Idol Talk - Weymouth Center Writer-In-Residence Reading
The Wednesday, May 22, 5:30pm reading is followed by a light reception to meet the writers and is generously sponsored by St. Joseph of the Pines. Books will be available for sale. The event is free and open to the public. Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization and home to the NC Literary Hall of Fame and is located at 555 East Connecticut Avenue, Southern Pines.
I remember the day Elvis died, not because I was an Elvis fan, but because I was with my mother and her two sisters and they broke down and cried at a filling station when the news of his death came over the radio. He had been their teenage idol, a heartthrob that even though he lost his looks and youthful appeal, still pulled at the heartstrings of the girls they used to be. The May 22 Weymouth Writers-in-Residence Reading delves into the nostalgia and importance of these larger-than-life personas with Idol Talk, Women Writers on the Teenage Infatuations That Changed Their Lives. Three of the contributors, Marjorie Hudson, Lisa Kline and Tamra Wilson, will discuss their own idols. The book’s more than 40 contributors are all acclaimed writers. The collection is a reflection upon not only whom they were infatuated with, but also how these idols impacted the women they are today.
With a forward by Peter Noone, the heartthrob singer-songwriter who headlined Herman’s Hermits, Idol Talk is edited by Elizabeth Searle and Tamra Wilson. A tender and humorous memoir of more than 50 years of crushes, the book reminds of us of who we were and how these glamorous strangers became such a large part of our personal lives.
Marjorie Hudson is the author of Accidental Birds of the Carolinas, a short-story collection, and Searching for Virginia Dare, a creative nonfiction journey. Both books explore the theme of newcomers encountering the South. Hudson teaches adult writers in her weekly Kitchen Table Workshops, and she has received fellowships and awards from the Hemingway Foundation, Ucross Foundation, Headlands Center for the Arts and Hedgebrook Retreat for Women Writers. She lives near Pittsboro.
Lisa Kline, a graduate of Duke University, is author of nine novels for young people including Eleanor Hill, winner of the NC Juvenile Literature Award, and the five-book Sister in All Seasons series. Her latest YA book is entitled, One Week of You, and was released this spring by Blue Crow Publishing. She lives in Davidson.
Tamra Wilson, co-editor of Idol Talk, is author of Dining with Robert Redford & Other Stories, is a Road Scholar for the North Carolina Humanities Council and a local columnist. Her work has appeared in storySouth, North Carolina Literary Review and elsewhere. She won the Jesse Stuart Prize for Young Adult Fiction and was a two-time finalist for the Press 53 Novella Award. In 2018, she received her second Regional Artist Project grant from the North Carolina Arts Council and local affiliates. She lives in Catawba County, NC.