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NC Literary Hall of Fame




RALEIGH—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference, November 4-6 in Raleigh, North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee and current NC poet laureate Shelby Stephenson will be the featured guest at Saturday night's annual banquet. He'll talk writing, read some poetry, and maybe even strum a little bit on his guitar.

Shelby Stephenson has published many collections of poems, plus the poetic documentary Plankhouse (with photos by Roger Manley). Shelby is former editor of Pembroke Magazine. His Family Matters: Homage to July, the Slave Girl won the 2008 Bellday Poetry Prize, judged by Allen Grossman. He was a 2014 inductee to the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame. Since 2015, Shelby has served his home state as North Carolina’s Poet Laureate. His website is www.shelbystephenson.com.

Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference is open.

We asked Shelby, “What is one piece of advice that you would give to your younger writer self?”

I think the main thing is to believe in yourself. Make sure you face the page with some discipline. Once you do that you may find the words finding themselves and you are following them, as your story or poem or essay makes.

What I'm trying to say is that everyone is different. The thing to do is DO it. And the vulnerable places, the subjects you think you cannot write about, the whole matter of not having anything to say, perhaps—well, please know you will feel better if you just let go and try, let the syllables find you. See what happens.

To register for the NCWN 2016 Fall Conference, visit www.ncwriters.org.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.


SOUTHERN PINES—On Sunday, October 16, at 2:00 pm, the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame will induct three new members.

Clyde Edgerton, Margaret Maron, and Carl Sandburg will join the fifty-seven inductees currently enshrined, in a ceremony at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines.

The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame celebrates and promotes the state’s rich literary heritage by commemorating its leading authors and encouraging the continued flourishing of great literature. Inductions are held every other year. A list of inductees, as well as samples of their work and video clips of past inductions, can be found online at www.nclhof.org.

Clyde Edgerton, raised in the Bethesda community near Durham, is the author of ten novels, a book of advice, a memoir, short stories, and essays. Three of his novels—Raney, Walking Across Egypt, and Killer Diller—have been made into feature films, and seven of his books have been adapted for the stage.

He has been a Guggenheim Fellow, and five of his novels have been New York Times Notable Books. He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and is the Thomas S. Kenan III Distinguished Professor of Creative Writing at UNC Wilmington. He lives in Wilmington, NC, with his wife, Kristina, and their children.

Margaret Maron is the author of thirty novels and two collections of short stories. Winner of several major American awards for mysteries (Edgar, Agatha, Anthony, Macavity), her works are on the reading lists of various courses in contemporary Southern literature and have been translated into sixteen languages. She has served as president of Sisters in Crime, the American Crime Writers League, and Mystery Writers of America.

A native Tar Heel—and a cousin of 2014 NCLHOF inductee Shelby Stephenson—she lives on her family's farm a few miles southeast of Raleigh, the setting for Bootlegger's Daughter, which is numbered among the 100 Favorite Mysteries of the Century as selected by the Independent Mystery Booksellers Association. In 2004, she received the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for best North Carolina novel of the year. In 2008, she was honored with the North Carolina Award for Literature, the state’s highest civilian honor. In 2013, she was named a Grand Master by Mystery Writers of America for lifetime achievement, and won the R. Hunt Parker Award for Significant Contributions to the Literature of North Carolina.

Carl Sandburg was born in a three-room cottage in Galesburg, Illinois, in 1878. The son of Swedish immigrants, young Sandburg spent time as a milkman, bricklayer, wheat thresher, shoeshiner, hobo, and soldier before making his name as a journalist, biographer, and poet. He won his first Pulitzer Prize in 1940 for his multi-volume biography of Abraham Lincoln, and his second in 1951 for his Complete Poems.

In 1945, Sandburg and his family—along with their herd of prize-winning goats and their collection of thousands of books—moved to a farm outside Flat Rock, now the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. Sandburg died there in 1967.

The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame was founded in 1996, under the leadership of poet laureate Sam Ragan, and is a program of the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Since 2008, the Network and the Weymouth Center collaborate with the North Carolina Center for the Book, the North Carolina Humanities Council, and the North Carolina Collection of the Wilson Library at UNC-Chapel Hill to produce the induction ceremony and to promote the NCLHOF and North Carolina’s literary heritage.

For more information, visit the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame at www.nclhof.org or the North Carolina Writers’ Network at www.ncwriters.org.


RALEIGH—At the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference, November 4-6 in Raleigh, three authors in the Savor the South cookbook series from the University of North Carolina Press will lead the panel discussion "Food Writing." Participants include Bridgette A. Lacy, Debbie Moose, and John Shelton Reed.

"Food Writing" is much, much more than recording recipes. The best food writing explores history, culture, even economics, and tells readers a great deal about the world we live in. In this panel, three of North Carolina's most accomplished food writers (each the author of a volume in UNC Press' Savor the South series) will discuss how to write well about eating well. Sponsored by UNC Press.

Registration for the North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference is now open.

We asked Debbie and John, “What is one piece of advice that you would give to your younger writer self?”

"Other people's opinions are vastly overrated," says Debbie Moose. "Listen to what your gut is telling you, not to what others say you should be doing or how you should do it."

Debbie Moose grew up in Winston-Salem and is the author of six cookbooks, including two in the popular Savor the South series published by the University of North Carolina Press: Buttermilk and Southern Holidays. Her other books are Deviled Eggs: 50 Recipes from Simple to Sassy, Fan Fare: A Playbook of Great Recipes for Tailgating or Watching the Game at HomeWings: More Than 50 High-Flying Recipes for America's Favorite Snack, and Potato Salad: 65 Recipes from Classic to Cool. Along with being a cooking teacher, writing teacher and editor, Debbie's work as a freelance writer has appeared in Our State, Edible Piedmont, Gravy, and other publications. She is a former food editor for The News & Observer in Raleigh and still writes for the paper. Debbie is a member of the Southern Foodways Alliance and the Association of Food Journalists. Find out more at www.debbiemoose.com, or connect with her on Twitter or Facebook.

John Shelton Reed says, "I'd share with my 'younger writer self' a lesson it took me too long to learn. 'You'd better learn about line-editing and marketing,' I'd tell him, 'because you can't count on your publisher to do a decent job of either one.' I've run into a couple of great line-editors over the years and a competent marketing department now and again, but too often I've had to be my own editor and publicist. I could tell you stories...."

John Shelton Reed is a writer and lecturer who lives in Chatham county, North Carolina. He has written or edited twenty books, including Barbecue1001 Things Everyone Should Know About the South and Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue, both written with his wife, Dale Volberg Reed. He belongs to the Fellowship of Southern Writers and served recently as that organization's chancellor. He taught for some years at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, retiring in 2000 as William Rand Kenan, Jr., Professor of sociology and director of the Howard Odum Institute for Research in Social Science. He was founding co-editor of the quarterly Southern Cultures and helped to found the university's Center for the Study of the American South. He serves as Éminence Grease of the Campaign for Real Barbecue (www.TrueCue.org).

Bridgette A. Lacy is an award-winning journalist with a public love affair with food and culture. She worked as a features writer and food columnist for The News & Observer in Raleigh for many years. She’s written about food, chefs, and culinary trends for INDY Week and the North Carolina Arts Council. She's the author of Sunday Dinner, part of the Savor the South series by UNC Press, and a finalist for the Pat Conroy Cookbook Prize.

For over ninety years, the University of North Carolina Press has earned national and international recognition for quality books and the thoughtful way they are published. A fundamental commitment to publishing excellence defines UNC Press, made possible by the generous support of individual and institutional donors who created its endowment.

In 1922, on the campus of the nation's oldest state university, thirteen distinguished educators and civic leaders met to charter a publishing house. Their creation, the University of North Carolina Press, was the first university press in the South and one of the first in the nation. Today, the UNC Press imprint is recognized worldwide as a mark of publishing excellence--both in what we publish and in how we publish it.

UNC Press books explore important questions, spark lively debates, generate ideas, and move fields of inquiry forward. They illuminate the life of the mind. With almost 5,000 titles published and almost 3,000 titles still in print, UNC Press produces books that endure.

Register now at www.ncwriters.org.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is the state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to all writers, in all genres, at all stages of development. For additional information, visit www.ncwriters.org.


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