New Bern-Craven County
Public Library

a member of the Craven-Pamlico-Carteret Regional Library System


"Let's Talk About It..."

The Journey Inward:
Women's Autobiographies

Women's autobiographies compared to other literature are considered unique in several ways. They have been characterized as more personal hisorical records, focusing on relationships and self discovery. They often use humor, irony, and understatement but are written with a lyrical style.

In our discussion series, these five women's works will take us on a journey, both literally and figuratively. They present an opportunity to identify with a woman's quest for identity and value in her era and discover universal truths found within ourselves.

Registration begins January 12, 2020. Books may be picked up at the Reference Desk.

All programs are Mondays at 7 p.m. in the Hayden H. Jones Auditorium.

  • February 3--One Writer's Beginnings by Eudora Welty, discussion led by Willie Nelms, independent scholar.
  • February 24--Letters of a Woman Homesteader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart, discussion led by Rebecca Godwin, Barton College.
  • March 16--Dust Tracks on a Road by Zora Neale Hurston, discussion led by Karin Zipf, East Carolina University.
  • April 6--An American Childhood by Annie Dillard, discussion led by Susan Schmidt, independent scholar.
  • April 27--West with the Night by Beryl Markham, discussion led by Tess Ocana, independent scholar.

To register call 638-7807.

This project is made possible by a grant from the North Carolina Humanities Council, a statewide non-profit and  affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, in partnership with the North Carolina Center for the Book, a program of the State Library of North Carolina, and is sponsored by the Friends of the New Bern-Craven County Public Library.

Spring 2020