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Southern Writers and Artists Will be Topic of Talk by UNC Professor Bill Ferris Sept. 5

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The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists with William Ferris
Thursday, Sept. 5, 2013
5:30 p.m. Program | Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Wilson Special Collections Library
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 548-1203

UNC professor and renowned folklorist Bill Ferris will discuss his new book The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists (UNC Press, 2013) on Thursday, Sept. 5, in the Wilson Special Collections Library’s Pleasants Family Assembly Room.

The 5:30 p.m. talk, sponsored by the Southern Folklife Collection (SFC), UNC Friends of the Library, and the Center for the Study of the American South, is free and open to the public.

Drawn from one-on-one interviews conducted by Ferris over the past forty years, the book features the voices of twenty-six Southern or Southern-inspired artists and thinkers, including Eudora Welty, Pete Seeger, and Alice Walker.

The book also includes forty-five of Ferris’s striking photographic portraits and a CD and DVD of original audio and films of the interviews.

Prior to the lecture, attendees can view an exhibit of photographs relating to the book from the Southern Folklife Collection’s William R. Ferris Collection in the lobby of Wilson Library.

The Center for the Study of the American South will host an exhibit of Ferris’s photography at the Love House, opening Sept. 3, at 5:30 p.m.

Ferris is Joel Williamson Eminent Professor of History and senior associate director of UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South. He was the founding director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, where he taught for eighteen years. He also taught at Yale University and Jackson State University, and chaired the National Endowment for the Humanities. His books include Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues (UNC Press, 2009) and he coedited the award-winning Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (UNC Press, 1989).

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