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Annual Homecoming Author Coffee Features Elizabeth Silance Ballard-Ungar

August 24th, 2007 by Alison Simpson in Friends of the Library

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 teachers 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 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. (Righter Publishing)

The Friends of the Library Homecoming Authors Coffee will be held Saturday, November 3rd at 10:30am in the Ethel K. Smith Library. A book sign- follow. Tickets For are $5.00 per person. For reservations or more information please contact Luanne Barbee at lbarbee@wingate.edu or call her at 704-233-8093.


FOL Welcomes Wingate Alum

October 10th, 2006 by Alison Simpson in Friends of the Library

Author, Kevin Winchester. Homecoming 2006The Friends of Library Board is pleased to announce that Mr. Kevin Winchester will be joining the group for its annual Author’s Coffee Talk. This year’s event will be held Saturday, October 28, 2006, at 10:30 a.m. in the Ethel K. Smith Library’s Cornwell Room. Admission is $5 per person. To reserve a space, please contact Luanne Barbee at 704-233-8093 or at lbarbee@wingate.edu.

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. Guests enjoy a delightful author’s discussion, assorted coffees and

pastries, book signing, and a chance to meet and talk with the author.

Mr. Winchester lives in Waxhaw, N.C. He holds a BA from Wingate University and a MFA in creative writing from Queen’s University. In 2005, he 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 Asheville Literary Review, “Main Street Rags;” Short Story Anthology, “Everything but the Baby,” “Southern Hum,” and “Story South.”

This is a Lyceum event.


Craig Renfroe : Homecoming Guest

October 21st, 2005 by Alison Simpson in Friends of the Library

Craig RenfroeIt is with great pride that the EKS Friends of the Library welcome Craig Renfroe back to Wingate for the Author’s Coffee this Homecoming. Craig is a 1996 Wingate University Graduate. Mr. Renfroe currently teaches writing at Queens University. He received his M.F.A. from UNC-Wilmington where he held a Philip Gerard Fellowship.

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

Please come and join the FOL and Library Staff on Saturday.

Author’s Coffee this Homecoming. Craig is a 1996 Wingate University Graduate. Mr. Renfroe currently teaches writing at Queens University. He received his M.F.A. from UNC­Wilmington where he held a Philip Gerard Fellowship.

The Friends of the Library Author’s


FOL Homecoming Guest Author

September 19th, 2005 by Alison Simpson in Friends of the Library
S. Craig Renfroe, Jr.

S. Craig Renfroe, Jr.

The Friends of the Library Homecoming Author’s Coffee will be held Saturday, 0ctober 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.

S. 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.


Homecoming with D.G. Martin

November 11th, 2004 by Amee Odom in Friends of the Library
D.G. Martin Interstate Eateries
Photo by Dr. Brian Odom

Homecoming is an exciting time, especially for the Friends of the Library. This year the FOL Board hosted D.G. Martin, author of Interstate Eateries. Mr. Martin spoke of the third place, the place where we come together to join in fellowship with one another and, of course, to eat. Guests were delighted by his charm and sense of humor.

The FOL Board would like to extend its appreciation to Luanne Barbee, who was instrumental in the orchestration of the event, and to the Wingate University faculty who supported the event.


D. G. Martin Homecoming Guest Author

October 11th, 2004 by Ashley Shealy in Friends of the Library

Saturday October 23rd, 2004 at 9:30 am in the Recital Hall of the Batte Fine Arts Center

D. G. Martin will be our host for the Friends of the Library Author’s Talk and Coffee. The cost is S10. 00 per person. Please call Paige Hinson at 233-8120 to make reservations. (Free to WU students —Lyceum Event)


Homecoming Author Talk and Coffee with D.G. Martin

September 10th, 2004 by Amee Odom in Friends of the Library

October 23, 2004 from 9:30 – 10:30 AM
Recital Hall in the Batte Center
$10/ticket

D.G. Martin will be this year’s guest author for the Friends of the Library Homecoming Author Talk and Coffee.

D. G. Martin is the author of Interstate Eateries. He says of his book, “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 where ever you travel, you can find home cooking and warm fellowship nearby.”

Martin grew up in Davidson and 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 and returned to North Carolina to practice law in Charlotte. 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 Sunday’s at 5pm. He currently lives in Chapel Hill with his wife.


Dannye Romine Powell Warmly Received

November 21st, 2003 by Ashley Shealy in Friends of the Library

Dannye Romine Powell

Dannye Romine Powell was warmly received by a wonderful mix of guests during Homecoming. Friends of the Library members, Faculty, alumni and students attended the Author’s Talk and Coffee. Ms. Powell shared the background and inspiration for several of her poems before reading them. This event was hosted by the Friends of the Library.


Friends of the Library Author’s Talk & Coffee featuring Dannye Romine Powell

October 27th, 2003 by Alison Simpson in Friends of the Library

Dannye Romine Powell

The Friends of the Library Author’s Talk & Coffee featuring Dannye Romine Powell will take place on Saturday, November 8, 2003 at 9:30 AM in the Batte Center Recital Hall with coffee to follow in the Gallery. Admission is $5.00 and students can receive Lyceum credit for the Author’s Talk. Contact Luanne Barbee (ext. 8093) for reservations and more information.


Author’s Talk and Coffee with Danny Romine Powell

April 15th, 2003 by Ashley Shealy in Friends of the Library

Danny Romine Powell

Danny Romine Powell will be the guest speaker at the Friends of the Library Author’s Talk and Coffee on Saturday, November 8, 2003 from 9:30 – 10:30 am in the Recital Hall. Call Luanne Barbee for Reservations. (Photo credit: Dustin Peck)