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Celebrate the region’s writers and their works as Joyner Library at East Carolina University presents the Seventh Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming on Friday and Saturday, September 17 and 18, 2010. This year’s theme “Contrasting Cultural Expressions: Perceptions of Place and Self” explores the impact of shared values and traditions on the perceptions of self and one’s place in the larger world context. Artists from eastern North Carolina will interact with artists influenced by other regions to explore differences and how they capture the culture of their regions in their work.

Meeting with and learning from writers serves as inspiration for the creative spirit. For six years, the Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming has been nourishing and revitalizing this spirit as it provides a space where artists and community members can interact and share ideas. The works represented by the award-winning authors encompass a variety of genres including poetry, fiction, historical nonfiction, drama, music and how they tie into eastern North Carolina culture.

This year, the Literary Homecoming will kick off with the presentation of the Roberts Award for Literary Inspiration to Nancy Olson for her work as the owner of Quail Ridge Books and Music in Raleigh, NC and her dedication to promoting and supporting local artists. On Saturday, panel discussions and small interactive workshops with authors encourage in-depth discussion regarding process and inspiration. Time will allow for audience members to interact directly with authors to explore issues raised in the sessions and audience members can meet the authors during book signings. An author luncheon with guest speaker Pamela Duncan will be held on Saturday. Additionally, Josephine Humphreys will deliver the keynote address that afternoon. See the Schedule of Events for additional details. Please complete the registration form as there is limited seating for the workshops and luncheon. The registration form will be available in the near future.

Throughout the year, a variety of community events are scheduled in a five county area including readings, writing workshops, readers’ theatre, and book discussions. Please see the full community events schedule online by clicking the Community Events link.

Educators have the option of receiving ECU continuing education units (CEUs). Detailed information concerning CEU credits will be available soon.

Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming events are free (except for the luncheon on Saturday, September 18.) We welcome and encourage the public to attend and share in an appreciation of our rich literary traditions. Advance registration is required for the workshop sessions, and registration at the door will be available as space permits. The online registration form will be available soon.

Individuals requesting accommodation under the Americans with Disability Act (ADA) should call 252-737-1016 (voice/TTY) at least forty-eight hours prior to the event. .