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George S. Converse, RIP

By Wade Hopkin Lieutenant Colonel George S. Converse was a unique individual and an outstanding writer. As a contributor to the Naval History Institute magazine, he was listed as: “…(U.S. Marine Corps, Ret.) graduated with a BA in English from Montana State University in 1968, the same year he was commissioned in the Marine Corps. […]

A Publisher for “Misfit Toys”: Falstaff Books

Anyone familiar with Shakespeare will know what to expect when picking up a title by Charlotte-based Falstaff Books. Mentioned in four Shakespeare plays, Falstaff is a plump knight and irresistible suitor who spends the majority of his time drinking in the Boar’s Head Inn with petty criminals. Gregarious, brave, loyal, outside the mainstream—not to mention […]

NCWN Members Get Discount Toward LR Enrollment

Did you know that members of the North Carolina Writers’ Network are eligible for a 10 percent savings toward pursuing a graduate or undergraduate degree from Lenoir-Rhyne University? The following programs are taking applications through August 1 for the Fall 2018 Semester. Classes are held at our facility in downtown Asheville, or online. MA in […]

SIBA Announces Summer 2018 Okra Picks

The Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance has announced their Summer 2018 Okra Picks, “a literary harvest of forthcoming hand sell hot picks and future bestsellers.” For July, fans of young adult fantasy might check out Willa of the Wood by Robert Beatty (Disney-Hyperion). Beatty, author of the bestselling Serafina series, taught at the NCWN 2015 Fall […]

Wiley Cash Wins 2018 Southern Book Prize

North Carolina author Wiley Cash has won the 2018 Southern Book Prize in “Literary” Fiction for his novel The Last Ballad. Books that win the Southern Book Prize are: Nominated by booksellers and their customers, vetted by bookstores and selected by a jury of Southern booksellers, these are the Southern books that Southern bookstores were […]

Pioneering the Book World of Tomorrow: OBX Publishing

It’s fitting that Outer Banks Publishing Group has positioned itself as a “hybrid” publisher, given their proximity to Kitty Hawk, where the Wright Brothers combined moxie with ingenuity to achieve human flight more than a century ago. Outer Banks Publishing Group embraces this same pioneering spirit to produce both e-books and printed books to penetrate […]

Consider the Emerging Writers Resistance Campaign

  Wilmington-based Athenian Press & Workshops launched earlier this year with the purpose of cultivating a supportive, creative space for female, trans, and gender nonconforming writers and writers of color. To these ends, they host workshops and webinars; run a pretty killer bookstore; and will soon launch a press to publish “books and anthologies by […]

An Audience to Hear It: Birds, LLC

The best publishers have an aesthetic that is instantly recognizable, both in the authors they publish and the overall design of their publications. Birds, LLC, a small press that focuses on timely poetry collections and poetic-novelistic hybrids, collaborates with and supports their authors through “readings, events, and podcasts,” because poetry “demands a human voice and […]

New Writing Challenge for All Writers!

Eastern North Carolina poet Gabrielle Brant Freeman has launched a new writing project that promises to be both fun and hone our writing chops. You’re gonna definitely want to check it out. BOX is a quarterly writing challenge. Five objects will be posted each quarter. Writers will respond with a poem, short story, creative nonfiction […]

Love Reading? You Can Win Some Schwag!

< In May, UNC-TV launched The Great American Read, an eight-part series that “explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels.” These 100 novels where chosen through a national survey. You may have seen displays in indie bookstores such as Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill highlighting some […]