The Friends of the Library’s spring dinner will be March 4 at 6:30 p.m. This semi-annual dinner series benefits the Meredith library and is open to members and non-members alike. Novelists Allan Gurganus and Wilton Barnhardt will speak after dinner. Their conversation promises to be quite entertaining.
Rocky Mount native and Hillsborough resident Allan Gurganus won international recognition for his first novel, The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All. Many novels and short story collections have followed including most recently, Local Souls: Novellas. Gurganus told one critic, “"My goal is to write the funniest books possible about the worst things that can happen to people. The sadder our world becomes, the holier comedy grows.”
Wilton Barnhardt, born in Winston-Salem, is currently on the faculty of NC State’s creative writing program. His very well received novel, Lookaway, Lookaway, is his fourth. He describes himself by saying, "I've eluded categories. I'm not a naturalist, I'm not a romantic, I'm not a realist. I would probably say that I'm a classicist. I hope I'm writing sort of the classic novels of the 19th century. I'm nervous about being in any camp. I have a New York novel. I have a religious novel. I have a Hollywood novel. [Lookaway, Lookaway] is the Southern novel.” A reviewer called the southern novel “that rare thing: an excellent long novel that's not long enough.”
Copies of several novels from each author are available for loan from the library.
Make your reservations now for what promises to be an engaging presentation. Visit the Friends of the Library website or call the library administrative office (x8531) to reserve your seats.
—Submitted by Laura Davidson, dean of library information services