Prologue: "Dark of the Island" by Philip Gerard

Feb 29, 2016

Monday, March 14th, at Prologue Ben Steelman of the StarNews speaks with writer and professor Philip Gerard about his most recent novel Dark of the Island. Join us for the conversation in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery at 7 pm.

Monday, March 14th, 7 pm

WHQR's MC Erny Gallery

About the Author:

Philip Gerard earned his M.F.A. in Creative Writing in 1981 and almost immediately joined the faculty at Arizona State University as a Visiting Assistant Professor and later as Writer in Residence. He remained at ASU until 1986, then taught for a brief time at Lake Forest College in Illinois before migrating to coastal North Carolina, where he had spent many happy summers during his teenage years roaming the Outer Banks of Hatteras and Ocracoke Islands. Currently, he teaches in the BFA and MFA Programs of the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He has won the Faculty Scholarship Award, the College of Arts & Science Teaching Award, the Chancellor's Medal for Excellence in Teaching, the Graduate Mentor Award, the Board of Trustees Teaching Award, and a Distinguished Teaching Professorship. The Philip Gerard Fellowship, endowed by benefactor Charles F. Green III to honor Gerard's work in establishing and directing the MFA program, is awarded annually to an MFA student on the basis of literary merit. Read more about Philip Gerard HERE.

About the Novel:

This mystery/thriller follows two intriguing storylines. Contemporary politics of the Outer Banks, including the always-controversial question of offshore drilling, interweave with the history of German saboteurs during World War II. The book’s title—The Dark of the Island—is what the oldtimers on Hatteras called a moonless night with no stars. It was on these nights that the “mooncussers and wreckers” would raise a false light on the beach luring an unwary ship’s captain to run aground so the locals could row out to the wreck and loot the cargo. In this novel, it’s Nick Wolf’s destiny to discover what is behind the true “dark of the island.”