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North Carolina Independent Bookstores: What’s Open?

By Deonna Kelli Sayed As the state gradually reopens, independent bookstores across North Carolina are experimenting with modified retail models to ensure that staff and customers remain safe. The shutdown hasn’t stopped literary community from happening. Many bookstores have remained open as essential businesses by shifting to online and phone orders. Some bookstores launched online […]

It’s International Short Story Month!

On the one hand, yes, absolutely, this completely seems like an unnecessary holiday. But on the other hand, any excuse for celebrating the written word, right? Coming hot on the heels of National Poetry Month (and not to be outdone), International Short Story Month takes the entire month of May to ponder, share, explore, and […]

Emily Wilson’s Ammons Book Receives Independent Press Award

From our friend Alex Albright at R.A. Fountain: FOUNTAIN—The Independent Press Award has recognized When I Go back to My Home Country: A Remembrance of Archie Ammons by Emily Herring Wilson in the category of “Biography (general)” as a “distinguished favorite.” The national competition is judged by experts from different aspects of the book industry, […]

Thinking about Going Back to School?

Over the last couple of months, organizations around the world have had to change the way they do things, including—and perhaps especially—educational institutions. Lenoir-Rhyne University is one of many institutes of higher learning that have had to adjust. After all, with a pandemic on, it’s a great time for adult learners to take stock and […]

Dorianne Laux Is Pulitzer Finalist

It’s not every day—heck, it’s barely once a decade—that the North Carolina literary community can celebrate a Pulitzer Prize finalist in our midst. Raleigh poet Dorianne Laux was named a Finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for her collection, Only as the Day Is Long: New and Selected Poems (W.W. Norton). Jericho Brown’s […]

Apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance

From our friends at Triangle ArtWorks: Gig workers, self-employed artists, and employees of small arts non-profits can now apply for Pandemic Unemployment Assistance. As part of the federal CARES Act, the Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) program, which went live last week, provides state unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for independent contractors, gig workers, and others who […]

Poem in Your Pocket Day: Tomorrow!

Tomorrow, Thursday, April 30, is “Poem in Your Pocket Day,” celebrated internationally (well, in the U.S. as well as Canada!) each year during National Poetry Month. Typically, when there’s not a pandemic on, lovers of the written word are encouraged to type or write a poem on a piece of paper and then carry that […]

Literary Community In the Time of Covid

By Deonna Kelli Sayed Imagine: the book that you worked on for years is released right before a global pandemic. This sounds like a plot one might read in a bestselling thriller, but it is a reality authors and publishers are struggling to navigate. Wilmington-based Melody Moezzi launched her new memoir, The Rumi Prescriptions: How […]

Dr. James W. Clark, Jr., Honored with Caldwell Award

Congratulations to North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Dr. James W. Clark, Jr., the recipient of the 2020 John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities. The John Tyler Caldwell Award for the Humanities is the highest honor bestowed by the North Carolina Humanities Council. Created in 1990 to honor distinguished individuals who have strengthened […]

Today is World Book Day

Happy World Book Day! This holiday for bibliophiles is celebrated the world over each year on April 23–the date Cervantes, Shakespeare, and Inca Garcilaso de la Vega all passed away. (It is also the date of birth or death of other prominent authors, including Maurice Druon, Haldor K Laxness, Vladimir Nabokov, Josep Pla and Manuel […]