Does the name William Sydney Porter ring a bell? He was born in Greensboro on September 11, 1862, and there's a periodical in the Triad that bears his name. It's called… O. Henry Magazine. Last year, on this the 150th anniversary of O. Henry's birth, O. Henry Magazine celebrated its first anniversary. The Greensboro-based arts and culture magazine has an outstanding stable of award-winning writers who know great story-telling just as well as they know their roots. The readership is expanding; O. Henry Magazine is thriving; and the organization supports the educational programs of the Greensboro Historical Museum like local productions of O. Henry plays, and the revival of the O. Henry short story award. Decades ago, O Henry Magazine founding editor and Greensboro native James Dodson won that award. Since then he's gone on to pen several best-selling books, and his work has appeared in more than 50 magazines and newspapers worldwide. Jim spoke with David Ford about his magazine's namesake.
Best-selling author, recent recipient of the Order of the Longleaf Pine, and Founding Editor of O. Henry Magazine, Jim Dodson. In Greensboro & High Point you'll find December's O.Henry Magazine at grocery stores like Harris Teeter and Whole Foods Market. In Winston-Salem you can pick up a copy at Gaia and Deva next to Whole Foods. The staff at O.Henry believes buying local extends to literature. In the December issue they'll review books by thirteen area authors, including Dena Harris's Does This Collar Make My Butt Look Fat, A Diet Book for Cats? Jim's most recent book, American Triumvirate: How Ben Hogan, Sam Snead and Byron Nelson Created the Modern Age of Golf, was released on Knopf.

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