240 pp., 8.5 x 11, 103 color plates, index
Hardcover ISBN: 978-1-4696-6583-2
Published: October 2021
eBook ISBN: 978-1-4696-6584-9
Published: September 2021
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Three of the state’s finest photographers come along to guide the journey: Simpson's wife and creative partner, Ann Cary Simpson, professional photographer Scott Taylor, and writer and naturalist Tom Earnhardt. Their photos, combined with Simpson's rich narrative, will inspire readers to consider not only what North Carolina has been and what it is but also what we hope it will be. This book belongs on the shelf of longtime residents, newcomers, and visitors alike.
About the Authors
Bland Simpson is Kenan Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is also pianist for The Red Clay Ramblers, the Tony Award–winning string band. In 2005 he received the North Carolina Award, the state's highest civilian honor.
For more information about Bland Simpson, visit the Author Page.
Ann Cary Simpson, photographer, served for thirty years at national and North Carolina environmental organizations and UNC's School of Government. She now is a senior associate with moss + ross strategic consulting.
For more information about Ann Cary Simpson, visit the Author Page.
Tom Earnhardt, photographer, is the renowned host-writer-director of the long-running PBS North Carolina show Exploring North Carolina. He was a professor of law at North Carolina Central University and is author of North Carolina: Crossroads of the Natural World.
For more information about Tom Earnhardt, visit the Author Page.
Scott Taylor is a professional photographer and educator based in Beaufort, North Carolina. He currently holds the position of chair of the Photographic Technology Program at Carteret Community College in Morehead City.
For more information about Scott D. Taylor, visit the Author Page.
"Simpson takes his reader across the entire state, blending his memoir with history and landscape in ways that will make even the most cynical North Carolinian acknowledge the special greatness of our state."—D.G. Martin
"Simpson is an ideal travel companion to explore and understand the complexity and diversity of North Carolina. . . . the author and musician’s rich narrative voice — often humorous, deeply knowledgeable, and always generous — paints a rich triptych of the breadth of our state, from Down East to the 'short hills and sand hills' of central North Carolina to the 'jump-up country' of the Great Smoky Mountains."—Our State
“Simpson is a master storyteller. His moving and deeply human narrative captures a lifetime of indelible memories and life tales, taking readers on an adventure through North Carolina and inviting them to share his love affair with the land and its people.”—David Zucchino, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Wilmington’s Lie
"In his latest offering, the king of nonfiction narratives about North Carolina's coast expands to offer his readers a nostalgic look at the entire state."—Carolyn Sakowski, author of Touring the Western North Carolina Backroads
“Bland Simpson unveils the soul of North Carolina with eloquence and authenticity. His new book is an absolute joy to read and graced with stunning photography.”—Bill Leslie, journalist and composer