North Carolina Literary Trails

My former creative writing instructor and friend Georgann Eubanks has written two guidebooks: “Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains” and “Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont” (www.uncpress.unc.edu).   A third book will feature literary trails from Wake County to the eastern shore. Georgann is engaged in this project by the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources. She is a writer, teacher, and consultant to nonprofit groups across the country; directs the Table Rock Writers Workshop, is a founder of the NC Writers’ Network, and is a past chair of the NC Humanities Council.

From the back cover of “Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont:”

“Read your way across North Carolina’s Piedmont in the second of a series of regional guides that bring the state’s rich literary history to life for travelers and residents. Eighteen tours direct readers to sites that more than two hundred Tar Heel authors have explored in their fiction, poetry, plays, and creative nonfiction. Along the way, excerpts chosen by author Georgann Eubanks illustrate a writer’s connection to a specific place or reveal intriguing local culture…. Featured authors include O. Henry, Doris Betts, Alex Haley, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, John Hart, Betty Smith, Edward R. Murrow, Patricia Cornwell, Carson McCullers, Maya Angelou, Lee Smith, Reynolds Price, and David Sedaris…. The region’s rich literary heritage will surprise and delight all readers.” Among the more than 170 authors in the first book are Thomas Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Anne Tyler.

Last Saturday (10/30/2010) I was fortunate to be able to attend a presentation by Georgann at the Flyleaf Book Store on MLK Blvd. in Chapel Hill. She gave her audience a taste of literary trails in the Piedmont – I can’t wait to read all three books and get away on a few literary road trips!