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Mar 28 2014

5 Questions with Lev Grossman

Lev Grossman

The NC State Bulletin just published an insightful interview with Lev Grossman, senior writer and book critic for Time magazine, bestselling novelist, and headliner author at the North Carolina Literary Festival.

An interview teaser:

“Lev Grossman’s parents are both college professors, so when he entered the doctoral comparative literature program at Yale, it looked like he was fated to follow in their footsteps. But Grossman left Yale without finishing his dissertation and became a freelance journalist instead, writing for a wide variety of publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times and Salon. With his freelance career going gangbusters, Grossman seemed to have landed, but right away he set out on another path: writing novels that chronicle the mysteries of nerddom.

Grossman’s first novel, “Warp,” is about a person who has trouble distinguishing between “Star Trek” and reality. His second novel, “Codex,” is about uncanny linkages between a legendary 14th-century book and a strange computer game. But it was his third novel, “The Magicians,” that catapulted him onto the New York Times bestseller list and onto bookshelves in 22 countries.”

For more information about Lev Grossman, including his own words about journalism, fantasy writing, and the future of reading, please check out the rest of the interview!

As part of the NC Literary Festival, Grossman will be speaking on Thursday, April 3rd, at 7:30PM in NC State’s Hunt Library. We hope to see you there!

For more information and a full schedule of events, please visit the Festival website.

Mar 27 2014

NC Literary Festival Author Spotlight: R.L. Stine

GoosebumpsWith only one week before the NC Literary Festival starts on Thursday, April 3rd, it’s more important than ever to finalize your list of authors to see.

Meet R.L. Stine, one of the top best-selling children’s series authors of all time. Stine is best known for his series Goosebumps, but he is phenomenally prolific and wrote several more series including Fear Street, Rotten School, and The Nightmare Room. At the end of 2012, CNN reported that “Stine has written more than 300 books that have sold a combined 350 million copies around the world.”

In addition to being one of the world’s top-selling and prolific children’s authors, Stine is an accomplished screenwriter, short story writer, and author of adult literature. He was lead screenwriter of the children’s television show “Eureeka’s Castle” for six years, and his adult thriller Eye Candy is currently being made into a TV series for MTV. Paradoxically enough, while Stine is commonly regarded as a horror writer, he has published a series of joke books under the pen name Jovial Bob Stine.

So, whether you’re a Goosebumps fan, a jokester, or interested in learning about how to write an astounding number of bestsellers, come meet R.L. Stine at the Hunt Library on Saturday, April 5. Stine will be available from 11:15-12:15 for one of our Family Fun events. Later on Saturday from 12:30-1:30, he will discuss the horror genre with Peter Straub. We hope to see you there!

For more information about the schedule and programs of the North Carolina Literary Festival, please visit the Festival website.

Mar 25 2014

Mobile Guide to the NC Literary Festival

For mobile information about the North Carolina Literary Festival, there’s an app for that! If you’re wondering when to catch your favorite Pulitzer Prize winners, video game designers, and aerial storytellers, this guide will be your guide. Our mobile guide should also make it easy to plan your experience at the Literary Festival and navigate Hunt Library when you get there.

On your smartphone, check out m.guidebook.com and scan the bottom QR code, or search on guidebook.com for “North Carolina Literary Festival.” The Festival starts in less than two weeks! We hope to see you there!

Mar 24 2014

NC Literary Festival Author Spotlight: James McBride

With only ten days before the NC Literary Festival, it’s more important than ever to finalize your list of authors to see. We’ve introduced Richard Ford and Junot Díaz, so now it’s time for James McBride—bestselling memoirist, saxophonist, and songwriter.

James McBride is perhaps best known for his landmark memoir The Color of Water—a book which stayed on the New York Times bestseller list for two years. The Color of Water is a moving, thoughtful account of McBride’s life that enables its readers to look inside themselves at their own decisions and beliefs. McBride’s latest novel The Good Lord Bird features the American revolutionary John Brown, and won the 2013 National Book Award.

In addition to being one of America’s best contemporary writers, McBride is a phenomenal saxophonist and songwriter. As a musician, he toured with jazz legend Jimmy Scott, is an accomplished songwriter, and co-wrote the musical “Bo-Bos.” Even more, McBride is a successful screenwriter and prolific journalist, and has written for news outlets including The Boston Globe, Washington Post, and People Magazine.

McBride will be speaking at the Literary Festival on Saturday, April 5 from 2:00-3:00PM in the Hunt Library. We are honored to have him join us for the NC Literary Festival.

For more information about the Literary Festival’s events and schedule, please visit the Festival website.

Mar 21 2014

NC Literary Festival Author Spotlight: Junot Díaz

Junot DiazWith the North Carolina Literary Festival less than two weeks away, it’s time to start thinking about who you’ll want to hear. Meet Junot Díaz, one of our keynote authors.

The list of Díaz’s awards and accolades could fill all five of the high-resolution MicroTile walls in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library, and rightfully so. Along with the Pulitzer Prize, Díaz has won the National Book Critics Circle Award and has been honored with a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship, Dayton Literary Peace Prize, Guggenheim Fellowship, PEN/O. Henry Award, and more.

The New York Times has called Díaz’s voice “one of the most distinctive and magnetic … in contemporary fiction: limber, streetwise, caffeinated and wonderfully eclectic.” In an interview with Díaz, Sam Anderson writes that Díaz’s “receptivity to all the possible sources of inspiration is what makes Díaz’s work … so distinctively rich.” Díaz draws from every aspect of his history and our entire literary tradition to create vibrant characters who survive on many different borders, both physically and emotionally.

Díaz’s first book Drown was published to critical acclaim, featuring themes of absent fathers, immigrating from the Dominican Republic, and Díaz’s hallmark character Yunior—a nerdy, quirky teenager. The stories of Drown set the stage for Díaz’s later work, including his Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao and This is How You Lose Her. If you’re looking for heartbreaking and inspiring reading from one of the most acclaimed writers in the country, pick up any one of Díaz’s books.

We are honored to welcome Díaz to the North Carolina Literary Festival where he will read and hold a book signing at 7:00-9:00pm on Friday, April 4th, at the Hunt Library—1070 Partners Way, Raleigh.

While the Festival is free and open to the public, space is limited, and we ask that you reserve tickets for two of our authors, Junot Díaz and Richard Ford. For free tickets to see Junot Díaz, please visit this link: https://t.co/ehKbjkk0RT. Richard Ford tickets can be reserved here: https://t.co/ojBnw27CcJ. You may also reserve tickets at Quail Ridge Books & Music.

For more information about the programs of the Literary Festival and to download the full schedule of events, please visit the Festival website.

Mar 20 2014

5 Questions With Richard Ford

Richard Ford

The NC State Bulletin just published an insightful interview with Richard Ford, Pulitzer Prize winner, bestselling novelist, and keynote author at the North Carolina Literary Festival.

An interview teaser:

When Richard Ford was a teenager, he knew what he wanted to be when he grew up: a hotel manager. Ford even went to Michigan State so he could enroll in the university’s highly regarded hotel science program. As it happened, he changed career paths a number of times — schoolteacher, science editor, law school student, ROTC cadet — before he decided to try his hand at writing fiction. He got a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing, tried and failed to get any of his short stories published, and had only modest success with two novels that did find a publisher.

That’s when Ford decided to quit fiction writing and become a sportswriter for Inside Sports magazine. That lasted a year until the magazine folded. He then applied for a job at Sports Illustrated; they didn’t hire him. At that point Ford did the only thing he could think of to do: he wrote a novel about a man who had abandoned a career as a fiction writer to become a sportswriter.

That novel, “The Sportswriter,” went on to become one of Time magazine’s five best books of 1986. His novel “Independence Day,” a sequel to “The Sportswriter,” is the only book to ever win both the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the PEN/Faulkner Award. Since then he has published a number of critically praised and commercially successful books and story collections, most recently the novel “Canada” (2012). He may not be a hotel manager, but fiction writing seems to suit Richard Ford just fine.”

For Richard Ford’s own words about winning the Pulitzer, sportswriting, and the future of reading, please check out the rest of the interview.

As part of the NC Literary Festival, Ford will be reading on Sunday, April 6th, at 1:15PM in NC State’s Hunt Library. This is a ticketed event, and while tickets are free, they need to be reserved. Tickets are available at Quail Ridge Books & Music or online at go.ncsu.edu/nclitfest-ford.

For more information and a full schedule of events, please visit the Festival website.

Mar 18 2014

NC Literary Festival Author Spotlight: Lev Grossman

Lev GrossmanWith the NC Literary Festival only TWO 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.

Lev Grossman—bestselling author and senior writer and book critic for Time—has truly written something for everyone. As a journalist, he has reported on a universe of topics, including electronics, video games, Web comics, and crossword puzzles. The list of people he’s interviewed is a Who’s Who of contemporary writers and innovators, including Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, J.K. Rowling, and Salman Rushdie. About his work as a book critic, the New York Times wrote that he is “among this country’s smartest and most reliable.”

As an author of fiction, Grossman is best known for his books The Magician (New York Times Bestseller and named by The New Yorker as one of the best books of 2009) and The Magician King (also a Times bestseller). Featuring a dark, satirical, yet moving twist on childhood favorites like The Chronicles of Narnia, Grossman’s latest novels are adult speculative fiction at its best. NPR called The Magician King “a spellbinding stereograph, a literary adventure novel that is also about privilege, power and the limits of being human.”

Lev Grossman is working at the forefront of “The Future of Reading,” and is someone to talk to whether you’re interested in technology, video games, or almost anything else. He is one of our festival openers and will be reading at 7:30-8:30pm April 3rd, in the Hunt Library Auditorium at 1070 Partners Way, Raleigh.

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

Mar 18 2014

Reserve your free tickets to see Richard Ford and Junot Díaz

Though all the activities for the North Carolina Literary Festival are free and open to the public, two events where seating is limited will require that you reserve a free ticket in advance.

Junot Díaz, Friday, April 4th at 7:00-9:00 PM
Hunt Library Auditorium—1070 Partners Way, Raleigh

Keynote author Junot Díaz is the author of the critically acclaimed Drown; The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao, which won the 2008 Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics Circle Award; and This Is How You Lose Her, a New York Times bestseller and National Book Award finalist.

Please reserve your tickets for Junot Díaz at https://t.co/ehKbjkk0RT

Richard Ford, Sunday, April 6th, at 1:00-3:00 PM
Hunt Library Multipurpose Room—1070 Partners Way, Raleigh

Keynote author Richard Ford has published six novels and four collections of stories, including The Sportswriter, Independence Day, A Multitude of Sins, The Lay of the Land, and most recently, Canada. Independence Day was awarded the Pulitzer Prize and the Pen/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the first time the same book won both prizes.

Please reserve your tickets for Richard Ford at https://t.co/ojBnw27CcJ

Additionally, a limited number of tickets for both events is also available at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh.

These tickets are limited and are going very quickly, so if you plan on attending either of these events, please reserve your tickets as soon as possible.

We look forward to seeing you at the Festival!

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.

Mar 12 2014

NC Literary Festival Author Spotlight: Davey Wreden

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.