Allan Gurganus & George Singleton
May 15 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pmFree
Watch moderator (referee?) DREW PERRY as he survives the interests and eccentricities of two of the Carolinas’ best short story writers, ALLAN GURGANUS and GEORGE SINGLETON. Born in Rocky Mount, NC, Allan Gurganus has written four novels (including the bestselling The Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All) and four short story collections and his work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Paris Review and everywhere good literature is read. George Singleton was raised in Greenwood, SC and has an MFA in fiction from UNC Greensboro. He is the author of two novels and nine short story collections, including the recent You Want More. With his signature darkly acerbic and sharp-witted humor, Singleton has built a reputation as one of the most astute and wise observers of the South. [rsvp required; see below]
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ALLAN GURGANUS is a trained painter, author, and eloquent critic of homophobia, racism and much American foreign policy. He first turned to writing onboard the USS Yorktown during the Vietnam War and subsequently graduated from Sarah Lawrence College. He is an alum of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop where he was mentored by Stanley Elkin and John Cheever. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Science, the Fellowship of Southern Writers, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Adaptations of his fiction have won four Emmys.
GEORGE SINGLETON was raised in Greenwood, South Carolina. He has published nine collections of stories, two novels, and (with Daniel Wallace) a book of advice. In a 2006 interview Singleton recalled his beginnings as a writer and his slow but sure path to national prominence as a southern writer: “I plowed on until I found a voice, and understood that I would try to write about how the saddest moments can be the funniest.” He is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.
DREW PERRY teaches writing at Elon University and writes a monthly column for Our State magazine. His novels include, This Is Just Exactly Like You, a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan prize from the Center for Fiction, a Best-of-the-Year pick from The Atlanta Journal Constitution, and a SIBA Okra pick, and Kids These Days. He lives with his wife and two sons.
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