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By: Miranda Forman

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.

By: Miranda Forman

During the library’s break hours this week, ACC Tournament games will be shown in the Hunt Library’s Teaching & Visualization Lab on the 4th floor.

The viewing schedule is:
Thursday: 12:00 – 6:00 pm
Friday: 12:00 – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 1:00 – 5:30 pm
Sunday: 1:00 – 4:00 pm

Go Wolfpack!

By: Miranda Forman

Davey WredenWith 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 Davey Wreden, developer of the critically acclaimed video game The Stanley Parable.

First released in 2011 and remastered into a longer version in 2013, The Stanley Parable is a video game that hinges on the player’s choices. Instead of combat or traditional action sequences, the player explores a building while being advised by a narrator. As the player progresses through the game, he or she can decide to follow the narrator’s advice or deviate from the suggested path. Each choice opens new avenues of gameplay and possible endings, capitalizing on the power of nonlinear story lines and the power of choice.

Video game developer, filmmaker, and founder of the website Galactic Cafe, Wreden is one of the many speakers at the North Carolina Literary Festival who is setting directions for the future of reading.

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

By: Miranda Forman

Children's Events at the North Carolina Literary Festival

For children who are avid readers, comic book lovers, or just learning how to read, the NC Literary Festival has many workshops and events designed for younger appreciators of story:

  • The Children’s Activity Area (all day 4/5 and 4/6) coordinated by the NC State University College of Education, will feature hands-on activities that connect math and writing, storytelling with Legos, explore reading technologies, and make writing fun. With the “Reading Passport to the Future,” children may earn stamps on their passport as they complete activities.
  • R. L. Stine (4/5 11:15-12:15 in the Multipurpose Room), author of the Goosebumps series, and Jacqueline Davies (4/5 2:45-3:45pm in the IEI Lecture Hall), author of The Lemonade War books, will be available at book signings to greet their fans.
  • The Story Squad (4/6 1:15-2:15pm in Hunt Auditorium) will perform folktales for elementary-age children, Paperhand Puppet Intervention (4/5 10:00-11:00am in the Hunt Auditorium) will perform their unique brand of creative storytelling, and StoryUp! Aerial Storytelling (4/5 4:00-5:00pm outside Hunt Library) will share favorite folktales and fables using aerial silks and straps.
  • The Durham Comics Project (4/5 12:00-1:00pm IEI Classroom) will teach you how to make your own comic book in less than an hour, and the NCSU Libraries will show kids how to make their own musical instrument… with food and a Makey Makey (4/5 2:00-3:00pm outside Hunt Library).
  • The Charlotte Bobcats Book Van and team mascot Rufus will cheer you on as you explore the Literary Festival.
Discover even more activities for you and your family at the NC Literary Festival website. To download a complete schedule of events, click here.

By: Miranda Forman

Jill McCorkleWith 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.

By: David Hiscoe

“N.C. State asked for a library that, at its core, in its every facet, reached out to serve its students. That’s what it got,” concludes Our State magazine in a feature article about the Hunt Library.

By: Miranda Forman

Computer Science graduate student Arpan Chakraborty checks out the Libraries' first Google Glass

The Libraries will be demonstrating Google Glass and giving audience members the chance to use it themselves! If you’d like to learn more about NC State’s newest technology and maybe try it out yourself, stop by one of the demos:

The D. H. Hill Lobby on Monday, March 3 from 12-2 PM

The Tech Showcase at the Hunt Library on Wednesday, March 5 from 1-3 PM.

We hope to see you there!

By: David Hiscoe

Wilton BarnhardtWith 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.

By: David Hiscoe

The Libraries needs your help in preparing for Fiscal Year 2014/2015 cuts to the collections budget of approximately $750,000. The list of potential journal cancellations is available for review at https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/collections/collectionsreview2014.

The site provides instructions on how to rank journals and submit your feedback by the deadline of March 21, 2014. There is also an FAQ available that addresses a number of potential questions about the review, including the Libraries’ commitment to document delivery for canceled titles and the timeline for the overall process.

Under the guidance of the University Library Committee (ULC), and in consultation with the NC State community, the NCSU Libraries is preparing for reductions to the FY 2014/2015 collections budget.  Cuts to the Library budget this year and continued price increases for journals and databases above standard inflation rates require a review of current collecting to identify up to $750,000 in potential cuts.  This review will include reductions to the book budget and a comprehensive review of all journal and database subscriptions.

Your participation is critical in making the best possible decisions during this difficult period. As evidenced by the over 11 million uses of the collection over the past year, the collection is essential to research and teaching. We appreciate your guidance and collaboration.

By: David Hiscoe

With the North Carolina Literary Festival only six weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about who you’ll want to hear. We thought we’d help by providing a series of author spotlights as we lead up to April 3 and the beginning of the Festival.

First up, the author who weaves myths and tall tales to create poignant, at times hilarious, stories of family, forgiveness, and love—Daniel Wallace.

Self-described as an “author, angler, and alligator wrestler,” Daniel Wallace is like his fiction—wide-ranging and humorous. He has worked not only as a novelist, but also as a short story writer, screenwriter, and illustrator. His most recent novel is The Kings and Queens of Roam, hailed by Booklist as a “melancholy yet enchanting pastiche of love, loss, redemption, and revenge.”

Wallace is also known for Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions, which combines tall tales with classic literature including Homer’s The Odyssey. Wallace’s novel inspired Tim Burton’s 2003 film adaptation Big Fish (in which Wallace also plays an acting role), along with a Broadway musical. Wallace’s short stories have been published in many literary magazines and anthologies including The Yale Review, The Greensboro Review, and The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror.

Daniel Wallace is currently a professor in the English Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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