(photo by Catherine Ballance)
ASHEBORO -- Asheville-based author Wayne Caldwell will keynote the Friends of the Randolph County Public Library annual meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 8, at the Historic Randolph County Courthouse.
His appearance is free and the public is invited. Refreshments and a book signing will follow at the Asheboro library.
Caldwell is author of the acclaimed novel Cataloochee, about a close-knit community in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee in the latter half of the 19th century, and Requiem by Fire, which traces the community into the 20th century. In 2013, his work earned him the James Still Award for Writing About the Appalachian South from the Fellowship of Southern Writers.
Born in the Enka community of Asheville, Caldwell earned degrees in English from UNC-Chapel Hill, Appalachian State University and Duke University, and has taught composition and literature at North Carolina Central University and Union College.
Since the mid-1970s, he has worked at Ambiance Interiors, the family interior design business, in Asheville. He has completed a third novel, Memoirs of an Unambitious Lawyer, and is working on a fourth, entitled Shadow Family.
The Historic Randolph County Courthouse is located at 145 Worth Street in Asheboro. The library is located at 201 Worth Street.