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UNC Building to be Renamed after Pauli Murray

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill announced late last week that they would rename Hamilton Hall in honor of Durham native Pauli Murray. UNC-Chapel Hill is in the process of renaming several campus buildings with “racially unjust” names. In 1938, Pauli Murray, an inductee of the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, applied […]

So, What’s Up with this “Letter” You’ve Been Hearing About?

What do Margaret Atwood, Noam Chomsky, Malcolm Gladwell, Garry Kasparov, Salman Rushdie, JK Rowling, and Gloria Steinem have in common? They are all signees of a recent open letter denouncing the “restriction of debate.” The letter is notable for the heavyweights who signed it; recent controversies swirling around some of the signees; and because the […]

Happy Trails, Rebecca Moore and David Potorti!

From our friends at the North Carolina Arts Council: Rebecca Moore, director of marketing, and David Potorti, literature and theater director, have announced their departure from the North Carolina Arts Council. David will leave his position effective July 27 to pursue training in live audio description for arts events, voiceover work, and audiobook narration. Rebecca […]

Three Silas House Reissues

 Blair, based in Durham, has just re-released Silas House’s Appalachian trilogy in new paperback editions: Clay’s Quilt, reintroduced by Americana musician Tyler Childers A Parchment of Leaves, with appreciation from author Amy Greene The Coal Tattoo, with notes from Silas House himself Silas House gave the Keynote Address at the NCWN 2011 Fall Conference […]

Short Online Works Soon Eligible for Group Copyright Protection

We’ve got some great news for all you bloggers out there: as of August 17, 2020, bloggers will be able to apply for copyrights for up to fifty short works on a single application for the low-low price of $65. To qualify for this option, each [of the works sought to be registered] must contain […]

#BlackPublishingPower

This week, readers across the world have made it their aim to “blackout” bestseller lists with titles by Black authors: “To demonstrate our power and clout in the publishing industry, June 14 – June 20, we encourage you to purchase any two books by Black Writers. Our goal is to Blackout Bestseller lists with Black […]

#BlackoutBestsellerList

This week, you can be part of a campaign to “Black Out” the bestseller lists: This initiative, being shared across social media with the hashtag #BlackoutBestsellerList, has the sole mission of demonstrating Black writers’ power in the publishing industry one book at a time. Purchase any two books by Black writers before June 20 to […]

Manly Wade Wellman Award Longlist

The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation has announced the longlist for the 2020 Manly Wade Wellman Award. The 2020 award covers novels published in 2019. Among the eighteen titles is To the Bones by longtime friend of the Network Valerie Nieman, a “genre-bending satire of the coal industry and its effects on Appalachia” from West […]

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 […]

NCWN Statement of June 2, 2020

Y’all might recall a few years ago, when some writers from Minnesota sought to challenge our claim that North Carolina is “the Writingest State.” Our debate was heated but good-natured, well-read but frivolous, and—now, in the light of the last seven days—luxurious, reflective of a far less urgent time. The board, staff, and members of […]