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Hillsborough: Where Writers are Just “Members of the Community”

The study in Allan Gurganus’ Hillsborough home

The Wall Street Journal recently profiled Hillsborough, NC—population 6,087—focusing on how this small town has become a mecca of sorts for writers.

The article features favorite Tar Heel authors Michael Malone, Jill McCorkle, and North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Allan Gurganus, with photographs of Gurganus’ stunning farmhouse renovation that includes rooms filled with “antique busts, paintings and sculptures—many of life-size saints and religious figures.” For Gurganus, Hillsborough is a place “untouched by time.”

“Community is such that you start buying band candy from people and you hire kids to cut your grass and neighbors bring you pies. Before you know it you’re pulled into the life of the community, and it’s magical that way,” he said. “It’s a natural law I think, that you can’t be apart from the community.”

For the full article, click here.

Allan Gurganus will give the Keynote Address at the North Carolina Writers’ Network 2014 Fall Conference, November 21-23, in Charlotte. Registration is now open.