Wake Tech Instructor Kicks Off Book-Signing Tour

Suzy Barile

January 11th, 2010


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Journalism Instructor Brings "Published Author" Credential to the Classroom

RALEIGH, N.C. (January 11, 2010) - Award-winning writer, Wake Tech instructor, and now - published author - Suzy Barile is launching a book signing tour over the next few months to cities throughout North Carolina. Barile has authored "Undaunted Heart: The True Story of a Southern Belle & a Yankee General," a work of non-fiction based on the intriguing lives of two of her ancestors - her great-great grandparents, Ella Swain and Smith D. Atkins.

Barile says she had only heard stories about the couple's marriage and the response of the Swain's southern neighbors: "they were angry and closed their shutters as her wedding carriage passed by." When Barile found letters that her great-great grandmother had written, she was inspired to tell the true, detailed story of the relationship behind the legend.

At Wake Technical Community College, Barile not only instructs, but mentors students who want to hone their journalism and composition skills. "Our students benefit from the expertise of instructors like Suzy who are accomplished in their field," says Wake Tech President Dr. Stephen Scott. "We're proud to have such talent among us at Wake Tech."

Upcoming book-signings include:
January 11, 7:00 p.m., Prologue book club, WHQR Gallery, Wilmington
February 6, 2:00 pm., All Booked Up, Apex
February 13, 3:00 p.m., Barnes and Noble, Durham
March 15, 7:00 p.m., Page Walker Arts and History Center, Cary
March 17, 12:00 noon, NC Museum of History, Raleigh
March 18, 9:00 a.m., Wilson Community College, Wilson
March 18, 6:30 p.m., Sons of Union Veterans, Wake Co. Cooperative Extension Bldg., Raleigh
March 20, 12:30 p.m., Anniversary of the Battle of Bentonville, Four Oaks
May 13, 4:00 p.m., The Country Bookshop, Southern Pines
May 20, 7:00 p.m., Civil War Roundtable, Southern Pines Civic Club, Southern Pines

Other promotional events are planned, including a book-signing at Wake Tech's Main Campus this spring.

Barile's experience includes reporting for Triangle-area newspapers including The Cary News, Triangle Business Journal and the News and Observer in Raleigh. She has won awards from organizations including the N.C. Press Association, the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW), and the N.C. Society of Historians.

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