Wednesdays@Lit: A Monthly Community Conversation

Join us on select Wednesdays from 6:00 – 7:30 pm for our FREE literary series held in Charlotte Lit’s Studio Two for light refreshments, discussions, readings, books signings, camaraderie, and more.

FREE and open to the public.

Proof of Covid vaccination is required for all in person events. After registering, please email a photo of your vaccination card to staff@charlottelit.org.

Upcoming Events

May 11: Writing Memoir: Judy Goldman in Conversation with Tommy Tomlinson

Join us at 6 p.m. on May 11 to talk memoir with Judy Goldman, author of three memoirs including the May 2022 release Child, and Tommy Tomlinson, author of The Elephant in the Room. Adult beverages and snacks will be provided, with books by Judy and Tommy available for purchase and signing.

Free, but space is limited, so registration is required.

Judy Goldman
Child, by Judy Goldman (cover)
The Elephant in the Room, by Tommy Tomlinson (cover)
Tommy Tomlinson

Recent Past Events

Dear Miss CushmanApril 20: Writing Historical Fiction with Paula Martinac

Join Paula Martinac, author of the new novel Dear Miss Cushman, in conversation with Charlotte Lit’s Paul Reali and Poster Girls author Meredith Ritchie, for an evening of all things historical fiction.
 
Paula’s sixth novel, set in 1850s Manhattan, is about a young actress who finds herself in a gender-bending role on stage that helps her find the courage to reject an arranged marriage and find love on her own terms.

This event is free but space is limited, so please register now!

Proof of COVID vaccination is required for all in person Charlotte Center for Literary Arts events. After registering, please email a photo of your vaccination card to staff@charlottelit.org

Tomorrow's Bread cover imageMarch 16, 2022: A Community Read Conversation with Anna Jean Mayhew

Charlotte Lit is pleased to be a partner for Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s Community Read. We’re excited to host Anna Jean Mayhew, author of this year’s featured title, in Studio Two on March 16. Mayhew will read from the book, discuss its themes, and talk writing with the Charlotte Lit community.

Tomorrow’s Bread is a richly-researched yet lyrical novel that explores the conflicts of gentrification — a moving story of loss, love, and resilience set in Charlotte’s vibrant, predominantly-black Brooklyn neighborhood in 1961, just as the city plans to raze it. The government promises to provide new housing and relocate businesses, but locals like Pastor Ebenezer Polk, who’s facing the demolition of his church, know the value of Brooklyn does not lie in bricks and mortar.

November 10, 2021: Joseph Bathanti and Friends: Writing 9/11

Crossing the RiftA reading and discussion of 9/11 and its aftermath, from Charlotte-area poets who contributed to the new anthology, Crossing the Rift: North Carolina Poets on 9/11 & Its Aftermath (Press 53), edited by Joseph Bathanti and David Potorti.

Readings by:
Joseph Bathanti
Peter Blair
Christopher Davis
Rebecca McClanahan
Gail Peck
Diana Pinckney
David Potorti
Dannye Romine Powell
Gretchen Pratt
Stepehn Knauth
David Radavich
Richard Taylor
Dede Wilson
Lisa Zerkle

October 20, 2021: Beth Gilstrap: Southern Gothic Storytelling

DeadheadingCharlotte Lit welcomes former Charlottean (and long-time Charlotte Lit member) Beth Gilstrap, author of Deadheading and Other Stories, winner of the Red Hen Press Women’s Prose Award. Beth will discuss the conventions of Southern gothic storytelling, how they influenced her short fiction, and ultimately, her view of the world. Beth will talk about her own struggles with mental illness, the claustrophobic notions of traditional Southern femininity, it’s inextricable link with toxic masculinity, and how she always felt like an outsider in her own skin growing up in Charlotte and the surrounding area during the 80s and 90s. Ultimately, she’ll try to explain how reading these stories helped her feel less alone.

About the book: Irrevocably tied to the Carolinas, these stories tell tales of the woebegone, their obsessions with decay, and the haunting ache of the region itself—the land of the dwindling pines, the isolation inherent in the mountains and foothills, and the loneliness of boomtowns. Predominantly working-class women challenge the status quo by rejecting any lingering expectations or romantic notions of Southern femininity. Small businesses are failing. Factories are closing. Money is tight. The threat of violence lingers for women and girls. Through their collective grief, heartache, and unsettling circumstances, many of these characters become feral and hell-bent on survival. Gilstrap’s prose teems with wildness and lyricism, showing the Southern gothic tradition of storytelling is alive and feverishly unwell in the twenty-first century.

“Beth Gilstrap is a grand storyteller, and her lush, endearing Deadheading and Other Stories is a marvel.” —Robert James Russell, author of Mesilla and Sea of Trees

“Beth Gilstrap doesn’t write stories. She creates worlds. Living, breathing, meticulously crafted ecosystems we can walk and breathe in…. These are heartbreaking worlds, but nonetheless beautiful.”—Jared Yates Sexton, author of The Man They Wanted Me to Be