WILKESBORO — Wilkes Community College will welcome North Carolina author Anna Jean Mayhew for a book signing and reading from her debut novel “The Dry Grass of August,” the title chosen for this year’s Wilkes Reads Together community read.
Mayhew makes two appearances in Wilkes County on Oct. 8. She will speak to the WCC community, Wilkes Early College High School students and students from all four Wilkes County high schools in Bumgarner Gymnasium in Randolph Hall at 1:30 p.m. She then speaks and signs books at Wilkes County Public Library starting with a reception at 5 p.m. The public is invited to attend either or both events.
“The Dry Grass of August” is a coming-of-age story about June Bentley Watts growing up in Charlotte. “Jubie” is 14 years old in 1954, living and learning about struggles occurring in her family and community. On a family trip to Florida, the unimaginable happens, bringing into sharp focus the race relations turbulence at that time in American history. “The Dry Grass of August,” published in 2011 by Kensington Publishing Corp in New York City, won the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction.
Mayhew, a native of Charlotte, has never lived outside the state but often travels with her Swiss-born husband. Much of her work reflects her vivid memories of growing up in the segregated South. Mayhew has been a member of the same writing group since 1987, is a writer-in-residence at The Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities, and is a former member of the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Writers’ Network.
For more information about A.J. Mayhew, visit her website: www.ajmm.net/AJMayhew/.
Wilkes Reads Together promotes literacy in the community and is supported by the Wilkes County Public Library, Cultural Arts Council of Wilkes, Wilkes Community College and Wilkes County Schools.