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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Blurbing the Blurbiest Blurb

Ask ten writers how they feel about writing blurbs, and you’re likely to get ten different answers. Some writers blurb hundreds of books over the course of their career because they see blurbing as a way to champion other writers they admire or as a way to help young writers along. Others turn down every blurb request because they […]

“Freak Capital” Asheville Ranked #10 Literary Borough

Ploughshares Literary Magazine has named Asheville, North Carolina, the Number Ten “Literary Borough” in the country. From the press release: Asheville, the “Paris of the South,” is home to thousands of artists, including painters, dancers, sculptors and writers. The mountain town has been called both a “freak capital” and “the torn notch of the Bible […]

Salisbury Writers and Artists Guild Launches New Collaborative Website

By Claire Korzen Calling all Salisbury area writers! The Salisbury Writers and Artists Guild has just launched its new website,, to promote networking between local writers and artists and provide information about upcoming literary and artistic events. This website will also be the virtual home of the interactive Tabula Rasa: A Literary and Arts […]

Triangle Area Bookstores Honored

The Independent Weekly—the Triangle Area’s weekly alternative newspaper—honored four independent bookstores last week as part of their 2012 Indie Arts Awards. The Triangle’s rich literary culture once supported about 80 bookstores, and while those numbers have come down  since peaking in 1992, Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill is still a gold mine for any bibliophile. The Regulator Bookshop in Durham is […]

Pauli Murray Named a Saint

North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Pauli Murray was named a Saint last week by the Episcopal Church. Murray was raised in Durham, and is best known as an author for her memoir Proud Shoes. But her legacy includes her inspirational work as a “feminist, civil rights activist, lawyer, and the distinction of being […]

Happy Birthday to Duck’s Cottage!

Duck’s Cottage Coffee & Books turns ten years old on Sunday, celebrating a decade of slinging coffee and peddling books along the Outer Banks. Owned by partners Allen Lehew and John Power, Duck’s Cottage prides itself on its “eclectic, hand-picked mix of fiction, nonfiction, cookery, children’s biographies, and local and regional books.” It also prides […]

RIP Else Holmelund Minarik

Else Holmelund Minarik passed away last week at the age of 91. A resident of Sunset Beach, North Carolina, Minarik was the author of the “Little Bear” series of children’s books. In 1997, the New York Times named her debut, Little Bear, one of the best children’s books of the past half-century. Prior to publishing, […]

Hillsborough Named Best Literary Small Town

Garden & Gun Magazine recently ran a list of the top ten creative small towns, and Hillsborough ranked as the Best Literary Small Town in America. Boasting arguably “more critically acclaimed authors per capita than any zip code in the region,” Hillsborough residents include many familiar names and friends of the North Carolina Writers’ Network: Fiction […]

Mecklenburg Arts Organizations Drive $200m a Year

In June, we highlighted a new study by the North Carolina Arts Council that found that the “nonprofit arts and culture industry generates $1.2 billion in direct economic activity in North Carolina, supporting more than 43,600 full-time equivalent jobs and generating $119 million in revenue for local governments and the State of North Carolina.” This […]

North Carolina “Represents” in 2012 SIBA Book Awards

North Carolina—and the Network in particular—had a pretty good showing in the recently announced 2012 Southern Independent Booksellers Association Book Awards: NCWN member Sheri Castle was named the Cooking Winner for her book The New Southern Garden Cookbook (UNC Press). “This timely cookbook, with dishes for omnivores and vegetarians alike, celebrates and promotes the delicious, healthful […]