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Crook’s Corner Book Prize Announces Shortlist

From our friends at the Crook’s Corner Book Prize: CHAPEL HILL, NC – Three wildly various books by emerging writers will vie for the fifth Crook’s Corner Book Prize, awarded each year to the best debut novel set in the American South. This year’s Shortlist for the $5,000 prize includes books featuring: a whip-smart eleven-year-old […]

Banned Books Week: Our Right to Read

By Lynsey Noe The 2017 celebration of Banned Books Week will emphasize America’s First Amendment right to read freely. Censorship has been a hot topic in the past year or so: The American Library Association (ALA) reported a 17 percent increase in book censorship complaints in 2016. While normally around 10 percent of the challenged […]

How Do You Spell Yemassee? Q-U-A-L-I-T-Y

Since 1993, students in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of South Carolina have produced Yemassee literary journal. In little more than a generation, Yemassee has thrust itself into the national spotlight, becoming not only a community anchor by hosting events and readings around the Columbia area, but also establishing a presence […]

2018 Conroy Legacy Award Winner: Kwame Alexander

From our friends at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance: COLUMBIA, SC–Kwame Alexander, the Virginia-based poet, educator, and New York Times bestselling author, has been selected as the first recipient of the Conroy Legacy Award. Created in honor of the example set by the beloved Southern author Pat Conroy, the Conroy Legacy Award was established in […]

National Book Awards Longlists

The 68th National Book Awards have announced the longlists in the categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Poetry, and Young People’s Literature. Two authors based in Durham are among the finalists: Democracy in Chains: The Deep History of the Radical Right’s Stealth Plan for America by Nancy MacLean and The Blood of Emmett Till by Timothy B. […]

Join us Saturday for the NCPS Fall Meeting

Every September, we look forward to having a presence at the annual Fall meeting of the North Carolina Poetry Society in Southern Pines. This year’s event takes place Saturday, September 16, at the Weymouth Center for the Arts & Humanities. Registration begins at 9:15 am, and the meeting will be called to order at 10:00 […]

Teach.Write: Where Good Writing Is Never an Afterthought

“Writing for publication should be a top priority for every composition teacher at every educational level,” says Katie Winkler, founder and publisher of the new literary journal Teach.Write. “Doing so reminds us of what a struggle good writing is—to find an idea, narrow it down, compose, revise, edit, proofread, and most of all, become vulnerable […]

Arts as Integral to our Everyday: Chautauqua

The Chautauqua Institution on the shores of Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York state is a community that “celebrates, encourages, and studies the arts and treats them as integral to all of learning.” Every summer, this community that has has received awards and recognition for heritage, sustainability, and management of the local environment hosts opera, […]

September 6 is National Read a Book Day

You can make the argument that every day is “Read a Book Day,” because, as writers, we need to be constantly reading both inside and outside of our chosen genre(s). But today, you can really let your freak flag fly and read books in public without shame: it’s “National Read a Book Day.” While this […]

NCWN at Bookmarks on September 9

For staffers here at the Network, the second Saturday in September marks the unnofficial beginning of Fall. For years now, we’ve had a booth at Bookmarks Festival of Books & Authors. Memories abound. There was the afternoon tempest that washed away all the exhibitor booths several years ago. There was blinding heat, last year, which […]