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Durham County Library Hosts Author Philip Gerard

Program: Meet the Author: Philip Gerard
Date: Sunday, May 18
Time: 3 p.m.
Location: Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Cost: Free and open to the public

About: Durham County Library will host author Philip Gerard for a reading from his latest book, Down the Wild Cape Fear, at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, at the Main Library, 300. N. Roxboro St.

Down the Wild Cape Fear allows readers to take a journey on the waters of the Cape Fear River, starting in Mermaid Point and traveling 200 miles to the Cape of Fear on Bald Head Island. The book incorporates the history of the river and includes how it has influenced commerce, culture and war in the surrounding region and beyond. It also features discussions with those most passionate about the river, including a biologist, boat captain, photographer, river guide and river keeper. A book signing will follow the reading.

Gerard is currently the Department Chair of the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina – Wilmington, where he has won numerous teaching awards. He has written novels, nonfiction and television scripts, one of which won a Silver Reel of Merit from the International Television Association in 1994. He has served on the Board of Trustees of the North Carolina Writers Network, the Board of Directors of the Associated Writing Programs and the North Carolina Arts Council.

This program is sponsored by Durham Library Foundation. For more information, contact Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268 or visit

Durham County Library encourages Discovery, connects the Community and leads in Literacy. As a department of Durham County Government, the library furthers Goal 1 of the county’s Strategic Plan by enhancing cultural, educational and creative opportunities. For more information about the library, visit

Contact: Gina Rozier
919-560-0151 or


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