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.
The novels of Jane Austen have inspired numerous modern sequels, along with books of recipes, quilts and manners. Novelist Charlie Lovett, who divides his time between Winston-Salem and Kingham, England, has written a mystery based on the premise that Austen might have stolen the plot that became “Pride and Prejudice” (“First Impressions: A Novel of Old Books, Unexpected Love, and Jane Austen,” Viking, $27.95).
As part of this month’s Durham Reads Together activities, Wesley Hogan, director of the Center for Documentary Studies, will discuss the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and the young John Lewis’ involvement in that movement in a free talk today at 3 p.m. at the Durham County Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
Bob Garner, whose cooking and dining experiences have been shared on multiple television shows, serves up his fourth book. The North Carolinian’s latest travels across the state are documented in “Foods That Make You Say Mmm-mmm.” It’s part cookbook, part storytelling and guide to North Cackalacky’s food culture.
A new book festival is in the works. The Read Local Book Festival is scheduled for May 16-17 in Durham. Authors Jennifer Lohmann, Katharine Ashe, Elizabeth Hein and Carl Nordgren are scheduled to present at the festival, with more authors to be added. Organizers will offer workshops on graphic novels, children’s books and other topics.
Wilton Barnhardt talks about “Look Away, Look Away” on North Carolina Bookwatch today at noon and Thursday at 5 p.m.
Columnist Hal Crowther has written a collection of six essays delving into the life and legacy of the man who in his time was hailed as “the civilized consciousness of America,” titled “An Infuriating American: The Incendiary Arts of H.L. Mencken” (University of Iowa Press, $16, paperback).
For book lovers, October means maneuvering elbow-to-elbow to reach shelves to get to some great bargains. The Friends of the Durham Library’s annual fall sale begins Friday and continues through Sunday at the Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St.
In “The Story of Land and Sea,” Katy Simpson Smith writes of the bonds of family, of perceived duty, of love and loss and place in late 18th century Beaufort, North Carolina. With spellbinding storytelling and historical basis, she draws readers into the literary sea with this debut novel.
The folk revival of the early 1960s has become the roots music revival of our day. The University of North Carolina Press will publish a new book Sept. 29 that gives listeners a thorough history of where those traditions were born, and how they migrated.
Stuart Rojstaczer, a former professor of geophysics at Duke University, has written a poignant and at times funny novel that is a celebration of human endurance and the life of the mind.
It is the saga of the Karnokovitch family, an eastern European Jewish family who escape Stalinist Russia and thrive as mathematicians in Wisconsin. Alexander “Sasha” Karnokovitch is the principal narrator of this story. He is the son of Rachela Karnokovitch, a renowned genius in math, and Viktor Karnokovitch, also a mathematician. Sasha’s narrative about the death of his mother and the shiva (or mourning period) that follows is interspersed with chapters from his mother’s autobiography “A Lifetime in Mathematics,” which Sasha also is translating from Rachela’s native Polish.
In “The Wishing Tide,” the second novel from North Carolinian Barbara Davis, three characters both seek and flee lives they led and could lead.
As Ellen Hopkins was “finding herself as a writer,” she published hundreds of articles, wrote 20 non-fictions and picture books for children and escaped into poetry and short fiction to feed her creative soul. She had no intention of writing for teens until the idea for her first novel “Crank” (McElderry) came to her.