440 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 83 color and 20 b&w illus., 22 maps, index
This guidebook is the first of three regional volumes that invite residents and out-of-state visitors to explore North Carolina while reading literature from our state's finest writers. Organized geographically through a series of eighteen half-day and day-long tours in the western part of the state, the book directs curious travelers to the historic sites where Tar Heel authors have lived and worked. Along the way, travelers can read outstanding excerpts from the writers, evoking the places, customs, colloquialisms, and characters that figure prominently in their poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and plays. More than 170 writers from the past and present are featured in this volume, including Sequoyah, Elizabeth Spencer, Fred Chappell, Charles Frazier, Kathryn Stripling Byer, Robert Morgan, William Bartram, Gail Godwin, O. Henry, Thomas Wolfe, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Anne Tyler, Lillian Jackson Braun, Nina Simone, and Romulus Linney. Each tour provides information about the libraries, museums, colleges, bookstores, and other venues open to the public where writers regularly present their work or are represented in exhibits, events, performances, and festivals.
"Takes the reader into shaded byways of fascinating obscurity or simply personal aspects of the region's writers and writing. There is a super-highway of information to be found on the gravel roads and winding tracks of North Carolina's mountains. . . . A welcome addition to the ever-lengthening shelf of worthwhile works about the state's rich literary heritage."
--North Carolina Literary Review
"Links the lives of 170 of North Carolina’s visiting and native writers with mountain region destinations."
“A unique twist to common travel guidebooks. . . . [Eubanks] makes familiar destinations new again.”
"Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains underscores the state's rich literary legacy that's ongoing, and introduces folks to writers' work they may want to further explore."
"Not just a guidebook but a wealth of information, images, book and article excerpts, the Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains: A Guidebook, written by Georgann Eubanks, would be worth reading even if you weren’t traveling."
--Home & Away Magazine
"Georgann Eubanks proves to be the perfect tour guide--knowledgeable, companionable, insightful, and often surprising. Who knew about Anne Tyler's very interesting connection to Celo, for instance? A perfect book for the armchair traveler as well as the actual tourist."
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