Award-winning Hillsborough author Lee Smith will receive the 2010 Thomas Wolfe Prize and deliver the free annual Thomas Wolfe Lecture at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 7, at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Carroll Hall auditorium.
Smith grew up in Grundy in the mountains of southwest Virginia in a family of storytellers. At age eight, she wrote her “first novel” on sheets of her mother’s good stationery. She graduated from Hollins College in 1967, and just a year later published The Last Day the Dog Bushes Bloomed. Two novels followed in quick succession, and by 1973, with the publication of Fancy Strut, she had established herself as a spirited new Southern voice.
She is the author of 16 books of fiction, and her stories and articles have appeared in various periodicals and anthologies. Oral History (1983) and Fair and Tender Ladies (1988) were praised for their “lyricism, grit and humanity,” and won N.C.’s Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction. One reviewer said Smith has the ability “to light the page … with the vehemence of human emotion and to express those qualities in prose of crystalline purity and clarity.”
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