Author Barbara Wright to visit Southwest Brunswick Branch Library Nov. 4
BOLIVIA, N.C. – Brunswick County Library will host their next Author Talk event for Brunswick County residents and visitors at Southwest Brunswick Branch Library on Friday, Nov. 4 at 4:00 p.m. This program is part of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Big Read 2022-23.
All are invited to join author Barbara Wright as she discusses her latest novel, Crow, a fictionalized account of the 1898 massacre in Wilmington. Crow follows Moses, an 11-year-old boy living in Wilmington and his family in the summer of 1898.
Crow is one of the NEA Big Read companion titles to the main book Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. Free copies of the NEA Big Read books are available at Library branches while supplies last. Readers of all ages are invited to learn more about Barbara Wright, the story behind Crow, and the history of the Cape Fear region during this event.
Space for the event is limited. To reserve a spot or for additional questions, visit the Southwest Brunswick Branch Library or call 910.575.0173.
An initiative of NEA in partnership with Arts Midwest, the NEA Big Read aims to broaden our understanding of our world, our communities, and ourselves through the power of a shared reading experience. Showcasing a diverse range of themes, voices, and perspectives, the NEA Big Read aims to inspire meaningful conversations, artistic responses, and new discoveries and connections in each community.
Brunswick County is one of the 62 communities nationwide participating in the 2022-2023 NEA Big Read. From Nov. 2022 to Jan. 2023, Brunswick County Library will celebrate Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi and other important companion titles with events including:
Crow: Author Visit and Book discussion with Barbara Wright
Date: Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at 4 p.m.
Location: Southwest Brunswick Branch Library / 9400 Ocean Hwy W, Carolina Shores
Description: Brunswick County Library will host author Barbara Wright as she delves into the research, process, and storytelling involved in writing Crow. This event is free and open to the public. Seats are limited, and reservations are required. Please RSVP by calling 910.575.0173 or visiting Southwest Brunswick Branch Library.
Cape Fear Rising: Author Visit and Book discussion with Philip Gerard
Date: Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023, at 2 p.m.
Location: 801 Ocean Event Center / 801 Ocean Dr, Oak Island
Description: Brunswick County Library will host author Philip Gerard as he discusses his acclaimed novel, Cape Fear Rising, a fictionalized account of the bloody 1898 Wilmington white supremacist coup. This event is free and open to the public. Seats are limited, and reservations are required. Please RSVP by calling 910.278.4283.
ABOUT BARBARA WRIGHT
Barbara Wright is an American writer and has published three novels during her career: Crow (2012), Plain Language (2007), and Easy Money (1995). In 2004, Plain Language received the Spur Award for Best Original Paperback Novel from the Western Writers of America. In 2013, Crow was named one of the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People by the National Council for the Social Studies, and named a Best Children’s Book of the Year for ages 14 and up by the Bank Street Children’s Book Committee. Wright was born in 1951 and grew up in North Carolina. Her family has owned a house in Holden Beach since the late 1940s. In her lifetime, she has lived in France, Korea, and El Salvador, and has traveled widely in Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado with her husband, Frank Gay. Wright has worked as a fact checker for Esquire Magazine and as a screenwriter. When not writing, she enjoys gardening, playing tennis, and practicing jazz piano.