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Mar 14 2014

NC Literary Festival Author Spotlight: Lee Smith

With the North Carolina Literary Festival only three 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 Lee Smith, North Carolina author of thirteen novels and four compilations of short stories. She is professor emerita in English at North Carolina State University and has been hailed by Writer Magazine as “one of the South’s most distinctive voices.”

Lee Smith’s work often features her Southern roots. Her latest novel Guests on Earth details the time Zelda Fitzgerald spent in Highland Hospital in Asheville, NC, told from the point of view of a young hospitalized piano prodigy. Sometimes humorous and sometimes dark, Smith’s fiction is wide-ranging and always emotionally gripping. Smith’s awards and accolades are extensive, including the O. Henry Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction, and in April 2013, she was the first recipient of Mercer University’s Lanier Prize for Southern Literature.

Once a longtime English professor at North Carolina State University, Smith now lives in Hillsborough, NC. We are honored to welcome her back to NC State for the Literary Festival.

To learn more about the authors and programs of the NC Literary Festival, check out the Festival website.