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The Storied South: Exhibition and Reading

Coinciding with the book’s publication by UNC Press, the Center is proud to sponsor two events for The Storied South: Voices and Writers of Artists, the newest work from Senior Associate Director William R. Ferris.


Art @ the Center — September 3, 2013 (opening reception)

A photography exhibition featuring 45 portraits from The Storied South
5:30 p.m., The Center for the Study of the American South (410 E. Franklin Street, Chapel Hill)
*Ferris will sign copies of his book (available for purchase) at the opening reception

Book talk and signing — September 5, 2013

5:30 p.m., Pleasants Family Assembly Room, Wilson Library
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
*Co-sponsored by The Center for the Study of the American South, the Southern Folklife Collection, and Friends of the Library


Storied South

UNC Press, 2013

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 coeditor of the award-winning Encyclopedia of Southern Culture.