Upcoming Library Fall 2019 Events

Meredith’s Carlyle Campbell Library has many exciting events planned for this fall! Up first is our annual Friends of the Library fall dinner, which will welcome writer Philip Gerard to speak on Life in Story: Making History Come Alive. Professor Gerard not only teaches fiction, creative nonfiction, expository and argumentative writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, he is also a prolific writer himself. He has published multiple works of both fiction and nonfiction and is also a regular contributor to Our State magazine.  His latest book, The Last Battleground: The Civil War Comes to North Carolina, focuses on North Carolina’s involvement in the Civil War. Join us on Thursday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m. in Belk Dining Hall, while he shares his experience on how a writer turns important facts into a lively story! Hors d’oeuvres service starts at 6 p.m. and will be followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome with tickets available at three different price points for Friends members, non-members, and students. You can reserve your place online here, by phone, (919) 760-8531, or by email- For more information, please visit the Fall 2019 Dinner webpage.

Additionally, the library is pleased to continue to partner with Quail Ridge Books to bring exciting events to the Meredith campus.  We are fortunate to still have a limited number of FREE tickets available to the following author events:

  • Ann Patchett on Sunday, October 27 at 2 p.m., Jones Chapel

Ann Patchett, the New York Times bestselling author of Commonwealth and State of Wonder, returns with her most powerful novel to date.  The Dutch House a richly moving story that explores the indelible bond between two siblings, the house of their childhood, and a past that will not let them go.

  • Shannon Messenger on Thursday, November 21 at 6 p.m., Jones Chapel

Shannon Messenger is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of the award-winning middle grade series, Keeper of the Lost Cities, as well as the Sky Fall series for young adults. Her latest book, Legacy (Keeper of the Lost Cities #8) will be released on November 5.

Tickets are distributed on a first come, first served basis and those interested in attending any of these events should contact Rachel Porter ( to check for availability.

We are also still seeking volunteers to help with our Shannon Messenger program on November 21!  If you are interested in helping, please contact Rachel Porter at or 919-760-8531

We hope you will join us for one, or two, or all three events!

Melyssa Allen

News Director
316 Johnson Hall
(919) 760-8087
Fax: (919) 760-8330