The North Carolina Writers’ Network has just announced the 2010 inductees into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame — a list including two very distinguished historical figures and three living authors:
- Walter Hines Page (1855-1918), who worked as a newspaperman, founding Raleigh’s State Chronicle, and as a magazine editor with The Atlantic Monthly and also helped launch the publishing company Doubleday, Page, and Company.
- Wilbur J. Cash (1900-1941), best known as the author of The Mind of the South but also a journalist with papers including the Charlotte Observer, the Charlotte News, and H.L. Mencken’s American Mercury.
- Allan Gurganus, novelist and short story writer, whose works include Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, White People, Plays Well With Others, and The Practical Heart.
- Robert Morgan, novelist and poet, whose works include Gap Creek, selected for Oprah’s Book Club and winner of the Southern Book Critics Circle Award, and the recent poetry collection October Crossing.
- Samm-Art Williams, actor and playwright, whose works include the Tony-nominated play Home.
The induction ceremony will take place on Sunday, October 17, at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines. The public is invited; admission is free.
For a list of more immediately upcoming literary events, check out the MetroBooks NC calendar here.