In 1960, Elizabeth Spencer became a southern literary icon with the release of her novella, "The Light in the Piazza." The film version of the book starred Olivia de Havilland.
More than fifty years after her acclaimed Italian love story, Spencer is still writing. Her newest collection of short stories is "Starting Over" (Liveright, 2013).
All of the narratives in the book stem from her two southern homes: Mississippi and North Carolina.
Spencer is widely admired by writers around the country. She says, though, that a writer must always have faith in his or her own gifts:
Elizabeth Spencer moved to Chapel Hill in 1986 and taught creative writing at UNC-Chapel Hill until her retirement. Her first book was published in 1948.
Spencer reads at The Regulator Bookshop on January 16th.