I am a great fan of D.G. Martin’s “North Carolina Bookwatch.” Each week, we record the program, and we watch it -- sometimes each program more than once -- whenever the mood strikes.
Martin’s enthusiasm for North Carolina writers is contagious, and he’s introduced me to a number of authors I didn’t know.
One of my all-time favorites was his interview with “The Great Santini” author Pat Conroy. I watched Martin fall until Conroy’s spell, and I watched Conroy’s expansive responses, growing more appealing by the minute. I would watch that show a dozen more times.
Now Martin, a graduate of Davidson College and Yale Law School, will be the keynote speaker for the seventh annual Carolinas Writers Conference to be held April 18 at South Piedmont Community College’s Lockhart-Taylor Center in Wadesboro.
Such a fitting topic for him -- “Looking Back at North Carolina Bookwatch: What I Have Learned from Conversations with More than 250 Carolina Authors.”
That, my friends, will be worth the drive to Wadesboro.
Also on hand for the conference will be two favorites among the presenters, both poets and novelists: Ruth Moose and Joseph Bathanti.
Moose, who taught for 15 years in the creative writing department of the UNC Chapel Hill, will talk on the intriguing form of flash fiction.
Bathanti, NC Poet Laureate 2012-2014, will talk about a subject dear to the heart of every poet and memoirist: “Where You Live: Writing about Yourself and Your Family.”
You must hurry if you want to attend the conference for $25. Deadline is April 10.
Or, you can pay $30 at the door.
Lunch is included in the fee.
You may register online at: www.carolinawritersconference.org
Or, send a check or money order, made out to Anson County Writers Club, to: ACWC, P.O. Box 363, Wadesboro, N.C., 28170.
To attend Martin’s lunchtime talk only: $15.