The Workboats of Core Sound: Stories and Photographs from Down East
Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
Wilson Special Collections Library
5:30 p.m. Program | Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library, (919) 548-1203
The fishing boats and people of eastern North Carolina will be the topic of a free public program Feb. 6 in Wilson Library. Author and photographer Lawrence Earley will share photographs and vignettes from his book The Workboats of Core Sound: Stories and Photographs of a Changing World (UNC Press, 2013).
Through nearly 100 black and white photographs mixed with essays and interviews, Earley focuses on the rich history behind the region’s hand-built wooden fishing boats. He calls each workboat “a memory bank of relationships and experiences.”
The book highlights a unique community and culture in North Carolina, complete with its own folkloric and humorous tales. Earley recounts one of his favorite stories about a fisherman who returned home to his wife after a 20-year absence, only to greet her with, “What’re we having for supper?”
This richly illustrated book brings to life the world of a fishing tradition threatened by local and global forces. Publishers Weekly praised the book for its “excellent job of highlighting Down East fishing culture.”
Earley, a writer and photographer in Raleigh, holds a Ph.D. in American literature from UNC and is the author of Looking for Longleaf: The Fall and Rise of an American Forest.