Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont: A Guidebook

Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont: A Guidebook

by Georgann Eubanks
     
 

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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

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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. 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.

Editorial Reviews

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.

From the Publisher
Literary Trails successfully prompts a 'deeper imagining' of central North Carolina.—North Carolina Historical Review

Praise for Georgann Eubanks' Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains: A Guidebook

"Takes the reader into shaded byways of fascinating obscurity or simply personal aspects of the region's writers and writing. There is a super-highway of information to be found on the gravel roads and winding tracks of North Carolina's mountains. . . . A welcome addition to the ever-lengthening shelf of worthwhile works about the state's rich literary heritage.—North Carolina Literary Review

Links the lives of 170 of North Carolina's visiting and native writers with mountain region destinations.—Carolina Country

Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains underscores the state's rich literary legacy that's ongoing, and introduces folks to writers' work they may want to further explore.—Durham Herald-Sun

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

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

Not just a guidebook but a wealth of information, images, book and article excerpts, the Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains: A Guidebook, written by Georgann Eubanks, would be worth reading even if you weren't traveling.—Home & Away Magazine

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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780807859797
Publisher:
The University of North Carolina Press
Publication date:
10/04/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
472
Sales rank:
1,308,898
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.20(h) x 1.20(d)

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Bravo to the North Carolina Arts Council for these guidebooks, which encourage both natives and visitors to explore our state's rich literary landscape.—Ron Rash, North Carolina author of the New York Times best seller Serena

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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