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Four Books for Black History Month

Reprinting this column verbatim, from D.G. Martin in Chapel Hill News: What are you doing to commemorate Black History Month? You might read a book, one that you might not otherwise consider. I have a few suggestions. These might not have a heavy black history label. But each offers an enriched understanding of our past […]

Poet Laureate Ceremony

The North Carolina Arts Council shared this excellent photo with us, so we wanted to share it with you. This, of course, is North Carolina’s current poet laureate, Shelby Stephenson, sharing a laugh with North Carolina’s most recent poet laureate, Joseph Bathanti. Shelby was installed last night in a ceremony at the state capitol.

CAPTCHA, and Why

I know, I know. We’re not the biggest fans either. But after a particularly grueling month where we’ve been bombarded with spam registrations, donations, and the like, we’ve gone ahead and added a CAPTCHA feature to our website’s payment processing pages. This means whenever you purchase something on our website, whether you’re making a donation […]

NC Poet Laureate Induction Ceremony

Benson poet Shelby Stephenson will be installed as North Carolina’s eighth poet laureate on: Tuesday, February 3, Monday, February 2, 5:30 pm North Carolina State Capitol House of Representatives Chamber One Edenton Street Raleigh, NC 27601 (Please enter the East Door and the security check to the House Chamber) Reception to follow in the Rotunda. […]

Your Book Is Why Daddy Drinks

Most review outlets like to post positive reviews. Readers like positive reviews, and, the thinking goes, authors have a hard enough time without some review outlet slamming their book—even if it’s well-deserved. So we may see a bad review in the New York Times, or on Kirkus, but it’s rare. Enter Tyler King and Matt […]

On the Condition of Anonymity

Margaret Sullivan, the public editor of The New York Times, has been tracking the (over)use of anonymous sources in her newspaper, in hopes of “discouraging a practice that readers rightly object to.” While the citing of anonymous sources shows no sign of slowing down, writer Matt Gross had a little fun in a column he […]

Young Scholars Publish Book on John Hope Franklin

Celebrated historian John Hope Franklin was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 1998. Now, thirty students from Duke University’s John Hope Franklin Young Scholars Program have self-published an unusual book that weaves illustrated scenes from Franklin’s life with the story of a fifteen-year-old boy who gets into trouble and recovers by […]

SIBA Announces 2015 Winter Okra Picks

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced their 2015 Winter Okra Picks: All the chosen books have a strong Southern focus and are published between January and March, 2015, and all of them have fans among Southern indie booksellers; people who are always looking out for the next great writer who should be on your […]

Claudia Emerson, RIP

Claudia Emerson—Pulitzer Prize winner, former poet laureate of Virginia, and graduate of the MFA in Creative Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro—died last week in Richmond. She was 57. From the Washington Post: Ms. Emerson’s works were published widely, including in the New Yorker magazine and in journals including Poetry, Southern […]

2015 Manly Wade Wellman Award

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation (NCSFF) has announced the preliminary eligibility list for the 2015 Manly Wade Wellman Award. Seventy-nine novels written in 2014 are eligible. The Manly Wade Wellman Award honors outstanding achievement in science fiction and fantasy in novels written by North Carolina authors, defined as writers who have made their primary […]