Though Tuesday, October 13, 2009 was the last day of Fall Break for the undergraduate students, the Wingate University campus was busy with activity. A total of 90 senior adults came to campus to participate in SeniorFest 2009, a day of concurrent workshops.
It was my privilege to present one of the seminars, “North Carolina is my Home: A Librarian’s Literary Sampler.” The focus of SeniorFest 2009 was North Carolina. In that vein, my talk focused on twelve authors affiliated with North Carolina. This was a wonderful opportunity to spend the afternoon with University friends who are engaged and excited readers. Given that North Carolina’s geography so easily divides into the three regions of the Mountains, the Piedmont, and the Coast, that is how I divided our discussion. In the Mountain region we discussed the works of Carl Sandburg, Thomas Wolfe, Lee Smith, and Ron Rash. While covering the Piedmont region, we talked about the writings of Fred Chappell, Clyde Edgerton, Robert Morgan, and Kay Gibbons. Our literary journey concluded on the Coast in a chat about Nan Graham, Reynolds Price, Tim McLaurin, and Nicholas Sparks.
North Carolina’s literary history is a certainly a rich one. We addressed all these authors via the following themes: home place, heritage, story, and tragedy. I had a wonderful afternoon discussing North Carolina’s authors and literature with new friends.