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July 24, 1997 -- No. 499

Poet, novelist to kick off Second Sunday Readings

By JAY MOYE
UNC-CH News Services

CHAPEL HILL -- Poet Peter Makuck and novelist Neil Caudle will read from their works on Sept. 14 to kick off the 1997-98 Second Sunday Series at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

The free, public series features some of the state's best writers of fiction, poetry and non-fiction.

The readings begin at 2:30 p.m. in the Wilson Library assembly room. Refreshments will follow the readings and a brief question-and-answer period. The Bull's Head Bookshop, located two doors east of Wilson in the UNC Student Stores, will sell books by the author before and after the readings.

Makuck, editor of the poetry journal, Tar River Poetry, will read from his latest book of poetry, “Against Distance.” Caudle, assistant director of research services at UNC-CH and author of the novel “Voices from Home,” will read from recent work.

Other upcoming readings:

Oct. 12, 1997, Fred Chappell (poet and fiction writer, UNC-Greensboro). Dubbed by many as the greatest North Carolina writer, Chappell has won several U.S. and French awards, including the Bollingen Prize for “Midquest,” a collection of poems. He will read from “Farewell, I'm Bound to Leave You,” his latest novel, and other work. This will be the only reading in the series to begin at 4 p.m. (instead of 2:30 p.m.).

Nov. 9, 1997, Julie Suk (poet, Charlotte) will read from her latest book of poems, “The Angel of Obsession.” Dr. John Shelton Reed, distinguished professor of sociology and director of the Institute for Research in Social Sciences at UNC-CH, and Dale Volberg Reed (both non-fiction writers from Chapel Hill) will read from their book “1001 Things Everyone Should Know About the South.”

Dec. 14, 1997, Sarah Dessen (fiction writer, Chapel Hill). Dessen, a graduate of the UNC-CH creative writing program and author of “That Summer,” will read from new work. Jill McCorkle (Lumberton native, former UNC-CH lecturer, director of creative writing at Harvard University) will read from her latest her novel “Carolina Moon” and other new work.

Jan. 11, 1998, Kathleen Halme (poet, UNC-Wilmington) and Margaret Maron (fiction writer, Willow Spring). A faculty member in the Master of Fine Arts department at UNCW, Halme recently received a $20,000 fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

She will read from “Every Substance Clothed,” a book of poems. Maron, one of the state's best-known mystery writers, will read from her new novel, “Killer Market.”

Feb. 8, 1998, Robert Morgan (poet and fiction writer, Zirconia native, Cornell University lecturer, writer-in-residence at Davidson College, fall 1997). Morgan has written more than 10 books of poetry and four works of fiction, most recently “Green River” (poetry) and “The Truest Pleasure” (a novel). He will read from new work.

March 8, 1998, Richard Chess (poet, UNC-Asheville) will read from “Tekiah,” a book of poetry. John Holman (fiction writer, Durham native, Georgia State University lecturer) will read from “Squabble,” a collection of short stories.

April 12, 1998, Gerald Barrax (poet emeritus, N.C. State University) and Heather Ross Miller (fiction writer, Albemarle native, Washington and Lee University lecturer). Barrax will read from his latest poetry book, “Leaning Against the Sun.” Miller will read from “In the Funny Papers,” a short story collection.

The Second Sunday Series is sponsored by the Wilson Library's North Carolina Collection, the North Caroliniana Society and the creative writing program in the department of English. For information, call (919) 962-3461.

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(Moye is a May 1997 journalism and mass communication graduate from Greenville)

Contact: Laura J. Toler