Mon 1/29, 7pm:
Voice Rising reading series featuring Daniel Wallace, Diana Mellow, Heather Wilson, and Michael Ventuolo-Mantovani
Please join us for the first installment of Voice Rising, a new and exciting reading event at Flyleaf Books.
In Voice Rising, we pair a small slate of hand-picked, local writers, be they unpublished, lesser-known or on the brink of a bigger stage, and partner with one of our area's many renowned writers for a truly unique evening.
With each writer reading unpublished work for ten minutes followed by a Q&A, Voice Rising is putting a local spin on your beloved bookshop readings.
Our first event will feature local writers Diana Mellow, Heather Wilson and Michael Ventuolo-Mantovani paired with renowned Chapel Hill author and chair of UNC's Creative Writing Department Daniel Wallace.
Diana Mellow is the Thomas Wolfe Scholar at UNC-Chapel Hill. She comes from Moscow and grew up in New York City. When she's not writing fiction, she's designing theater sets, painting murals and putting on puppet shows.
Heather Wilson is recent graduate of the University of North Carolina’s creative writing program. Her essays have been been published in Off Assignment, an international online magazine for non-traditional travel literature, as well as Full Grown People, an online essay anthology. She lives in Carrboro, North Carolina, and works at UNC Family Medicine.
Michael Venutolo-Mantovani is, in partnership with the wonderful crew at Flyleaf, the creator of Voice Rising. He is a longtime musician and record industry veteran whose work has been published on Bandcamp Daily, Reverb.com and in Cuepoint Magazine. After far too many years in New York City, he recently relocated to Chapel Hill with his wife.
Daniel Wallace is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, his alma mater, where he directs the Creative Writing Program. He is the author of six novels, including Big Fish (1998), Ray in Reverse (2000), The Watermelon King (2003), Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician (2007), The Kings and Queens of Roam (2013), and most recently Extraordinary Adventures (May 2017). His children’s book, published in 2014, and for which he did both the words and the pictures, is called The Cat’s Pajamas, and it is adorable. In 2003 Big Fish was adapted and released as a movie and then in 2013 the book and the movie were mish-mashed together and became a Broadway musical. His novels have been translated into over two-dozen languages.