This is a perfect example of an event where we as an institution, and as an audience, will get a peak behind the curtain and into the mind of one of America’s most cherished authors. The incredible friendship between Wayne Flynt and Harper Lee, and both their families, became somewhat of a retrospective on how friends can change our lives and why friendships are so important to us all.
Come join us on Tuesday, December 13th at 6pm where we have invited Flynt to discuss the elements of multigenerational friendships, perspective changes, and the processing of memory and community.
Tickets are $10 for CLS members and $15 for guest. Free for students by calling the number listed below and showing a valid ID at check in.
To purchase tickets, please click here or call 843-723-9912.
About the Book:
Lee and Flynt: The Story of a Friendship – Do you remember how you met your best friend? Was it fate, providence, or pure serendipity? Friendship derives from many sources: childhood, college, church, book club acquaintances, work places. It sometimes can be traced to common interests, isolation, loneliness, or even dependency. This is the story of one intimate and entirely unpredictable friendship between Dartie and Wayne Flynt, Harper Lee, and Lee’s two sisters.
Imagine sitting with an esteemed writer on his or her front porch somewhere in the world and swapping life stories. Dr. Wayne Flynt got the opportunity to do just this with Nelle Harper Lee. In a friendship that blossomed over a dozen years starting when Lee relocated back to Alabama after having had a stroke, Flynt and his wife Dartie became regular visitors at the assisted living facility that was Lee’s new home. And there the conversation began. It began where it always begins with Southern storytellers, with an invitation to “Come in, sit down, and stay a while.” The stories exchanged ranged widely over the topics of Alabama history, Alabama folklore, family genealogy, and American literature, of course. On the way from beginning to end there were many detours: talks about Huntingdon College; The University of Alabama; New York City; the United Kingdom; Garden City, Kansas; and Mobile, Alabama, to name just a few. Wayne and his wife were often joined by Alice Lee, the oldest Lee sister, a living encyclopedia on the subject of family genealogy, and middle sister Louise Lee Conner. The hours spent visiting, in intimate closeness, are still cherished by Wayne Flynt. They yielded revelations large and small, which have been shaped into Afternoons with Harper Lee. Part memoir, part biography, this book offers a unique window into the life and mind and preoccupations of one of America’s best-loved writers. Flynt and Harper Lee and her sisters learned a great deal from each other, and though this is not a history book, their shared interest in Alabama and its history made this extraordinary work possible.
About the Author:
Wayne Flynt is a Southern historian and educator who retired after teaching for decades at Auburn University, where he directed more than sixty graduate programs. He has lectured at Sichuan University in China, at Queen’s University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, at the universities of Newcastle, Oxford, Cambridge, and Sussex in Great Britain, at the Franklin Roosevelt Center in The Netherlands, and at the University of Vienna. He is the author of fourteen books dealing with Southern politics, history, white poverty, and culture (religion, art, music, literature). His numerous awards include the Rembert Patrick Award for Florida History, the Lillian Smith Prize for Nonfiction from the Southern Regional Council, the Alabama Library Association Award for nonfiction (three times), the C. Vann Woodward/John Hope Franklin Prize by the Fellowship of Southern Writers, the F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald Museum Award for Excellence in Writing, a nomination for the Pulitzer Prize (1989), and the Alabama Governor’s Award for the Arts.