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Pre-Events, Workshops Mark ECU Literary Homecoming

By Erica Plouffe Lazure

To help folks get in a literary mindset for the fifth Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming, organizers have planned a few free community programs leading up to the main events Sept. 26 and 27.

A book discussion about Jim Grimsley’s book, “Dream Boy,” will be led by ECU English professor Will Banks at 7 p.m., Aug. 27, at the Tipsy Teapot on Evans Street. A discussion about children’s literature will be held by Alan Bailey, ECU library science professor, and Sheila Mendoza, media coordinator at South Central High School, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., Sept. 4, at Pitt Community College. Other community events are also scheduled throughout September.

This year, 10 award-winning writers rooted in the history, literature, and culture of eastern North Carolina will share their work and their experiences with homecoming participants.

The events will be held at ECU’s Joyner Library.

Clyde Edgerton, humorist and author of “Solo: My Adventures in the Air,” and Margaret Maron, author of several mysteries, including “Bootlegger’s Daughter,” will speak at the event. Also presenting are author and musician Bland Simpson; Shelia P. Moses author of “The Legend of Buddy Bush”; and poet Minnie Bruce Pratt.

Doris Betts, author of many short stories and novels, will be presented with the Roberts Award for Literary Inspiration Sept. 26.

Registration is required. Visit, call 328-1068 or e-mail

This page originally appeared in the Aug. 1, 2008 issue of Pieces of Eight. Complete issue is archived at