NC Literary Hall of Fame



Hats Off! to Philip Gerard who won the 2019 North Carolina Award for Literature, the state's highest civilian honor. Philip is perhaps best known for his work Cape Fear Rising, a novel about the Wilmington Coup of 1898. He is the author of thirteen books of fiction and nonfiction, most recently The Last Battleground: The Civil War Comes to North Carolina. He has also written eleven documentary television scripts, numerous radio essays, several magazine series, and an award-winning radio drama. Philip played a significant role in developing the Creative Writing program at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington shortly after joining the university’s English Department in 1989 and has seen the program grow to become a thriving department.


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