Sarah Addison Allen, the Asheville author whose novels are set in familiar Southern places – mostly imagined, but familiar all the same – is back with a wonderful new book. “Lost Lake” is set in Georgia, at an aging getaway spot that has been a place of sanctuary, friendship, love, loss, solace and new life.
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.
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.
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.
Philip Gerard talks about “Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina” on North Carolina Bookwatch Thursday at 5 p.m.
Every year, columnist Susie Wilde presents her Wilde Awards for best reads of the year. This week, she is presenting the best picture books of the year; next week, she will present the best longer books.
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill has published Tim Johnston’s novel “Descent” ($25.95, hard cover). Caitlin, 18, has come to the Rocky Mountains with her family before she leaves for college on a track scholarship. She views the high altitude as an endurance challenge. When she goes biking with her brother Sean, she does not return, and her family begins a long search for her.
“Ten Years and Four Events: Select Works by Through This Lens Members”; “Whether, Collaborative Work by Diana Duncan Holmes and Wendy Collin Sorin”; “The Church of Photography, Photographs by Jean-Christian Rostagni”; and “Memories Lost by Bruce Mitchell,” at Through This Lens, 303 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham, through Dec. 13.
“The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington”
By Gregg Herken (Alfred A. Knopf, $30)
From the end of World War II until the demise of the Soviet Union, a group of columnists, diplomats and spies would meet for Sunday suppers, many of them held at the home of newspaper columnist Joseph Alsop, who with his younger brother Stewart penned the influential newspaper column “Matter of Fact.” Fueled by alcohol and cigars, this group and others connected with their circle “inspired, promoted, and – in some cases – personally executed America’s Cold War strategy ….,” Gregg Herken writes in “The Georgetown Set,” a fascinating history of this circle of friends who lived in the Washington neighborhood known as Georgetown.
BY DAWN BAUMGARTNER VAUGHAN
DURHAM – The holidays usher in a season of flurried hurry, but also a time to slow down. Books help us sit still, to read and learn and enjoy the world from a literary viewpoint – ideally in a cozy chair by a fire. For Christmas gifts or just for you, there are a variety of new releases to consider.
John Kasson will talk about “The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America” on North Carolina Bookwatch Thursday at 5 p.m. (Note: The regular Sunday noon airing will be pre-empted by special fundraising programming)
By KIM CURTIS
Brooke Shields, the iconic model-actress-Princeton grad, entered the literary scene in 2005 with her memoir about postpartum depression. This time, she sheds light on the relationship she shared with her mother, and it's a well-crafted and insightful read from beginning to end.
By CAROLYN LESSARD
Mark Owen, a pseudonym for former U.S. Navy SEAL team member Matt Bissonnette, caused a stir with "No Easy Day," his firsthand account of a mission in Pakistan in 2011 that resulted in Osama bin Laden's death because he didn't get the book cleared by the Defense Department before publication.
By WILL LESTER
Jerry Lee Lewis was a Louisiana-born supernova who helped create rock 'n' roll and raced toward stardom in the 1950s until his marriage to his 13-year-old cousin Myra helped turn a 1958 performance tour in England into a disaster.
The Scrap Exchange has moved. They have finally found a permanent home at 2050 Chapel Hill Road (the Lakewood Shopping Center site) and it is a spiffed up warehouse type building, painted white on the outside and, miraculously, organized on the inside. In fact, according to Cameron Gallery Coordinator Roderick McClain, the regular patrons are not certain they like being able to find stuff. What makes the Scrap Exchange and places like it so inviting is the chance to ferret out special treasures before someone else finds them.
By WILL WEISSERT
AUSTIN, Texas — The archive of celebrated Colombian novelist and Nobel laureate Gabriel Garcia Marquez has been acquired by the University of Texas — meaning the critic of U.S. foreign policy is having his papers end up in a country he wasn't always too fond of.