In more than thirty-five years of newspapering, Hunter James has worked as an editorialist and correspondent for numerous newspapers including The Baltimore Sun, The Atlanta Constitution, and The Richmond Times Dispatch. He has won numerous awards including first place for newswriting in Virginia's annual press association contest and first place for editorial writing in the North Carolina press association contest.
He shared in the 1970 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service for his editorials in the Winston-Salem Journal and Sentinel that led to the saving of North Carolina’s scenic New River from a massive hydro-electric project.
His articles and stories have appeared in National Geographic's books, Southern Review, Historic Preservation, Southern Cultures, Horizon, Southern Magazine, and many others.
He has published several novels and nonfiction books including The Quiet People of the Land, History of Old Salem, All the Forgotten Places, Smile Pretty and Say Jesus, and his latest work, Life Among the Nabobs.
Life Among the Nabobs
"Much of Hunter James’s career as an editorialist and correspondent for the Atlanta Constitution and Baltimore Sun coincided with the turbulent civil-rights-antiwar-protest years, affording him an opportunity to focus on many of the intimate details of the movements—details overlooked or simply neglected by the TV networks and other news outlets. This work, his third on the subject, is not another play-by-play description of the tumultuous 1960s and 1970s. Instead, its focus is on the South that existed before the movements in cities such as Atlanta and Baltimore, and the entirely different South that emerged."
The author—part Thoreau, part John Crowe Ransom, part Wendell Berry—is, perhaps more than any of them, Mark Twain—or, more precisely, the self-deprecating, often hapless persona Twain often cultivated in his early autobiographical works." Southern Cultures, 2003
Highrollers and halfwits, preachers and peckerwoods, bootleggers and Bible-thumpers — Hunter James has drawn them all with a casual but accurate hand. Skillfully interweaving personal memoirs with community history, The Last Days of Big Grassy Fork is irresistible. I galloped from page to page and took it hard when the book had to end." Fred Chappell