By: Miranda Forman
With the NC Literary Festival only five weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about who you’ll want to hear. We thought we’d help by providing some author spotlights as we lead up to April 3 and the beginning of the Festival.
Jill McCorkle—bestselling author, winner of the Dos Passos Prize, and professor at NC State—has published ten novels and story compilations, five of which have been named New York Times notable books. Life After Life is McCorkle’s latest work and reveals the quirky, complex, and ultimately inspiring characters living in Pine Haven Estates, a North Carolina retirement community. Of McCorkle’s prolific work, The New York Times proclaims, “In books like Carolina Moon and Final Vinyl Days, Ms. McCorkle earned a reputation for humor and a nostalgic take on the new South. In Life After Life, the mask of humor is less present, in favor of what the author called ‘the darker story underneath.’”
Jill McCorkle is currently a professor in the English Department of NC State University where she teaches undergraduate and graduate students with remarkable consideration and generosity. She is also a core faculty member of the Bennington College Writing Seminars and a frequent instructor in the Sewanee Summer Writers Program. She is undoubtedly someone to add to your list of authors to meet at the North Carolina Literary Festival.
To learn more about the authors and programs of the NC Literary Festival, check out the Festival website.