Lucy Daniels to read at Regulator

Jan. 31, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

“Sentenced to writing” is how novelist and clinical psychologist Lucy Daniels describes her life as a writer in a new collection of stories titled “Walking with Moonshine: My Life in Stories” (iUniverse, $16.95). Daniels is the daughter of Jonathan Daniels, of the family that started The News & Observer of Raleigh. Lucy Daniels, author of the novels “Caleb My Son” and “High on a Hill,” struggled with anorexia as a child, and spent time in mental institutions. Writing was a means of coping with that isolation.
She left it behind while raising her family. “Now that we are back together,” Daniels writes in her introduction, “I hope this collection will reveal the greatest personal discovery of all – the important relationship between my life and my writing.”
Daniels will read and sign copies of her book at 7 p.m. Feb. 12 at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham.   

Here are some other recent releases and readings:
-- Duke University music professor Thomas Brothers has followed up “Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans” with another volume in his musical biography of the great trumpet player, singer, and innovator. “Louis Armstrong: Master of Modernism” (W.W. Norton, $39.95) follows Armstrong’s career from 1922, when he left New Orleans to go to Chicago to play in Joe “King” Oliver’s band, and ends 10 years later. This volume includes a discography for those who want to listen to the compositions from this period, which Brothers calls “the crowning glories of [Armstrong’s] musical achievement.” 

-- A new book by historian Joshua Zeitz offers readers a different take on the legacy of Abraham Lincoln. In “Lincoln’s Boys: John Hay, John Nicolay, and the War for Lincoln’s Image” (Viking, $29.95), Zeitz examines how these two close confidants of Lincoln took charge of the late president’s papers after his assassination, and shaped through their work the way we have come to view Lincoln.
Zeitz will sign and discuss his book at 2 p.m. Saturday at McIntyre’s Fine Books in Fearrington Village in Pittsboro.

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