472 pp., 6.125 x 9.25, 83 color and 18 b&w illus., 22 maps, index
Read your way across North Carolina's Piedmont in the second of a series of regional guides that bring the state's rich literary history to life for travelers and residents. Eighteen tours direct readers to sites that more than two hundred Tar Heel authors have explored in their fiction, poetry, plays, and creative nonfiction. Along the way, excerpts chosen by author Georgann Eubanks illustrate a writer's connection to a specific place or reveal intriguing local culture--insights rarely found in travel guidebooks. Featured authors include O. Henry, Doris Betts, Alex Haley, Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston, John Hart, Betty Smith, Edward R. Murrow, Patricia Cornwell, Carson McCullers, Maya Angelou, Lee Smith, Reynolds Price, and David Sedaris. Literary Trails is an exciting way to see anew the places that you already love and to discover new people and places you hadn't known about. The region's rich literary heritage will surprise and delight all readers.
Praise for Georgann Eubanks' Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains: A Guidebook
"Takes the reader into shaded byways of fascinating obscurity or simply personal aspects of the region's writers and writing. There is a super-highway of information to be found on the gravel roads and winding tracks of North Carolina's mountains. . . . A welcome addition to the ever-lengthening shelf of worthwhile works about the state's rich literary heritage."
--North Carolina Literary Review
"Links the lives of 170 of North Carolina’s visiting and native writers with mountain region destinations."
"A true gem. . . . Eubanks effectively compresses her encyclopedic knowledge of writers and their places and invites you to explore further."
"Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains underscores the state's rich literary legacy that's ongoing, and introduces folks to writers' work they may want to further explore."
"Not just a guidebook but a wealth of information, images, book and article excerpts, the Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains: A Guidebook, written by Georgann Eubanks, would be worth reading even if you weren't traveling."
--Home & Away Magazine
"You don't need a road map to enjoy 'Literary Trails.' With plenty of photos, anecdotes, and excerpts from North Carolina writers, it's also a satisfying at-home read. . . . Even if you're an avid reader, you're bound to discover something new."
--Raleigh News & Observer
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