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Reading and Conversation: Florence Dore, Professor of English, UNC-Chapel Hill & Nashville Musician Kevin Gordon

April 11, 5:00 PM - with a musical performance by the Kevin Gordon Band

First Amendment Center Auditorium, 1207 18th Ave. South

This event is free and open to the public

Florence Dore          Kevin Gordon

Florence Dore is a professor of English at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She is the author of Novel Sounds: Southern Fiction in the Age of Rock and Roll (Columbia University Press 2018), and she released her album Perfect City (Slewfoot Records) in 2001. Dore has published writing on the blues, the rock novel, and her first book on literary censorship came out on Stanford University Press in 2001. She is a member of the board of the Institute for Bob Dylan Studies at University of Tulsa’s Bob Dylan Archive and has organized two major public conferences on rock and literature: at the National Humanities Center and Carolina Performing Arts in 2016-2017; and at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2011. She worked with Eric Ambel (Joan Jett, The Del-Lords, Steve Earle) and Dennis Diken (The Smithereens) to make Perfect City, and has toured with many notable Nashville artists including Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites), Ken Coomer (Wilco), and Dave Jacques (John Prine). Her song Christmas was recorded by the Posies for the 1996 Geffen Records release Just Say Noel.

Kevin Gordon has been described as "a juke-joint professor emeritus” by Rolling Stone.  Gordon’s Louisiana is a strange place. It’s a place where restless teens road trip to where the highway dead-ends at the Gulf of Mexico; a place where prisoners who are in for life compete in a rodeo while the town watches; where a character can get lost in the humid afternoon and where religion may not signify hope; and where rivers, never far away, carry secrets behind levees. “One of the things I like about it and am mystified by is that what passes for normal in Louisiana would not make the grade elsewhere,” he says. The kicker? All of these postcards are based on true stories. It’s a place that he’s been exploring for twenty years now, on the eve of the release of his astonishing new album Tilt & Shine on Crowville Media. It is work that has earned him fans like noted author and Elvis Presley biographer Peter Guralnick; New West Records artist Buddy Miller; journalist, songwriter, and Country Music Hall of Fame staffer Peter Cooper; Todd Snider; head of the Americana Music Association Jed Hilly; and Lucinda Williams, with whom he dueted on the song Down To The Well (which was featured prominently on an Oxford American compilation).

Sponsored by The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise, & Public Policy and the Robert Penn Warren Center for the Humanities