Events celebrate Lee Smith’s work

Sep. 20, 2013 @ 10:26 AM

This year marks the 45th anniversary of Lee Smith’s first novel, “The Last Day the Dogbushes Bloomed” (Harper & Row, 1968), a novel she wrote for her senior thesis at Hollins University.
Corresponding with the Oct. 15 release of Smith’s newest novel, “Guests on Earth,” the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance and Algonquin Books have designated the week of Oct. 21 as “Celebrate Lee Smith Week.”
During the week, booksellers and Algonquin will highlight Smith’s body of work with in-store displays, online promotions, print advertising, and social media campaigns. There will be signed-book giveaways (including a rare signed first edition of “The Last Day the Dogbushes Bloomed”) and a book club sweepstakes. Smith will meet fans along her 20-city book tour, where she’ll share stories about her career.
Smith will be speaking at St. Matthews Episcopal Church, 2013 St. Mary’s Road, Hillsborough, Oct. 25 at 6:30 p.m.
The author also will sign books at the following events:
-- Nov. 19, 7 p.m. at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill
-- Nov. 21, 7 p.m., The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham
-- Nov. 23, 11 a.m. at McIntyre’s Books, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro.