With the North Carolina 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.
Meet Wilton Barnhardt, bestselling author, four-time novelist, and professor at our very own North Carolina State University.
Barnhardt’s novels are ambitious and complex, spanning decades, generations, and continents. His latest book is Lookaway, Lookaway, which tells the hilarious and heartrending story of the Johnston family, set in Charlotte, North Carolina. The New York Times writes that Lookaway, Lookaway is “lacerating but affectionate, as exuberant as it is shrewd, … a Southern novel so sure-footed the only real question for Barnhardt is, ‘What took you so long?’” HBO recently optioned the novel to adapt it into a comedy series. In addition to his novels, Barnhardt is an established short story author, anthologized in The Story Behind the Story and Long Story Short.
Barnhardt currently works at North Carolina State University and teaches graduates and undergraduates about storytelling in all its forms—novels, screenplays, nonfiction, and more. Always approachable, ready with advice and a quip, Barnhardt is someone you should 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.