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Jan
19
Sat
Frye Gaillard presents A Hard Rain @ McIntyre's Books
Jan 19 @ 11:00 am

Frye Gaillard has given us a deeply personal history, bringing his keen storyteller’s eye to this pivotal time in American life. “There are many different ways to remember the sixties,” Gaillard writes, “and this is mine. There was in these years the sense of a steady unfolding of time, as if history were on a forced march, and the changes spread to every corner of our lives. As future generations debate the meaning of the decade, I hope to offer a sense of how it felt to have lived it. A Hard Rain is one writer’s reconstruction and remembrance of a transcendent era ― one that, for better or worse, lives with us still.”

Frye Gaillard is an award-winning journalist with over 20 published works on Southern history and culture, including Watermelon Wine; Cradle of Freedom: Alabama and the Movement that Changed America; The Books That Mattered: A Reader’s Memoir; Journey to the Wilderness: War, Memory, and A Southern Family’s Civil War Letters; and, most recently, Go South to Freedom. Writer-in-residence at the University of South Alabama, he is also John Egerton Scholar in Residence at the Southern Foodways Alliance at the University of Mississippi. He is the winner of the Clarence Cason Award for Nonfiction Writing, the Lillian Smith Book Award, and the Eugene Current-Garcia Award For Distinction in Literary Scholarship.

Jan
20
Sun
Julian M. Pleasants presents Home Front: North Carolina during WWII @ McIntyre's Books
Jan 20 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

At the outset of World War II, North Carolina was one of the poorest states in the Union. The citizens desperately wanted higher living standards, and the war would soon awaken the Rip Van Winkle state to its fullest potential. Home Front traces the evolution of the people, customs, traditions, and attitudes, arguing that World War II was the most significant event in the history of modern North Carolina. Using oral history interviews, newspaper accounts, and other primary sources, historian Julian Pleasants explores the triumphs, hardships, and emotions of North Carolinians in his new book Home Front: North Carolina during WWII.

Julian M. Pleasants is the author of several books, including The Political Career of W. Kerr Scott: The Squire from Haw River, Buncombe Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Rice Reynolds and coauthor of Frank Porter Graham and the 1950 Senate Race in North Carolina. He is professor emeritus of history and former director of the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program at the University of Florida.