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Byer, Duncan, Bathanti explore Southern Identity for NCWN fundraiser

Southern Fictions/Southern Identities

“Southern Fictions/Southern Identities,” a reading and panel discussion sponsored by the North Carolina Writers’ Network, explores the topic at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe, Asheville, 5 p.m., Sunday, October 16. 

The programs opens with former North Carolina poet laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer reading from her new book, "Southern Fictions," a sequence of sonnets about the history of race relations in the South and in Byer’s life. The cover of the limited edition book, published by Jacar Press and printed by Horse and Buggy Press, was created with remnants of Confederate flags.

Byer’s reading will be followed by a panel discussion about Southern identity and identifiers. Joining Byer will be novelist Pamela Duncan, author and poet Joseph Bathanti. The discussion will be moderated by NCWN executive director Ed Southern. 

“Southern Fictions/Southern Identities” is a fundraising event for the NCWN and their 2011 Fall Conference, to be held in Asheville November 18–20. The North Carolina Writers’ Network is one of the oldest and largest statewide writers’ groups in the country, and their Fall Conference–held every year since 1985–has become one of the nation’s most inclusive writers’ gatherings. Donations will be accepted at the event.

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