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April 21, 2018

NC Lit Map at NC Writers' Network Spring Conference

Greetings! Today, April 21st, we're at the North Carolina Writers' Network Spring Conference! Held on-campus at UNC-Greensboro, you can find our table in the MHRA Building. Stop by and ask about the NC Literary Map, or just to say hello and get a free bag!

April 10, 2018

National Poetry Month 2018

April is National Poetry Month, a celebration that began in 1996 and was started by the Academy of American Poets. This is a month dedicated to the appreciation and spread of poetry in the United States.

The North Carolina Literary Map has a section dedicated to poetry about North Carolina, with 172 collections available to browse. This National Poetry Month we mark the memory of Kathryn Stripling Byer, former Poet Laureate and the first woman to hold the title. Her poetry often focused upon the lives of women in the Appalachians and their hardships. One such example is Black Shawl, a collection of poetry about the female ballad singers in western North Carolina. Her last published poetry collection, Descent, confronted and challenged the legacy of southern racism.

If you are interested, check out her poetry at your local library or bookstore! Celebrate National Poetry Month with poems inspired by our own state!

April 3, 2018

NC Lit Map at the NC Writers’ Network

On April 21st the NC Literary Map will be at the NC Writers’ Network Spring Conference! It will be taking place at UNC Greensboro’s MHRA Building, and features classes and discussions on the business of writing and publishing. Find our table there to find more about the NC Literary Map!

March 29, 2018

National Women’s History Month

March is National Women's History Month, which was established in 1987 by the Congress to honor women's contributions to society.

North Carolina has a long history of women authors, many of whom can be found on the NC Literary Map. This Women’s History Month, allow me to introduce you to Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley. Born in 1818, a slave to Virginian Colonel Armistead Burwell, she was “given” to Burwell’s eldest son, Robert Burwell. In 1835, Keckley moved to Hillsborough and served the Burwells in Burwell Household. Keckley was submitted to horrendous cruelty as a slave, but in 1855 she purchased her freedom and became a dressmaker and close confidante of Mary Todd Lincoln. She wrote a book about her experiences as a slave and in the White House entitled: Thirty Years a Slave and Four Years in the White House. The book is a rare example of a memoir written by a woman slave, and is a testament to the trials that Keckley suffered during her lifetime. Later in life, she taught at Wilberforce University in Ohio, and died in 1907. You can find an example of her needlework at the Smithsonian American History museum, where the dress she made for Lincoln’s second inauguration ceremony is on display.

If you’re interested, you can find her book at your local bookstore or library! Celebrate this National Women’s History Month by learning about female authors from our own state.

March 27, 2018

Welcome back!

The NC Literary Map's blog has a new blogger! My name is Tasmin and I am currently a second semester graduate student at UNCG. I am pursuing my master's in Library Science and Information Studies. I've been working on the Lit Map for a semester already, and I am excited to spread word about North Carolina's vast array of talent!

Follow us on Twitter or Facebook! Check back soon for further insight into our state's authors, poets, and more!

November 30, 2017

NC Cooking

Thanksgiving has just ended here in our state of North Carolina.  Christmas is coming soon.  Do you need some fresh ideas for the holidays?  Are you looking for some new recipes to satisfy all of the friends and family coming your way in the next few weeks?  The NC Literary Map may have just the solution!

The North Carolina Literary Map has an entire genre devoted to cooking and cookbooks.  Winston-Salem chef Stephanie L. Tyson wrote "Well, Shut My Mouth!: The Sweet Potatoes Restaurant Cookbook," containing plenty of mouth-watering Southern recipes.  Charlotte author Amy T. Rogers collected more than 200 recipes from across the state in "Hungry for Home: Stories of Food from Across the Carolinas."  Not hungry yet?  Then perhaps consider perusing "Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes," by author Ronni Lundy.

Craving even more cooking inspiration?  Then please check out these books and others on our list at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading (and eating)!

November 16, 2017

Thank you Mr. Cecil!

Did you know that, until the 1970s, the Biltmore Estate struggled financially?  In fact, if it were not for the efforts of one man this grand house may well have fallen into ruin.  Who was this man?  His name was William A.V.  Cecil.  He recently passed away at the age of 89.  Cecil inherited the Biltmore Estate from his maternal grandfather, George Vanderbilt.  Cecil successfully transformed Biltmore and the surrounding city of Asheville into worldwide prominence.

The North Carolina Literary Map has quite a list of titles about the Biltmore Estate.  Author Howard E. Covington, Jr. wrote "Lady on the Hill," which tells how William Cecil transformed Biltmore from a crumbling mansion to the tourist magnet it is today.  Author Denise Kiernan wrote "The Last Castle," which details the life of the wealthy George Vanderbilt, his wife, Edith, and how the Biltmore Estate was built and constructed in the late 1800s.

Interested in learning more?  Then please check out these books at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading (and sightseeing)!