Southern Authors Speak in Charlotte 5/1 (NC)

Charlotte – The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and Levine Museum of the New South are bringing TPL’s national Writers of the Land lecture series to Charlotte for the first time on May 1st with award-winning authors Josephine Humphreys and Robert Morgan.

Humphreys is the author of Rich in Love, which was turned into a successful Hollywood movie, and the recently acclaimed Nowhere Else on Earth set in the Lumbee Indian country of eastern North Carolina. Morgan is best known for Gap Creek, an Oprah Book Club selection in 2000, and the recently published This Rock. He is widely regarded as the poet laureate of Appalachia.

The reading and discussion will begin at 7:30 pm at the McGlohon Theater at Spirit Square Center for Arts and Education, 345 North College Street, Charlotte. A book signing at Levine Museum of the New South will follow immediately after. Tickets are available starting April 3 through the North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center Box Office, 704-372-1000, $15 each.

The Trust for Public Land and Levine Museum of the New South are partnering on this exciting program to highlight the connection between land and people in Southern culture and history. The national “Writers of the Land” series is a program of the Trust for Public Land’s Stegner Circle named to honor Wallace Stegner, Pulitzer Prize winning author, land conservationist, advisor to TPL, and an inspiration to writers and activists worldwide. The Stegner Circle encompasses an expanding group of writers, artists and thinkers whose work explores the relationship between land and people.

Levine Museum of the New South houses the nation’s most comprehensive interpretation of post-Civil War southern history in interactive, multi-sensory exhibits that engage visitors of all ages. Levine Museum of the New South is located in the heart of Charlotte’s emerging downtown cultural district at 200 E. Seventh Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28202, at the corner of Seventh and College Streets. Hours are 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday; 12-5 p.m., Sunday; and closed Monday. For more information, call 704-333-1887.

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is a national conservation organization dedicated to protecting land for people. Since 1972, TPL has protected more than 1.2 million acres nationwide valued at $2 billion. TPL has helped protect more than 10,000 acres across North Carolina, from Mountain Island Lake to the Chattooga River. For the second year in a row The Wall Street Journal’s Smart Money magazine named TPL the nation’s most efficient large conservation charity, based on the percentage of funds dedicated to programs.