Meet the Author — Bill Ferris

Thursday, December 15, 2016
Refreshments: 3:30   Program: 4:00 – 5:00
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B
Free and open to the public

William R. Ferris is a folklorist, author and scholar and, as is evident in his new work, The South in Color: A Visual Journal, he is also an amazing photographer.

Bill Ferris is a professor of history at UNC–Chapel Hill and an adjunct professor in the Curriculum in Folklore. He is associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South, and is widely recognized as a leader in Southern studies, African-American music and folklore.

The South in Color inferris_photo_01cludes photographs of black and white people at work, at worship, and in casual moments.  Many of these photos were taken when he was a young man in the early 60s.  Bill grew up in an isolated rural community on a family farm listening to stories from his grandfather, books read aloud by his mother and hymns sung at the local church. These rhythms and this culture permeate his work, as do conversations with other Southern literary lights like Eudora Welty, Ernest Gaines, the historian C. Vann Woodward, and a number of photographers and Southern painters.

Bill Ferris attended Davidson College, Northwestern University, Trinity College in Dublin and the University of Pennsylvania where he received masters and doctoral degrees in folklore. One of his advisors said Bill “had more degrees than a thermometer!”

He has written and edited ten books including Give My Poor Heart Ease, Voices of the Mississippi Blues (UNC Press, 2013), and The New Encyclopedia of Southern Culture volume on Folklore, which was co-edited by him and was nominated for a Pulitzer prize.

Meet the Author — Carla Buckley

Thursday, January 19,  2017
Refreshments: 3:30   Program: 4:00 – 5:00
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B
Free and open to the public

Carla Buckley is the internationally bestselling author of The Good Good-bye, The Deepest Secret, Invisible, and The Things That Keep Us Here, which was nominated for a Thriller Award as a best first novel and the Ohioana Book Award for fiction.  She had written eight mystery novels before The Things That Keep Us Here was published.

Carla Buckley was born in Washington, D.C. and graduated from Oberlingood-goodbye-225 College
and the Wharton School of Business.  She is on the Board of the International Thriller Writers.  She has worked as an assistant press secretary for a U.S.  Senator, an analyst with the Smithsonian Institution and a technical writer for a defense contractor. And all the while, she has been writing.

She now lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, an environmental scientist, and their three children.  She describes herself as “writer, mom, and reality TV addict.” Asked about her writing habits she says, “I write while my children are at school (even if this requires me to give them a little push to get them on the school bus.)  This generally gives me six hours, minus the time needed to separate the dogs and make sure they’re not rummaging through the trash.”

The Providence Journal calls The Good Good-Bye “… a stupendous effort by a major talent.”  The story is told in first person narrative alternating among two 18-year old cousins, Arden and Rory, and Arden’s mother Natalie.  A dorm room fire has left the two cousins in critical condition and Rory’s boyfriend, Hunter, dead.  As additional details emerge, the reader enters a tangled web of family relationships with lies and secrets at every turn.

The Good Good-bye is a Goodreads Book of the Month and an RT Book Reviews Top Pick which calls it “A thought-provoking must read novel.”