October 2, 2021
This year we are excited to partner with the historic Paramount Theatre to bring you an evening of music and storytelling!
Welcome Kenan Distinguished Professor, Renowned NC Author, Songwriter
& Member of the Tony Award-winning
Red Clay Ramblers, Bland Simpson
This event will highlight the rich heritage of stories and music in North Carolina and the transition from storytelling to story writing. Enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres and wine, along with other beverages.
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Literacy Connections of Wayne County
2001 East Ash Street - Suite D
Goldsboro, NC 27530
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Thank You 2020 Sponsors
The proceeds from this event support Literacy Connections in its mission to help adult learners in Wayne County learn the literacy skills to succeed in our community.
Gary & Carol Smithwick
AccuCopy of Goldsboro
Baddour, Parker, Hine & Hale, P.C.
B & G Grill and Restaurant
Tom and Susan Brown
The Buzz Around Wayne County
Tiffany and Asa Creech
Goldsboro News Argus
North Carolina Pickle Festival
Seegars Fence Company
Dave and Denise Tayloe Jr.
Wayne Realty and Insurance Co.
Wells Fargo Advisors
Lee and Geoff Hulse
2020: Virtual Film Event
Viewers were treated to a special virtual film screening featuring North Carolina author, Georgann Eubanks who has written several books based on the joy of journeying across North Carolina and the south. Our film featured: The Literary Trails Series, The Month of Their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods Through the Year, and her book, The Wild South: Lost and Found.
We traveled along with Georgann and some of her local friends as they explored notable sites and historical figures of Wayne County. Georgann and her friends were served a five course meal prepared by local chefs featuring several heritage foods mentioned in Georgann’s book, The Month of Their Ripening.
2019: Home of Jewel & Randy Sauls
Built in 1883, this elegant home contains Italiante influences with a polychrome slate roof. The exterior is painted in the original colors of Downing Straw, Rookwood Green, and Indian red. The downstairs interior has been largely restored using reproduction Victorian wallpapers. The current homeowners, Jewel and Randy Sauls, purchased this elegant structure in 2000.
D.G. Martin is host of UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Bookwatch,”
the state’s premier literary series.
Want to eat like the locals?
D. G. Martin has spent years traveling the major roadways of North Carolina, on the lookout for community, local history, and, of course, a good home-cooked meal. In North Carolina's Roadside Eateries, D. G. is your personal tour guide to more than 100 notable local roadway haunts that serve not only as places to eat but also as fixtures of their communities.
A graduate of Davidson College and Yale Law School and a former Green Beret, Martin practiced law in Charlotte for 20 years before joining the University of North Carolina, where he served as Vice President for Public Affairs and chief legislative liaison. Since his retirement he has served in interim leadership positions at UNC-Pembroke, North Carolina Central University, Trust for Public Land, Triangle Land Conservancy, North Carolina’s Clean Water Management Trust Fund, and as President of the William R. Kenan, Jr. Fund. About 40 North Carolina newspapers carry his weekly newspaper column that features books, politics, and related topics. In May 2008 Wingate University awarded him an honorary degree. He and Harriet have two children and four grandchildren. His son Grier Martin serves in the North Carolina House of Representative.
2018: Former Home of Conway and Lew Rose
Designed in 1961 by the visionary of the Walnut Creek community, Mr. Rose decommissioned and repurposed two plantation homes to include old charm and history in their home on the point. From 100 year old hardwood floors to winding staircases, a library overlooking the rose garden and lake, and formals with fireplaces, this 8,000 square foot stately, gabled home has an old soul and a story of its own to tell. (Sold in 2006 to George and Dawn McNamara)
Therese Anne Fowler
Author of the New York Times bestselling novel, Z: A novel of Zelda Fitzgerald and 2018 novel, A Well Behaved Woman: A Vanderbilt Novel.
Renowned science fiction author and creative writing professor at NC State, Kessel is the author of the novels: Pride and Prometheus, The Moon and the Other, Good News from Outer Space, Corrupting Dr. Nice, and in collaboration with James Patrick Kelly, Freedom Beach.
2017: Home of Dawn and Michael McDonald
Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of 25 novels published in more than twenty languages. Influenced by her former career as a social worker and psychotherapist, she writes suspenseful stories that touch both heart and mind.
(Former Cobb Family Residence)
2016: Home of Jim and Barbara Ann Vinson
Hudson’s stories, essays, and poems explore themes of loss, conflict,
and a yearning for community deeply threaded through American history and contemporary life.
2015: Home of David and Bethany Perry
Hart, a native of North Carolina, is best known for his thrilling legal novels featuring various North Carolina cities.
Leonard D. Moore
An accomplished poet, essayist, writer and playwright, Mr. Moore is also a respected English professor at the University of Mount Olive. Also, he founded the Carolina African American Writers Collective, and was co-founder of Washington Street Writers Group.
2014: Faison-Thomas Home of Betty Duncan and Dave Ham
Mr. Malone is a native of Durham who is best known for his novels and his work on the ABC Daytime drama "One LIfe to Live."
Originally from Albemarle, North Carolina, Ms. Moose brings an authentic Southern voice to her characters. The humor and tragedy of everyday life resonates in the characters and tales she presents to readers.
2013: Home of Judith McMillen
North Carolina Poet Laureate,
Known for both his fiction and nonfiction works Bathanti demonstrates his brilliance and love of people, places and things by weaving across literary lines to create memorable tales.
Cash breathes life into his characters by combining elements of beauty and tragedy, innocence and evil within his entrawling stories inspired by his experiences of growing up in North Carolina.
2012: The Farm at Salem Church
Inspired by her love of her native state and a desire to write about current experiences, Maron has created works feartured in various courses in contemporary Southern literature in North Carolina.
North Carolina Poet and Musician,
Stephenson's poetic voice resonates both in his poetry and music. He captures the brilliance of his experiences and those around him through tales of farm life.
North Carolina and Goldsboro native,
Ms. Weil, an avid historian, is inspired by the community around her and strives to preserve that history for future generations.
Thank you for stopping by!