Celebrate the 116th birthday of Thomas Wolfe with events throughout October


“All things on earth point home in old October”
October is Thomas Wolfe Month in Asheville

Thomas Wolfe one of the greatest American novelist of the early 20th century was born October 3, 1900 in Asheville, he was, he wrote in Look Homeward, Angel – “the tiny acorn from which the mighty oak must grow, the heir of all ages, the inheritor of unfulfilled renown, the child of progress, the darling of the budding Golden Age.”

• We begin Saturday, Oct. 1, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. with free tours for North Carolina residents, cake, and a used book sale. Our special guest will be author Jennifer Prince with her new book for young adult readers, The Life and Times of Asheville’s Thomas Wolfe.

• At 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, in the Lord Auditorium of Pack Memorial Library, join a panel discussion “Snapshots of History: Thomas Wolfe’s Asheville” to investigate teaching historical topics in Wolfe’s works.

• On Thursday, Oct. 13,  join a dramatic reading of Thomas Wolfe’s writings “Conversations with Wolfe’s Parents, W.O. and Julia Wolfe,” at 5:30 p.m. at the Memorial Visitor Center, sponsored by the Wilma Dykeman Legacy.

• On Saturday, Oct. 15, the Thomas Wolfe 8K Run begins at 8 a.m. at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, sponsored by the Asheville Track Club. There’s a registration fee for runners.

• On Saturday, Oct. 22, the “Tell Our Tales” Student Writing Competition award ceremony will be held in the Memorial’s visitor center auditorium from 11 a.m. to noon. Students selected as prize winners will read their papers. Reservations are needed but the event is free to attend.

Throughout October find displays of Thomas Wolfe’s books in our local public libraries and independent bookstores.

52 North Market St.
9 a.m.–5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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