Title: Amazing Place: What North Carolina Means to Writers
Editor: Marianne Gingher
Paperback: ISBN 978-1-4696-2239-2, $20; (UNC Press eBooks are available from the following partners. Amazon Kindle, Apple iBookstore and Barnes and Noble Ebooks)
Imprint: Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 2015
“…Some of North Carolina’s finest writers ruminate on the meaning of place in this collection of twenty-one original essays, untangling North Carolina’s influence on their work, exploring how the idea of place resonates with North Carolinians, and illuminating why the state itself plays such a significant role in its own literature.
Authors from every region of North Carolina are represented, from the Appalachians and the Piedmont to the Outer Banks and places in between. Amazing Place showcases a mix of familiar favorites and newer voices, expressing in their own words how North Carolina shapes the literature of its people.
Contributors include Rosecrans Baldwin, Will Blythe, Belle Boggs, Fred Chappell, Jan DeBlieu, Pamela Duncan, Clyde Edgerton, Ben Fountain, Marianne Gingher, Judy Goldman, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Randall Kenan, Jill McCorkle, Michael McFee, Lydia Millet, Robert Morgan, Jenny Offill, Michael Parker, Bland Simpson, Lee Smith, Wells Tower, and Monique Truong…”
“Stories as varied as the state’s geography and arranged that way, from the mountains to the Piedmont to the coast.”
“Draw[s] from a deep literary well. . . . What emerges as strongly as the authors’ North Carolina sensibilities is their connection to the landscape.”
–Raleigh News & Observer
“Amazing Place is an affirmation that in the last fifty years no state has produced more first-rate authors than North Carolina. That talent is on full display in this book, and thanks to Marianne Gingher’s editorship this compilation becomes something more: a verbal trek across North Carolina, whose road map is our state’s soul.”
–Ron Rash, author of Serena and The Cove
“This collection is as good as any I’ve ever read, and I have read a few. It’s more than a compendium of the best writers North Carolina has to offer. Here are some of the best writers in America. Marianne Gingher has done a masterful job in bringing such a vast and awesome pack of talent together into a wickedly harmonious whole.”
–Daniel Wallace, author of Big Fish and The Kings and Queens of Roam
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.