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Writer-in-Residence Read: Daniel Wallace
September 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
Daniel Wallace whose ceaseless imagination gave us “Big Fish”, arguably the best known of his novels (later turned into a movie and Broadway play), is the featured Weymouth Writer-in-Residence at the September 21 reading. He shares that his newest novel, “Extraordinary Adventures”, however, was his favorite write thus far. “The latest novel is always, or should always be, my favorite: if not, why publish it? Over time that might change, other books might take the lead, but for now this one has the shine of the new, the smell of a loaf of bread fresh out of the oven. I also think it’s pretty good, though.”
“Extraordinary Adventures” follows Edsel Bronfman, an ingenuous junior executive shipping clerk for an importer of Koran flatware on a journey of discovery, where the world suddenly opens doors Edsel never imagined. A surprise call changes his daily routine as he wins a trip to Destin, Florida, but there is a catch: the offer is only good for a couple. Wallace takes the reader on a fun and touching journey as Edsel has 79 days in which to find someone to take with him to Florida.
Wallace is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at UNC Chapel Hill and the director of the Creative Writing Program. A long time Weymouth writer, he fondly remembers “One patch of time I had it all to myself. The entire floor. That was magic.” Coming to Weymouth on the heels of his book tour, Wallace is currently working on a “memoir type of thing”.
Wallace will read from his work and a light reception and book signing will follow. The Weymouth Writer-in-Residence Reading Series is generously sponsored by St. Joseph of the Pines and its community outreach program. The Thursday, September 21 reading will be held at 5:30 in the Great Room. The Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities is located at 555 East Connecticut Avenue in Southern Pines is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization and home to the NC Literary Hall of Fame.