Friends of the Chapel Hill Library Meet the Author Tea – Special Guest: Lee Smith Sunday, May 4 at the Library. Refreshments 3:30, program 4:00. Free and open to the public.
Lee Smith is well-known locally and nationally. She has published 15 novels, four short story collections and has won numerous major writing awards, among them the O. Henry Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction, the North Carolina Award for Literature, and the Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature.
She was born and raised in a small coal-mining town in Virginia in the Appalachian Mountains. At age 9 she started writing – and selling for a nickel apiece – stories about her family and neighbors. The draft of her first novel, The Last Day the Dogbushes Bloomed, won a Book of the Month Club contest and was published in 1968.
Lee graduated from Hollins University in Virginia and moved with her husband, a poet and teacher, and their two boys from place to place for his teaching assignments. In 1971 she published her second novel and other novels began to appear regularly after that. In 1974 she and her family moved to Chapel Hill and she began teaching at the Friends School and then at NC State University. She currently lives in Hillsborough with her second husband, journalist Hal Crowther.
Lee Smith is generous with her time, a supporter of libraries and independent bookstores, and a good neighbor in our community. She writes with wit and a deep understanding of life in small towns