Tuesday, May 20, 2014

Bathanti Reads at Annual Thomas Wolfe Society Meeting in Chapel Hill

Thomas Wolfe

You never know where N.C. Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti will show up. On Friday, 7:30-9:30 p.m., he'll be reading from his poetry in the Wilson Library on the UNC Chapel Hill campus, as part of the annual meeting of the Thomas Wolfe Society.
On Saturday, Paula Eckard of UNC Charlotte will moderate a panel on Wolfe and his novella, "The Party at Jack's." Other topics during the weekend include "Thomas Wolfe's Cinematic Storytelling," "Look Homeward, Always," "Aspects of Wolfe's Time in the Paris House of Illusion," "Thomas Wolfe's Asheville," and "Decoding Wolfe's Universe: A Modern Understanding of Space, Time and Dimension in Look Homeward, Angel."
Registration is at 10:30 Friday morning in Chancellor's East at the Carolina Inn. Cost: $125 for all sessions and the Saturday evening banquet (students: $60). For Saturday sessions only and banquet: $65.
Wolfe was 15 when he enrolled at the university in Chapel Hill, where he served as editor of the Tar Heel newspaper and became an award-winning playwright. At the end of his senior yearbook entry, the following quote appeared: “He can do more between 8:25 and 8:30 than the rest of us can do all day, and it is no wonder that he is classed as a ‘genius.’” Wolfe died of tuberculosis at age 37 in 1938.