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Let's Talk About It! Fall 2016

 

The Journey Inward:
Women’s Autobiographies

 
 

 

7:00 p.m.—8:45 p.m.

 

September 12, 2016
to
November 7, 2016

 

at the

Carteret County Public Library

1702 Live Oak St., Beaufort, NC 28516

 
 

You are cordially invited to join Carteret County Public Library as we host this exciting program. Each of the five sessions will bring together avid readers and an eminent humanities scholar. Together, participants go on a journey of enlightenment as they discuss the nuances and relevancy of these books to our lives.

 

The series is free of charge and open to the public. Registration is not required to attend.

 
         


     The quest for identity often involves undertaking a journey, whether literally or figuratively. The autobiographies in this series tell of both kinds of journeys and will spur us to join the authors in attempting to make sense out of our lives.

Book List & Discussion Schedule

 

Monday, September 12, 7 p.m.
Speaker: Billy Yeargin
MLS Duke University

An American Childhood
By Annie Dillard


Dillard's luminous prose painlessly captures the pain of growing up in this wonderful evocation of childhood.   Dillard climbs back inside her 5-, 10-, and 15-year-old selves with apparent effortlessness.
   
         
  Monday, September 26, 7 p.m.
Speaker: Sue Ross Ph.D/M.A.
Queens College, Charlotte


Letters of Woman Homesteader
By Elinore Pruitt Stewart


In the early 1900s recently widowed Steward accepted an offer to work on a ranch in Wyoming. Through 26 letters she reveals herself to be a joyful and talented survivor, and a powerful writer especially about the natural world.
   
         
 

Monday, October 10, 7 p.m.
Speaker: Michelle Manning
UNC Wilmington MFA


West With the Night
By Beryl Markha

A true epic, complete with shattered societal expectations, torrid love affairs, and desperate crash landings. A rebel from a young age, the British-born Markham was raised in Kenya’s unforgiving farmlands. She learned to be a bush pilot at a time when most Africans had never seen a plane. In 1936, she accepted the ultimate challenge: to fly solo across the Atlantic from east to west.

   
         
 

Monday, October 24, 7 p.m.
Frank Deena, Ph.D
ECU

Dust Tracks on a Road
By Zora Neale Hurston


Dust Tracks on a Road is the bold, poignant, and funny autobiography of novelist, folklorist, and anthropologist Zora Neale Hurston, whose powerful novels of the South continue to enthrall readers with their lyrical grace, sharp detail, and captivating emotionality.
   
         

Monday, November 7, 7 p.m.
Susan Ketchin
NC State University

One Writer’s Biography
By Eudora Welty


Eudora Welty was born in 1909 in Jackson, Mississippi. In a "continuous thread of revelation" she sketches her autobiography and tells how her family and surroundings contributed to of her personality and her writing.   She has recreated this vanished world with the same subtlety and insight that mark her fiction.
 
 
 

Program Sponsors

 
 

This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide nonprofit and affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.
“Let’s Talk About It” is a joint project of the North Carolina Humanities Council and the North Carolina Center for the Book, a program of the State Library of North Carolina/Department of Cultural Resources and an affiliate of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

 
       
 

Friends of Carteret County Public Library provide matching funds for the “Let’s Talk About It” book series.

 
       
         
 
 
 
Past “Let’s Talk About It” Series

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