ASHEBORO – Novelist and Lumberton native Jill McCorkle, who has the distinction of having her first two books published simultaneously, will keynote the Friends of the Randolph County Public Library Annual Meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 11, at the Sunset Theater in downtown Asheboro.
McCorkle’s appearance, sponsored by the Heart of North Carolina Visitors Bureau, the City of Asheboro and the Friends of the Library, is free and the public is invited.
Those first two novels — The Cheerleader and July 7th, published on the same day in 1984 by Algonquin Books — have been followed by four others, including Ferris Beach, Carolina Moon, Tending to Virginia and Life After Life. She is also author of four short story collections.
Five of McCorkle’s books have been named New York Times Notable Books. She is recipient of the John Dos Passos Prize for Literature, the North Carolina Award for Literature and the New England Booksellers Award.
Her short stories have appeared in numerous literary magazines, and five have been included in Best American Short Stories.
McCorkle teaches creative writing in the MFA program at North Carolina State University and is a core faculty member of the Bennington College Writers Seminars. She also has taught at the University of North Carolina, Tufts University, Brandeis University and Harvard.
She currently resides in Hillsborough with her husband, photographer Tom Rankin.
The Sunset Theatre is located at 234 Sunset Avenue. For further information, call 336-318-6803.