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42nd Annual Book and Author EventMarch 5, 2013 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Hosted by Friends of the Library at Queens
The annual Book and Author events have established a reputation for excellence throughout the Charlotte community. This spring, Friends of the Library at Queens is proud to welcome authors Jill McCorkle and Jay Erskine Leutze for the 42nd Annual Book & Author Luncheon.
Luncheon: March 5, Noon
A wine reception will begin at 11:30am in the Trexler foyer.
Frances Young Dining Room - Morrison Hall
Jill McCorkle is a professor in the MFA Creative Writing program at NC State. She has taught at UNC-Chapel Hill, Tufts University and Brandeis, where she was the Fannie Jurst Visiting Writer. She was a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Creative Writing at Harvard for five years where she also served as chair of the creative writing program. A member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, McCorkle has the distinction of having published her first two novels on the same day in 1984. Since then she has published three other novels and four collections of short stories. Five of her eight books have been named New York Times notable books. McCorkle has received the New England Book Award, the John Dos Passos Price for Excellence in Literature and the North Carolina Award for Literature. Aside from published fiction, her essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The News & Observer, Southern Living, and Real Simple. She lives with her husband in Hillsborough, North Carolina.
Jay Erskine Leutze was born in Virginia in 1964. Trained as an attorney, he has become a leading voice for state and federal conservation funding for investment in public lands. He is a Trustee for Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, one of the nation's most established land trusts. Jay Leutze has long been a passionate defender of the priceless natural resources of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. And so begins the epic quest of Stand Up That Mountain, a story that demonstrates what is possible when local people set their minds to righting a wrong. More than just an account of a remarkable environmental battle, Stand Up That Mountain is a moving portrait of a remote place and the people who live there. Jay Leutze is a natural stylist and an accomplished storyteller, and this is a classic, inspiring underdog story. Not only does the case against the Clark Stone Company set groundbreaking leagal precedent, but the good guys win a complete victory. How they do it is as compelling as the best literary fiction. Jay Leutze now lives in the Southern Appalachian Mountains of North Carolina.