Dr. Gregg Hecimovich to Speak on N.C. Slave Narrative on October 3rd

The Friends of Dacus Library will hold their annual dinner meeting at 6 p.m., October 3, 2016, in Tuttle Dining Room, McBryde Hall. The speaker of the evening will be Dr. Gregg Hecimovich, who will speak on his forthcoming book, The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts: The True Story of The Bondwoman’s Narrative, slated for publication by Ecco/HarperCollins in 2018. Dr. Hecimovich is Professor and Chair in the Department of English at Winthrop University.


In 2001, Henry Louis Gates Jr. of Harvard purchased a nineteenth century African American manuscript at auction titled “The Bondwoman’s Narrative.” Gates authenticated it, and then published it in 2002 to great fanfare. The work became an instant New York Times bestseller. But while Gates identified the author’s probable master, he did not locate the author. Hecimovich’s book identifies that first, black female novelist and tells her life story. At once a detective story, a literary chase, and a cultural history, The Life and Times of Hannah Crafts discovers a Dickensian tale of love, friendship, and betrayal against the backdrop of America’s slide into the Civil War.

Hecimovich’s research interests focus on the nineteenth century novel, slave narratives, technology and the humanities, and literary theory. He is the recipient of numerous teaching awards including the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Distinguished Professor for Teaching Award and the Max Ray Joyner Award for innovative teaching with technology.

Hecimovich, a Charlotte native, is author of a number of books and has spoken widely on his detective work that forms the basis for his forthcoming volume. Anyone interested in attending the October 3rd event who is not a member of the Friends of Dacus Library can do so by contacting Dr. Ronnie W. Faulkner at faulknerr@winthrop.edu or by calling 803/323-2262 by September 27th.  Tickets are $18. We hope you can make it!

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