Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont: A Guidebook

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Read your way across North Carolina's Piedmont in the second of a series of regional guides that bring the state's rich literary history to life for travelers and residents. Eighteen tours direct readers to sites that more than two hundred Tar Heel authors have explored in their fiction, poetry, plays, and creative nonfiction. Along the way, excerpts chosen by author Georgann Eubanks illustrate a writer's connection to a specific place or reveal intriguing local culture—insights rarely found in travel guidebooks....

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Overview

Read your way across North Carolina's Piedmont in the second of a series of regional guides that bring the state's rich literary history to life for travelers and residents. Eighteen tours direct readers to sites that more than two hundred Tar Heel authors have explored in their fiction, poetry, plays, and creative nonfiction. Along the way, excerpts chosen by author Georgann Eubanks illustrate a writer's connection to a specific place or reveal intriguing local culture—insights rarely found in travel guidebooks. Featured authors include O. Henry, Doris Betts, Alex Haley, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, John Hart, Betty Smith, Edward R. Murrow, Patricia Cornwell, Carson McCullers, Maya Angelou, Lee Smith, Reynolds Price, and David Sedaris. Literary Trails is an exciting way to see anew the places that you already love and to discover new people and places you hadn't known about. The region's rich literary heritage will surprise and delight all readers.

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In addition to its natural beauty and other attractions, North Carolina's Piedmont has rich literary heritage. Georgann Eubanks' Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont rolls out that legacy in eighteen guided tours that spotlight sites explored by more than 200 Tar Heel authors. The well-planned tours are enhanced by relevant excerpts by eighteen featured writers, including O. Henry, David Sedaris, Zora Neale Hurston, Patricia Cornwell, Carson McCullers, Edward R. Murrow, Maya Angelou, and Reynolds Price. A guidebook with a difference.

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"Offers a tourist's perspective on the rich literary history of the state's central plateau. . . . Provides in-depth commentary on the significance of each site to North Carolina authors, poets, and playwrights, as well as plentiful excerpts that link the literature to the landscape."
-C&RL News

"A bounty of literary history from North Carolina's 28 Piedmont counties."
-Raleigh News & Observer

"You don't need a road map to enjoy 'Literary Trails.' With plenty of photos, anecdotes, and excerpts from North Carolina writers, it's also a satisfying at-home read. . . . Even if you're an avid reader, you're bound to discover something new."
-Raleigh News & Observer

"A true gem. . . . Eubanks effectively compresses her encyclopedic knowledge of writers and their places and invites you to explore further."
-Our State

"Embark on a creative journey across the Old North State's Piedmont region with Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont."
-Winston-Salem Monthly

"Literary Trails successfully prompts a "deeper imagining" of central North Carolina."
-North Carolina Historical Review

"Although some of the literary references and authors are more obscure or more contemporary than others, all unite to create a composite view of this rich area. . . . [A] treasure of a book."
-Winston-Salem Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807833339
  • Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
  • Publication date: 10/4/2010
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 472
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Georgann Eubanks is a writer, teacher, and consultant to nonprofit groups across the country. She has directed the Duke University Writers' Workshop since 1989, was a founder of the North Carolina Writers' Network, and is past chair of the North Carolina Humanities Council.

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