Tuesday, April 8 — Women Writers of the American South — Don’t miss this fascinating lecture by William Ferris!

April 8 — Tuesday – 

Women Writers of the American South — STORIED SOUTH Cover

A lecture by William Ferris, author of


Tuesday evening, April 8, 
6:00 – 7:30 PM, 

Morrison Regional Library — Community Room, 
7015 Morrison Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28211  

WNBA-Charlotte is delighted to welcome Professor William Ferris, author of THE STORIED SOUTH: VOICES OF WRITERS AND ARTISTS (UNC Press) to our April meeting!

Professor Ferris will focus his lecture on women writers and artists, including Eudora Welty, Alice Walker, and Maud Gatewood. His presentation will be highlighted by his videos, audio recordings, and photos from his interviews with these women.

The Storied South features the voices—by turn searching and honest, coy and scathing—of twenty-six of the most luminous artists and thinkers in the American cultural firmament, from Eudora Welty, Pete Seeger, and Alice Walker to William Eggleston, Bobby Rush, and C. Vann Woodward. Masterfully drawn from one-on-one interviews conducted by renowned folklorist William Ferris over the past forty years, the book reveals how storytelling is viscerally tied to southern identity and how the work of these southern or southern-inspired creators has shaped how Americans think and talk about the South.

The Storied South offers a unique, intimate opportunity to sit at the table with these men and women and learn how they worked and how they perceived their art. The volume also features 45 of Ferris’s striking photographic portraits of the speakers and a CD and a DVD of original audio and films of the interviews.

 William Ferris Author Photo


William Ferris is Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History and senior associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ferris is the author of Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues, among other books, and coeditor of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.



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