English Department Speakers Series: Elaine Orr
NC State English Department Speakers Series presents:
Local Color: a Novel
Elaine Neil Orr
Elaine Orr’s presentation will include a brief reading from her forthcoming novel and a presentation about the origins and development of Local Color, her research methods, and the continuities and divergences between scholarly and creative writing.
In the midst of the Cold War and global nationalist movements, a young American from Winston-Salem (graduate of State College, NC) journeys to West Africa on a good-will tour. Accused of going native, he gets sent home in shame.
In 1959, a young woman, recent college graduate and budding photographer, returns home to Winston-Salem, reeling from the early deaths of her parents. She stumbles upon a bundle of hidden letters.
Kate’s and Tacker’s stories come together when, on the same day and in different moments, they encounter a young African-American man named Gaines who has come to Winston-Salem with lunch counters on his mind.
Elaine Orr is Professor of English at NC State. Her work in memoir and fiction-writing builds on an early career in feminist studies/American literature and two early books in feminist criticism (Tillie Olsen and a Feminist Spiritual Vision, UMissP, and Subject to Negotiation: Reading Feminist Theory and American Women’s Writing, UVaP). She is the author of Gods of Noonday: A White Girl’s African Life (UVaP) and A Different Sun: a Novel (Berkley/Penguin). She is a member of the Academy of Outstanding Teachers, NC State. Local Color will be published as a Focus Title by Berkley/Penguin/Random House, Spring 2018.