For book lovers and literature fans, it’s always interesting to get a glimpse into the process of writers. Technique tips, pithy quotes and transcriptions of readings provide some of the behind-the-scenes experience. There’s also the literary tourist’s favorite: visiting the home-turned-museum of an important author. But, since most living writers don’t open their houses to strangers (even friendly fans), one new book is offering just that sort of insider perspective.
Carolina Writers at Home, edited by Meg Reid with photos by Rob McDonald, enters the domiciles of Southern authors such as Jill McCorkle, Nikky Finney, Allan Gurganus, Clyde Edgerton and Michael Parker. “The homes in these essays range from the classic bungalow and midcentury modern ranch house to wilder locales: a church, a trailer and a sparsely inhabited barrier island,” says a press release for the book, published by Spartanburg, S.C.-based Hub City Press. It “pays homage to those who have taken inspiration from the beauty and singularity of the Carolina landscape and turned it into the written word.”
Local writers Thomas Rain Crowe, Keith Flynn and Kathryn Stripling Byer join Reid at Malaprop’s on Sunday, Oct. 25, at 2 p.m., to present Carolina Writers at Home. malaprops.com — A.M.