Friday 20 April 2012

Robert Hicks
The Power of Fiction in Preserving History

Series IV of Wide Angle Lunches is launched by one of Southern history's most influential champions: Robert Hicks, New York Times bestselling author of The Widow of the South and A Separate Country, is a renowned Tennessean, collector, and preservationist. Deeply and actively committed to upholding the material and documentary remnants of the Southern past, he will pit Fiction against its rival disciplines—Academic Writing and Journalism—in this timely discussion of historical writing, while reminding us why the Civil War still really matters.

Travel sponsored by Nexsen Pruet LLC

Friday 27 April 2012

Kathryn Court
Drifting House/Escape from Camp 14: New Writing on the Two Koreas

Kathryn Court is President of Penguin Books, one of the world's most recognizable and well-loved publishing imprints.

Court will discuss two of Penguin's newest releases: Drifting House is a collection of short stories set in North and South Korea and among the Korean immigrant community in America, by new author Krys Lee. Escape from Camp 14 is journalist Blaine Harden's recounting of the story of Shin Dong-hyuk, one of the few people born in a North Korean political prison to have escaped and survived. Expect to emerge with a new understanding of the two Koreas from a giant of the publishing industry.

Thursday 3 May 2012

Sam Helfrich
God and Astronomy: Directing Philip Glass' "Kepler" for Spoleto USA

Our annual Spoleto USA preview lunch is led by acclaimed opera and theater director Sam Helfrich, who directs Philip Glass' new opera, Kepler, at the festival this year. The opera is a portrait of German astrologer and astronomer Johannes Kepler (1571–1630), whose findings concerning planetary motion led him to propose a harmonic/musical explanation of the universe and natural world. Glass' composition perfectly captures these celestial harmonies and Helfrich will give a fascinating insight into the joys and challenges of bringing this groundbreaking production to America for the first time.

Friday 11 May 2012

John Jeremiah Sullivan
What If: Thoughts on an Early Carolina Utopia

The series rounds off with a fascinating and irreverent trip into the realms of possibility with one of America's most exciting contemporary writers. The current southern editor for The Paris Review, John Jeremiah Sullivan's most recent book of essays, Pulphead (2011), is a finalist for a National Book Critics Circle Award.

Sullivan now brings his insight and wit to an intriguing episode in Carolina history. In 1735, a Dr. Christian Gottlieb Priber (1697–1745) disappeared from his home and career in Saxony (today's eastern Germany) only to reappear four years later in America, writing inflammatory letters to the Governor of Carolina concerning the return of lands to the Indians. Sullivans wonders: what if the advanced Enlightenment ideas put forward by Dr. Priber had taken root at that time?

Travel sponsor: Home House Press

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