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Celebrate Zelda Fitzgerald in March


t’s been almost 80 years since Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald passed away in Asheville in the tragic Highland Hospital fire on March 10, 1948, and people are still enraptured by her persona. Learn more about Zelda’s life and those of her contemporaries by attending the 2024 Zelda Fitzgerald Week events, happening March 7-10.  This year’s events highlight the circumstances of women creatives from this period.

To learn about other Zelda Fitzgerald Week events, visit

Asheville's Doomed Duo: F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald
Thursday, March 7, 2024 from 2-3 p.m.
North Asheville Library - 1030 Merrimon Ave. - Asheville
(828) 250-4752

Join literature professor Tom Hearron at the North Asheville Library for this lecture on two of the most illustrious celebrities to call Asheville home: F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald.

The Fitzgeralds shared a love unique in the annals of literature. Despite the inner demons that ultimately doomed them both, they produced fiction that is as lively today as when it was written.

Tom Hearron holds a doctorate in American literature from the State University of New York at Buffalo. For over forty years he has taught writing and literature at colleges and universities in the U. S., Africa and China. He currently offers courses at OLLI/UNC Asheville.

This event is free and everyone is invited.

Becoming the Ex-Wife: The Unconventional Life & Forgotten Writings of Ursula Parrott and screening of "The Divorcee"

Saturday, March 9, 2024 from 1-4:30 p.m.
East Asheville Library - 3 Avon Rd. - Asheville
(828) 250-4738

This day-long event at the East Asheville library is free and everyone is welcome.

  • 1-2:30 p.m. - Dr. Marsha Gordon, a Film Studies professor at North Carolina State University, and former co-host of movies on the radio, will discuss her new biography of writer Ursula Parrott, Becoming the Ex-Wife. Parrott’s life reflects many issues Zelda herself faced in her professional career. Gordon loves researching, writing, and speaking about American film and culture. She regularly introduces movies, moderate panels, makes radio and podcast appearances, and lectures.
  • 2:30-3 p.m. -  Book sales/signing/intermission (Malaprop’s Books).
  • 3-4:30 p.m. - Screening of The Divorcee, which Dr. Gordon will introduce. The Divorcee is a crowd pleaser—it won Norma Shearer a Best Actress Academy Award and was based on Parrott’s 1929 best-seller, Ex-Wife. And it’s very much in the Jazz Age style with its deco design and fashion!

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Updated Feb 23, 2024 02:30 PM
Published Feb 21, 2024 07:36 AM