Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for North Carolina Literary Review Vol. 22 Issue 1, 2013
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Bauer interviews North Carolina-native author Charles Frazier, who incorporates North Carolina history into his novels. He discusses the genre, his own influences, and how we wrote the novel to incorporate the language, scenery, and character personalities of North Carolina. This article incorporates two separate interviews between the author and Frazier.
Bauer discusses the shift in focus from literary fiction to historical fiction and the authors behind what she calls a “renaissance”. She attributes much of this shift to the success of Charles Frazier’s novel Cold Mountain, which sat on the New York Times Bestseller list for over a year. This is an excerpt from a 2012 presentation.
In this interview, author Anna Jean Mayhew discusses her debut novel titled “The Dry Grass of August”. Set in North Carolina during the Civil Rights movement, the author used personal experience and research as inspiration for her novel. She also discusses the people she based her characters on, the process of writing and publishing, and her next novel.
In this interview, Dr. Maria DeGuzman, professor at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, reflects on her “outlier” status and how it has affected her work. After being born in Spain, her family moved to South Carolina and then to North Carolina. She is also the Director of Latina/o Studies, the first one in the southeast United States.
Gustavo Perez Firmat, a “Cuban exile” living in the United States, discusses his parents move from Cuba to the U.S. to wait out the Castro regime. After decades waiting, Gustavo moved to North Carolina, where his two biggest influences were I Love Lucy and The Andy Griffith Show; one shows a fellow Cuban living in America, the other shows small-town North Carolina life.
Native North Carolinian author Wiley Cash is interviewed for this article. Writer of A Land More Kind than Home, Cash discusses the inspiration behind the novel, why he chose to set it in North Carolina, and his approach to addressing issues that he sees in religion, power, and family dynamics.