Why Does North Carolina Have So Many Writers? North Carolina's Literary Lineage

Visitors to North Carolina often ask, “How can there be so many writers in North Carolina?” The late Louis D. Rubin, Jr., founder of Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, put it this way: “Like bad checks and grapes, writers tend to come in bunches.” Throughout our state’s history, writers have sprung up in clusters, usually around a central mentor or teacher. North Carolina has also produced multiple writers within a single family.  In this fast-paced presentation with historic photos and lively anecdotes, Georgann Eubanks explores North Carolina’s literary lineage and the conditions and attitudes that have made our state such fertile territory for the production of stories, novels, plays and poems.


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