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32 NC Bookstores Oppose HB2

The following open letter was signed by thirty-two North Carolina bookstores and three North Carolina publishers. *** To The Honorable Governor Pat McCrory and members of the North Carolina General Assembly, As the owners and managers of independent bookstores, part of our mission is to provide that “third place,” an additional public space other than […]

2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize Finalists

Several North Carolina Writers’ Network members are finalists in the 2016 Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize (formerly known as the SIBA Book Award). The Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize features an expanded list of categories – adding Mystery, Thriller, Literary, and History and Life Stories to the traditional categories of Fiction, Nonfiction, Cooking, Children’s, and […]

Bookmarks Explores Brick and Mortar Expansion

Winston-Salem-based Bookmarks is arguably best-known for their annual Festival of Books and Authors, the largest of its kind in North Carolina. But the festival is only one of many programs run by this literary non-profit, including Authors in Schools (which reached 5,500 students last year) and a series of author talks in the Triad. On […]

Meet Our Spring Conference Exhibitors – Part 3

Pre-registration for our 2016 Spring Conference closes on Sunday. So there’s still time to register at a great discount, and ensure your place in what promises to be a fun, full day of sessions, readings, and of course, shaking hands and chatting up an exhibit hall packed with vendors. We’ve been introducing those worthy souls […]

Meet Our Spring Conference Exhibitors – Part 2

Workshops and sessions are only part of what Spring Conference is all about. Just as rewarding—and equally fun—is the chance to stroll the exhibit hall, where North Carolina-based vendors representing some of the most esteemed literary organizations in the state will happily chat with you about just about anything. It’s a good chance to talk […]

Meet Our Spring Conference Exhibitors – Part 1

The North Carolina Writers’ Network hosts our annual Spring Conference on Saturday, April 23, at UNCG. Registration is now open. Along with a full-day of workshops and sessions, faculty readings and open mics, we’ll offer an exhibit hall packed with vendors. In this three-part series, we’ll introduce the awesome North Carolina literary organizations who will […]

North Carolina Award Nominations

From our friends at the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources: RALEIGH, N.C. – Just over two weeks remain to make a nomination for the 2016 North Carolina Award, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the state. The nomination period closes April 15, 2016. Created by the General Assembly in 1961, the award recognizes “notable […]

Nancy Olson, RIP

Nancy Olson, founder of Quail Ridge Books & Music in Raleigh, died yesterday. She was seventy-five. For twenty-nine years, Quail Ridge Books has been at the center of the Triangle’s literary scene. National bestselling authors have graced its stage alongside local writers. The store’s selection has always been hand-crafted to offer strong support for book […]

Doris Betts Spring Literary Festival

Beloved teacher of writing and North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Doris Betts won three Sir Walter Raleigh awards, the Southern Book Award, the North Carolina Award for Literature, the John Dos Passos Prize, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters Medal for the Short Story, among other recognitions. Among her many novels, […]

Meet the Slush Pile Live! Panelists

For the second year in a row, the North Carolina Writers’ Network Spring Conference will feature Slush Pile Live! Last year’s sessions were insanely popular, with folks camping out in the seminar rooms more than an hour before the program began. This year will be just as thrilling but with one (hopefully) improvement: Slush Pile […]