FLORENCE – Rick Bragg, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist with The New York Times, will present a public reading from his best-selling memoir, “All Over But the Shoutin’,” on Nov. 13 at Francis Marion University.
The reading will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the Cauthen Educational Media Center lecture hall on the FMU campus. Admission is free.
The memoir recounts Bragg’s early life of poverty and his gradual realization that he could make a living by writing. He briefly attended Jacksonville State University in Alabama before taking a succession of jobs in print journalism. He was a reporter with The Birmingham News, The St. Petersburg Times, The Los Angeles Times and other newspapers before going to work in 1994 for The New York Times.
Now, he is a national correspondent for The Times, generally covering stories in the Southeast. He has taught writing at workshops around the country and in 1992 earned a Nieman Fellowship, a prestigious award for a year of study at Harvard University.
Bragg has won more than 40 journalism awards, including the Pulitzer Prize for feature writing in 1996. Recently, a collection of Bragg’s newspaper stories, Somebody Told Me, was published by The University of Alabama Press.
The public reading is presented by the Jones Thomas and Carolyn Stroman Hunter Chair in English Literature at FMU. The Hunter Chair in English Literature was established in 1991 by three sisters – Dorothy Hunter Thames Ellis, Adelle Hunter West and Hattie Costa Hunter King – as a memorial to their parents, Jones Thomas and Carolyn Stroman Hunter.
Mr. Hunter made his life in Marion County, was once mayor of Marion, contributed to many different organizations throughout the Pee Dee area, and operated a successful automobile dealership in Florence for 40 years. Mrs. Hunter came to Marion as a schoolteacher, was active in church work and taught Sunday School for more than 50 years. She was a charter member of several literary clubs, garden clubs and community organizations.
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