NC Literary Festival Author Spotlight: Daniel Wallace


With the North Carolina Literary Festival only six weeks away, it's time to start thinking about who you'll want to hear. We thought we'd help by providing a series of author spotlights as we lead up to April 3 and the beginning of the Festival.

First up, the author who weaves myths and tall tales to create poignant, at times hilarious, stories of family, forgiveness, and love ”Daniel Wallace.

Self-described as an author, angler, and alligator wrestler,  Daniel Wallace is like his fiction ”wide-ranging and humorous. He has worked not only as a novelist, but also as a short story writer, screenwriter, and illustrator. His most recent novel is The Kings and Queens of Roam , hailed by Booklist as a melancholy yet enchanting pastiche of love, loss, redemption, and revenge. 

Wallace is also known for Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions , which combines tall tales with classic literature including Homer's The Odyssey. Wallace's novel inspired Tim Burton's 2003 film adaptation Big Fish (in which Wallace also plays an acting role), along with a Broadway musical. Wallace's short stories have been published in many literary magazines and anthologies including The Yale Review , The Greensboro Review , and The Year's Best Fantasy and Horror .

Daniel Wallace is currently a professor in the English Department at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

To learn more about the authors and programs for the NC Literary Festival, check out the Festival website .