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.
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.
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).
- The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists (book information)
- Southern Folklife Collection
- Grant Will Preserve Rare American Music Recordings (Southern Folklife Collection)