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Carl Sandburg Writer-in-Residence

The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is located on 264 acres in western North Carolina. Carl Sandburg, of course, was a Pulitzer-Prize winning author and poet who made his home in Flat Rock for nearly twenty-five years. The park’s vast historical and cultural resources include pastures, ponds, small mountains, hiking trails, and fifty structures, […]

I’m Only a Dolphin, Ma’am

“Candy Gram,” says the Land Shark in the classic Saturday Night Live skit. Now authors can create their own promotional trailers (and knock on myriad types of virtual doors) through Book Candy Grams, a service “designed to help authors and publishers extend the reach of their video marketing to short-form social media platforms like Twitter […]

Saturday is Independent Bookstore Day

Saturday, April 30, is Independent Bookstore Day, an event celebrated by more than 400 bookstores nationwide. Here’s what’s happening in North Carolina: Supporting the efforts of self-published and small press authors, The Country Bookshop in Southern Pines has a full day of readings scheduled, showcasing indy writers as part of their “Authors in the Country” […]

Introducing Kazabo

The publishing industry has undergone substantive change over the past decade-plus. Traditional publishers have had to adjust their business models to keep up with the demand for e-books and fight piracy (not to mention Amazon’s price-slashing approach to bookselling). But sometimes, from chaos comes innovation. Kazabo is a “new” kind of start-up publisher. They ask […]

Shakespeare 24/7 at NC Museum of History

Starting May 7 and running through May 30, the North Carolina Museum of History will showcase the traveling exhibit First Folio! The Book That Gave Us Shakespeare. This touring exhibit is on offer from the Folger Shakespeare Library in honor of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. In advance of the exhibit, the museum is […]

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 […]