Lifestyles: Books

Jan. 11, 2014 @ 09:29 AM

Novelist Cash takes home first Crook’s Corner prize

Wiley Cash was working at Pomegranate Books in Wilmington in support of Small Business Saturday when he got a call that he was on the long list for the first Crook’s Corner Book Prize. “It was a real surprise for me to be on the long list,” he said during his acceptance speech for the prize earlier this week at the restaurant.

Jan. 18, 2014 @ 04:38 PM

Webb to read from new gothic novel

Wendy Webb, who writes gothic mysteries set in old houses, has recently published the newest in her series, titled “The Vanishing” (Hyperion, $17, paperback). It opens with a séance in 1875 that goes awry, then switches to the present day, narrated by Julia Bishop. After her husband’s death (and the fallout from his investment swindle), Bishop gets a visit from the son of Amaris Sinclair, who asks Bishop to live with his mother.

Dec. 28, 2013 @ 04:19 PM

Pitts, Galvez highlight library’s Humanities Programs

Columnist Leonard Pitts will read from his novel “Freeman” March 1. Pitts, photographer Jose Galvez and author Mur Lafferty are among the guests who will speak and give presentations during the winter-spring Humanities Programs series at the Durham County Library. All programs are free and open to the public.


Feb. 28, 2015 @ 12:39 PM

REVIEW: ‘Possibilities,’ Herbie Hancock with Lisa Dickey (Viking, $29.95)

“Possibilities,” Herbie Hancock’s new memoir, bristles with, among other things, the kind of truth that one would not expect from Hancock. But that’s if one thinks he fits the traditional, and very tired, stereotype of the jazz musician.

Feb. 28, 2015 @ 12:28 PM

Books Roundup: New Styron collection in the works

Random House plans to publish a new collection of nonfiction from William Styron, “My Generation: Collected Nonfiction,” edited by Styron biographer James L.W. West III. Tentative publication date is June 2.

Feb. 14, 2015 @ 03:36 PM

REVIEW: Power Forward: My Presidential Education


Reggie Love played football and basketball at Duke University, but became famous outside sports for his role as President Barack Obama’s body man, starting on the campaign trail in 2008. His memoir, “Power Forward: My Presidential Education” has just been published by Simon & Schuster and is a quick read of politics, basketball, North Carolina and what it’s like to be in arm’s length of the president.


Feb. 14, 2015 @ 03:30 PM

Books Roundup: Updates on Read Local Festival

A new Durham-based book festival has announced its inaugural dates and extended its application deadline. The Read Local Book Festival will be held May 16 and 17 at different venues in downtown Durham.

Feb. 14, 2015 @ 03:22 PM

Susie Wilde: Quintero’s ‘Gabi’ is beautifully written

Isabel Quintero’s “Gabi, a girl in pieces” won the William C. Morris award for best young adult debut novel (book from Cinco Puntos Press; audio from Listening Library, approximately 8 hours; ages 14 and up).

Feb. 07, 2015 @ 04:38 PM

REVIEW: A life in books and bookstores

I like A.J. Fikry, the curmudgeonly bookstore owner and main character in Gabrielle Zevin’s “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.” I share some of his prejudices about books, which he outlines to publishing company representative Amelia Loman during her first visit to his store on Alice Island in New England (reachable only by ferry).

Feb. 07, 2015 @ 02:49 PM

REVIEW: ‘Here’s Hank’ relates to young readers

Book No. 4 of second-grader version of Hank Zipzer, by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver

Feb. 07, 2015 @ 02:18 PM

Mott’s ‘The Wonder of All Things’ requires leap of faith

Jason Mott’s successful first novel, “The Returned” was a big success. Not only was it a bestseller with lots of critical acclaim, but it is the basis of an ABC television series, “Resurrection,” which completed its second 13-week series on January 25.

Feb. 02, 2015 @ 04:29 PM

At the Ackland: Spotlight on Francois Boucher

“Genius and Grace: Francois Boucher and the Generation of 1700,” from the Horvitz Collection, Ackland Art Museum, UNC Chapel Hill, through April 5.

Jan. 24, 2015 @ 06:24 PM

Books Roundup: The lives of a bookseller

Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill recently published the paperback edition of Gabrielle Zevin’s novel “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” ($14.95). Zevin will read and sign copies of the novel at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill.

Jan. 20, 2015 @ 05:20 PM

National Readathon Day a real page turner

If you are planning to sit down with a good book Saturday afternoon, you can also participate in the first National Readathon Day.

Jan. 17, 2015 @ 06:34 PM

REVIEW: Asheville author whips up another treat with ‘First Frost’

Sarah Addison Allen’s sequel to ‘Garden Spells’ set in small town North Carolina