27 Views of Hillsborough: A Southern Town in Prose & Poetry
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Centrally located with easy access to both the Triangle and the Triad in North Carolina, the community of Hillsborough has a lot of history. The downtown historic district boasts more than 100 homes, churches, and buildings from the late 18th and 19th centuries, thus earning it a listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The building that now houses the visitor center served as General Joseph E. Johnston's headquarters when he surrendered the largest of the Confederate armies to General William T. Sherman at the end of the Civil War.
But something other than history has drawn dozens of writers to make this town their home. In 27 Views of Hillsborough, over two dozen authors who currently live here or who have lived here in the past use fiction, essays, and poetry to tell of the community's past and present. Some of the authors whose work is included are Allan Gurganus, Lee Smith, Michael Malone, Randall Kenan, Jill McCorkle, Craig Nova, Barry Jacobs, Peter Wood, Jerry Eidenier, Nancy Goodwin, Hal Crowther, Jaki Shelton Green, and Jeffrey Beam.
27 Views series:
- 27 Views of Asheville
- 27 Views of Chapel Hill
- 27 Views of Charlotte
- 27 Views of Durham
- 27 Views of Greensboro
- 27 Views of Raleigh
- 27 Views of Wilmington
"If there are hot spots on the globe, as the ancients believed, Hillsborough must be one of them. I can't count the number of historic markers in the gracious old town. More recently, some ground force is attracting an astonishing number of writers, artists, photographers, and musicians. On a stroll along the main street, you'll likely pass the author of one of your favorite books, the director of a great documentary, or a blues guitar player you always admired. Say hello. The natives are friendly."
"27 Views is no work of chamber of commerce puffery. A mélange of commentary and literary tribute, the ‘views’ paint a many-faceted, layered portrait of the Orange County seat. . . . Voices include whites, African Americans, Native Americans, Southerners, and new arrivals. Entries run the gamut from local color to realism, with the emphasis on realism."
—North Carolina Library Association Journal
". . . a vivid tableau of how a community shapes the lives of those who heed its call."
—Our State magazine
". . . a testament to community spirit."
"The perspectives are fresh and unexpected. . . . As [novelist] Lee Smith pointed out . . . the collection is far from a 'sweetie, sweetie' sort of travelogue meant to attract tourists from New Jersey."