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The Second Sunday Readings Series was founded in 1992 by Doris Betts, and its aim was to bring to Chapel Hill a variety of writers with roots in North Carolina. In 1996, she handed over the maintenance of the series (including rounding up writers and giving introductions) to Michael McFee. The second Sunday of each month during the school year, admirers of North Carolina literature convene in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room of Wilson Library at 2:30 to listen to about an hour of reading, typically given by two authors of different genres. The readings take place only when classes are in session, so that there are typically no readings in December or March, as classes are out for Winter and Spring breaks. Following are lists of the readers for each year thus far.


Daphne Athas, fiction
Doris Betts, fiction
Clyde Edgerton, fiction
William McCranor Henderson, fiction
John Kessell, fiction
Susan Ketchin, non-fiction
Michael McFee, poetry
Lawrence Naumoff, fiction
John Russell, fiction
James Seay, poetry
Bland Simpson, non-fiction
Elizabeth Spencer, fiction


Betty Adcock, poetry
Kathryn Stripling Byer, poetry
Angela Davis-Gardner, fiction
Elizabeth Evans, non-fiction
William Harmon, poetry
Tim McLaurin, fiction
Ruth Moose, fiction
Peggy Payne, fiction
Joe Ashby Porter, fiction
Dannye Romine, poetry
Lee Smith, fiction
Emily Herring Wilson, poetry


James Applewhite, poetry
Sally Buckner, poetry
Michael Chitwood, poetry
Elizabeth Cox, fiction
Kaye Gibbons, fiction
James Grimsley, fiction
John Justice, drama
Randall Kenan, fiction
Lenard Moore, poetry
Howard Owen, fiction
Michael Parker, fiction
Reynolds Price, non-fiction
Alan Shapiro, poetry
John Welter, fiction


Robert Bain, poetry
Jeffrey Beam, poetry
Claire Cooperstein, fiction
Moira Crone, fiction
Hal Crowther, non-fiction
Ann Deagon, poetry
Philip Gerard, fiction
Marianne Gingher, fiction
Paul Jones, poetry
John Justice, drama
Susan Ludvigson, poetry
Deborah Pope, poetry
Louis Rubin, fiction
Marly Youmans, fiction


Laura Argiri, fiction
Ellyn Bache, fiction
Lynn Doyle, poetry
Allan Gurganus, fiction
David Guy, non-fiction
R.S. Gwynn, poetry
Robert Kirkpatrick, poetry
Janet Lembke, non-fiction
Catherine Petroski, fiction
Henry Petroski, non-fiction
Donald Secreast, fiction
Robert Watson, poetry
Luke Whisnant, fiction
Lee Zacharias, fiction


Sharlene Baker, fiction
Gerald Barrax, poetry
Neil Caudle, fiction
Fred Chappell, poetry and fiction
Richard Chess, poetry
Sarah Dessen, fiction
John Holman, fiction
Susan Lindsay, poetry
Jill McCorkle, fiction
Peter Makuck, poetry
Margaret Maron, fiction
Robert Morgan, poetry and fiction
Dale Volberg Reed and John Shelton Reed, non-fiction
Julie Suk, poetry


Tony Abbott, poetry
Ronald Bayes, poetry
Maudy Benz, fiction
Tony Earley, fiction
Christine Garren, poetry
G. D. Gearino, fiction
Jaki Shelton Green, poetry
Melissa Malouf, fiction
Rebecca McClanahan, poetry
Heather Ross Miller, fiction
Nancy Peacock, fiction
Shelby Stephenson, poetry

Maintained by Daryl L. Houston