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Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains: A Guidebook [Paperback]

Georgann Eubanks , Donna Campbell


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Oct. 29 2007
This guidebook is the first of three regional volumes that invite residents and out-of-state visitors to explore North Carolina while reading literature from our state's finest writers. Organized geographically through a series of eighteen half-day and day-long tours in the western part of the state, the book directs curious travelers to the historic sites where Tar Heel authors have lived and worked. Along the way, travelers can read outstanding excerpts from the writers, evoking the places, customs, colloquialisms, and characters that figure prominently in their poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and plays. More than 170 writers from the past and present are featured in this volume, including Sequoyah, Elizabeth Spencer, Fred Chappell, Charles Frazier, Kathryn Stripling Byer, Robert Morgan, William Bartram, Gail Godwin, O. Henry, Thomas Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Anne Tyler, Lillian Jackson Braun, Nina Simone, and Romulus Linney. Each tour provides information about the libraries, museums, colleges, bookstores, and other venues open to the public where writers regularly present their work or are represented in exhibits, events, performances, and festivals.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 426 pages
  • Publisher: University of North Carolina Press (Oct. 29 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0807858331
  • ISBN-13: 978-0807858332
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 885 g

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""Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains" underscores the state's rich literary legacy that's ongoing, and introduces folks to writers' work they may want to further explore."--Durham "Herald-Sun"

About the Author

GEORGANN EUBANKS is a writer, teacher, and consultant to nonprofit groups across the country. She is also a principal in the Emmy-winning documentary production firm Minnow Media. She has directed the Duke University Writers' Workshop since 1989, was a founder of the North Carolina Writers' Network, and is past chair of the North Carolina Humanities Council. Published in association with the North Carolina Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources

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5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect literary guidebook. March 20 2009
By Sue Diehl - Published on Amazon.com
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A fascinating guidebook to North Carolina's rich literary history. This volume covers the western mountains of the state, and I eagerly await the promised volumes on the Piedmont and the Eastern shore. The guide is so fascinating and packed full of interesting tidbits that it leads the reader to want to explore the sites and volumes depicted. Whether the suggested titles are a first introduction to a work or a provocation to revisit a book by a North Carolina writer or one in which the setting is in this wonderful state, the guide can easily serve as selection tool for building one's regional literary collection.
The maps of the trails are very clear, the photography wonderfully elucidates the text, and the compilation of fascinating stories behind the writings provides the incentive to plan day trips to explore the locales depicted and to read, read, read the titles included.
Eubanks should be applauded for creating the ultimate literary guide.
5.0 out of 5 stars makes a trip to the mountains a brand new adventure. Feb. 23 2014
By Ginger B. Collins - Published on Amazon.com
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We love the North Carolina Mountains and this book makes our road trips even richer. Great bits of history and little known facts about our favorite books and authors.
3.0 out of 5 stars Focus April 21 2013
By P. J. Moore - Published on Amazon.com
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This interested me more than the Piedmont trail issue did.

Either book serves as a literary trail guide but I didn't expect the inclusion of the peripheral sites.
They make the book too long.

All said, it is a good guide.
5.0 out of 5 stars Must-have purchase for a visit to this region April 7 2013
By lucyloo - Published on Amazon.com
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Author knows vast amount on her subject, and writes in a style that's highly readable. This, along with a decent map and dulcimer music in your c.d. player, will deeply enrich your visit to the N.C. mountains. It's a book to savor and keep.

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