Bookmarks and Lecture Night in Camel City Present Two Free Lectures in July
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (JULY 3, 2019) Bookmarks is hosting two Lecture Night in Camel City events in July. NC Writers’ Network Executive Director Ed Southern will speak about the American Revolution, and C.W. “Chuck” Eldridge will speak about the history of tattoos. Lecture Night in Camel City is a local lecture series that runs through the Spring and Summer months at Bookmarks. Lecture Nights are free and open to the public and are led by local authors or experts.
On Saturday, July 6, 2019, at 7 p.m., Ed Southern, Executive Director of NC Writers’ Network, will give a lecture with an Independence Day theme, titled “The Race to the Dan: The Retreat that Won the American Revolution.” Charles, Lord Cornwallis—the commander of the British Army in the South—built a bonfire in February 1781 and ordered his men to burn everything. Cornwallis meant to move fast to catch the ragtag Southern Department of the Continental Army and crush them in a final, decisive battle. When he heard what Cornwallis had done, General Nathanael Greene, his quarry and foe, is supposed to have said, “Then he is ours.” What followed was dubbed “the Race to the Dan,” when two armies raced each other across the North Carolina Piedmont in an effort that would lead, less than a year later, to Cornwallis’s surrender at Yorktown. Though a retreat by the Continentals, the Race to the Dan would prove to be the undoing of Cornwallis’s army and the British “Southern strategy” to defeat the American rebellion.
On Saturday, July 20, 2019, at 7 p.m., C.W. “Chuck” Eldridge will give a lecture titled “The History of Tattoos.” Eldridge is a tattoo historian and the owner of Tattoo Archive, a museum and tattoo shop on Fourth Street in downtown Winston-Salem. He is a North Carolina native who learned the art of tattooing under the legendary D.E. Hardy. Eldridge was recently featured on Netflix’s documentary series Explained [season 1 episode 8] “Tattoo.” His articles have appeared in national and international publications, including the National Tattoo Association, Skin & Ink Magazine, Tattoo Master Magazine, Tattoo Artist Magazine, and Tattoo International. Well-known in the tattoo industry, Eldridge is a beloved member of the Winston-Salem community and his shop neighbors Bookmarks’ bookstore (several members of Bookmarks staff have been tattooed there).
Bookmarks is a literary arts nonprofit organization whose mission is to ignite the love of reading by connecting our community with books and authors. The programming connects readers with authors and books and is achieved through the largest annual book festival in the Carolinas (their 15th will be held September 5-8); an Authors in Schools program, which reached 12,000 students in 2018; and year-round events in their gathering space and nonprofit independent bookstore located at 634 W. Fourth Street #110. Visit bookmarksnc.org for more information.