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Monthly Archives: February 2012

Robert Watson

Late yesterday we learned of the passing of poet, novelist, and teacher Robert Watson, long of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Watson came to what was then the Woman’s College of North Carolina in 1953, and stayed until his retirement in 1987.  During that time he co-founded the renowned Greensboro Review, and helped […]

O’Connor and McCullough

I never trust admonitions about “how to be a writer”: “If you want to be a writer, you must . . .”; “A real writer should . . .”  Really, all you have to do to be a writer is write; all you should do to be a writer is work really, really hard at […]

Anne Clinard Barnhill Featured in Today’s “Shelf Awareness”

Today’s Shelf Awareness e-newsletter features an interview with author and NCWN member Anne Clinard Barnhill, who’s on tour right now promoting her new book, At the Mercy of the Queen (St. Martin’s, 2012). Author Diane Chamberlain interviewed Barnhill about her favorite independent bookstores. “I love bookstores,” said Anne. “Always have, always will. There is nothing more […]

Congratulations to Philip Gerard!

A hearty congratulations to author, professor, and NCWN member Philip Gerard, recipient of the 2012 Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award, presented by St. Andrews University in Laurinburg. From the Wilmington Star-News: Established in 1981, the Ragan Fine Arts Award honors the memory of Sam Ragan (1915-1996), a poet, longtime editor of the Raleigh News & Observer and […]

How to Charm an Indy Bookseller

For any of you who’ve done events or readings at bookstores–or plan to–here’s an “inside” look on how to be nice to your bookseller. It’s worth remembering that the booksellers are the ones who will hand-sell your book long after your event is over, so it literally pays to be kind. Bottomline: don’t be a […]

Dzanc Book Launches rEprint Series

Courtesy of Publishing Perspectives:  Indy publisher Dzanc Books has launched “rEprint,” a new series of books dedicated to “rescuing lost works of literary excellence from the threat of oblivion.” Dzanc co-founder Steven Gillis said, ““Why limit ourselves to just putting out a handful of print books each year? I wondered. So we had the idea—why not […]

SERENA Coming to the Big Screen

Asheville’s Mountain Xpress reports that Ron Rash’s bestselling novel, Serena, is being made into a movie starring Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence. “Rash’s Depression-era novel tells the story of a timber baron, George Pemberton, and his ruthless wife, Serena, who move to Western North Carolina to create a business empire. When Serena finds out she […]

$0.99 e-Books and the Allure of “Free!”

The cyber-waves have been buzzin’ this week with book-industry professionals examining the rise of the steeply discounted e-book and what exactly that means for publishing in general. Check out these articles to key into the conversation… and then share your thoughts! What’s the Problem with Free? by Kristen Lamb Ebooks Encourage Authors To Stare At […]

The Inevitable Sh*t Agents and Editors Say

Check out 2011 Fall Conference faculty member and literary agent Michelle Brower as she stars in this hilarious new video, “The Inevitable Sh*t Agents and Editors Say”:

Flycatcher: A Journal of Native Imagination

A new literary journal made its debut this month: Flycatcher: A Journal of Native Imagination. According to their website: “Flycatcher does not necessarily aim to be a regional publication, though we do think of the southeastern United States as our literary ground. All our editors are either from or live in metropolitan Atlanta, and if […]