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July 10, 2014

North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame Announces 2014 Inductees

On Sunday, October 12, the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame will honor four poets, Betty Adcock, Ronald H. Bayes, Jaki Shelton Green, and Shelby Stephenson. They will be honored in a ceremony at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities in Southern Pines, NC, and will join the fifty-three existing inductees.

The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame celebrates and promotes the state’s rich literary heritage by commemorating its leading authors and encouraging the continued flourishing of great literature. Inductions are held every other year. A list of inductees, as well as samples of their work and video clips of past inductions, can be found online at

July 1, 2014

North Carolina Literary and Historical Association Annual Awards Competitions deadline -- July 15th!
The North Carolina Literary and Historical Association annually conducts awards competitions for North Carolina authors, and the deadline is coming right up, on July 15th!

Awards include The Ragan Old North State Award Cup for Nonfiction, The Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry, The Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, The American Association of University Women Award for Juvenile Literature, The Hardee Rives Award for Dramatic Arts, The Mary Ruffin Poole Award for First Work of Fiction, and more.

For more information and application requirements, see the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources website:

June 12, 2014

Local authors and foodies celebrate new book in Asheville, June 14

Asheville-based author and gardener Nan K. Chase has been gardening in Western North Carolina for over thirty years.  Writing about gardens, plants, and home food preservation (including unusual garden wines!), her works have appeared in a wide range of regional and national publications.  Ms. Chase also lectures at various seminars and events around North Carolina on related topics.  She and co-author DeNiece Guest will present their new beverage book, Drink the Harvest, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/CafĂ© in Asheville on Saturday, June 14, at 7:00 p.m.  For more information, click here.

May 29, 2014

Honoring Maya Angelou, 1928-2014

Yesterday, May 28th, 2014, American author, poet, and professor Maya Angelou passed away in her home in Winston-Salem, NC, at the age of 86.  In addition to writing poetry, a series of autobiographies, children's literature, and essays, Dr. Angelou was an actress and singer in her earlier life, recording her first album, Miss Calypso, in 1957.  She served as the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University for many years and won the North Carolina Award for Literature in 1987 and was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Map of Fame in 2012.  Check out Maya Angelou's author page on the NC Literary Map here.

May 22, 2014

National Short Story Month

May is National Short Story Month!  To help celebrate, check out the Lit Map's unique "Search by Genre" option.  You can select "Anthology & Short Story Fiction" to see 96 short story collections by North Carolina authors.  Selections include:

Cakewalk by Lee Smith
Chemistry and Other Stories by Ron Rash
The Geographical Cure by Michael Parker
Parlous Angels by Ed Southern
Shoveling Smoke by Margaret Maron

More information on Short Story Month can be found here.

May 20, 2014

NC Lit Map Twitter

Did you know that the North Carolina Literary Map has a Twitter account? We recently relaunched our Twitter page, so check out the new design! You can follow us at @NCLiteraryMap.

We tweet information about upcoming events, interesting content from North Carolina authors, and anything related to the NC literary community.

April 28, 2014

Great Book Caper Reading Festival

One of the best things about working for the North Carolina Literary Map is the chance to meet people throughout the state and attend great events like the Great Book Caper Reading Festival earlier this month. Held in Salisbury, NC, this festival is put on through a cooperative effort between Rowan-Salisbury Schools and Rowan Public Library.  It featured scavenger hunts and clues for kids, as well as a great selection of local authors and books.  The NC Lit Map talked with local book enthusiasts and had a great time!