Fundraiser for Southern Lit Alliance
Join us in supporting Southern Lit Alliance as we work to encourage passionate readers and writers with our literary festivals, author lectures, writing contests for K-12, writing workshops and writing groups in area jails.
Featuring New York Times Bestselling Author 
Jill McCorkle
conducted by author Steve Yarbrough
Dinner provided by Public House restaurant
June 1, 2021
6:30 PM
$65 for regular ticket
$85 for VIP ticket


FocusLit is Southern Lit Alliance's annual fundraiser that highlights the work of a successful author.  This year's event features author Jill McCorkle and her novel, Hieroglyphics.  We're excited to have author Steve Yarbrough host in Lee Smith's stead, who could not host the event due to unforeseen medical concerns.   The event includes a pick-up meal from Public House Restaurant. 


Regular ticket - $65 per person.  Includes virtual interview and meal from Public House


VIP Ticket - $85 per person, and include the virtual experience, the meal, a specialty cocktail from Public House Restaurant, and a signed copy of the novel Hieroglyphics.  


Bonus !- Book Clubs or groups purchasing the most tickets win a rooftop wine and cheese reception hosted by Southern Lit Alliance.  Enter your group name in the registration form.

Pick up time for the Public House meal is from 5:00-6:00 PM on June 1.  For VIP attendees, the signed copy of Hieroglyphics will be given to you at the restaurant, and the specialty cocktail is a To Go cocktail.
Jill McCorkle
Steve Yarbrough, the interviewer, is the author of The Unmade World, Sales from the Neighbors, The Realm of Last Chances, and other books. He's the recipient of the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Award for Fiction, the California Book Award, the Richard Wright Award, and the Robert Penn Warren Award.  He's a member of the Fellowship of Southern Authors, and a personal friend of Jill's.

About Jill McCorkle

Jill McCorkle has been described by The New York Times as “a born novelist.” Her first two novels came out shortly after she graduated from college, and since then, she has published six novels and four collections of short stories.  Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories several times, as well as The Norton Anthology of Short Fiction. Five of her books have been New York Times Notable books, and her novel, Life After Life, was a New York Times bestseller. She has received the New England Booksellers Award, the John Dos Passos Prize for Excellence in Literature, and the North Carolina Award for Literature. She has written for The New York Times Book Review, The Washington Post, The Boston Globe, Garden and Gun, The Atlantic, and other publications. She was a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer in Fiction at Harvard, where she also chaired the department of creative writing. She is currently a faculty member of the Bennington College Writing Seminars and is affiliated with the MFA program at North Carolina State University.

About Hieroglyphics

Lil and Frank married each other young, bonding over how they both lost a parent when they were children. Over time, their marriage grew and strengthened, with each still wishing for more understanding of the parents they’d lost prematurely. 

Now, years later, they've retired to North Carolina. There, Lil, determined to leave a history for their children, sifts through letters and notes and diary entries—perhaps revealing more secrets than Frank wants their children to know. Meanwhile, Frank has become obsessed with what might have been left behind at the house he lived in as a boy on the outskirts of town, where a young single mother, Shelley, is just trying to raise her son with some sense of normalcy. Frank’s repeated visits to Shelley’s house begin to trigger memories of her own family, memories that she’d hoped to keep buried. Because, after all, not all parents are ones you wish to remember.

Hieroglyphics reveals the difficulty of ever really knowing the intentions and dreams and secrets of the people who raised you. In this novel, Jill McCorkle deconstructs and reconstructs what it means to be a father or a mother, and what it means to be a child piecing together the world around us, a child learning to make sense of the hieroglyphics of history and memory.