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New York Times Bestselling Author Christina Baker Kline Will Speak at Barton’s Friends of Hackney Library Event on April 12

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WILSON, N.C. — March 21, 2016 – The Barton College Friends of Hackney Library will host New York Times bestselling author Christina Baker Kline at its annual spring lecture/dinner event on Tuesday, April 12. A book signing and wine reception will be held from 6 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 6:30 p.m. Dinner will follow at 7:15 p.m. The event will be held in Hardy Alumni Hall on the Barton College campus. Admission for the event is $35 per person. Admission for members of the Friends of Hackney Library and for Barton College faculty, staff, students and their spouses is $30 per person. Space is limited, and […]

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“Walking into April” Poetry Day Scheduled for Saturday, April 9

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WILSON, N.C. — March 21, 2016 — Make plans to attend the annual “Walking into April Poetry Day” to be held at Barton College on Saturday, April 9, in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center. This year brings another distinguished group of poets to celebrate the written word in the spirit of Sam Ragan. Featured poets for the “Walking into April” morning sessions are Diana Pinckney and David Radavich. The day will also feature Eric Weil, Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for Eastern North Carolina, and the Gilbert-Chappell student poets. “Walking into April” is sponsored by the North Carolina Poetry Society, Barton College, and the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Series, and funded by the […]

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“Beyond 12 Years a Slave: The Influential Slave Narratives of Tar Heels Moses Roper, Harriet Jacobs, and William H. Singleton” Presentation To Be Held At Barton College

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WILSON, N.C. — March 21, 2016 — Barton College’s Willis N. Hackney Library will welcome North Carolina Humanities Council Road Scholar Laurel C. Sneed on Thursday, March 31, for the presentation “Beyond 12 Years a Slave: The Influential Slave Narratives of Tar Heels Moses Roper, Harriet Jacobs, and William H. Singleton.” The event will begin at 7 p.m. in the library and will be open to the public at no charge. Hear the remarkable stories of three courageous African American Tar Heels who escaped to freedom and authored slave narratives: Harriet Jacobs of Edenton, Moses Roper of Caswell County, and William H. Singleton of New Bern. From a historian’s point of view, […]

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Garland S. Tucker III Returns for Book Signing and Discussion of “Conservative Heroes” March 16

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WILSON, N.C. — February 29, 2016 — The Barton College Friends of Hackney Library and the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library will welcome historian, author, and former CEO Garland S. Tucker III for a second book signing and discussion on Wednesday, March 16. The event will be held from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. in the Willis N. Hackney Library on the Barton College campus. The author of “The High Tide of American Conservatism: Davis, Coolidge, and the 1924 Election” (Emerald, 2010), has published a new book this past year titled “Conservative Heroes: Fourteen Leaders Who Shaped America, From Jefferson to Reagan” (Intercollegiate Studies Institute 2015). The reception and book […]

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Kim Church Discusses “Byrd” at the Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on February 29

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WILSON, N.C. — February 12, 2016 — Barton College will welcome author Kim Byrd to discuss her debut novel “Byrd” at the upcoming Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on Monday, Feb. 29. The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on campus. This event is free and open to the public, and the community is invited to attend. “Byrd” won the 2014 Crook’s Corner Book Prize for best debut novel set in the American South and was long-listed for the 2014 Flaherty-Dunnan First Novel Prize. Her short stories have appeared in “Shenandoah,” “Mississippi Review,” “Painted Bride Quarterly,” the Norton anthology “Flash Fiction […]

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The South in Popular Culture — Focus of the Heritage Lecture on Feb. 16

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WILSON, N.C. — February 2, 2016 — Barton College welcomes historian Dr. Karen L. Cox as the featured speaker for the upcoming Heritage Lecture on Tuesday, Feb. 16. This event is co-sponsored by the Barton College School of Humanities and the Wilson County Historical Association. Dr. Cox’s lecture is titled “Dreaming of Dixie, The South in Popular Culture.” The program will be held in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center at 7:30 p.m. and is open to the public free of charge. The community is invited to attend. A professor of history and founding director of the graduate public history program at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, Dr. […]

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Barton Welcomes Shelby Stephenson for Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on October 19

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College will welcome North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson for the upcoming Victor R. Small Writers Series Lecture on Monday, Oct. 19. The lecture is scheduled for 7 p.m. in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center on campus. This event is free and open to the public, and all are invited to attend. Stephenson grew up on “Paul’s Hill,” a family farm near Benson in Johnston County. “Most of my poems come out of that background,” Stephenson shared on his homepage of his web site, “where memory and imagination play on one another. I have written many poems about the mules we worked until I […]

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Friends of Hackney Library Will Host Fall Lecture and Dinner With “Bone Collector’s” Jeffery Deaver on October 6

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WILSON, N.C. — The Barton College Friends of Hackney Library welcomes award-winning and bestselling author Jeffery Deaver as the featured speaker for its Fall Dinner and Lecture on Tuesday, Oct. 6. The event will be held in Hardy Alumni Hall, and begins at 6 p.m. with a book signing and reception. The program follows at 6:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7:15 p.m. Copies of Deaver’s works will be sold during the book signing and following the program. This event is co-sponsored by FOHL and Friends of the Wilson County Public Library. Reservations are required. Tickets for the dinner event are $35 per person, and reservations and payments must be […]

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Barton Hosts Ann Pancake for Joyce T. Boone Southern Authors Series on September 21

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WILSON, N.C. — Barton College welcomes Ann Pancake, featured author for this year’s Joyce T. Boone Southern Authors Series Lecture. The event will be held Monday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in Hardy Alumni Hall on the College’s campus. The lecture is open to the public at no charge, and the community is invited to attend. Copies of Pancake’s books will be available for purchase at the event. A West Virginia native, Pancake grew up in the towns of Romney and Summersville. “Strange As This Weather Has Been,” her first novel, was one of Kirkus Review’s Top Ten Fiction Books of 2007; won the 2007 Weatherford Award; and was a […]

2015 Creative Writing Symposium at Barton College on April 20

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WILSON, N.C. – March 30, 2015 — The 19th annual Barton College Creative Writing Symposium, featuring several Barton and Atlantic Christian College alumni authors, will be held on Monday, April 20, in The Sam and Marjorie Ragan Writing Center. The symposium will include afternoon discussions and an evening reading with alumni Charles Blackburn, Michael Brantley, David McGehee, Brandon Sneed, and India Staten. There is no charge for the event, and the public is invited to attend. The symposium will open at 3 p.m. with the hour-long discussion “The Path to Publication: A Conversation with Alumni Writers,” providing a retrospective glance at the publication journeys of these gifted alumni. Following the […]