Scenes along the road

May. 31, 2014 @ 10:21 AM

Music fans probably know Jamie Anderson from her concerts at The ArtsCenter and other local venues. Born in Arizona, Anderson moved to Durham, where she lived for 11 years before moving to Canada. She has released CDs and numerous songs (“When Cats Take Over the World,” “Menstrual Tango”) and collected more than a few stories during her travels to folk clubs and festivals.
She has put some of those stories on paper in “Drive All Night” (Bella Books, $16.95), available locally at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill and The Regulator Bookshop in Durham.
Anderson’s sense of humor shines through these pages, from her first 1987 tour in a van that strengthened her leg power because of brakes that barely worked, to those crucial interviews on public radio station. Of those stations, Anderson writes: “All of these programs were on public radio. You have to be 20 and look good in tight pants to get airplay on mainstream radio.”
Anderson, back in her old haunt, has several local events. She will sign copies of her book at 7 p.m. June 26 at The Regulator, 720 Ninth St. She will perform her songs Friday at Caffe Driade in Chapel Hill, and July 4 during the Festival for the Eno.

Here are some more local releases and events:
-- Reading Leo Tolstoy’s masterpiece “War and Peace” (not the abridged edition) has been one of the great private achievements of my life. (The second was slogging through Proust’s “Remembrance of Things Past.”) “War and Peace” is an epic story of a people under pressure. It’s also a classic that, according to Russian literature scholar Andrew D. Kaufman, “has important things to say to us at this moment.”
Kaufman discusses what we can still learn from Tolstoy’s masterpiece in “Give ‘War and Peace’ a Chance: Tolstoyan Wisdom for Troubled Times” (Simon & Schuster, $25). Kaufman will read and sign copies of “Give ‘War and Peace’ a Chance” at 7 p.m. June 10 at The Regulator Bookshop in Durham.
-- The early 1970s produced a lot of aspiring singer-songwriters. Author Jeannette Walls’ new novel “The Silver Star” (Scribner, $16), set in 1970, is inspired by that bit of music history. In the novel, 12-year-old Bean Holladay and her 15-year-old sister Liz have to make do after their mom, Charlotte, who is constantly searching for that break in her songwriting career, leaves them $200 while she goes off to search for a record deal.
The sisters make their way to Virginia, the original home of the Holladays, where they live with their uncle, and learn a lot of previously unknown family history.
Walls will read and sign copies of “The Silver Star” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at McIntyre’s Books, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro. 
-- Helen Pruden Kaufmann, who now lives in Del Mar, California, grew up in Edenton, North Carolina, and has written a memoir of her experiences growing up in eastern North Carolina during the civil rights movement titled “White Gloves and Collards” (HPK Publishing,  $14.95). The book is Kaufmann’s personal story of growing up a privileged child in eastern North Carolina during the social change that was sweeping the country.
Kaufmann will read and sign copies of her memoir at 11 a.m. Saturday at McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village, Pittsboro.

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