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Here’s to the Writingest State!

At this year’s Squire Summer Writing Residency, registrants got to know one another by collaborating on new stanzas for North Carolina’s State Toast. North Carolina is the only U.S. state with an official toast. Here’s the first stanza of the original: Here’s to the land of the long leaf pine, The summer land where the […]

SIBA Announces 2014 Book Award Winners

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced their 2014 Book Award Winners. Two North Carolina residents and a North Carolina-based press are among those honored. Cathy Smith Bowers, of Charlotte, won the Poetry category for The Collected Poems of Cathy Smith Bowers (Press 53). Bowers was North Carolina’s sixth Poet Laureate, 2010-2012. Press 53 is […]

See Yourself on the Silver Screen

From the Council for the Arts (Jacksonville/Onslow): Want to be in Nicholas Sparks’ The Longest Ride movie? Now is your chance! You will be helping the Council for the Arts! The Longest Ride will be filming a rodeo scene in Jacksonville, NC, the last three days in July (Tuesday, July 29, Wednesday, July 30, and […]

NC Authors Among Summer OKRA Picks

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced their Summer 2014 Okra Picks—the best Southern lit, “fresh off the vine.” The short list includes the following North Carolina authors: Kim Boykin (Palmetto Moon: A Lowcountry Novel), Charlotte Sarah Creech (Season of the Dragonflies), Charlotte Marcie Cohen Ferris (The Edible South: The Power of Food and the […]

Library Journal’s SELF-e Launches in Beta Libraries

From BiblioLabs: In advance of the 2014 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, Library Journal (LJ) and BiblioBoard are pleased to announce the launch of beta versions of the LJ SELF-e platform and curation service at the following library systems: Los Angeles Public Library, San Diego County Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Arizona State […]

More than a Poet, but a Poet First: a Tribute to Maya Angelou

By Ed Southern, Executive Director, NCWN Maya Angelou did so much more than write. She danced with Martha Graham and Alvin Ailey, sang calypso, became the first African-American woman to operate a San Francisco cable car, acted on stage and in films and in Roots, composed a film score, edited newspapers, raised money for Martin […]

Dr. Maya Angelou, RIP

The Winston-Salem Journal is reporting that beloved poet, actress, and activist Dr. Maya Angelou has died at the age of 86. WXII 12 News has confirmed. Dr. Angelou lived in Winston-Salem and was the Reynolds Professor of American Studies at Wake Forest University. She read her poem “On the Pulse of Morning” at President Bill […]

So What’s the Deal with Authors Alliance?

Authors Alliance celebrated its public launch on May 21. A membership organization devoted to “promoting authorship for the public good by supporting authors who write to be read,” Authors Alliance: …embraces the unprecedented potential digital networks have for the creation and distribution of knowledge and culture. We represent the interests of authors who want to […]

NC Arts Day

By Ed Southern, Executive Director, North Carolina Writers’ Network Yesterday I joined hundreds of other representatives from North Carolina’s arts organizations for “Arts Day” at the North Carolina General Assembly in Raleigh. We spent the day visiting legislators in their offices, making the case for sustained funding of the North Carolina Arts Council and its […]

Wishing Barnhill’s a Speedy Recovery

Like any great duo you can name, books and wine pair naturally together. Triad residents had plenty of reasons to rejoice back in 2010 when Barnhill’s opened in downtown Winston-Salem, because finally here was a store dedicated not only to promoting local authors and publishers, but also committed to sharing regional—as in North Carolina—wine. Unfortunately, […]