Reading Matters

A trio of writers at the 9th biennial AAUW luncheon

T.S. Eliot was right: April is the cruellest month.

Not only, as he wrote in “The Waste Land,” for “breeding / Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing / Memory and desire, stirring/ Dull roots with spring rain.”

All that, yes, yes. Definitely.

But cruel also because in April so many wonderful authors are giving talks that you can’t go to everything and hear each one.

Too bad.

The good news is that there’s another event coming up -- Saturday, April 25 at 11:30 a.m. -- and it offers a program of three writers and a luncheon at Cedarwood Country Club.

The writers are Carolyn Curry, Michael Parker and Kim Wright.

Curry is the author of a biography, “Suffer and Grow Strong: The Life of Ella Gertrude Clanton Thomas, 1834-1907. Curry spent 25 yeras studying the life of this woman who was born to a wealthy plantation owner in Georgia. She used the diary Thomas kept for 41 years, her 15 scrap books and numerous legal documents to recreate the life of a woman who gained strength from hardship and went on to embrace the most progressive issues of her time: women’s suffrage, gender inequality and the wrongs of slavery.

Parker is the author of the 2014 novel, “All I Have in This World,” which the New York Times called “...part empathetic portrait of troubled souls and part Springsteenian ode to the promise and heartbreak of the highway.. told with... emotional complexity and subtlety.”

Wright, who lives in Charlotte, is the author of three novels, “Love in Mid Air,” “The Unexpected Waltz,” and the enticing and forthcoming “The Cantebury Sisters,” about a group of women who trek from London to the Canterbury cathedral, telling their stories as they go.

Tickets: $35 tax deductible.

To reserve a seat or a table of eight: 704-552-9322.