Thursday, March 15, 2018
Refreshments: 3:30 Program: 4:00 – 5:00pm
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B
Free and open to the public
The Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library invites you to meet and learn about our nearby neighbors to the north. Eno Publishers will be represented by Elizabeth Woodman, Laura Lacy, Callie Connor and Stewart Dunaway. Located in Hillsborough, Eno is a nonprofit organization dedicated to producing high-quality books about the culture and history of the Carolinas and the South.
They will be talking about their newest book, Hidden Hillsborough; Historic Dependencies and Landscapes in a Small Southern Town. The book began as a project of the Preservation Fund of Hillsborough. It includes remarkable photographs by Elizabeth Matheson and maps by Stewart Dunaway, a researcher in North Carolina colonial and Revolutionary War history who photographs and transcribes original records from the State Archives and publishes them in book form. He has published 203 titles.
Eno Publishers may be most familiar to Chapel Hill for the book 27 Views of Chapel Hill, A Southern University Town in Prose & Poetry. This is one of a series which includes Wilmington, Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Asheville and Hillsborough. The Chapel Hill book has an introduction by Daniel Wallace, who also did the cover art.
Eno Publishers has also produced three books about Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, a former slave who became a successful seamstress, civil activist and author in Washington DC at the time of the civil war. She was dressmaker, friend and confidant of Mary Todd Lincoln. Keckley is quoted many times in the recent book, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders. Eno has also published books on rain gardening, trout fishing and Carolina cooking.
Eno incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2008. Its location in Hillsborough is appropriate given the many celebrated authors who make their home there. These include, to mention only a few, Lee Smith, Allan Gurganus, Jill McCorkle, David Payne. The name of the publishing company comes from the beautiful Eno River, which winds through this colonial town settled more than 700 years ago.