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Don’t Miss NC Poet Laureate in 2019!

Jaki Shelton Green, a 2014 inductee to the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, was installed as North Carolina’s ninth Poet Laureate in a ceremony on Raleigh on Monday, February 18. Jaki is the first African American and the third woman to serve as the state’s “ambassador for poetry and the spoken word.” If you’ve […]

Happy Trails, Nancy Trovillion!

From our friends at the North Carolina Arts Council: For more than 30 years, Nancy Trovillion has served as the Deputy Director of the North Carolina Arts Council, and it has been my privilege to work side by side with one of the most talented arts visionaries in the nation. Nancy is not only a […]

David Joy Wins Southern Book Prize in Fiction

A North Carolina author has won the 2019 Southern Book Prize in Fiction. David Joy of western North Carolina won the prize in Fiction for The Line That Held Us (Putnam & Sons). Bookmarks in Winston-Salem had this to say about it: “With the Southern grit of Daniel Woodrell and the rich Appalachian cadence of Ron Rash, David Joy […]

Cold Mountain Review Offers Readers Chance to Vote their Favorites

Publishing a heady blend of “cosmopolitan bioregionalism,” Cold Mountain Review offers its readers poetry and prose, interviews and visual art, twice a year. CMR is running its First Annual Readers’ Choice Awards, where readers can vote for their favorite poem, story, essay, and work of art from the Spring 2018 or Fall 2018 issues. The […]

In 2019, Professional Development Opportunities Abound

Thanks to a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, the North Carolina Writers’ Network will host a one-day Career Development Workshop for Writers, presented by Creative Capital, on Saturday, March 30, at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Register here. Creative Capital’s intensive one-day Career Development Workshop will cover strategic planning, business management, goal setting, negotiations and […]

Being “High Roaded” Has Never Felt So Good

From our friends at Press 53: The first annual High Road Festival of Poetry and Short Fiction will be in Winston-Salem on Saturday, March 23, at the downtown Embassy Suites, featuring several master classes, seminars, and one-on-one critique sessions led by professional poets and writers, including former NC Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers (poetry), two […]

Gone but Not Forgotten

by Rita Berman This past year, some of our treasured writers and publishers left this world. The loss of creative individuals is felt not only by family and friends but reverberates to the general public. Their voices are stilled, and we are left only with what has been published, recorded, or filmed; stories that we […]

When a Publisher Cuts Ties with Amazon and Sales Soar

For writers, and especially publishers, it can sometimes seem like all roads lead through Amazon (much to the dismay of independent booksellers everywhere). But Educational Development Corporation, a publisher of children’s books and resources based in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is seeing phenomenal growth and record-breaking net sales since making the risky decision to cut the Amazon […]

Malaprop’s Changes Ownership, but Not Its Vision

After thirty-seven years, Emöke B’Racz, the founder of Malaprop’s Bookstore & Cafe in downtown Asheville, will step down as majority owner, effective immediately. She hands the reigns to longtime employee Gretchen Horn, who is now majority owner of Renaissance Bookfarm, Inc., which owns Malaprop’s Bookstore/Cafe and Downtown Books & News. Emöke will remain as founder […]

NC Book Festival Call for Volunteers

The North Carolina Book Festival 2019 runs February 22-24 and provides a wide variety of audiences access to a diverse slate of local, national, and international writers and artists. Formerly hosted on a rotating basis by the libraries at NC State, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Duke, the festival will now […]