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.


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

Jan. 17, 2015 @ 06:27 PM

Review: Some truths discovered in the end

Gayle Forman is coming to Flyleaf on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. where she’ll appear with local young adult superstar author, Sarah Dessen. They will be celebrating the release of Gayle Forman’s fifth novel, “I Was Here” (book from Viking, audio from Listening Library, ages 14 and up).

Jan. 17, 2015 @ 06:03 PM

REVIEW: “This River, an epic love poem”

Judy Hogan’s book-length poem “This River, an epic love poem” takes readers on a journey anchored on the Haw River in Chatham County but not limited to that place. The real sojourn takes place in the poet’s heart, soul and imagination.

Jan. 15, 2015 @ 04:23 PM

Hillsborough author named 2015 Piedmont Laureate

James Maxey, a Hillsborough-based speculative fiction author, has been selected as the region’s 2015 Piedmont Laureate. During 2015 Maxey will appear at workshops, reading programs and speaking engagements throughout Durham, Orange and Wake counties.

Dec. 27, 2014 @ 06:11 PM

Susie Wilde: Best Books of 2014 (Part II)

Columnist Susie Wilde picks her top books of 2014.

Dec. 13, 2014 @ 06:02 PM

D.G. Martin: A river journey through the heart of N.C.

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.

Dec. 13, 2014 @ 02:31 PM

Wilde Awards: Susie Wilde's best reads of the year

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.

Dec. 13, 2014 @ 01:41 PM

Books roundup: Three new titles from Algonquin

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.

Dec. 06, 2014 @ 03:59 PM

Celebrating 10 years with four exhibits

“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.

Dec. 06, 2014 @ 03:22 PM

Two good history reads

“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.