Award-winning writer Marjorie Hudson fell in love with North Carolina and moved here almost 30 years ago. Her new book, Accidental Birds of the Carolinas, gathers together short stories she’s written over the past 20 years, absorbing the lessons of a newcomer in the South.
Hudson’s stories document contemporary and historical characters facing love and loss, crossing boundaries between native Southerner and newcomer, and walking a fine line between tragedy and delight. Accidental Birds was selected for a prestigious PEN/Hemingway Honorable Mention for Distinguished First Fiction. Read the title story, published in The Literarian at the Center for Fiction LINK:http://centerforfiction.org/accidental-birds-of-the-carolinas-by-marjorie-hudson
“Hudson’s prose is pure as birdsong. Here is a field guide to the human species in transition. . . . The three longest of these splendid stories are like novels in nutshells, Alice Munro style.” — Doris Betts, author of Beasts of the Southern Wild and Souls Raised from the Dead
“These are truly great stories. Each voice is so distinct, each ‘bird’ so lost, so misplaced, so in need of someone to listen to its calls, its natural music.” — Susan Ketchin, author of The Christ-Haunted Landscape: Faith and Doubt in Southern Fiction
Hudson is also the author of Searching for Virginia Dare, a classic journey into early American history and the fate of America’s first English child, born on a wilderness island off the coast of North Carolina. Part road trip, part historical research, part memoir, this North Carolina Arts Council Notable Book pulls in readers and weaves a compelling mystery both personal and historical.
Hudson’s writing is featured in 5 anthologies and has garnered many awards and honors, including a North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship, two Pushcart Special Mentions, and Residencies at Hedgebrook (Whidbey Island, Wa.) and Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, Ca.).
Hudson lectures on American history topics and creative writing through the North Carolina Humanities Council, WEBLINKhttp://www.nchumanities.org/programs/road-scholars/marjorie-hudson-mfa and she teaches creative writing classes at colleges, special events, and privately through her own Kitchen Table Workshops. Her MFA in Creative Writing is from Warren Wilson College.
In a new venture, birthed here at Joyful Jewel, Hudson collaborates with singer/songwriter/writer Susan Ketchin in concert readings that weave Ketchin’s original and traditional songs inspired by Hudson’s stories with dramatic readings from the stories themselves, focusing on spiritual themes.
Hudson’s essay Going to Afghanistan: How The Kite Runner Opened our Eyes, Broke Our Hearts, and Changed our Lives in Chatham County, North CarolinaLINK:http://www.marjoriehudson.com/PDF2007/Afghanistan.pdf documents her adventures in creating a Community Read event, learning and reading about Afghanistan, and finally meeting Khaled and enjoying his company over a dinner at the General Store Café in Pittsboro, North Carolina.