Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont is the second guidebook in a three-part series that directs curious travelers to the places that inspired more than 200 writers. This guidebook offers some of the back stories of these writers as they captured their environs.
A public launch event for the guidebook, held in collaboration with UNC Press, took place Oct. 20, at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham.
The book, written by Georgann Eubanks, features poems, novels and nonfiction excerpts that enhance understanding of these writers and the places, people and practices that figure prominently in their work. Writers featured include some of the most notable Southern writers of our time — Reynolds Price, Lee Smith, Allan Gurganus, Randall Kenan, Elizabeth Spencer, Maya Angelou, Doris Betts and Fred Chappell, one of the state’s former poet laureates, and Cathy Smith Bowers, the state’s current poet laureate.
“The focus of the book is writing about place,” says Georgann Eubanks, who was contracted by the Arts Council to write the series. “My choice of authors has to do with place opposed to prominence. You have some famous writers, obscure writers and notorious writers. The point is that they have written about place in a way that makes us see something we haven’t seen before or see something in a new light.”
The counties featured in the Piedmont book include: Alamance, Anson, Cabarrus, Caswell, Chatham, Davidson, Davie, Durham, Forsyth, Gaston, Granville, Guilford, Iredell, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Orange, Person, Randolph, Richmond, Rockingham, Rowan, Stanly, Stokes, Surry, Union, Vance, Warren and Yadkin.
If you’d like to find out how you can promote your literary heritage using resources from the guidebook, contact Rebecca Moore at firstname.lastname@example.org or (919) 807-6530.
If you missed the launch event, attend one of the upcoming readings and signings scheduled throughout the state. Please share these dates and locations with your constituents.
Tuesday, Oct. 26
7 p.m., Shakespeare & Company Bookshop
210 North Main St., Kernersville
Thursday, Oct. 28
5 p.m., Literary Book Post
119 South Main St., Salisbury
Saturday, Oct. 30
11 a.m., Flyleaf Books
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill
Sunday, Oct. 31
3 p.m., Quail Ridge Books & Music (Ridgewood Shopping Center)
3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh
Sunday, Nov. 14
2 p.m., Park Road Books (Park Road Shopping Center)
4139 Park Rd., Charlotte
Wednesday, Nov. 17
7 p.m., Malaprop’s Bookstore
55 Haywood St., Asheville
Thursday, Nov. 18
4 p.m., Country Bookshop
140 NW Broad St., Southern Pines
To read press materials about the project, visit http://www.ncarts.org/freeform_scrn_template.cfm?ffscrn_id=639.