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Announcing the 2014 SIBA Book Award Finalists

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced the finalists for the 2014 SIBA Book Award, and there are several Tar Heel writers and one North Carolina small press among the distinguished list of names. The SIBA Book Award recognizes great southern literature from the last year. These titles represent “booksellers’ favorite hand-sells of the year […]

Severe Weather This Week

As Richard Wilbur wrote in his poem, “A Storm in April”: Some winters, taking leave, Deal us a last, hard blow… **snip** This storm, if I am right, Will not be wholly over Till green fields, here and there, Turn white with clover, And through chill air the puffs of milkweed hover. With severe weather […]

Booktopia Coming to Asheville

Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville will host Booktopia 2014, August 22-24. This nationwide program tends to sell out fast—like, in an hour fast—and registration for the Asheville happening opens soon. Click here to sign up to be notified as soon as registration opens. From the website: Booktopia is a series of weekend reader/author retreats hosted by […]

Today, Give a Book to Someone You Love

Did you know that UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has declared April 23 “World Book and Copyright Day”? That’s a bit of a mouthful, however, so today is often referred to, worldwide, as “The International Day of the Book.” Way back in 1995, UNESCO declared: 23 April is a symbolic date […]

World Book Night Happens Tomorrow

Wednesday, April 23, is World Book Night, an annual celebration dedicated to spreading the love of reading, person to person. One night a year, tens of thousands of people go out into their communities and give half a million free World Book Night paperbacks to light and non-readers. Each year, 30-35 books are chosen by […]

NCWN: Now on LinkedIn

Thanks to Chuck Thurston, the Regional Rep for Cabarrus and Rowan Counties, the North Carolina Writers’ Network now has a Group page on LinkedIn. LinkedIn is a “business-oriented social networking service.” If Facebook is a high school reunion and Twitter is a cocktail party, LinkedIn is a business lunch—a place to build your professional identity, […]

Chuck Stone, RIP

Chuck Stone, a “pioneering black journalist and an influential journalism professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill,” died Sunday, April 6, at 89. Stone served on the North Carolina Writers’ Network Advisory Board and worked as a reporter and editor at several influential black newspapers at the height of the civil rights […]

Instructors Return to Conference: As Attendees

There might be no better proof of the value of our writing workshops than the fact that four former NCWN conference instructors have registered for the 2014 Spring Conference on Saturday, April 12, in the MHRA Building on UNCG’s campus. Paul Austin (Fall Conference 2012), Rebecca Black (Spring Conference 2012), Terry L. Kennedy (Spring Conference […]

Goggin Repeats as NC Representative for Poetry Out Loud

Moore County high school student Casey Goggin was crowned the North Carolina champion of the 2014 Poetry Out Loud Competition for the second year in a row. That’s back-to-back championships for the sixteen-year-old from Pine Crest High School—officially making him a dynasty. At least in our books. Goggin recited complex poems “The Bad Old Days” […]

Landscapes of the Heart: The Elizabeth Spencer Story

Three years before Harper Lee published To Kill a Mockingbird, North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Elizabeth Spencer published The Voice at the Back Door, one of “the earliest novels recounting racial tension in the South.” Spencer was nominated for the 1957 Pulitzer Prize. But instead of awarding what is arguably literature’s most distinguished […]