In a February 9 interview, Amy Baldwin, director of the North Carolina Literary Festival, discussed a new initiative in 2009, “Authors on the Road,” which she described as “a program designed to bring the NCLF to the entire state of North Carolina and to further highlight our talented North Carolina authors.” The program’s six events, at libraries across the state, help to preview the official festival, Sept. 10-13 at UNC-Chapel Hill. Earlier today, the NCLF officially announced five of the participating writers:
- Saturday, August 22, 3 p.m., Daniel Wallace, New Hanover County Public Library, Wilmington
- Tuesday, August 25, 7 p.m., Allan Gurganus, Sheppard Memorial Library, Greenville
- Tuesday, September 1, 6:30 p.m., P.T. Deutermann, Cumberland County Public Library and Information Center, Fayetteville
- Tuesday, September 1, 7 p.m., Joan Medlicott, Patrick Beaver Memorial Library, Hickory
- Tuesday, September 8, 7 p.m., Randall Kenan, Forsyth County Public Library, Winston-Salem
A sixth event will take place at Asheville’s Pack Memorial Library, but the author and the date are still to be announced.
These authors are the first to be added to the festival’s web site, with more participants forthcoming.