“An Evening with Charles Frazier” is part of the Flannery O’Connor Childhood Home’s Ursrey Lecture Series. The series is endowed in memory of Terry and Ashley Ursrey, native Georgians and brothers who, like Flannery O'Connor, were lifelong devotees of all things Southern, particularly the art of storytelling.
The evening will feature an intimate conversation with National Book Award-winning author Charles Frazier, led by Dr. Beth Howells, Chair of the Literature Department and Professor of Literature at Georgia Southern University. A reception and book signing with Frazier will immediately follow.
Born in Asheville, N.C., Frazier grew up in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Cold Mountain, his highly acclaimed first novel, is an international bestseller that won the National Book Award in 1997 and was adapted into an Academy Award-winning film by Anthony Minghella in 2003.
His second novel, Thirteen Moons, is a New York Times best seller that was named a best book of the year by the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune and St. Louis Post-Dispatch. His third novel, Nightwoods, also a New York Times best seller, is a critically acclaimed literary thriller set in a fictional Western North Carolina town in the early 1960s.
Frazier’s latest novel, Varina, released in April of 2018, is a fictional reimagining of the life of Varina Howell Davis, the First Lady of the Confederate States of America, before, during and after the Civil War. Varina is included on Garden & Gun’s list of the “Best Books of 2018” and has been described as “beautifully rendered” by The New York Times.
Frazier received a B.A. from the University of North Carolina, an M.A. from Appalachian State University and a Ph.D. in English from the University of South Carolina. He taught English at University of Colorado Boulder and at North Carolina State University.
This event is free and open to the public.
*Photo Credit: Mark Humphrey
ABOUT THE URSREY LECTURE SERIES:
The Ursrey Lecture Series officially debuted in 2008 with a talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham and has included illustrious contemporary authors like Roxane Gay, Ann Hood, Robert Olen Butler, Luis Alberto Urrea, Jaimy Gordon and Allan Gurganus.