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Wilmington’s Lie: A Conversation with John Sayles & David Zucchino

May 16, 2021 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm



JOHN SAYLES is an indy film legend. He has written and directed dozens of movies including Lone Star, Brother From Another Planet, Matewan, Eight Men Out, and The Secret of Roan Inish. Sayles has also written a handful of novels and story collections. His 2011 novel, A Moment in the Sun, looks at America in 1898 and the Wilmington Race Riot figures prominently in the narrative. DAVID ZUCCHINO’s 2020 nonfiction book, Wilmington’s Lie: The Murderous Coup of 1898 and the Rise of White Supremacy, is the definitive book on the massacre. Together, Sayles and Zucchino will talk about the atmosphere in Wilmington in 1898 and the lasting impact of the white riot through the 20th Century. The discussion will also focus on the parallels with the January 6, 2021 insurrection and the continued strain of white supremacy in America. Hosted by BRIAN LAMPKIN(rsvp required; see below)

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DAVID ZUCCHINO is the author of Wilmington’s Lie, Thunder Run and Myth of the Welfare Queen. He is a contributing writer for The New York Times, covering Afghanistan and Iraq. He has been a foreign correspondent from more than 30 years, reporting from more than three dozen countries. He is a four-time Pulitzer Prize finalist and won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting from apartheid South Africa.
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JOHN SAYLES career as a storyteller began with his fiction. His first novel was Pride of the Bimbos (1975) followed by Union Dues (nominated for National Book Award and National Critics Circle Award), the short story collection At the Anarchists Convention, Los Gusanos, Dillinger in Hollywood, and his epic historical novel A Moment in the Sun . His latest work is Yellow Earth. Fiction brought Sayles to the attention of legendary Director/Producer Roger Corman, for whom he wrote screenplays. Screenwriting is still Sayles’ primary profession, and credited or not, he has been able to work in a myriad of genres.
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BRIAN LAMPKIN is the Vice Chair of the Greensboro Literary Organization, the producer of the Greensboro Bound Literary Festival, author of The Tarboro Three: Rape, Race, and Secrecy, and co-owner of Scuppernong Books. A former social worker and teacher, Brian spends his life advocating for social justice and sharing his love of the written word with any and everyone who walks through Scup’s doors.


May 16, 2021
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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