From School Library Journal
Adult/High School-This volume draws together pieces of nonfiction and fiction authored by various local writers who have participated in an annual literary festival hosted by The Public Library of Charlotte and Mecklenberg County, NC. Joseph Bruchac, Lee Smith, Reynolds Price, Frank McCourt, and Tom Wolfe are among the luminaries included here, represented not necessarily by the works they shared at the festival but certainly by representative tastes of their literary charms. While racial consciousness is not an issue invited for discussion per se by festival organizers or the editors of this volume, it stands in evidence throughout the collection. Some explorations of it, as in the memoir by Sandra Govan, are explicit. Others, as in the piece by Charles Kuralt, are implicitly apparent. Many of the pieces are drawn from larger works but they are well extracted, leaving readers satisfied and interested in pursuing more by the authors. Many of the stories feature young characters; all are accessible. The regional flavor of the collection makes it informative rather than exclusionary. And the idea of publishing such an anthology should inspire other public libraries who surely have local talent of their own.Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley Public Library, CA
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