UNC to honor Rubin

Feb. 08, 2014 @ 08:34 PM

UNC will hold a memorial service for the late Louis D. Rubin, a retired professor of English and co-founder of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, today at 2 p.m. in the auditorium of the Genome Sciences Building at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Rubin, a novelist, essayist, editor and founder of the Southern Literary Journal, died Nov. 16 in Pittsboro at age 89.

Rubin and Shannon Ravenel co-founded Algonquin Books in 1983 to discover and promote talented new voices of Southern literature. Lee Smith, Jill McCorkle, Kaye Gibbons and Clyde Edgerton are among the many authors Algonquin has introduced to readers.

English Department chair Beverly Taylor will open and close the service. Speakers include Clyde Edgerton, Joseph Flora, William Harmon, Meg Harper, Jill McCorkle, Shannon Ravenel and Robert Rubin. UNC’s Friends of the Library will host a reception in Wilson Library immediately following the service.

Parking is available in the nearby Bell Tower Parking Deck.


Here are some new releases and readings:

-- Michael Parker’s follow-up to his novel “The Watery Part of the World” is a novel centered around an old Buick Electra and the lives that touch it during its lifetime. The main characters of “All I Have in this World” (Algonquin Books, $24.95) are Marcus, who flees a failed venture in eastern North Carolina and ends up in El Paso, Texas, where he meets Maria, who left El Paso a decade earlier to attend college and escape, but now is returning.

Parker will read and sign copies of his new novel at 7 p.m. March 25 at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill. Parker also will be at the N.C. Literary festival at N.C. State University April 5. (For festival updates, visit www.lib.ncsu.edu/literaryfestival/.)


-- East Carolina University political science professor Tom Eamon is currently on a book tour to promote his history of post-World War II politics in North Carolina, “The Making of  a Southern Democracy: North Carolina Politics from Kerr Scott to Pat McCrory” (UNC Press, $39.95). In his prologue, Eamon outlines the broad themes of his book: the end of segregation, the end of one-party Democratic rule, and the important role elections and individuals make in shaping policy.

Eamon will sign copies of his book at 7 p.m. Feb. 20 at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Chapel Hill; and at 11 a.m. March 15 at McIntyre’s Fine Books in Fearrington Village, Pittsboro.


-- Carla Buckley will discuss and sign copies of her new novel “The Deepest Secret” (Bantam Books, $26), about a family who must cope with a son’s extreme sensitivity to light, at two local events. Buckley will be at McIntyre’s Fine Books in Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, at 11 a.m. Saturday; and at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, at 7 p.m. Feb. 18.


Send notices of signings and other events to cbellamy@heraldsun.com.