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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 […]

A Publisher in a Time of Pandemic

By Gretchen Thomas The North Carolina Writers’ Network has been conducting interviews with people working in different spaces within the literary world to understand how the pandemic has affected our community. Today, we speeak with Emily Louise Smith, publisher of sister imprints Lookout Books and Ecotone magazine, both housed within the Department of Creative Writing […]

Call to Action for the NC General Assembly

From our friends at Arts NC: The NC Senate’s budget proposal, released on June 22nd, not only offered an inadequate funding increase for NC Arts Council grants (Year One Increase: $0, Year Two: $500k), but the Senate also allocated almost all $5.5 billion of the State’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) Fiscal Recovery Fund and included […]

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 […]

NCWN Members On Crook’s Corner Longlist

The Crook’s Corner Book Prize just announced its longlist for 2022 and two NCWN members are on it: Leah Hampton, whose debut collection F*ckface and other Stories (Henry Holt and Co., 2020) was named a Best Book of 2020 by Slate, Electric Literature, and PopMatters, and Kelly Mustian, whose debut novel The Girls in the […]

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 […]

New Documentary Includes Greensboro’s Scuppernong Books

Our reasons for encouraging members to shop at independent bookstores are well-documented: there’s a reason we link to a book’s purchase page on Indiebound.org, whenever possible. Now, a new documentary features one man’s journey from Amazon shopper to indie boosktore patron—and includes a twelve-minute interview with Greensboro’s Scuppernong Books! With his new documentary, “The Bookstour,” […]

NVNR Presents: The VIndies!

From our friends at the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance: A Celebration of Indie Bookstore Videos (From A Bookstore Not Very Far Away) — Lights, Camera, Fiction! New Voices New Rooms, the collaborative partnership between NAIBA and SIBA, is launching The VIndies to recognize the spirit and creativity of independent bookstore videos. NVNR and an academy […]

Celebrate #NationalWritingDay on Wednesday

Wednesdsay, June 23, is National Writing Day, hosted by First Story. This year, they’re challenging writers to #FilltheBox with a piece of creative writing – a poem, a letter, a story – using the theme of connection: Whether it’s in 280 Twitter characters or on a post-it sized piece of paper, there’s a space to […]