Book talk with ‘Life After Life’ author Jill McCorkle

Author Jill McCorkle.
March 10, 2014

McDaniel College and Carroll County Public Library host an evening with Jill McCorkle whose newest work of fiction, “Life After Life,” was named a #1 pick by independent booksellers. The event is 7 p.m. March 20 on campus in Decker Auditorium in Lewis Hall of Science.

Cost is $10, which includes a copy of “Life After Life.” Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and can be purchased online at Tickets will not be sold at the door.

For her first novel in 17 years, McCorkle introduces readers to the world of Pine Haven Estates, a retirement community in Fulton, N.C. It’s here that the characters revisit old memories that allow them to explore the meaning of their lives up until the time of their deaths. Delivered with wit and sensitivity, the American short story writer and novelist illuminates the possibilities of second chances, hope and the grace that appears often when we least expect it.

McCorkle’s work has been honored with the New England Booksellers Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature and the North Carolina Award for Literature. She graduated from University of North Carolina, in 1980, where she studied with Max Steele, Lee Smith, and Louis D. Rubin. She obtained her M.A. from Hollins College.
 McCorkle has the distinction of having her first two novels, “The Cheer Leader” and “July 7th,” published on the same day in 1984. Since then she has published three other novels – her latest, “Life After Life,” in 2013 – and four collections of short stories. Five of her books have been named New York Times notable books. She is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers.

McCorkle has taught at UNC-Chapel Hill, Tufts and Brandeis where she was the Fannie Hurst Visiting Writer. She was a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard for five years where she also chaired Creative Writing. She currently teaches creative writing in the MFA Program at N.C. State University and is a core faculty member of the Bennington College Writing Seminars. She is a frequent instructor in the Sewanee Summer Writers Program


Joyce Muller, president of the Friends for CCPL, will moderate the conversation with questions submitted by the audience followed by a book signing.

Call the Carroll County Public Library at 410-386-4500 for additional information.