Skip to content

Category Archives: Uncategorized

Bookmarks Book Drive for Healthcare Workers

From our friends at Bookmarks: Throughout this crisis, we have been in awe of the healthcare workers who have been tirelessly caring for the sick. We know that this time has been exhausting and stressful. So beginning today through June 11, we will have a book drive to give new books to our healthcare workers […]

New YouTube Channel Features Poetry Book Launches

One silver lining to our current global predicament is the way in which so many communities have rallied around one another. The literary community is no exception. Malaika King Albrecht, a poet and current president of the North Carolina Poetry Society, launched a YouTube channel in March. Every Thursday at 7:00 pm, using Zoom, she […]

Guide to Reopening the Arts in NC

As North Carolina settles into a modified Phase Two of the state’s phased plan to ease restrictions stemming from the Coronavirus pandemic, cultural leaders have released a “Guide to Reopening the Arts in North Carolina” to keep patrons, workers, and artists as safe as possible in response to COVID-19. Arts leaders representing the North Carolina […]

Remember to Update Zoom

By now, Zoom has become ubiquitous. We use it for work; we use it for our community involvement; we use it to catch up with family. The North Carolina Writers’ Network also uses Zoom for our online classes and conferences. (The next online class, by the way, happens Tuesday, June 16, at 7:00 pm, “From […]

Happy Trails to Tommy Hays

Happy Trails to Tommy Hays, who announced his retirement as the Executive Director of the Great Smokies Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Asheville. Tommy taught for the program for twenty years. A novelist, playwright, and screenwriter, Tommy’s middle grade novel What I Came to Tell You was an Okra Pick by the Southern Independent […]

Support Pandemic Publications

Last week we put out a call for authors who have or who are publishing books in 2020. We got quite a response! By no means is our Pandemic Publications list anywhere near exhaustive. This list does, however, offer a sampling of authors who poured their hearts and souls into a book and had the […]

Do You Have a New Book Out in 2020?

While everyone is suffering in their own private way during this pandemic, our hearts go out to those authors who have or who are scheduled to publish books this year. Amid the wreckage of cancelled travel plans; shifting pub dates; and economic uncertainty, it’s a challenging time to be promoting one’s new work—something that is […]

North Carolina Independent Bookstores: What’s Open?

By Deonna Kelli Sayed As the state gradually reopens, independent bookstores across North Carolina are experimenting with modified retail models to ensure that staff and customers remain safe. The shutdown hasn’t stopped literary community from happening. Many bookstores have remained open as essential businesses by shifting to online and phone orders. Some bookstores launched online […]

It’s International Short Story Month!

On the one hand, yes, absolutely, this completely seems like an unnecessary holiday. But on the other hand, any excuse for celebrating the written word, right? Coming hot on the heels of National Poetry Month (and not to be outdone), International Short Story Month takes the entire month of May to ponder, share, explore, and […]

Emily Wilson’s Ammons Book Receives Independent Press Award

From our friend Alex Albright at R.A. Fountain: FOUNTAIN—The Independent Press Award has recognized When I Go back to My Home Country: A Remembrance of Archie Ammons by Emily Herring Wilson in the category of “Biography (general)” as a “distinguished favorite.” The national competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, […]