The “Read North Carolina Novels” blog lists many works set in the state and it is growing all the time, but it by no means covers everything. There remain hundreds of North Carolina novels for you to discover on your own. Here’s how:
The North Carolina Collection, in Wilson Library at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, holds the state’s premier collection of North Carolina literature and is open to the public. In order to search its holdings, go the UNC Libraries catalog, select a “Subject” search and enter the phrase “North Carolina Fiction.”
“NoveList” is a helpful database available in North Carolina public and college libraries through NC Live. It provides basic information on novels and includes special features like “Find Similar Books.” Although the search engine allows you to search for novels using a number of criteria, doing an advanced search for “North Carolina” in “SU Subject” will provide a substantial list of N.C. novels. Look for NoveList in the listings of databases or electronic resources on your library’s website.
LibraryThing.com is an online service that helps individuals and organizations catalog their books online, but it also has a variety of other features, including links to book dealers and bookstores, reading recommendations, reviews, and online book conversations. The easiest way to find North Carolina novels using LibraryThing is to go to their search page and search for “North Carolina, fiction” or “North Carolina, novels” in the tags section.
Visit your local public library or bookstore. North Carolina’s public libraries and bookstores–especially independent bookstores–often have sections or displays dedicated to local fiction. They also have knowledgeable staff who can help you make selections. Also, check out bookbuying websites like Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com to see what they have to offer.