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Dark Miracles of Chance

Greensboro resident Jan Hensley just donated his book collection to the Z. Smith Reynolds Library’s Special Collections and Archives at Wake Forest University. And what a collection: more than 10,000 books, including “autographed copies and first editions, and upward of 50,000 ephemera, including chapbooks, newspaper and magazine articles, letters, journals and personal notes of his […]

Our Very Own Ed Southern Wins Fortner Award

From St. Andrews University: St. Andrews University will present the 2015 Ethel N. Fortner Writer and Community Award to North Carolina Writers’ Network Executive Director Ed Southern on March 5. The invitation-only presentation will be made during the weekly Writers’ Forum timeslot. Created in 1986 to honor Ethel N. Fortner, who was a friend to […]

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 […]