Please join the Friends of the Ethel K. Smith Library on Tuesday, March 16, for the 9th Annual Spring Author Luncheon. This year we welcome author Elissa Schappell. Ms. Schappell joined Vanity Fair in 1994. She is the editor of – Hot Type – Vanity Fair’s book page. She has been a senior editor at The Paris Review, co-founded Tin House Magazine, for which she is now editor-at-large, and frequently contributes to The New York Times Book Review. The author of Use Me (Harper Perennial, 2001), which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway Award, she is also co-editor, with Jenny Offill, of the anthologies The Friend Who Got Away (Doubleday, 2005) and Money Changes Everything (Doubleday, 2007).
The luncheon will begin at 11:30 in the La Verne Dining Hall on the campus of Wingate University. For reservations and/or more information, please contact Luanne Barbee, 704-233-8093 or email@example.com.
(photo credit: Emily Tobey)
Author Nan Graham was a pure delight at the annual spring luncheon. She read excerpts from her books, Turn South at the Next Magnolia and In a Magnolia Minute: Secrets of a Late Bloomer. As expected, her southern wit and charm captivated the entire audience. As did her southern accent (dialect). She related the story of when she started doing the radio commentary in Wilmington that one of the producers suggested she go to a school in Atlanta where they would teach her to improve her speech and lose her accent. Ms. Graham said she responded in the following manner, “Sir, will have a sex change operation before I let anyone take away my southern drawl. And no one dared doubt her.
The entire luncheon was filled with more of the same humor that only a true southern belle can offer. She may not have won the pageant back in her college days, but it was clearly evident that she won the hearts of all those in attendance. Hopefully, Ms. Graham will have another opportunity to grace our campus. Maybe then she will have the opportunity to give an instructional class in cousin removal. After all, she is a self proclaimed expert in the art.
Nan Graham was born in Tallahassee, Florida, and grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with an A.B. in English and received her M.A.T. in English from the Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. She currently teaches honors courses in Southern literature at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.
Graham has been a regular biweekly commentator for WHQR Public Radio in Wilmington since 1995. Her on-air tag line, “a lifelong Southerner,” reveals the focus of her humorous commentaries on growing up in the South.
Her first collection of radio essays, Turn South at the Next Magnolia, was on the SEBA (Southeast Booksellers Association) bestseller list and was praised as “relentlessly Southern” by Pat Conroy, author of Beach Music and The Prince of Tides: “Nan Graham is as Southern as black-eyed peas, scuppernong wine, she-crab soup, Crimson Tide tailgating and a dog with ticks. She is so relentlessly Southern she makes me that feel I was born in Minnesota and Bailey White in Ohio!” (http://www.nangraham.com/biographyl.htm).
Commentary and images used with permission. For more information about Nan Graham, please visit: http://www.nangraham.com
Please join us for a delightful afternoon. Nan Graham’s books will be available for purchase at the luncheon and a book signing will follow the author’s talk.
Friends of the Library Spring Author Luncheon speaker this year will be Judy Goldman. The luncheon is on Thursday, March 30, 2006 in the Rotunda of the George A. Batte, Jr. Fine Arts Center.
This year’s annual Friends of the Library Author Luncheon guest was the wonderfully witty and entertaining Jill McCorkle. Faculty, Friends and Guests of the University were delighted to hear Ms. McCorkle’s blend of southern charm and wonderful story telling.
She not only read from one of her books of short stories, but also took questions from the
audience about her writing. It was especially entertaining to have her tell of her personal love of the art of story telling, which she regarded as uniquely a part of all groups of people that have been at one time or another in history, set apart from others.
Ms. McCorkle’s talk was followed by a book signing in the Gallery at the Batte Fine Arts Center.
Friends of the EKS Library
Spring Author’s Luncheon
April 14th at the Batte Fine Arts Center. Tickets are
available for $30.00 per person. Wingate University
Faculty & Staff Discount cost is $20.00 per person.
Wingate University Students Discount cost is $15.00 per
person. For more information contact Luanne Barbee at
704-233-8093 , firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Friends of the Library announce their spring 2005 Author.
Jill McCorkle will be at the Bette Fine Arts Center on April 14th. Ms. McCorkle made literary history when her first two novels were published simultaneously by Algonquin Books. Of her eight books of fiction, five have been chosen by the New York Times as Notable Books of the Year.
Jill is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill. In 1981 she graduated from the Hollins College Masters Program in writing. A native of Lumberton, NC, Ms McCorkle has taught writing at UNC, Bennington College, Tufts University and Harvard. Her most recent publication Creatures of Habit is a collection of wise, off beat and hilarious pieces, each named after a particular animal. These stories focus on characters in the fictional town of Fulton, NC. Along the way, McCorkle pays homage to women in all stages of their lives.
She currently lives outside of Boston with her husband, their two children, several dogs, and a collection of toads.
The Friends of the EKS Library Spring Author’s Luncheon featuring Amy Rogers, author of “Hungry for Home,” will take place on Tuesday, April 27, 2004 at 12:00 noon in the Batte Fine Arts Center Rotunda with Author Talk to follow in the Recital Hall. Seating is limited.
For reservations or more information, contact Luanne Barbee at 704-233-8093 or email@example.com. Cost is $30 per person. Wingate University Faculty/Staff Discount cost is $20 per person. Wingate University Student Discount cost is $15 per person. Lunch will be a three-course served meal created by Matthew Sganga.
The Friends of the Library Spring Author’s Luncheon will take place on Tuesday, April 27, 2003 featuring Amy Rogers, author of “Hungry for Home”. Luncheon starts at 12:00 pm followed by the Author’s Talk at 1:30 pm. This event will be held in the Batte Center Rotunda and Recital Hall, so seating will be limited. Contact Luanne Barbee (8093) for reservations.
The Friends of the Library Annual Author’s Luncheon was a big success! Robert Morgan entertained those in attendance with stories from his family and childhood. There have been wonderful comments on the food and program from Faculty, Staff, Students and others that attended. The Friends of the Library would like to thank you for your support of this event.