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What a Book Shortage Means for You

The pandemic has made most of us armchair experts in fields as diverse as epidemiology and global shipping; we now, casually, toss around terms such as “efficacy” and “supply chain,” words that probably weren’t in most of our everyday vocabularies in February of 2020. Still, things like supply chains do matter, and one supply chain […]

A Teacher in a Time of Pandemic

By Gretchen Thomas Our pandemic blog series continues this week with an interview with Jeremy B. Jones, a professor at Western Carolina University and author of Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland (Blair, 2014), which won the 2014 Appalachian Book of the Year in nonfiction and was awarded gold in the 2015 Independent […]

New Digs for Letters Bookshop

It’s been an exciting couple of months for booksellers around North Carolina as many stores have expanded their in-store browsing hours and others, like The Regulator Bookshop in Durham, opened their doors for the first time since March of 2020. On the other side of the Bull City, Letters Bookshop reopened on July 6 in […]

An Author in a Time of Pandemic

By Gretchen Thomas After a terribly hectic year, the North Carolina Writers’ Network has decided to conduct interviews with various members from different aspects of the literary world to understand how the pandemic has affected our community. In today’s interview, we talk with Raleigh author Heather Bell Adams, whose most recent novel, The Good Luck […]

A Bookstore in a Time of Pandemic

By Gretchen Thomas With numbers trending in the right direction, we thought this was a good time to check in with our friends in the literary ecosystem to hear how they’ve weathered the pandemic so far. To help us understand the hectic year for bookstore owners, Chris Wilcox, current owner of City Lights Bookstore, agreed […]

Where to Get Your COVID-19 Vaccine, and When

Because the sooner we get our arms around this pandemic, the sooner we can get our arms around one another…or something like that…. We can’t wait to meet again in-person, so we wanted to share this: On Tuesday, NC Governor Roy Cooper announced that North Carolina is expediting its plans for vaccinations of North Carolinians. […]

The Mothership Departs: Farewell, Mothership

The Durham arts community will lose an invaluable nerve center when The Mothership permanently closes its doors at the end of June. The Mothership made the announcement late last weeek. From the beginning of this crisis, we’ve been dedicated to letting the new conditions (stay-at-home orders, physical distancing, a reshuffled economy) conjure the greatest amount […]

Bookmarks Book Drive for Healthcare Workers

From our friends at Bookmarks: Throughout this crisis, we have been in awe of the healthcare workers who have been tirelessly caring for the sick. We know that this time has been exhausting and stressful. So beginning today through June 11, we will have a book drive to give new books to our healthcare workers […]

New YouTube Channel Features Poetry Book Launches

One silver lining to our current global predicament is the way in which so many communities have rallied around one another. The literary community is no exception. Malaika King Albrecht, a poet and current president of the North Carolina Poetry Society, launched a YouTube channel in March. Every Thursday at 7:00 pm, using Zoom, she […]

Guide to Reopening the Arts in NC

As North Carolina settles into a modified Phase Two of the state’s phased plan to ease restrictions stemming from the Coronavirus pandemic, cultural leaders have released a “Guide to Reopening the Arts in North Carolina” to keep patrons, workers, and artists as safe as possible in response to COVID-19. Arts leaders representing the North Carolina […]