Map of NC

Map of NC

October 20, 2016

The 2016 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame Ceremony

Congratulations!  On Sunday, October 16th, Margaret MaronClyde Edgerton, and Carl Sandburg were inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.  Members of the North Carolina Literary Map team attended the wonderful event held at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities in Southern Pines.  A great time was had by all!

October 13, 2016

A Tribute to Eastern North Carolina

Almost a week ago, Hurricane Matthew tore through Eastern North Carolina, leaving massive devastation and flooding in its wake.  As rivers in this region continue to overflow, even more homes and businesses are being destroyed and inundated.  Roads have collapsed.  Bridges have washed away.  At least twenty people have died.  Thirty-one out of North Carolina's one hundred counties have been declared federal disaster areas by our governor.

The eastern part of our state is home to hundreds of authors, such as Nicholas Sparks, Clyde Edgerton, Margaret Maron, and Shelby Stephenson.  Over one thousand titles have been incorporated into the North Carolina Literary Map.  Several colleges and universities are located here, including East Carolina University, the University of Mount Olive, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, and the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

As this part of our state waits for the flood waters to recede from its towns and for the massive rebuilding and repair work to begin, we here at the North Carolina Literary Map support you.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you.  May you grow even stronger together as you recover and move on.

October 6, 2016

NC Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference

The North Carolina Writers' Network 2016 Fall Conference will be held November 4-6 at the Marriott Hotel near the Crabtree Valley Mall in Raleigh, NC.  The conference attracts hundreds of writers both locally and from across the country.  Among them are Margaret Maron, an award-winning novelist and 2016 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee.  She will be giving the keynote address.  NC Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson will be a featured guest in a banquet given on the final night.  For more information, please check out the NC Writers' Network website.  Early registration ends October 28.  Spaces are filling up fast so sign up now if you are interested in attending!  We hope to see you there!

September 29, 2016

Thomas Wolfe's Birthday Celebration!

Join with Asheville, North Carolina, as they celebrate the 116th birthday of Thomas Wolfe!  On October 3, 1900, Wolfe, a well-renowned, highly-acclaimed author, was born here.  To honor his legacy, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial State Historic Site and the City of Asheville are teaming up to host a month-long series of events centered around this great novelist and his life.

The first event starts this Saturday, October 1st.  Interested?  Then please go visit this website!  Would you like to read some of the many books that Wolfe wrote?  Or how about one of the many biographies?  Then please check out your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading!  Happy Birthday Thomas Wolfe!

September 22, 2016

NC Lit Map at the Bookmarks Festival!

Greetings!  On September 10th, the North Carolina Literary Map had a wonderful time handing out tote bags and telling folks all about us at the Bookmarks Festival in Winston-Salem, NC.  We got to see plenty of awesome faces and meet lots of authors!  How cool is that?

September 8, 2016

Happy 100th Birthday NC State Parks!

By 1915, logging had decimated much of the forest on Mount Mitchell, NC, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River.  Locke Craig, the then governor of North Carolina, introduced a bill in the state legislature to protect this area.  On March 3, 1915, Mount Mitchell became North Carolina's first state park.  Shortly afterwards, the North Carolina State Parks System was born.

Throughout 2016, the NC State Parks System is celebrating its centennial anniversary.  Mount Mitchell has been named the "North Carolina State Park of the Century".  A few books have been written about this magnificent mountain.  One of these is aptly entitled "Mount Mitchell and the Black Mountains" by history professor Timothy Silver.  The author's work won the prestigious "Ragan Old North State Award" for nonfiction.  Interested in learning more?  Then check out this book at your local library or bookstore!

Perhaps one might even consider a trip to Mount Mitchell or one of the many other parks in the NC State Park System.  Wherever you end up going, please make sure to thank the NC State Parks workers for maintaining all of these sites across our state.  Happy 100th Birthday to the North Carolina State Parks!  Thank you so much for all of the work that you do!

Locke Craig, governor of North Carolina from 1913-1917,
Professor Timothy Silver's award winning book,

September 1, 2016

Ashe County Literary Festival 2016

The On the Same Page Literary Festival is coming up soon!  Georgann Eubanks and Diane Chamberlain are two of the many famous writers scheduled to appear.  This four-day "celebration of reading and writing" runs from Tuesday to Saturday, September 13-17, in West Jefferson, North Carolina.  Book and poetry readings, writers' workshops, and luncheons with bestselling authors are just a few of the many events being offered.  For further information, please visit their website.  Hope to see you there!