The Brunswick County Library is hosting Barbara Wright at its next Author Talk set for 4 p.m. Friday.
To be held in in the Southwest Brunswick Branch Library in Carolina Shores, the discussion is part of the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read 2022-23.
Wright will discuss her most recent work, “Crow,” a fictionalized account of the 1898 massacre in Wilmington. The book follows Moses, an 11-year-old boy living in Wilmington and his family in summer 1898.
“Crow” is one of the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read companion titles to the main book “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi. Free copies of the Big Read books are at library branches while supplies last.
Space for the event is limited and reservations are required. To reserve a spot or for additional questions, visit the Southwest Brunswick Branch Library or call 910-575-0173.
In 2013, “Crow” was named one of the Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People by the National Council for the Social Studies, and named a Best Children’s Book of the Year for ages 14 and up by the Bank Street Children’s Book Committee.
Wright was born in 1951 and grew up in North Carolina. Her family has owned a house in Holden Beach since the late 1940s. She has lived in France, Korea, and El Salvador, and has traveled widely in Europe, Africa, and Southeast Asia. She currently lives in Denver, Colorado, with her husband, Frank Gay. Wright has worked as a fact checker for Esquire Magazine and as a screenwriter. When not writing, she enjoys gardening, playing tennis, and practicing jazz piano.
Brunswick County is one of the 62 communities nationwide participating in program. Now through January, the library system will celebrate “Homegoing” and other companion titles.
The next speaker will be with author of Cape Fear Rising at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 26, at 801 Ocean Event Center in Oak Island. Author Philip Gerard as he discusses his novel, “Cape Fear Rising,” a fictionalized account of the bloody 1898 Wilmington white supremacist coup. Seats are limited, and reservations are required. Please RSVP by calling 910-278-4283.