Lucky 32's Evolution Begins
This year you'll see an evolution in our Lucky 32 restaurants that will
include a more comfortable décor and a more flavorful menu. Weve
already begun working on the décor and, because were staying
open during this work, the process will take months. Well keep
you posted, letting you know what weve done and what to expect.
As of now, in Winston-Salem and Raleigh, weve completed the wallcovering
and carpet. Our team designed the carpet to emulate a "Fiery Grill."
Were also revitalizing the menus at all three of our Lucky 32
restaurants. Weve listened to feedback and made some improvements
with our steaks, chicken, and pork. Our steaks are cut in-house from
Certified Angus Beef, and weve experimented with a zillion recipes
for roast chicken then settled on the same variation of Julia Childs
basic recipe that we use at home. We hope you enjoy the changes were
A Conversation with Author Robert Morgan
December O.Henry Literary Round Table, featuring best-selling author,
Robert Morgan, was a real success. The proceeds were donated to two
non-profit organizations that promote literacy, the O. Henry Festival
and the Piedmont Childrens Book Festival. Robert Morgan read from
his new book of poetry, Topsoil Road, and his best-selling novel,
Gap Creek, then spent some time talking with his audience.
Our friend and associate, Sara Sherman, had an opportunity to chat with
Robert Morgan one-on-one. Here is an excerpt from their conversation:
Sara Sherman: You already had a reputation as a poet
when you began writing fiction. How did you come to fiction writing?
Robert Morgan: In 1967 I came to UNCG to work on my MFA.
UNCG is a really good place for writers; theres a lot of support
from the department and from professors like Fred Chappell, who understand
how much time and dedication it takes to write. And I had plenty of
time to write while I was there because I had a job in the mens
locker room checking out towels. There werent very many men at
UNCG in those days so I wrote my first book of poetry in that locker
room, and it did pretty well. In 1971 I got a job at Cornell University
teaching poetry, then in the 80s I started writing fiction. I wanted
to tell the stories I had heard from my family while growing up.
SS: How closely do your books follow the stories of your
RM: For the most part, the actual events are fictional,
but the characters personalities are based on members of my own
family, and their lives and the type of hardships they faced are real.
Gap Creek is written form the perspective of Julie who is based on my
maternal grandmother. The opening scene in Gap Creek, when Julies
brother dies, really happened. In fact, Ive met some of the descendants
of the doctor who treated the boy, and the same story, about a boy who
was brought down from the mountain, is told in their family. The doctor
grandfather couldnt figure out what was wrong so the boy died
this terrible death.
SS: You have written from a womans perspective
RM: Yes, the first time I used the voice of a woman, I
was writing The Hinterlands. I was researching the life of my Uncle
Robert and I realized that it would be more natural for his fiancé
to tell this story. Women tend to be closer observers of details and
more open to emotion, so the story seemed more plausible in a womans
voice than a mans. This approach worked well, so Ive continued
with it in other work.
SS: Which authors have influenced you the most?
RM: If you had asked me that a few years ago I would have
named people like Thomas Wolfe or William Faulkner - writers who are
known for their sweeping Southern stories. And I do admire them, but
now, as I look back over my work, I see that Eudora Welty and Ernest
Hemingway probably had more influence on my style. I like the transparent
language and sparing dialect of Welty, and Hemingway is great with dialogue
- hes a master at getting his point across without over-explaining
SS: Are you working on anything now?
RM: Yes a sequel to Truest Pleasures that overlaps
some with Gap Creek. Its set in the 20s during prohibition and
the Jazz Age.