Naked Came the Leaf Peeper is the work of twelve Tar Heel authors who joined forces in 2011 to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café in Asheville.
The North Carolina Collection in the Wilson Special Collections Library created and maintains Read North Carolina Novels. Staff select several novels weekly, each with a North Carolina setting. Many are by Tar Heel authors.
What started as an experiment in 2005 has grown to become a highly curated resource, searchable by county, author, and theme, and by topics such as dogs, war, or mill towns. Both current and older publications are represented. Titles come from academic presses, trade publishers, and vanity presses.
“A jointly written book associated with a state literary landmark seemed like the perfect milestone novel,” said Eileen McGrath, current manager of Read North Carolina Novels and Associate Curator of the North Carolina Collection.