N.C. Literary Festival is back, with local and national authors
After a five-year hiatus, the North Carolina Literary Festival is back, with this year’s celebration of reading to be held April 3-6 at N.C. State University in Raleigh. The theme is “The Future of Reading.” The last festival was held at UNC Chapel Hill in 2009, and before that, at Duke University in 2006, when it was called the N.C. Festival of the Book. The three major Triangle universities take turns hosting the festival.
The N.C. Literary Festival recently released its list of authors, which includes those from across the country as well as familiar local names like Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle, who are two of several featured authors who live in writer-filled Hillsborough.
Other authors include Pulitzer Prize-winner Junot Diaz, best-selling “Bones” author Jan Burke, food writer Kelly Alexander, N.C. State professor and author of “Lookaway, Lookway” Wilton Barnhardt, 2013 Piedmont Laureate John Claude Bemis, poet Jaki Shelton Green, Zelda Lockhart, William Ferris, Elizabeth Spencer, Peter Straub and Daniel Wallace. Popular children’s author and scribe of the “Goosebumps” series R.L. Stine, who spoke to a large crowd at the 2009 festival, is returning this year. There will be nearly 70 writers speaking during the four-day event.
The festival will be held at the James B. Hunt library at N.C. State. The event schedule will be released in March. Programming announced so far includes a children’s area, bookmaking workshop, screening of the “Girl Rising” documentary, Carolina Wren Press’ awarding of the Lee Smith Novel Prize, storytelling from the UNC Story Squad, induction of authors into the N.C. Literary Hall of Fame, and Poetry Out Loud, which features high school students presenting poetry and spoken word. For more information, visit www.lib.ncsu.edu/literaryfestival.