Thursday, September 15, 2016

Book of the Day: Award-winning Carolina author Jill McCorkle's "Tending to Virginia," in an autographed first edition.


The Thomas Wolfe Prize and Lecture honor the memory of one of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's most famous alumni, Thomas Clayton Wolfe (Class of 1920). Established in 1999 with an endowed gift to the Department of English, the program recognizes contemporary writers with distinguished bodies of work. And in doing so, the program seeks to give University students and the surrounding community the opportunity to hear important writers of their time.

The Department of English bestows this prize each fall, around the time of Wolfe's October 3 birthday. In addition to receiving prize money and a medal, the honored writer comes to campus as the University's guest and delivers a lecture, which is free and open to the public. This event is a well-attended major campus and community occasion.

Thomas Wolfe is best known for his novel Look Homeward, Angel, which was published to rave reviews in 1929. Before his death in 1938, Wolfe also published Of Time and the River (1935). His novels The Web and the Rock (1939) and You Can't Go Home Again (1940) were published posthumously. Wolfe's writings reflect a largeness of spirit and an expansive vision of life, while anchored in geographic place.

From 2000 to 2012, the Lecture was generously sponsored by alumni Allen and Musette Morgan of Memphis, TN, along with the Department of English and Comparative Literature and The Thomas Wolfe Society. The Thomas Wolfe Prize comes from an established endowment fund.

The Prize Lecture will take place on the UNC campus October 4.

McCorkle, UNC Class of 1980, took her MA at Hollins College. She has held teaching posts at Tufts, Duke, UNC, Harvard, and Bennington, and is now on the faculty at NC State. She is the author of ten novels.

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Her third, Tending to Virginia (1987) is in Henry’s current inventory:

McCorkle, Jill, Tending to Virginia (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, 1st ed., 1987). ISBN 0-912697-65-2. Lumberton NC native McCorkle made an explosive debut, publishing two novels on the same day at age 25. Here she offers a familiar plot- women of the three generations of a family sort things out pending the arrival of the fourth- but told in her own, remarkable way. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket, very good condition. Inscribed on the title by the author, in Lumberton, New Year’s Day 1988. HBB price: $45.99.

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Among Henry Bemis Book’s concentrations Carolinas is authors and regional history. We have in stock first and/or autographed editions by past Wolfe Prize winners Clyde Edgerton; Ron Rash; Josephine Humphreys; Lee Smith; Pat Conroy; and Tom Wolfe.

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