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Lawrence Earley To Speak About Photographs of Down East Fishing Boats

workboats_cover_350The 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.

Related Links
The Workboats of Core Sound at UNC Press
Lawrence S. Earley Interview
Lawrence Earley Photography

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