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Visit Us at Bookmarks on Saturday

Best as we can recollect, the last time we exhibited somewhere was October of 2019, so it’s been almost two years since the North Carolina Writers’ Network has been able to interact in-person at a large-scale event. We always look forward to the Bookmarks Festival of Books & Authors, but even more so this year. […]

What a Book Shortage Means for You

The pandemic has made most of us armchair experts in fields as diverse as epidemiology and global shipping; we now, casually, toss around terms such as “efficacy” and “supply chain,” words that probably weren’t in most of our everyday vocabularies in February of 2020. Still, things like supply chains do matter, and one supply chain […]

Three NCWN Members Long-Listed for National Book Awards

Three members of the North Carolina Writers’ Network have been long-listed for the 2021 National Book Awards. Threa Almontaser has been nominated in Poetry for her collection, The Wild Fox of Yemen (Graywolf Press). Jason Mott has been nominated in Fiction for his new novel, Hell of a Book (Dutton). NC Literary Hall of Fame […]

Bland Simpson Re-Releases Debut Album for Charity

Bland Simpson was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2020. A former past chair of the Department of English & Comparative Literature at UNC-Chapel Hill and the former director of its Creative Writing Program, Bland’s books include The Great Dismal: A Carolinian’s Swamp Memoir (UNC Press, 1990), and Little Rivers and […]

The John Hope Franklin Scholars Program Is Thriving

John Hope Franklin was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 1998, one year after celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the publication of his literary landmark, From Slavery to Freedom. A longtime professor of history at Duke University, among other academic institutions, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the nation’s […]

The Boy in the Suitcase: A Collaborative Story

On Thursday, August 12, the NC Writers’ Network hosted our first-ever Online Game Night, a progressive, virtual night of games with a literary bend. During one portion, participants responded to a visual prompt and wrote a collaborative story. Participants took turns contributing lines. Here is the prompt image, courtesy of moderator Gretchen M. Thomas:   […]

A Teacher in a Time of Pandemic

By Gretchen Thomas Our pandemic blog series continues this week with an interview with Jeremy B. Jones, a professor at Western Carolina University and author of Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland (Blair, 2014), which won the 2014 Appalachian Book of the Year in nonfiction and was awarded gold in the 2015 Independent […]

A Publisher in a Time of Pandemic

By Gretchen Thomas The North Carolina Writers’ Network has been conducting interviews with people working in different spaces within the literary world to understand how the pandemic has affected our community. Today, we speeak with Emily Louise Smith, publisher of sister imprints Lookout Books and Ecotone magazine, both housed within the Department of Creative Writing […]

Call to Action for the NC General Assembly

From our friends at Arts NC: The NC Senate’s budget proposal, released on June 22nd, not only offered an inadequate funding increase for NC Arts Council grants (Year One Increase: $0, Year Two: $500k), but the Senate also allocated almost all $5.5 billion of the State’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) Fiscal Recovery Fund and included […]

New Digs for Letters Bookshop

It’s been an exciting couple of months for booksellers around North Carolina as many stores have expanded their in-store browsing hours and others, like The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, opened their doors for the first time since March of 2020. On the other side of the Bull City, Letters Bookshop reopened on July 6 in […]