Thirsty Tome 2017: “New Literary Voices of the South”

Monday, August 21

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Randall Library welcomes four acclaimed novelists to campus for two days of readings, signings, craft talks, panel discussions and more for Thirsty Tome 2017. The annual UNCWelcome Week event celebrates the culture of creative writing at UNCW and in the community. 

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This year's program includes readings by literary powerhouses Stephanie Powell Watts, Taylor Brown, Wiley Cash and Matthew Griffin. Their work focuses on the subversion of the Southern Gothic tradition, exploring the changing landscape of the South and its inhabitants.

Keynote Event: Monday, Aug. 21, 7-9 p.m. McNeill Hall, room 1005
Stephanie Powell Watts (keynote speaker) is an associate professor of English at Lehigh University. She is the recipient of a Whiting Award, a Pushcart Prize, the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence and the Southern Women’s Writers Award for Emerging Writer of the Year. She was also a PEN/Hemingway finalist for her short-story collection We Are Taking Only What We Need.

Featured Authors Reading: Tuesday, Aug. 22, 7-9 p.m. Morton Hall Auditorium, room 100
Taylor Brown’s work has appeared in the North Carolina Literary ReviewThe Southwest ReviewThe Baltimore ReviewChautauquaGarden & Gun and The Rumpus, among others. He is the recipient of a Montana Prize in Fiction and the author of a short story collection, In the Season of Blood and Gold, which was a finalist for the International Book Award, as well as two novels, Fallen Land and The River of Kings.

Wiley Cash is the New York Times best-selling author of A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road To Mercy. His stories have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Roanoke Review and The Carolina Quarterly. His essays on Southern literature have appeared in American Literary Realism, The South Carolina Review and others. He is a writer-in-residence at the University of North Carolina-Asheville and teaches in the Low-Residency MFA Program in Fiction and Nonfiction Writing at Southern New Hampshire University. 

Matthew Griffin is a graduate of Wake Forest University and the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. He has taught writing at the University of Iowa and University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and he worked for several years as assistant to the director of the Highlander Research and Education Center, a renowned hub of grassroots organizing for social justice throughout the South and Appalachia. His first novel, Hide, was the winner of the 2017 Crook's Corner Book Prize, an ALA Stonewall Honor Book and longlisted for the PEN/Bingham Prize for debut fiction. His writing has appeared in The GuardianGrantaElectric Literature and elsewhere.