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Charlotte Arts 2019-20: The literary events calendar

Cool local arts performances in the 2019-20 season

Lawrence Toppman, a veteran Observer arts correspondent, shares some shows and events he's looking forward to seeing.
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Charlotte Arts Guide 2019-20

Here’s all of our stories on the new arts season. We’ll introduce you to the diverse group of people making vital contributions to the arts. You’ll find them in museums, on stage, in studios and even outdoors. And you’ll get our calendar listings for theater, dance, music, museums, literary events and visual arts.

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Central Piedmont Community College

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Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation


Nov. 7: Verse & Vino. Sixth annual fundraiser for the public library at Charlotte Convention Center, featuring award-winning authors, including: Karen Abbott, Ross Gay, Alice Hoffman and Kevin Wilson.

Charlotte Writers Club


Sept. 17: Gavin Edwards.

Oct. 15: Critique group information session.

Nov. 19: Mark de Castrique.

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Mystery novelist Mark de Castrique is set to speak at the Charlotte Writers Club meeting Nov. 19. Courtesy of Mark de Castrique

Dec. 17: Amber Smith.

Jan. 21: George Hovis.

Feb. 18: Tim Reinhardt.

March 17: Panel to be announced.

April 21: Diana Pinckney.

May 19: Phillip Lewis.

Davidson College

315 N. Main St., Davidson: www.davidson.edu/the-arts/

Sept. 25: Jennifer Egan. Conarroe Lecturer and National Book Award-winning author of the novel “Manhattan Beach.”

PEN America president Jennifer Egan at the 2019 PEN America Literary Gala in New York in May. The “Manhattan Beach” author will be at Davidson College in September. Evan Agostini Invision/AP

Oct. 21: Cynthia Lewis and Andrew Rippeon. Davidson Reads

Nov. 7: Corey Marks. Davidson English Department

Jan. 28: Bryan Stevenson. Reynolds Lecture.

March 12: Samantha Chang. Abbott Lecture and Reading Series.

April 2: Tarfia Faizullah. Judge, Vereen Bell Award in Poetry

Lenoir-Rhyne Visiting Writers Series


Sept. 12: Jonathan Safran Foer

Oct. 10: Richard Blanco

Oct. 17: Radney Foster

Nov. 7: Tommy Orange

Jan. 23: Abigail DeWitt

Feb. 13: Morgan Parker

March 5: Min Jin Lee

April 23: Eboo Patel

April 25: Sara Pennypacker

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Novelist Abigail DeWitt will speak at 7 p.m. at the Belk Centrum in Hickory as part of Lenoir-Rhyne University’s Visiting Writers Series. Courtesy of Abigail DeWitt

Queens University


Oct. 10: Kathryn Schwille

Oct. 29: Ann Patchett

Charlotte novelist Kathryn Schwille will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 as part of Queens University’s Fall Local Author Series at Park Road Books. Courtesy of Hub City Press

Women’s National Book Association Charlotte


Oct. 21: Tenth annual Bibliofeast Book & Author Dinner. 6-9 p.m., Maggiano’s. Authors including Amber Smith, Anna Jean Mayhew, Karla F.C. Holloway and Diane McPhail.

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