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Favorite authors can be met at the North Carolina Literary Festival

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If you like to read, you may have a chance to meet some of your favorite authors this weekend, when more than a hundred come to the Tar Heel State for the North Carolina Literary Festival.

Books are often turned into movies. Take “Big Fish” for instance. The 2003 film, starring Ewan MacGregor is the brainchild of author Daniel Wallace. You could say he got lucky and reeled in a big one with this book, since it was his very first novel.

“I never ever thought that would happen, the book doesn’t read like a movie so I never considered that,” said Wallace. “It was never an ambition of mine. But of course after it became a

Wallace spoke at the New Hanover County Library recently. He was in town for an “Authors on the Road Tour” to help promote the upcoming North Carolina Literary Festival.

“You get to go places that people don’t have an opportunity to see you all the time, you do tours after book is published, you don’t always come to all places you don’t like to go,” Wallace said.

The festival gets underway later this week in Chapel Hill. More than a hundred authors will be there, many of whom are very recognizable.

Martin Armes said, “On Thursday evening the highlight is going to be John Grisham and Kathy Reichs will appear at Memorial Hall.”

Readers will get to meet some of their favorite authors during book signings. The festival is also working hard to get more children involved, to spark their interest in reading at an early age.

“It’s the bedrock of our society in so many ways in term of quality of life and job creation, etc,” said Armes. “It gets down to core. That’s why so important to add this year the children’s component to get our children interested in reading and writing.”

If you are interested in going to the festival, it begins Thursday and ends Sunday. All events take place at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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videoIf you like to read, you may have a chance to meet some of your favorite authors this weekend, when more than a hundred come to the Tar Heel State for the North Carolina Literary Festival.

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