Lifestyles: Books

Aug. 01, 2015 @ 03:12 PM

REVIEW: Jefferys pens personal story of great love

Why should we be interested in a story about a love affair and the 60-year marriage of a couple we do not know? That is the question readers might ask about Grady Jefferys’ new book, “Keeping It Together.”


Jul. 27, 2015 @ 10:18 AM

SUMMER READS: Pass the time with ‘Beach Town,’ ‘Baseball’ and ‘Coffee’

Summer is halfway over, but there’s still plenty of time to relax with a good beach read, power up with coffee and read to your kids about a baseball player and a walrus.


Jul. 18, 2015 @ 03:38 PM

Susie Wilde: ‘New Jim Crow’ not easy, but a must-read

“This is a must-read,” declared one of my well-read students after attending a Flyleaf book group that discussed Michelle Alexander’s “The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness.” Listening to the audio narrated by Karen Chilton (book from New Press, audio from Recorded Books, 11 CDs, 13.25 hours), I quickly agreed.


Jul. 18, 2015 @ 01:58 PM

When art met political change: ‘Colour Correction’ draws on Nasher’s screenprint collection

     Screenprinting was a new medium for the fine arts in the 1960s and is the subject of the current “Colour Correction” exhibition, mined from the Nasher’s vast collection of works on paper.  The show is limited to an eight-year period when social unrest in the States and England was at a fever pitch.  The art historians believe that some of the art being made during that period was a radical departure from the past and was also a way of protest.


Jul. 14, 2015 @ 08:45 PM

Panel has qualms about Harper Lee’s new book

Participants in a Tuesday evening panel discussion at the Chapel Hill Library reminisced on Harper Lee’s influence on their lives but also expressed anxiety about her new novel.


Jul. 14, 2015 @ 02:40 PM

‘Exciting day’ for readers of Harper Lee

“Go Set a Watchman,” Harper Lee’s first novel in more than 50 years, went on sale Tuesday, and customers came to local bookstores to find out more about Scout, her father Atticus Finch and other characters that Lee first introduced to readers in her now classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.”


Jul. 12, 2015 @ 03:07 PM

LEE RETURNS: Literary world readies for 'Go Set a Watchman' debut

Local bookstores and libraries are gearing up for Tuesday’s release of Harper Lee’s new novel “Go Set a Watchman,” her first since the publication of her now classic novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” in 1960.


Jul. 11, 2015 @ 02:05 PM

Humanities series offers publishing seminars

DURHAM -- Seminars on book publishing and poetry, along with presentations from authors Alice Wisler and ReShonda Tate Billingsley are part of the Durham County Library’s  Humanities Programs. Programs will be presented through September, and admission to all events is free.


Jul. 11, 2015 @ 08:43 AM

Tata to discuss novel, “Foreign and Domestic”

Tony Tata will discuss his novel “Foreign and Domestic” on “North Carolina Bookwatch” Sunday at noon and Thursday at 5 p.m.


Jul. 04, 2015 @ 03:41 PM

Books roundup: An ongoing civil rights movement

To Benjamin Hedin, the civil rights movement was always “a unified or singular thing,” and a “moment in time,” a movement that swelled and then ended. In his new book “In Search of the Movement: The Struggle for Civil Rights Then and Now” (City Lights Books, $15.95),


Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:26 PM

Susie Wilde: Leyva’s ‘How I Shed My Skin’

Henry Leyva reads Jim Grimsley’s “How I Shed My Skin: Unlearning the Racist Lessons of a Southern Childhood” (Algonquin Books, Highbridge Audio, 6 CDs, 7 hours). Leyva’s narration is only slightly tinged with a southern accent. This flavors his storytelling as it moves fluidly through difficult material, intricate detailing, and dialogue studded with dialect.


Jun. 27, 2015 @ 03:03 PM

Bookwatch: Rob Dunn

Rob Dunn will discuss his book “The Man Who Touched His Own Heart” on North Carolina Bookwatch today at noon and Thursday at 5 p.m.


Jun. 21, 2015 @ 01:00 AM

Too much of ‘Nothing’ at CAM

The exhibition currently at Contemporary Art Museum in Raleigh is huge: There are some 85 local, national and international artists presenting their work.  Titled “Drawing show in five parts,” the entire building is devoted to old-fashioned drawing, and video and sculptures that begin with drawing skills.  The themes come directly from today’s culture of science fiction, comics (“Drawn & Quarterly” and Marvel immediately come to mind), computer games and advertising, yet their artistic ancestors, like Warhol and Duchamp, hover over the entire exhibition.


Jun. 21, 2015 @ 01:00 AM

Books Roundup: 'North Carolina Women'

A photo portrait of Hillsborough poet Jaki Shelton Green is on the cover of a new collection of biographical essays, “North Carolina Women: Their Lives and Times, Volume 2” (University of Georgia Press, $34.95). Green is part of Rebecca Godwin’s essay “North Carolina Women Writers,” which pays tribute to women who have contributed to the state’s literary culture – among them Doris Betts, Elizabeth Spencer, Jill McCorkle, Maya Angelou and others.


Jun. 21, 2015 @ 01:00 AM

Frances Mayes to discuss 'Under Magnolia'

Frances Mayes will discuss “Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir” on “North Carolina Bookwatch” on UNC-TV today at noon and Thursday at 5 p.m.