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Walker Percy Documentary Screening Feb. 17 with Director Win Riley


Walker Percy: A Documentary Film with director Win Riley
Thursday, Feb. 17, 2011
5 p.m. Reception | 5:45 p.m. Program
Wilson Special Collections Library, Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza TerllFriends of the Library, (919) 962-4207

Filmmaker Win Riley will present his new work Walker Percy: A Documentary Film on Feb. 17 in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room of the Wilson Special Collections Library. The event will also feature a Q&A with Riley and Percy scholar Linda Hobson.

Percy, a doctor turned writer and philosopher, graduated from UNC in 1937. He is best known for his National Book Award-winning novel The Moviegoer (1961). Before his death in 1990, he published five other novels and three works of nonfiction, as well as short stories, book reviews, and philosophical pieces on language, religion, and the intellectual life of the American South.

Riley’s film focuses on Percy’s youth in Birmingham, Ala., and his lifelong friendship with Civil War historian and novelist Shelby Foote.

Riley is a filmmaker and writer based in New Orleans. Linda Hobson, the author of Understanding Walker Percy (1988), is an author and literary critic based in North Carolina.

The program is sponsored by the Wilson Library’s Southern Historical Collection, which is the repository for the papers of both Percy and Hobson. Also in Wilson Library, the Rare Book Collection holds Percy’s working library of more than 2,500 volumes, many annotated by the author. These materials constitute the most comprehensive resource in North America for the study of Percy and his writings.

To learn more about Walker Percy collections at UNC, contact Wilson Library at or (919) 962-3765.

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