Hometown Writers Fair feat. Wayne Flynt
We are so excited to partner with the Tuscaloosa Public Library on Thursday, December 1 from 4:00 - 6:30 PM, for the very first Hometown Writers Fair, featuring Professor Emeritus Dr. Wayne Flynt and his latest work: Afternoons with Harper Lee. There will be several other Alabama-rooted authors attending, child & adult crafts, and so much more...just in time to kick off the holiday season!
Imagine sitting with an esteemed writer on his or her front porch somewhere in the world and swapping life stories. Dr. Wayne Flynt got the opportunity to do just this with Nelle Harper Lee. In a friendship that blossomed over a dozen years starting when Lee relocated back to Alabama after having had a stroke, Flynt and his wife Dartie became regular visitors at the assisted living facility that was Lee's new home. And there the conversation began. It began where it always begins with Southern storytellers, with an invitation to "Come in, sit down, and stay a while."
Many people have written books about Harper Lee. Wayne Flynt knew her better than any of them. This is a fond and very personal portrait, full of stories and laughter. The lady's unique astringent voice comes through loud and clear. Nelle Harper lee would have loved this book, and so do I. -Mark Childress / author of Crazy in Alabama and Georgia Bottoms
Afternoons with Harper Lee is a celebration of friendship, literature, and how place and history shape us all. It's full of wisdom, love, and loss—heartbreaking and heart-healing in equal measure. I so enjoyed this book! -Daniel Wallace / author of Big Fish
For sixty-four long afternoons, Wayne Flynt, his wife Dartie, and Harper Lee sat and talked away the day, revisiting the subjects of sharecroppers and old courthouses and busy New York streets and the wider world. Flynt wrote down those memories and offers them to us in what is a true open window into the life of one of the South's most private icons. This is no deep dive into Harper Lee, but a warm, easy visit with her in the twilight of her life. Flynt also recently lost his beloved wife. This book is a monument to her and Harper Lee and a South we will never see again. -Rick Bragg, bestselling author of twelve books on the American South
Often described as reclusive, Nelle Harper Lee was warm and genial with close friends such as Southern historian Wayne Flynt. Based on a decade of delightful conversations and shared storytelling in the Southern tradition, Afternoons with Harper Lee reveals the multi-faceted personality — witty, caustic, generous, self-deprecating, kind, searingly honest — of one of our nation’s most revered writers. -Cynthia Tucker, Pulitzer prize-winning columnist / coauthor of The Southernization of America