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NC Author on Crook’s Corner Short List

North Carolina author Sion Dayson’s debut novel As a River is on the Crook’s Corner Book Prize shortlist. The $5,000 prize, inspired by the prestigious book awards given by famous Parisian literary cafés, is awarded by the Crook’s Corner Book Prize Foundation and is co-sponsored by the iconic Southern restaurant, Crook’s Corner, in Chapel Hill. […]

Randall Kenan on National Book Award Longlist

North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Randall Kenan’s final short story collection, If I Had Two Wings, has been longlisted for the National Book Award for Fiction. Randall died unexpectedly last month. Returning to the fictional territory of Tims Creek, North Carolina in which two of his previous works also take place, the short […]

Join Us at NCPS Meeting on Saturday!

Every September, we look forward to spending a Saturday at The Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities in Southern Pines, when the North Carolina Poetry Society hosts their annual fall meeting. This year, for reasons that will be obvious to most any reader, NCPS will hold their annual event online. Although the venue has […]

Taking a (Fleeting) Moment to Recognize “Literarians”

In the book world, authors get most of the attention; agents get to emanate glamour and mystery; and booksellers and librarians carry impenetrable auras of impeccable taste. So, it’s nice to see an award that honors “literarians,” individuals who somehow work to expand the audience for books and reading—largely behind the scenes and usually unrecognized. […]

Bookmarks’ Silent Auction

Something in a person loves a silent auction. A silent auction awakens the American Picker in all of us. Who doesn’t love browsing discounted items, appraising, shrewdly scanning for the best deal? And there’s the competitive component as well, as we outbid the person who outbid us and then wait for their inevitable re-bid, wondering […]

Doris Betts Fiction Prize Redux

The Doris Betts Fiction Prize has been on a brief, planned hiatus, but we are just one week away from opening submissions to the 2020 competition! We paused the competition for a year to better align the contest with the production calendar of the North Carolina Liteerary Review, which facilitates the prize. First Place wins […]

The Priciest Story Ever Sold

A 17th-century “Friendship Book”—basically a kind of autograph book that was popular in European courts at that time—recently sold at auction for $3.1m. That feels like a lot of Benjamins for a 400 year-old scrapbook, even if, “The friendship book contains about 100 signatures from powerful rulers, each accompanied by colorful illustrations commissioned from court […]

Randall Kenan, 1963-2020

The board, staff, and members of the North Carolina Writers’ Network join millions around the state, nation, and world to mourn the passing of Randall Kenan. Randall died, apparently of natural causes, late last week at his home in Hillsborough. We offer condolences to his family, close friends, and colleagues, while saving a few for […]

Indie Bookstore Day – Saturday!

In a typical year, that is, a year when there’s not a global pandemic underway, bookstores across the country celebrate “Independent Bookstore Day” on the last Saturday in April. This year, on the last Saturday in April, most of our country was in lockdown mode, still sheltering-in-place, so Independent Bookstore Day never happened. Instead, a […]

Letter to House Protests Amazon’s Oversized Market Share

Following the House Antitrust Subcommittee’s capstone digital markets hearing, “Online Platforms and Market Power, Part 6: Examining the Dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google,” three groups representing thousands of authors, publishers, and booksellers in the United States – the Association of American Publishers, Authors Guild, and American Booksellers Association – have sent a joint […]