In its original form, the Read North Carolina Novels website included only novels set in North Carolina that were readily available in bookstores or libraries. The site was meant to help readers identify novels set in the state that they could easily obtain for their own reading pleasure.
This blog now has a broader scope. It includes novels by the full range of publishing houses, and even self-published novels as we became aware of those works. We have added information on older novels set in North Carolina so that the blog can function as a source of information on North Carolina novels across the decades. To do that, we are relying on William S. Powell’s North Carolina Fiction, 1734-1957 and Thomas W. Broadfoot’s North Carolina Fiction, 1958-1971. As time permits, we are linking the bibliographic information on the books in the blog to electronic versions of the novels, so that readers who are inclined to can read their novels online.
This blog owes its existence to Nick Graham and Jill Wagy, who created the website Read North Carolina Novels in 2005. As Nick and Jill were leaving the North Carolina Collection for new positions, they recommended that the website be converted to a blog. Jenny McElroy did the work to accomplish that conversion; she is also responsible for many of the entries. Other bloggers who have contributed to to the site are: Bridget Madden, Lucy Peaden, Elizabeth DeBold, and Jency Williams. Kristen Bowen and Eileen McGrath are responsible for the most recent entries.
Let us help you find novels set in this great state! Use the categories and tags to the right to get to the authors and types of novels that you like. Tags let you zero in on specific topics that interest you and date ranges can help you explore works that were published in earlier times. All the novels listed on the site are available in the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. For many, but not all, of the titles the North Carolina Collection has copies that can circulate to individuals and other libraries.
We now have information on over 1,200 novels. The blog is updated several times a week. We welcome your suggestions of books to add to our list. Please post your comments to the blog, or contact: Eileen McGrath at firstname.lastname@example.org or 919.962.1172. For the library’s policy on comments click here.
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