Do you have letters from the late Doris Betts, the novelist and beloved UNC Chapel Hill creative writing professor, who died in 2012? Emily Herring Wilson of Winston-Salem is compiling a book of selected letters from Betts and would like to hear from you if you've kept any correspondence with her. Wilson is also working on a biography of Eleanor Roosevelt, and she wrote the top-notch biography of Charlotte's own
renowned gardener/writer Elizabeth Lawrence, "No One Gardens Alone "
(Beacon Press, 2004) as well as "Two Gardeners, A Friendship in Letters:
Katharine S. White and Elizabeth Lawrence" (Beacon Press, 2002). She has received an Archie K. Davis Fellowship to work on the selected letters of Doris Betts.
Dannye Romine Powell is both a reader and a writer. She's published three collections of poetry (University of Arkansas Press), and a non-fiction book, "Parting the Curtains: Interviews with Southern Writers" (John Blair). Over her years at the Observer, she's served as book review editor, feature writer, restaurant critic and local news columnist. She fell in love with the smell of libraries at age 6. In fact, a library is where she first learned to whistle. Count on her for news of Carolinas authors and write her at email@example.com.