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M. Randal O'Wain - 'Meander Belt: Family, Loss, and Coming of Age in the Working-Class South'

O’Wain offers a reflection on how a working class boy from Memphis, Tennessee, came to fall in love with language, reading, writing, and the larger world outside of the American South. This memoir examines what it means for the son of a carpenter to value mental rather than physical labor and what this does to his relationship with his family, whose livelihood and sensibility are decidedly blue-collar. From memory and observation, O’Wain assembles a subtle and spare portrait of his roots, family, and ultimately discovers that his working-class upbringing is not so antithetical to the man he has become.

O'wain will be in conversation with Mesha Maren, author of Sugar Run, now available in paperback.

M. Randal O’Wain is a teaching assistant professor of creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and serves as a National Endowment of the Arts Writing Fellow at the Beckley Federal Correctional Institution. O’Wain is the author of the short story collection Hallelujah Station and his work has been published in Oxford American, Hotel Amerika, Crazyhorse, and Guernica Magazine.

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 9, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
North Hills
4209-100 Lassiter Mill Road
Raleigh, NC 27609
Meander Belt: Family, Loss, and Coming of Age in the Working-Class South (American Lives ) Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781496213310
Availability: On our shelves now
Published: University of Nebraska Press - October 2019

In Meander Belt M. Randal O’Wain offers a reflection on how a working-class boy from Memphis, Tennessee, came to fall in love with language, reading, writing, and the larger world outside of the American South.