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.
BY DAWN BAUMGARTNER VAUGHAN
CHAPEL HILL – Daniel Wallace hadn’t written a children’s book until his new one launched into the literary stratosphere this past week, but he knows how to please a roomful of children.
There is nothing that beats the downer of a gray day than looking at art and, last Thursday, Chapel Hill had much to lift the spirits. At the Frank there is a group of glass artists from the North Carolina mountains plus a couple of local ones; at Jane Tyndall, Gayle Lowry’s paintings are a travelogue of desire — the viewers, through the artist’s eyes, can only see in. They are not allowed inside. And at Light Art+Design Casey Cook uses modest materials to make large paintings and monumental sculpture;
Michael Parker talks about “All I Have in This World” on North Carolina Bookwatch today at noon and Thursday at 5 p.m.
Everyone loves a beach, particularly those of us who grew up on one, or near one. But our love of beaches also threatens their existence. Orrin H. Pilkey, James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Geology at Duke University, has been preaching the gospel about beaches for decades. In a new book, “The Last Beach” (Duke University Press, $19.95, trade paperback) Pilkey and follow geologist J. Andrew G. Cooper of the School of Environmental Sciences at the University of Ulster, warn that we will lose the beaches we have long enjoyed if we do not end our insistence on building whatever we want right up to the shoreline.
Gustavo Pérez Firmat was born in Havana, Cuba, grew up in Miami and now makes his home in Chapel Hill and New York, where he is a professor in the humanities at Columbia University. He has written a new book that “tells the story of a late-blooming love affair with Mayberry” titled “A Cuban in Mayberry: Looking back at America’s Hometown” (University of Texas Press, $29.95).
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.