09/12/06 — ECU to hold Literary Homecoming

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ECU to hold Literary Homecoming

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on September 12, 2006 1:45 PM

Authors and readers from North Carolina will convene at East Carolina University in Greenville Sept. 29-30 for the 3rd Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming.

The annual free event, offered by ECU's Joyner Library and Sheppard Memorial Library, aims to increase appreciation for eastern North Carolina's literary traditions and authors, said Margaret Bauer, editor of the North Carolina Literary Review and Rives Chair of Southern Literature at ECU.

Maury York, North Carolina librarian at Joyner Library, said that area residents look forward to hearing and interacting with authors from the region.

Events include:

Friday, Sept. 29: A 7:30 p.m. dessert reception for William S. Powell, a North Carolina historian, who will receive ECU's Roberts Award for Literary Inspiration at Club Level at the Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. Authors Timothy Tyson, a native of Oxford, N.C., and Shelby Stephenson of Johnston County will offer remarks on Powell. Tyson will also read from his work and Stephenson and his wife Linda will provide musical entertainment.

Saturday, Sept. 30: Clinton native Michael Parker, author of If You Want Me To Stay and Hello Down There, will offer the keynote address at 4 p.m.

A panel discussion on North Carolina folklore will feature authors Nancy Roberts of Charlotte and Barbara Braveboy-Locklear of Robeson County at 9:15 a.m.

A children's literature panel will feature author Elisa Carbone, author of Storm Warriors, and illustrator James Ransome of Rich Square at 11:15 a.m.

Authors Louise Shivers, originally from Stantonsburg and author of Here to Get My Baby Out of Jail and A Whistling Woman, and Linda Beatrice Brown, author of Rainbow Roun' Mah Shoulder and Crossing Over Jordan, will talk about being Southern women writers and read from their work at 2 p.m.

Saturday events will take place at ECU's Willis Building. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. and events conclude at 5 p.m. A box lunch will be offered for seven dollars at the Willis Building.