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Monthly Archives: July 2011

To the Winners of the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest…Congratulations?

The results are in for the 2011 Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest, and as anticipated, they’re nothing short of hilarious. If you’re not familiar, the Bulwer-Lytton Fiction Contest challenges entrants to compose bad opening sentences to imaginary novels, and takes its name from the Victorian novelist Edward George Bulwer-Lytton, who began his book, Paul Clifford, with “It […]

Speak Out for the Humanities Now

The following is from our friends at the North Carolina Humanities Council; please read and heed: Dear Friend, The House of Representatives has proposed cutting funding to the National Endowment for the Humanities by $20 million. Funding for the state humanities councils –including the North Carolina Humanities Council — would be cut by $9 million. […]

Peter Makuck in Writer’s Almanac

Good news – “Toward Paris” by Peter Makuck, poetry instructor at the just-concluded 2011 Squire Summer Writing Residency, will be the featured poem this Sunday on Garrison Keillor’s The Writer’s Almanac.  Please check the public radio listings in your area.

Goodbye to Borders

Borders Group, the corporate parent of the Borders bookstore chain, is going out of business once and for all.  Shelf Awareness provided excellent coverage of the end earlier this week, and NCWN member Sam Love forwarded me this article from the Associated Press on the closing of Borders stores and what this means for the […]

A Fringe Benefit . . .

. . . of having the 2011 Squire Summer Writing Residency in eastern NC: A good lunch on the drive down.

“The reading you save may be your own”

I make no secret that I am biased in favor of independent bookstores; in my experience, indie booksellers often put the “emerge” into “emerging writers.”  On the blog for Porter Square Books in Cambridge, MA, author Leslie Brunetta makes the case for supporting your local indie bookstore and the readings they host. One of the […]

While We Were Away . . .

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance celebrated our nation’s independence (as well as their own) by announcing the winners of the 2011 SIBA Book Awards.  Congratulations to the authors of this year’s winners. A few days before SIBA celebrated independence, some Amazon book reviewers were called out for their lack of same.  Always keep those grains […]

A Thank-You, and a Reminder

Thank you, all you lovers of literature who responded to the Network’s end-of-fiscal-year request for donations this week.  Each of you soon will receive the Official NCWN Donor Thank-You Letter to wave in the tax man’s face (just don’t tell him I said so), but in the meantime, please know how much we appreciate your […]