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Tribute to Author Tim McLaurin, Nov. 7 at Fearrington Village


Remembering Tim McLaurin
Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010
Program 3 p.m.
The Barn at Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, N.C.
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library,, (919) 962-4207

North Carolina author Tim McLaurin will be remembered with a symposium, film screening, and music on Nov. 7 at The Barn at Fearrington Village in Pittsboro, N.C.  Writers Clyde Edgerton, Lee Smith, and Jill McCorkle will be among those paying homage to McLaurin.

McLaurin, who died from esophageal cancer in 2002 at the age of 48, was a beloved and prominent figure in the state’s literary community. He was the author of five novels; the memoirs Keeper of the Moon: A Southern Boyhood and The River Less Run; and the narrative poem “Lola.” His novel Cured by Fire won the 1995 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for fiction.

McLaurin graduated from UNC in 1985 with a journalism degree. The Tim McLaurin papers are part of the Southern Historical Collection at UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library.

McLaurin grew up on a small family farm in Fayetteville, N.C., a place he chronicled through much of his writing. His varied career also included time spent as a U.S. Marine, Peace Corps volunteer in Tunisia, carpenter, truck driver, snake handler, and professor of creative writing at North Carolina State University.

The Nov. 7 event, organized by Marvin Hunt, associate professor of English at North Carolina State University, will bring new and renewed attention to McLaurin and his work.

“His writing deserves attention from those who’ve never read him. For those who have read his books, this program is a chance to reacquaint themselves,” said Hunt.

The panel discussion will offer a serious appraisal of McLaurin’s work in light of the years since his death.

The program will also offer personal reminiscences from McLaurin’s family and friends, a screening of the film The Rough South: The Stories of Tim McLaurin, and music by The Band That Never Was.

The event is sponsored by UNC Friends of the Library, the North Carolina State University Department of English, and McIntyre’s Books at Fearrington Village.

Remembering Tim McLaurin Program
Sunday, Nov. 7, 2010
3 p.m.
The Barn at Fearrington Village, Pittsboro, N.C.

Welcome:  Keebe Fitch, Fearrington Village
Introduction: Tim West, curator of the Southern Historical Collection, UNC.
Overview of program:  Marvin Hunt, associate professor of English at North Carolina State University

Remarks:  The McLaurin Family

Film ScreeningThe Rough South: The Stories of Tim McLaurin

Panel discussion: Jerry Leath Mills (moderator), professor emeritus of English at UNC; Clyde Edgerton, author and professor of creative writing in the MFA program at UNC-Wilmington; Jill McCorkle, author and professor of English at North Carolina State University; Bland Simpson, professor of creative writing at UNC; Michael Skube, former book editor at the News and Observer of Raleigh; and novelist Lee Smith

Remarks:  Jim Seay, Page Seay, George Terll

Concluding Music: The Band That Never Was (Clyde Edgerton, Bland Simpson, Bill Henderson, Marvin Hunt, Peter Kramer, and whoever else wishes to join in)

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