Coinciding with the book’s publication by UNC Press, the Center is proud to sponsor an opening reception for a new art exhibition with the photographs from The Storied South: Voices and Writers of Artists, the newest work from Senior Associate Director William R. Ferris.
*Ferris will sign copies of his book (available for purchase) at the opening reception.
About The Storied South:
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 the way Americans think and talk about the South.
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 author of Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues, among other books, and co-editor of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.