Voices from ‘The Storied South’

Jul. 21, 2013 @ 06:01 AM

UNC professor William Ferris calls the South “a land of talkers” in his coming collection of interviews, “The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists” (University of North Carolina Press, $35, hardcover). The book is a collection of interviews Ferris has conducted during his life as a writer and historian. He groups the interviews according to professions – writers, scholars, musicians, photographers and painters. “I sought out these individuals,” he writes in his introduction, “because their work helps me understand my life as a southerner.”

Among those Ferris interviewed are writers Eudora Welty, Alice Walker and Alex Haley; musicians Bobby Rush and Pete Seeger; painters Sam Gilliam, Maud Gatewood and Sam Gilliam; and photographer Walker Evans. The book comes with a CD of original interviews, and a DVD of original film. UNC Press will officially release the book in August. For information, visit www.uncpress.unc.edu.

Here are some other events and releases:
-- In “Comet’s Tale: How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life,” Steven D. Wolf, fired from his own law firm because of debilitating back problems, tells how Comet, a rescued greyhound, picked him out as his person, and helped lead him back to mental and physical health. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill published the hardcover edition last year. Beginning Aug. 27, the paperback edition ($14.95) will be available on bookshelves. For more information, visit www.algonquin.com.
-- For book lovers who cannot wait for the Durham County Library’s fall book sale (to be held Oct. 4-6), the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library can satisfy your needs in the interim. The friends group will hold the first book sale at the newly expanded Chapel Hill Public Library beginning Friday and continuing through Sunday.
The Friday sale, from 2 to 6 p.m., is for members, but memberships will be available for sale. Saturday and Sunday sales are open to the public. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday hours are 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Sunday also is the $5 bag sale. Bags will be provided.)
All proceeds from the book sale benefit the Chapel Hill Public Library, which is at 100 Library Drive.
--Send notices of releases, readings and other events to cbellamy@heraldsun.com.