Meet the Author Tea on April 19 Features Lee Smith
The Friends of Chapel Hill Library are pleased to welcome Lee Smith back for an encore appearance at Meet the Author on Thursday, April 19, in Meeting Room B of the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. Refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m. and the program will begin at 4 p.m.
Lee Smith has firmly established herself as a preeminent voice of the South and beyond, through her award winning and critically acclaimed fiction. In her very first work of nonfiction, Dimestore: A Writer’s Life, Lee Smith looks inward to tell her own heartwarming story, from growing up in the small coal-mining town of Grundy, Virginia to becoming a writer and raising her own family in North Carolina.
“I always knew I wanted to set down some thoughts and reminiscences based around these themes – about place, memory, and writing – but this project got a real kick-start recently when the entire town of Grundy was demolished as part of a flood-control project,” explains Smith. “Only last August, the house I grew up in was bulldozed too.” In these fifteen charming essays, she has written a captivating memoir that brings her hometown back to life and depicts the birth of a major literary talent.
In telling the story of her enchanting childhood, revealing the mental illness that courses through her family tree, sharing her mother’s long-cherished recipes, and introducing readers to relatives, local characters, and people who changed her life, Lee Smith portrays a time and place that most of us will never experience, a way of life that is fast disappearing.
Lee and her family moved to Chapel Hill in 1974 and she began teaching at the Carolina Friends’ School and then at North Carolina State University. She currently lives in Hillsborough with her journalist husband, Hal Crowther.
Who: Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library
What: Meet the Author Tea: Lee Smith
Where: Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room B
When: Thursday, April 19
3:30 p.m. Refreshments; 4-5 p.m. Program