The North Carolina Literary Map would like to send a hardy congratulations to the 2016 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame Inductees: Clyde Edgerton, Margaret Maron, and Carl Sandburg. The Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives have the Margaret Maron Papers on long-term loan. The papers contain correspondence and newspaper clippings as well as drafts of Maron's amazing mystery novels. For more information on the inductees, please see the North Carolina Writer's Network.
The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition is now open for submissions until March 1! The winner is awarded $200 and publication in storySouth, an online literary magazine that displays the best works from writers of the "new South". The contest is in honor of former professor, poet, and critic Randall Jarrell, who taught at what is now called UNCG. Jarrell is included in the NC Literary Hall of Fame for his accomplishments. For more information on the details of the poetry competition, please visit here. Happy writing!
As promised last week, here is another book about the upcoming holiday season from our list at the North Carolina Literary Map. Do you know the old song called "The Twelve Days of Christmas"? Then why not try it North Carolina style? Take a look at this children's picture book aptly titled, "The Twelve Days of Christmas in North Carolina" by Judy Stead. Both children and adults can learn more about our state as they count down towards Christmas Day. Check it out at your local library or bookstore!
Christmas is coming soon! The NC Literary Map has several titles pertaining to this holiday season. One of these books is entitled "A North Carolina Christmas" by Jan Kiefer. This book contains stories, pictures, and recipes of the Christmas season throughout our state. Check it out at your local library or bookstore!
Please come back next week for a quick glimpse at another book about Christmas in North Carolina!
The 2015 North Carolina Writers' Network Fall Conference will be held at The Doubletree by Hilton Hotel near Biltmore Estate in Asheville, November 20-22. The conference attracts hundreds of writers from across the country. Among them are New York Times bestselling author Lee Smith, who will give the keynote address. Former NC Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer will be a featured guest. This year also marks the thirtieth anniversary of the NC Writers' Network, so sign up now if you would like to attend!
Twice a year, the International Home Furnishings Market is showcased in High Point, North Carolina. People come from across the country and around the world to view and buy furniture in large showrooms throughout downtown High Point. The last "High Point Furniture Market" for 2015 just ended.
Margaret Maron, author of the Deborah Knott series, wrote a fictional murder mystery set in the middle of this biannual event entitled Killer Market. Author Barbara Taylor wrote a nonfiction historical account of High Point, including the "Furniture Market", in her book High Point. You can find these titles at your local library or bookstore. Check it out!
Asheville author Robert Beatty recently published a fictional children's novel set at the Biltmore Estate in 1899. In the book, two youths from vastly different economic backgrounds must band together and risk everything in order to solve a frightening puzzle. Check it out at your local library or bookstore!
For more information about Robert Beatty and his debut novel, please visit this website. For the NC Literary Map's entry, please follow this link.