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Here's a list of some of the many North Carolina authors, both past and present.

Jerry Bledsoe
This former newspaper columnist writes humorous nonfiction and true crime set in North Carolina.

Orson Scott Card
A Hugo and Nebula award winner for science fiction who makes his home in Greensboro.

Fred Chapell
A UNC-Greensboro professor who writes folksy fiction and world-famous poetry.

Clyde Edgerton
You’ll love his light, humorous fiction!

Inglis Fletcher
The author to read for historical fiction about North Carolina in the colonial period.

Candace Flynt
Her Sins of Omission and Mother Love are set in Greensboro. Women who have sisters can really relate to Mother Love.

Charles Frazier
His first novel, Cold Mountain, was on the New York Times Bestseller List AND won the National Book Award! Be sure to see the movie version, too.

Kaye Gibbons
Her short novels are popular with our readers—and with the critics, too!

Allan Gurganus
Best known for his long novel, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, a critical and popular success.

Jan Karon
Expect long waiting lists for her light, cozy novels with mountain settings!

Tim McLaurin
There’s a mix of tears and laughter in his fiction and in his autobiography; he contrasts traditional southerners with newcomers to the area.

Margaret Maron
Award-winning mysteries set in North Carolina.

Robert Morgan
His fiction and poetry stay close to his mountain roots; if you enjoy reading Lee Smith and Charles Frazier, try his books.

O. Henry (William Sydney Porter)
The famous short story writer grew up in Greensboro.

Reynolds Price
National Book Critics Circle Award winner, novelist, playwright, poet, autobiographical writer, portrayer of rural North Carolina; a literary giant, but don’t let that scare you off. His work is very readable.

Kathy Reichs
This amazing woman is a forensic anthropologist, working in both North Carolina and Quebec, and also teaches at UNC-Charlotte. We know that Reichs’ mystery novels are authentic, since her main character holds the same jobs that Reichs does.

Ann B. Ross
Her books about Miss Julia, an older widow with a straight-laced demeanor, a kind heart, and a flair for adventure, keep readers laughing.

Lee Smith
Greensboro readers eagerly await each of these novels with mountain settings.

Nicholas Sparks
His romance novels, set in eastern North Carolina, are best-sellers.

Anee Tyler
Winner of the National Book Critics Circle award and of the Pulitzer Prize; she spent her teen and college years in North Carolina. You’ll be fascinated with her quirky characters.

Omar Tyree
This African-American author writes best-selling novels on a variety of subjects. His novels read much like screenplays.

Thomas Wolfe
The author of the classics Look Homeward, Angel and You Can’t Go Home Again came from Asheville.

Last updated: 1/31/2012 4:00:02 PM