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Jill McCorkle to Read from Her Work

Author Jill McCorkle will speak at Wilson Library March 3, 2010.

Author Jill McCorkle will speak at Wilson Library March 3, 2010.

An Evening with Jill McCorkle
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
5 p.m Reception (Lobby)
5:45 pm Program (Pleasants Family Assembly Room)
Wilson Special Collections Library
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, or (919) 962-4207

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Local author Jill McCorkle will read from her newest story collection, Going Away Shoes, in a free public program March 3, at 5:45 p.m., in the Wilson Special Collections Library. A reception will precede the program at 5 p.m.

McCorkle is the author of nine books—four story collections and five novels—five of which have been selected as New York Times Notable Books. Two short stories from Going Away Shoes were included in The Best American Short Stories series (“Magic Words” in 2009, and “Intervention” in 2004). McCorkle also is the recipient of the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature.

A native of Lumberton, N.C., McCorkle studied creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Hollins College. She has taught creative writing at UNC-Chapel Hill, Bennington College, and Tufts, Harvard, and Brandeis universities. Currently on the faculty at North Carolina State University, she lives with her husband in Hillsborough, N.C.

McCorkle’s literary papers are preserved in the UNC Library’s Southern Historical Collection, which is sponsoring the event.

Copies of Going Away Shoes will be available for purchase and signing, courtesy of the Bull’s Head Bookshop.

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