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Quail Ridge Books Turning 35

Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh is fast-approaching their thirty-fifth birthday. They’ve been in a reminiscing kind of mood lately, and sent out the following via their newsletter: Do you have any photos from QRB over the years: book signings, parties, storytimes, or anything else? Are there any QRB stories you would like to share? Please […]

Lauren Groff Selects Winner of Hub City Press’ C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize

From our friends at Hub City Press: Hub City Writers Project is pleased to announce that Ashleigh Bryant Phillips of Woodland, North Carolina, has won the 2019 C. Michael Curtis Short Story Book Prize for her collection, Sleepovers. The Curtis Prize is awarded to an emerging Southern writer, and Phillips will receive $10,000 and publication […]

2020 Piedmont Laureate Applications Open

The City of Raleigh Arts Commission, Durham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, and United Arts Council of Raleigh and Wake County announce the opening of the application process for the position of Piedmont Laureate for 2020. For the 2020 cycle, applications will be accepted from writers of plays, musicals and screenplays (for film, television […]

Native Son, Famously Adapted by NC Playwright, Receives New Treatment

Richard Wright’s 1939 novel Native Son sold 250,000 copies in hardcover within three weeks of being published. Not without controversy for its unflinching portrayal of the racial divide in America that existed at the time, Native Son has remained in print despite being frequently banned and challenged. North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee Paul […]

Ruocchio Wins Manly Wade Wellman Award

From our friends at The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation: The North Carolina Speculative Fiction Foundation is proud to announce the winner of the 2019 Manly Wade Wellman Award for North Carolina Science Fiction and Fantasy, the result of juried selection from the list of finalists, in turn the result of juried selection from an […]

Fresh Literary Tour Coming to Bookstore Near You

From our friends at Dead Rabbits Press and Southern Fried Karma: This August, two indie presses—Dead Rabbits Books and Southern Fried Karma Press—will embark on the “Fugitives & Rabbits: A Collaborative Literary Tour” across North Carolina in an effort to bring writers, readers, and publishers together to expand and uplift the literary community. Dead Rabbits […]

New Vivian Howard Show Explores Recipes that Connect Us All

Vivian Howard is perhaps best-known as the founder of the restaurant Chef & the Farmer, the hidden gem of all hidden gems tucked away in Kinston. Since the restaurant’s founding in 2006, it’s been given a AAA Four Diamond Award seven times; awarded the Wine Spectator Award for Excellence; and Howard herself is a six-time […]

The Fair Price of Books that May Not Even Be Books at All

While we take every opportunity to encourage book lovers to support their local indie bookstores, we’re not blind: we understand there are many, many ways to aquire books at less than retail price. From whole sale bookstores to Scribd to the Kindle Unlimited program, it’s pretty easy these days to get your hands on a […]

Out of Many Truths, One Most Beautiful

Over a million people live in the greater Charlotte metro area. While pinpointing a single Charlotte identity can be slippery, each of these million-plus inhabitants has a story to tell. This is the conceit that inspired Charlotte Lit to launch The Beautiful Truth initiative. Earlier this year, Charlotte Lit, the non-profit arts center dedicated to […]

Every Sassy Cat Needs Coddling

Only 1 in 3,000 calico cats are male, and of these, most are sterile. Considered lucky by Japanese sailors, who believed calicos protected them from angry storms and sea monsters, calico cats are overwhelmingly female, independent, sassy—and affectionate. Also, they always appreciate a good pampering. Calico Paw Books & Gifts in Henderson, which opened in […]