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North Carolina Writers Reflect On State In New Nonfiction Collection

North Carolina writers share how their state inspires them in "Amazing Place: What North Carolina Means to Writers."
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From Thomas Wolfe to Lee Smith, the state of North Carolina is home to a wealth of literary greats.

But what is it about the Tarheel State that inspires these authors? That's the prompt Marianne Gingher asked 21 North Carolina writers. Their answers form a new creative nonfiction collection called Amazing Place: What North Carolina Means to Writers (UNC Press/2015).

Host Frank Stasio talks with the book's editor Marianne Gingher, a writer and English professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also talks with two contributors: Stephanie Elizondo Griest and Bland Simpson, who are also writers and professors of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Anita Rao is an award-winning journalist and the host and creator of "Embodied," a live, weekly radio show and seasonal podcast about sex, relationships & health. She's also the managing editor of WUNC's on-demand content.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.