Exploring Harper Lee’s Southern wisdom

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Roxboro, NC is hosting a community read about To Kill a Mockingbird. Recently the Person County Public Library asked me to discuss the book as my work as a Road Scholar with the North Carolina Humanities Council. I shared how Harper Lee’s seminal novel set the standard for what we’ve come to expect not only in a child-narrated story, but …

My eyes on ‘Watchman’

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July 14 marked one of the biggest literary events of the year: release of Harper Lee’s other book, Go Set a Watchman. “Discovery” and publication of this earlier-than-To Kill a Mockingbird novel has spun the reading world into a dither. Publishing is about money. Publishers exist to stay in business. That’s why it’s called the publishing “industry” instead of the publishing …

Speaking of dead mules

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As a Road Scholar with the N.C. Humanities Council, I offer a talk entitled, “What Makes a Southern Story Southern?” It’s based on reading I did for my MFA degree a few years ago. The Southern question sprung out of research on an unrelated topic. As I read story after story, I noticed patterns among Southern stories. And I took …

A full-circle tour

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Thanks to everyone to turned out at my readings and supported my first book tour to Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware. It was exciting to read as part of a short story panel at the Virginia Festival for the Book. This event, in its 18th year, is the largest in the region, drawing thousands of readers and select writers to share …