Live Stream: Walter Bennett presents The Last First Kiss in conversation with Georgann Eubanks

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Ace Sinclair has one eye on a hurricane churning up from the south and the other on his old high school sweetheart, J'nelle Reade, whom he has invited, on impulse, to spend a weekend with him at his Outer Banks beach house. Now in their seventies, both widowed, Ace and J'nelle expect to relive old memories. They soon discover that the past is still with them more than they know, and they are pulled into a haunting search among old memories of betrayals, mistakes and missed chances for the elusive truth of their lives. As a dangerous hurricane turns in the Atlantic and heads their way, time runs short, and they must choose between the tidal pull of old dreams and the future's wide unknown.

Walter Bennett is a writer and former lawyer, judge and law professor residing in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. His first novel, Leaving Tuscaloosa, won the Alabama Author’s Award, and was a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction and the Crook’s Corner Book Prize for debut novels set in the American South. He has published short fiction and essays in both print and online journals, including Blackbird, The Courtland Review, Eclipse and Voices. An essay on trout fishing, “Black Quill,” appears in Astream: American Writers on Fly Fishing (Skyhorse Publishing, Spring 2012). He has written numerous articles on the law; and a highly acclaimed book: The Lawyer’s Myth: Reviving Ideals in the Legal Profession (U. Chicago Press, 2001). The Last First Kiss is his second novel. Walter is a native of Tuscaloosa, Alabama. 

Georgann Eubanks is the author of Saving the Wild South: The Fight for Native Plants on the Brink of Extinction, released in October 2021 by the University of North Carolina Press. Her last book, The Month of Their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods, was issued in paperback this August. She is also the author of the classic, three-volume Literary Trails of North Carolina series that was commissioned by the NC Arts Council and published by UNC Press. Since 2000 Georgann has been a principal with Donna Campbell in Minnow Media, LLC, an Emmy-winning multimedia production company that primarily creates independent documentaries for public television. Eubanks has served as president of Arts North Carolina, chair of the NC Humanities Council, and is immediate past president of the North Carolina Literary and Historical Association. She also directs the Table Rock Writers Workshop, an annual conference of writers held in the Blue Ridge Mountains at Wildacres Retreat.  

 

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Saving the Wild South: The Fight for Native Plants on the Brink of Extinction Cover Image
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