May 23, 2013. Elizabeth Hudson, editor-in-chief of Our State magazine, will speak Thursday, June 6, at Appalachian State University’s Belk Library and Information Commons as part of the library’s summer author series. Her presentation begins at 3:30 p.m. in Room 421. An informal reception will follow.
Parking will be available in the College Street deck next to the library. For more information, call Lynn Patterson at 828-262-2087.
A lifelong resident of North Carolina, Hudson began her publishing career at Our State in 1997, answering telephones in the circulation department. She held various positions in the editorial department before being named editor in 2009.
Under her leadership, the publication won a Gold Eddie for “Best Full Issue” from FOLIO, the magazine industry’s leading publication. The award recognizes editorial excellence.
Hudson said that her typical workday may find her with other editors visiting towns they’d like to write about, eating at restaurants they want to cover and meeting with local residents. “In a sense, my office is the entire state of North Carolina,” she said in a June 2012 interview in the blog The Editor’s Desk. “We can’t effectively and credibly create an experience for our readers if we haven’t had the experience of a place ourselves.”
The library will also host North Carolina novelist Jill McCorkle Aug. 15 at 3:30 p.m. McCorkle is the author of the novels “Life after Life,” “July 7th” and “The Cheer Leader.”
In addition, N.C. Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti will present the Belk Distinguished Lecture July 18 at 3:30 p.m. in Room 114 in the library. Bathanti is a professor of creative writing at Appalachian. He is also writer in residence and director of the Writing in the Field program in the university’s Watauga Global Community.