Support from the Lupton Renaissance Funds will provide a free
lecture series called TAKE FIVE, featuring an examination of the
work of those newly inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers.
Faculty from the UTC English Department will present weekly 45-minute
lectures on each author’s work. Following a break of 15 minutes,
a panel of all five presenters will discuss the work and will respond
to questions and comments from the audience. The presentations will
be made from 7-9 p.m. in the Ward Theatre, UTC Fine Arts Center
at Vine and Palmetto Streets, with free parking available in the
lots under and adjacent to the Lupton Library parking lot. Registration
is not required. Please direct your questions to the UTC
English Department by calling (423) 425-4238.
Schedule of presenters:
May 8, David Garrison presents Anything Goes
by Madison Smartt Bell. Bell, born and raised in Tennessee, has
won the Lillian Smith Award and has been a nominee for the National
May 15, Greg O’Dea, presents Talking
Dirty to the Gods by Yusef Komunyakaa. Komunyakaa, a prolific
and highly acclaimed poet, is originally from Louisiana. He has
won the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and the William Faulkner Prize.
May 22, Fran Bender presents Ellen Foster
by Kaye Gibbons. Gibbons, author of six novels, is a recipient of
the Sue Kaufman Prize for First Fiction and the PEN/Revson Award.
She is from North Carolina.
May 29, Chris Stuart presents Carolina Moon
by Jill McCorkle. McCorkle, a native North Carolinian, has won the
New York Times Book Review Notable Book of the Year Award four times.
June 5, Verbie Lovorn Prevost presents Airships
by Barry Hannah. Hannah, a native Mississippian, has received the
American Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Literature and
has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in fiction.