The Center is proud to co-sponsor a book talk and signing in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room in Wilson Library on Thursday, September 5th for The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists, the newest work from Senior Associate Director William R. Ferris.
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.
*Co-sponsored by The Center for the Study of the American South, the Southern Folklife Collection, and Friends of the Library