Thursday, March 23, 2023

Hear about one of Hilton’s own at this lecture

NEWPORT NEWS — There will be a lecture on Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Styron called “Remembering One of Hilton’s Own,” Sept. 8 at 3 p.m. in the Main Street Library.

The lecture will be presented by James L. West III, official Styron Biographer; local author William A. Fox; along with historians M. Huntley Galleher and Lewis Lawson.

Styron spent his early years growing up in the neighborhood of Hilton Village and the speakers will share insights about Styron’s youth in Hilton Village and the region, which defined the man and subsequently served as literary settings for some of his books, such as “A Tidewater Morning,” according to a news release from the city.

In 1968, Styron’s novel, “The Confessions of Nat Turner,” was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. He won the National Book Award in 1980 for “Sophie’s Choice.”

Styron died on Nov. 1, 2006, at the age of 81.

Styron biographer, West, is a professor of English at Penn State University and author of “William Styron: A Life,” published by Random House in 1998.

His edition of Styron’s collected nonfiction, entitled “My Generation,” was published in 2015.

Following the program, there will be a walking tour of the sites in Hilton Village that are associated with Styron.

The route, which begins at the library at 110 Main St., is approximately one-half mile long, so comfortable walking shoes are suggested.

The walking tour is free and open to the public.

The talk is part of the Historic Hilton Village 100 Lecture Series, created in commemoration of the neighborhood’s 100th anniversary this year.

Light refreshments will be provided, and no registration is required.

For information, call 757-591-4858 or 757-525-7372, or click here.

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