Reading Matters

Humanitarian Chris Abani star of CPCC’s Sensoria

The week of Sensoria is always a vibrant time in Charlotte.

Lectures, readings, panel discussions, book sales. And crowds. Believe it or not, people jostle for seats, line up in advance, talk about the events for a long time afterward.

It’s literary Charlotte at its absolute best.

Three events of particular interest this year:

First up is a panel on blogging in the literary world. Panelists include Susan Pardue, who works at the Atkins Library at UNCC; Kristen Knox, president of theCharlote chapter of the Women’s National Book Association; Amy Brandon, an English major who works at an insurance company; Emily Shields, who blogs on literary fiction; and Carin Siegfried, who holds a number of book-related positions and who runs her own independent editorial boutique.

You can hear them at 11 a.m., on Monday, April 13 in the Learning Resource Center Atrium on the CPCC campus.

Charlotte’s own poet and memoirst Rebecca McClanahan, who is receiving the Irene Blair Honeycutt Award for Lifetime Achievement, will give a reading and a talk on Tuesday, April 14, at 7 p.m.

Chris Abani, award winning novelist, essayist and poet, and speaker and star of TED Talks, is the Irene Blair Honeycutt distinguished lecturer.

His fiction includes “The Secret History of Las Vegas,” “Song for Night,” “The Virgin of Flames,” “Becoming Abigail,” and GraceLand.”

You can hear him at 10:30 a.m., on Wednesday, April 15, in the Halton Theater of Overcash Building.