times.  His is a voice combining humor and pathos with an edginess creating fresh new stories that are being published in great literary journals regularly ~ www.eugenecross.com

Seating is free and open to the public.  Wingate University students have priority seating.

Contact Christy Inge at c.inge@wingate.edu or 704-233-8091.

Sponsored by The Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library, Wingate University Lyceum Committee, and Wingate University Writing Center.

 

 

Exploring the Himalayas ~ Community Sand Painting: Thursday, September 13, 2012 - 5:00pm-7:00pm

As part of Wingate University's month-long series of events exploring the people and culture of Tibet and Nepal, community members can try their hand at mandala sand painting.

Join us at the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center on the campus of Wingate University.

For additional information regarding the Community Sand Painting contact

Christy Inge 704.233.8091 or c.inge@wingate.edu                               

                                                    For information regarding September's events, visit www.battecenter.org

 

Author's Luncheon: Tuesday, September 11, 2012 - 12:00 noon

Reservations Required

The Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library and the WiRE Reading Program will host an Author's Luncheon on Tuesday, September 11 at 12:00 noon at the LaVerne Banquet Hall on the campus of Wingate University. 

The campus will welcome Conor Grennan as the 2012 WiRE common reading author.

Grennan is the author of Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal (WiRE text).  A representative from the Wingate University Bookstore will be available for book purchases.

At 29, Grennan volunteered at an orphanage for 3 months in war torn Nepal.  While in Nepal he discovered these were not orphans, but children that had been taken from their families by child traffickers falsely promising their safety.  Grennan set out on a mission to reunite these children with their families.

Grennan returned to Nepal to begin Next Generation Nepal (NGN), a nonprofit organization dedicated to reconnecting trafficked children with their families.

All attendees will be eligible to participate in a free raffle.  Package includes matted print of Stegall Administrative Building  watercolor, University inspired notecards, and Watercolors and Other Media  by Dr. Louise Napier, WU Art Professor

Contact Christy Inge at c.inge@wingate.edu or 704-233-8091.

  For more information on Conor Grennan:  conorgrennan.com

 

Lucky's Plott: A Plott Hound Tale: Monday, April 16, 2012 - 6:30 pm

Join the Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library in the Batte Center Recital Hall as we learn about the North Carolina State Dog - The Plott Hound!  Libby Bagby and Lucky will share their story of how an injured puppy came to spend life traveling through NC.

Ms. Bagby will share her knowledge of the Plott Hound, requirements for an object to become a state symbol, answer questions, and sign books.

Seating is free and open to the public.  Wingate University students have priority seating.

Contact Christy Inge at c.inge@wingate.edu or 704-233-8091.

Photo courtesy: luckysplott.com

 

 

 

Author's Dinner: Friday, March 30, 2012 - 7:00pm; Rolling Hills Country Club

Reservations: $50

Join us as we host Ron Rash author of Serena, The World Made Straight, Saints at the River, and One Foot in Eden.

The Cove, Rash's newest novel will release in the US on April 10, 2012.  We have made special arrangements to have copies available at this event - have your copy signed before any one else in the country!  Ecco states The Cove "captures the wondrous beauty of nature and love and the darkness of superstition and fear in this atmospheric and exquisitely rendered novel set in Appalachia during World War I."

      

 

 

 

 

Photo: Mark Haskett

 

Menu

Carved NY Strip Loin with Silver Dollar Rolls

Fruit and Cheese Display with Chocolate Fondue

Vegetable Display with French Onion Dip

Assorted Mini Quiche

Mini Chicken Quesadilla Cornucopia with Salsa

Spinach Stuffed Mushroom Caps

Tea, Water, and Coffee

Cash Bar

 

Additional Silent Auction Items

Round Golf for Four and Cart at Rolling Hills Country Club

Treehouse Vineyards Two Hour Rental incl. Winery Tour, Wine Tasting & Picnic from Stone Table

Custom Red Coral and Red Bamboo Jewelry Set

Custom Jewelry by Joni Nash Case

Deborah Barton Painting

Four Tickets to Charlotte Knights Game

Two Tickets to Wingate University Football Game

Two Tickets to Wingate University Basketball Game

Four Pairs Tickets to 2012-2013 Union Symphony

Two Tickets to 2012-2013 Season Opera Carolina Performance

 

Author Talk, Book Sales and Signing

The Wingate University Bookstore will have Rash's novels available for purchase including advance copies of The Cove.

 

Reservations Required

Christy Inge

704.233.8091 c.inge@wingate.edu

 

FOL Events: 2011

Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol: Friday, December 16, 2011 - 7:00pm

Join the FOL at the Ethel K. Smith Library as we celebrate this Christmas season!  The Library has been decorated and is in its full holiday splendor.

The Storefront Theatre presents a Concert Play Reading of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol.  Readers Melvin Faris, Judy Simpson Cook, and David Michael, present this beloved Dickens tale. You'll see Scrooge's discovery of the true meaning of Christmas and meet the generous Mr. Fezziwig, the beautiful Belle, and sweet Tiny Tim.

Concert Reading to be followed by hors d'ouevres.  Reservations are required.  General admission $10.  Friends of the EKS Library admission $8.  Contact Christy Inge at c.inge@wingate.edu or 704-233-8091.

Photo courtesy: Judy Simpson Cook





Book Discussion: Tuesday, November 15, 2011 - 11:00am

EarthseaJoin Librarian Amee Odom for a book discussion of A Wizard of Earthsea by Ursula K. LeGuin, the title selection for The Big Read.  The discussion will be at 11:00 am in the EKS Library's Cornwell Room.

Free copies of the book are available - contact Amee Odom at 704-233-8096 or ameeodom@wingate.edu to get your copy.  The Big Read, a partnership of Union County Public Library, Union County Public Schools, and the Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library, is a program of National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.








Alexander Technique:
Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 7:30pm (Academic Lyceum Credit)

Jessie Wright Martin

Dr. Jessie Wright Martin will present The Alexander Technique in the Batte Center Recital Hall of Wingate University. The Alexander Technique offers a unique psycho-physical approach to learning about ourselves through movement.  When we access the underlying principles governing our thoughts and actions, we gain a measure of control over our customary habits and our immediate reactions.  Benefits include ease of movement, relief from pain, stress, and tension; increased energy, improved coordination and poise.


Martin trained with Martha Hansen Ferman at the Alexader Alliance in Philadelphia.  She is a certified member of Alexander Technique.  She has taught workshops at universities including Augusta State University, Brevard College, Garnder-Webb University and her own Wingate University.  She has also taught classes for the Ohio Light Opera.  Dr. Martin holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree from Louisiana State University.  Her final project is entitled A Survey of the Operattas of Emmerich Kalman.  She also holds a Master's in Music in Vocal Performance from Florida State University.  She is a frequent performer of song literature, oratorio, and opera/operetta.  She has performed with the Ohio Light Opera for 11 seasons, performing in over 25 productions.  At Wingate University, she teaches applied voice, vocal literature, and is the director of the Opera Workshop.

Seating is free and open to the public.  Wingate University students have priority seating.

Photo courtesy: Richard Keisker


Author's Talk: Friday, October 28, 2011 - 6:30pm

Carrie Ryan

Join the Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library on the evening of Friday, October 28 for a spooky night with Young Adult Author Carrie Ryan.  Visit with us at the EKS Library for this after-hours event and you may receive a visit from Ethel's ghost!

Ryan is the New York Times bestselling author of two critically acclaimed novels set decades after the zombie apocalypse: The Forest of Hands and Teeth (Delacorte Press, 2009) and The Dead Tossed Waves (Delacorte Press, 2010). The third in the trilogy, The Dark and Hollow Places, was released in Spring 2011. Her first novel, The Forest of Hands and Teeth, was chosen as a Best Books for Young Adults by the American Library Association, a Best of the Best Books by the Chicago Public Library and a finalist in the Borders Original Voices program.

Born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina, Carrie is a graduate of Williams College and Duke University School of Law. A former litigator, she now writes full time. She lives with her writer/lawyer husband, two fat cats and one large puppy in Charlotte, North Carolina. They are not at all prepared for the zombie apocalypse.

Evenings horrors will include: hors d'oeuvres, author talk and book signing.  Reservations are required. General admission $10.00 or students with a valid ID $5.00. Contact Christy Inge at c.inge@wingate.edu or 704.233.8091.  Click here for additional information.                                

                                        Photo courtesy: Darren Cassese.  Published with permission from www.carrieryan.com


Author's Luncheon: Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Laila Lalami

The Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library and the Wingate University Board of Visitors will host an Author's Luncheon on Tuesday, September 20 at 12:00 noon at the LaVerne Banquet Hall on the campus of Wingate University. 

The campus will welcome Laila Lalami as the 2011 WiRE common reading author.

Lalami is the author of Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits (WiRE text) and Secret Son.  A representative from the Wingate University Bookstore will be available for book purchases.

Laila was born and raised in Morocco.  She attended Universite Mohammed-V in Rabat, University College in London, and the Universit of Southern California, where she earned a Ph.D. in linguistics.

Her work has appeared in the Boston Globe, the Los Angeles Times, The Nation, the New York Times, the Washington Post and elsewhere.  She is the recipient of a British Council.  Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship.

She was short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing in 2006 and for the National Book Critics' Circle Nona Balakian Award in 2009.  She is the author of the short story collection Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits and the novel Secret Son.  Her work has been translated into ten languages.  She is currently associate professor of creative writing at the University of California at Riverside.

                                       For more information on Laila Lalami:  http://lailalalami.com/about/

Author's Dinner: Friday, March 25, 2011

Join us as we host Silas House author of Clay's Quilt, A Parchment of Leaves, The Coal Tattoo, and Eli the Good. House has also written two plays, The Hurting Part (2005) and Long Time Travelling (2009), and Something’s Rising (2009), a creative nonfiction book about social protest co-authored with Jason Howard. House was selected to edit the posthumous manuscript of acclaimed writer James Still, Chinaberry, which will be published in Spring 2011. House’s young adult novel, Same Sun Here, co-written with Neela Vaswani, will be published by Candlewick Books in early 2012.

House serves as the NEH Chair in Appalachian Studies at Berea College and on the fiction faculty at Spalding University’s MFA in Creative Writing program. House is a former contributing editor for No Depression magazine, where he has done long features on such artists as Lucinda Williams, Nickel Creek, and many others. He is also one of Nashville’s most in-demand press kit writers, having written the press kit bios for such artists as Kris Kristofferson, Kathy Mattea, Leann Womack, and others. A former writer-in-residence at Lincoln Memorial University, he is the creator of the Mountain Heritage Literary Festival.

House is a two-time finalist for the Southern Book Critics Circle Prize, a two-time winner of the Kentucky Novel of the Year, the Appalachian Writer of the Year, the Appalachian Book of the Year, the Chaffin Prize for Literature, the Award for Special Achievement from the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and many other honors. In 2009 the Silas House Literary Seminar was given at Emory and Henry College. For his environmental activism House received the Helen Lewis Community Lewis Award in 2008 from the Appalachian Studies Association. In 2010 he was awarded the Intellectual Freedom Award from the Kentucky Council of English Teachers.

House’s work can be found in Newsday, Oxford American, Bayou, The Southeast Review, The Louisville Review, The Beloit Fiction Journal, Wind, Night Train, and others, as well as in the anthologies The Southern Poetry Anthology: Volume 3, New Stories From the South 2004:  The Year’s Best, Christmas in the South, A Kentucky Reader, Of Woods and Water, Motif, We All Live Downstream, Missing Mountains, A Kentucky Christmas, Shouts and Whispers, High Horse, The Alumni Grill, Stories From the Blue Moon Café I and II, and many others.

The 2011 Author's Fundraising Dinner is on Friday, March 25, 2011 at 7:00 pm at Rolling Hills Country Club. Individual reservations are 75.00 dollars, couples are 125.00 dollars, a half table of four reservations is 225.00 dollars or a full table reservation may be made for 400.00 dollars.

For additional information or to make reservations contact Christy Inge at c.inge@wingate.edu or 704.233.8091.

Published with permission from Pines PR. Photo courtesy Curt Richter.

 

FOL Author Events: 2010

Author's Luncheon: Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Elissa SchappellElissa Schappell joined Vanity Fair in 1994. She is the editor of "Hot Type," Vanity Fair’s book page. She has been a senior editor at The Paris Review, co-founded Tin House Magazine, for which she is now editor-at-large, and frequently contributes to The New York Times Book Review. The author of Use Me (Harper Perennial, 2001), which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, she is also co-editor, with Jenny Offill, of the anthologies The Friend Who Got Away (Doubleday, 2005) and Money Changes Everything (Doubleday, 2007).

Please join the Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library in welcoming Elissa Schappell as our guest for the 9th Annual Spring Author Luncheon. Ms. Schappell will be sharing insight on the writing process as well as reading from her published works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FOL Author Events: 2009

Author's Luncheon: Thursday, March 26, 2009

Sharyn McCrumbThe Friends of the Library 8th Annual Spring Author’s Luncheon is scheduled for Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 11:30 a.m. in the LaVerne Banquet Hall on the campus of Wingate University. The FOL Board will welcome Sharyn McCrumb as its guest author. In conjunction with the Wingate University Lyceum Committee, the FOL Board will co-host a Master Class with Sharyn McCrumb the evening of Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 7:00 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Batte Center on the Wingate campus.

“My books are like Appalachian quilts…I take brightly colored scraps of legends, ballads, fragments of rural life, and local tragedy, and I piece them together into a complex whole that tells not only a story, but also a deeper truth about the culture of the mountain South” states Appalachian novelist Sharyn McCrumb. Sharyn McCrumb’s novels include New York Times Best Sellers She Walks These Hills and The Rosewood Casket, which deal with the issue of the vanishing wilderness; The Ballad of Frankie Silver, the story of the first woman hanged for murder in the state of North Carolina; The Songcatcher, a genealogy in music; and Ghost Riders, an account of the Civil War in the Appalachians. She is an award-winning Southern writer, whose novel St. Dale is the story of a group of ordinary people who go on a pilgrimage in honor of racing legend Dale Earnhardt, and find a miracle. This Canterbury Tales in a NASCAR setting won a 2006 Library of Virginia Award as well as the Appalachian Writers Association Book of the Year Award. St. Dale is followed by McCrumb’s 2007 publication, Once Around the Track.

 

FOL Author Events: 2008

Author's Luncheon: Thursday, March 13, 2008

Sheri LynchJoin us as we host Sheri Lynch, author of Hello, My Name is Mommy and Be Happy, Or I’ll Scream. Sheri Lynch began her career in television, writing and producing paranoia-inducing news teases. Having tired of warning the world about the dangers lurking in dirty restaurant kitchens and sketchy daycare centers, she agreed to create a commercial for a new radio program. Enter Bob Lacey, wearing one of his favorite preppy outfits. "Lose the red sweater," she suggested. "You don't want to look like an elf, right?" To pay her back for that disrespect, Bob invited her to be his guest on-air. That was a meeting of soul mates, and the beginning of the long, happy Bob & Sheri partnership. As co-host of the nationally syndicated morning radio show Bob&Sheri, Sheri Lynch can be heard locally on 107.9 The Link (WLNK).

Sheri has been featured in numerous trade publications and has earned many professional honors. In 2002 and 2005, Sheri received the American Women in Radio and Television's (AWRT) highest honor, the Gracie Allen Award, in recognition of her outstanding achievement in the realistic portrayal of women in media. In 2004, Sheri won the Charlotte Business Journal's "Women in Business Achievement Award." She has been named Best Local Radio Personality by Creative Loafing magazine for over ten consecutive years. Bob & Sheri have also received six nominations for the radio industry's highest honor, the Marconi Award, presented by the National Association of Broadcasters.

Sheri's best-selling first book, Hello, My Name is Mommy (St. Martins Press), is currently in its fourth printing. Her next book, Be Happy, Or I'll Scream!, was released by St. Martins Press in February 2006 and is already in its second printing. Sheri is married, with two young daughters and a step - or, as she prefers - bonus son.

The 2008 Author's Luncheon is on Thursday, March 13, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. in the LaVerne Banquet Hall of Wingate University. Individual reservations are 30.00 dollars and a table of eight Reservations may be reserved for 225.00 dollars.

 

FOL Author Events: 2007

Author's Luncheon: Thursday, March 29, 2007

Nan GrahamNan Graham was born in Tallahassee, Florida, and grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an A.B. in English and received her M.A.T. in English from the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. She currently teaches honors courses in Southern literature at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. Graham has been a regular biweekly commentator for WHQR Public Radio in Wilmington since 1995. Her on-air tag line, "a lifelong Southerner," reveals the focus of her humorous commentaries on growing up and growing old in the South. According to her home page, "Nan Graham's second collection of humorous essays, In a Magnolia Minute, introduces her notes and observations to those unfortunates who live outside the WHQR listening area." Her first collection of radio essays, Turn South at the Next Magnolia, was on the SEBA bestseller list and was praised as "relentlessly Southern" by author Pat Conroy.

Nan Graham is as Southern as black-eyed peas, scuppernong wine, she-crab soup, Crimson Tide tailgating and a dog with ticks. She is so relentlessly Southern she makes me feel that I was born in Minnesota and Bailey White in Ohio! --Pat Conroy, author of Beach Music and The Prince of Tides.

The 2007 Author's Luncheon is on Thursday, March 29, 2007 at 11:30 a.m. in the LaVerne Banquet Hall of Wingate University. Individual reservations are 30.00 dollars and a table of eight Reservations may be reserved for 225.00 dollars.

Commentary and images used with permission. For more information about Nan Graham, please visit: http://www.nangraham.com.

 

Author's Coffee and Talk: Fall 2007

Elizabeth Silance Ballard-UngarElizabeth Silance Ballard-Ungar’s collection of short stories, Three Letters from Teddy and Other Stories, to touch the heart.  Those who are acquainted with Teddy Stallard and his teacher, Miss Thompson, will enjoy further stories of this teacher's ability to touch the lives of her students. Other stories include "The Christmas Nandina" which tells of a dying woman's effort to make her last Christmas special for her three young boys.  "Big Rocks Cafe" shows us another aspect of the homeless while "The Mirror" shows us another face of aging.  These and other stories will touch you and perhaps cause you to look at those around you in a different way.

Her short story, "Three Letters from Teddy," first appeared in 1974 and has been almost continuously in print every year since that time in various publications. Marian Wright Edelman selected it to appear in her 1994 Annual Report of the National Children’s Defense Fund. Congressman Dan Burton, Indiana, requested permission to have the story reprinted and distributed to every educator in his district. It has also been selected for the course packs of the schools of education in several universities including the University of South Florida, UNC-Greensboro, University of Northern Iowa and others.

The Friends of the Library Homecoming Author's Coffee will be held Saturday, November 3rd at 10:30am in the Ethel K. Smith Library. A book signing will follow. Tickets are $5.00 per person.

 

FOL Author Events: 2006

Author's Luncheon: Thursday, March 30, 2006

Judy GoldmanPrize winning author Judy Goldman has written two novels, Early Leaving and The Slow Way Back, and two books of poetry. Her first novel won the Sir Walter Raleigh Fiction Award, the Mary Ruffin Poole First Work of Fiction Award, and was a finalist for the Southeast Booksellers Association’s Novel of the Year. She is a commentator on public radio in Charlotte and teaches fiction-writing at conferences across the country. She lives in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Jill McCorkle (2005 FOL Luncheon Author) has described Early Leaving as "Moving, heartbreaking and ultimately a testament to hope and survival . . . an extraordinary novel," while Robert Morgan (2003 FOL Luncheon Author) states "This novel grabs the reader by the throat and won't let go. Judy Goldman shows that she has become one of our finest novelists in this drama of marriage and motherhood."

The 2006 Author's luncheon is on Thursday, March 30, 2006 at 11:30 a.m. in the Rotunda of the Batte Center. Ticket price is thirty dollars.

 

Author's Coffee and Talk: Fall 2006

Kevin Winchester lives in Waxhaw, North Carolina. He holds a BA from Wingate University and a MFA in Creative Writing from Queen’s University. In 2005, Mr. Winchester was selected to attend the Bread Loaf Writer’s Conference in Vermont. Most recently, his short story, "Shine," was published in Gulf Coast Literary Magazine.

Forthcoming is a creative, non-fiction essay to be published in the January 2007 issue of Tin House Literary Magazine. His past works have appeared in the following: Asheville Literary Review, Main Street Rag’s Short Story Anthology, Everything but the Baby, Southern Hum, and Story South.

The Friends of the Library Homecoming Author's Coffee will be held Saturday, October 28th at 10:30am in the Ethel K. Smith Library. A book signing will follow. Tickets are $5.00 per person.

 

FOL Author Events: 2005

Author's Luncheon: Thursday, April 14, 2005

Jill McCorkleJill McCorkle is the author of seven previous books of fiction, five of which have been named New York Times Notables. Her novels include: The Cheer Leader, July 7th, Tending to Virginia, Ferris Beach, and Carolina Moon. "Crash Diet," "Final Vinyl Days," and "Creatures of Habit" are among her short story publications. Winner of the New England Booksellers Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature, she has taught writing at the University of North Carolina, Bennington College, Tufts University, and Harvard. A native of Lumberton, North Carolina, she lives near Boston with her husband, their two children, several dogs, and a collection of toads.— Algonquin Books

 

 

Author's Coffee and Talk: Fall 2005

Craig RenfroeS. Craig Renfroe, Jr.’s poetry chapbook Flirting with Ridicule will be released from Main Street Rag Publishing Company in May 2005. Currently, he teaches writing at Queens University of Charlotte. He received his M.F.A. from UNC-Wilmington where he held a Philip Gerard Fellowship. His short story collection You Should Get That Looked At was published in 2004. His story “Tickle, Me?” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in 2003. His work has appeared in The MacGuffin, Main Street Rag, One Paycheck Away, Iodine, Thrift, and others.

The Friends of the Library Homecoming Author's Coffee will be held Saturday, October 29th beginning at 9:30 a.m. in the Recital Hall of the Batte Fine Arts Center. The talk will be followed by refreshments and a book signing in the Gallery. Admission is five dollars.

 

FOL Author Events: 2004

Author's Luncheon: Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Amy RogersAmy Rogers has compiled a touching snapshot of Southern culture, its food. Hungry for Home reveals not only the recipes of the South, but underscores the importance of food in the culture, in the home, and often, its origin. The edition includes many well-known Southern authors, such as Lee Smith, Clyde Edgerton, and Wingate University’s own, Sylvia Little-Sweat. Published by local Novello press, inviting this author provided the campus with an opportunity to hear a local, yet renowned author.

For more information about Novello Press publications, check out: http://www.novellopress.org/books.asp

 

Author's Coffee and Talk: Fall 2004

D.G. MartinAuthor: Interstate Eateries

For years, D.G. Martin has tempted readers of Our State magazine with stories on where to eat in North Carolina.

"Home cooking," says Martin, "it's a word that warms our tummies and our hearts. To me, home cooking means more than just good food. It means a place that makes you feel comfortable -- like home. Although there are lots of great home-cooking places in North Carolina, they can be mighty hard to find along our interstates. That is why I have traveled up and down our state's highways looking for these places. I am proud to share my findings with you, hoping that you will keep this little guide in your glove compartment so that wherever you travel, you can find home cooking and warm fellowship nearby. So, enjoy your travels and great food along the way."

Martin, who grew up in Davidson, earned a degree in history from Davidson College. After two years in the Army Special Forces, Martin went on to get a degree in law from Yale, returning to practice in Charlotte. He later became a vice president of the University of North Carolina system, and most recently Martin served as the Carolinas Director of the Trust for Public Land and interim executive director of the Triangle Land Conservancy.

Currently, Martin writes a weekly column, One on One, published in about 40 North Carolina newspapers and is the host of the UNC-TV North Carolina Bookwatch series, which airs Sundays at 5 pm. He currently lives in Chapel Hill with his wife, where they enjoy researching great places to eat across the state.

The 2004 FOL Author’s Morning Coffee and Talk will be Saturday, October 23 at 9:30 a.m. in the Recital Hall of George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center.

 

FOL Author Events: 2003

Author's Luncheon: Thursday, April 3, 2003

Robert MorganRobert Morgan was born in Hendersonville and reared on land settled by his Welsh ancestors, Morgan has been professor of English at Cornell University and was a visiting writer at Duke University in March and April of 2003. Author of the national bestsellers, This Rock and Gap Creek, Morgan is currently at work on two books: a novel about the Revolutionary battle at Cowpens in South Carolina (now published, Brave Enemies) and a poetry collection.

Morgan’s novel, Gap Creek, became a best seller after Oprah Winfrey discovered it for her book club. A distinguished wordsmith, Robert Morgan is the recipient of many recognized literary honors and awards. The accolades include: NEA Fellowship, Jacaranda Review, Guggenheim Fellowship, Rockefeller Bellagio Fellowship, North Carolina Award for Literature, Hanes Poetry Award, PW Best Book of the Year, and the Southern Book Award.

 

Author's Coffee and Talk: Fall 2003

Dannye Romine PowellThe FOL welcomed Dannye Romine Powell, local poet and columnist for The Charlotte Observer, to participate in the 2003 Homecoming Author’s Morning Coffee and Talk in the Recital Hall of the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center.

Dannye Romine Powell is the author of two collections of poems. At Every Wedding Someone Stays Home, which won the University of Arkansas First Book Award in 1994, and The Ecstasy of Regret, a finalist for the Southeastern Booksellers Award. She is also the author of a 1994 book, Parting the Curtains: Interviews with Southern Writers.

Ms. Powell was the host for North Carolina public television’s Poetry Live series in 1995, during which she interviewed a dozen North Carolina poets. In 1997, when Charles Kuralt was host of Poetry Live II, Dannye was a guest on the show. For 17 years, she served as book editor of The Charlotte Observer. She now writes a regular column for The Observer and also interviews poets and reviews poetry for the book page.

Ms. Powell was warmly received by a wonderful mix of guests. She shared the background an inspiration for several of her poems before reading them to the guests.

From The Bookmark (2003, 2:3)


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