A capacity crowd of Friends of the Carlyle Campbell Library gathered for the fall dinner on October 13, 2011, where they enjoyed good food, great conversation and entertainment by bestselling author Clyde Edgerton, a writing professor at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. Another highlight of the evening was the announcement of Professor of Human Environmental Science Ellen Goode and Professor of Human Environmental Science Martha Burpitt as winners of the 2011 Library Faculty Award. Both professors have worked with their students to upgrade the interior of Carlyle Campbell Library to present a fresher, more up-to-date appearance.
Edgerton entertained with reading, banjo playing and storytelling. Introduced by Meredith College Professor Emeritus of Religion Bernard Cochran, Edgerton kept his audience laughing with his ever-present wit and music. His most recent novel,“The Night Train,” set in the rural South in 1963, is an acclaimed “story of friendship and race and the transforming power of music.” The “New York Times Book Review”noted “the easy rhythms and gentle humor of Edgerton’s rich, slice-of-life portrait.”
Edgerton is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, awarded to “men and women who have already demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts,” and a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He is the author of ten novels, a memoir, and numerous short stories and essays. Five of his novels have been New York Times Notable Books. Carlyle Campbell Library maintains a comprehensive selection of his work, available to students, staff, alumnae, and Friends of the Library members.
This was a return visit to the Friends of the Library by Clyde Edgerton; in 2002, he was on campus to celebrate Virginia Tech Professor of English Hilbert Campbell’s donation to Meredith of a large collection of material by and about Edgerton.
Presidential Inauguration to Be Held March 22
Clyde Edgerton Entertains at Friends of the Library Dinner
New Mac Lab Opened this Fall in Gaddy-Hamrick Art Center
Meredith Earns Awards at American Chemical Society Conference
Have you presented research or attended a professional meeting recently? Has your department earned an award? Share news of these accomplishments and more with the Meredith community. Faculty and staff are invited to email items to Melyssa Allen, “Campus Connections” editor, at email@example.com.