In our increasingly, mobile society, does a sense of place in fiction still even matter? Four Charlotte area writers believe it does - especially when you're talking about southern fiction. Southern fiction, after all, has a bite, a flavor and a cadence all its own, producing some of the most distinctive literary voices in American fiction.
Join us on Tuesday, September 20 from 5:30-7 when Kim Wright (Last Ride to Graceland), Joy Callaway (FIfth Avenue Artist Society), Erika Marks (The Last Treasure) and Marybeth Whalen (The Things We Wish Were True) will discuss what it means to be a southern writer in 2016. Since the four of them are friends and writing buddies who by chance all had new novels coming out this summer, they joined forces to become the Authors Out of Carolina, traveling together to discuss and promote their books. Each brings a different perspective to the discussion: Kim's book traces a road trip through the colorful and quirky deep south. Erika's books are set on the Carolina coastline with its rich history of shipwrecks, intrigue and even pirates. Joy also explores history, but from a more genteel angle, including the founding of America's first sorority. Marybeth's novel is a suburban thriller, exploring the secrets of a summer swim club in the new money New South.
"We know each other really well and love gossiping, debating, telling stories, and laughing about the zany world of publishing," says Kim. "So it all adds up to a fun panel. And we especially love talking to book clubs and library groups. Anywhere reading women congregate in groups."