Annual Jenny Elder Fitch Memorial Lecture:
North Carolina: Land of Water, Land of Sky
with Bland Simpson, UNC Kenan Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing, Author, Musician
The registration period has closed for this event.
Sunday, November 7, 2021
5:30 PM-6:30 PM
Location: Hybrid - Virtual and In-person attendance options (see below for more information)
Free; preregistration required
This program will be delivered in a hybrid format.
In-person option: A limited number of seats will be available in the Reeves Auditorium, with masks required indoors. Please register all members of your party separately to ensure we have enough seats. A reception and book signing will follow the lecture.
Virtual option: We will stream the lecture live via Zoom Webinar. Links for accessing the program will be emailed to registered participants in advance of the program.
Additional copies of the signed book will be available at our Garden Shop after the lecture.
During this special lecture, Bland Simpson will read from and speak about his new book, North Carolina: Land of Water, Land of Sky. He will be joined by photographer-collaborator Ann Cary Simpson, who will also show and discuss some of her work that appears in the book.
About the book, as described by UNC Press:
Bland Simpson, the celebrated bard of North Carolina's sound country, has blended history, observation of nature, and personal narrative in many books to chronicle the people and places of eastern Carolina. Yet he has spent much of his life in the state's Piedmont, with regular travels into its western mountains. Here, for the first time, Simpson brings his distinctive voice and way of seeing to bear on the entirety of his home state, combining storytelling and travelogue to create a portrait of the Old North State with care and humor.
Three of the state's finest photographers...guide the journey: Simpson's wife and creative partner, Ann Cary Simpson, professional photographer Scott Taylor, and writer and naturalist Tom Earnhardt. Their photos, combined with Simpson's rich narrative, will inspire readers to consider not only what North Carolina has been and what it is but also what we hope it will be. This book belongs on the shelf of longtime residents, newcomers, and visitors alike.