Perry to read from ‘Kids These Days’

Dec. 26, 2013 @ 04:14 PM

In Drew Perry’s new novel “Kids These Days” (Algonquin Books, $14.95), Walter, a loan officer who gets laid off from his job, and his pregnant wife, Alice, move to a vacant condo in Florida. There, Walter takes on a rather nebulous assignment for Mid, Alice’s brother-in-law, a freewheeling real estate and business investor.  As the true nature of Mid’s business unfolds, Walter must come to terms with his reluctance to become a father.
Perry will read from and sign copies of “Kids These Days” at 7 p.m. Jan. 21 at Flyleaf Books, 725 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, Chapel Hill; and at 7 p.m. Jan. 22 at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham.

Her are some more releases and events:
-- The French and Indian War of the American Colonial era was an extension of European rivalries, primarily between England and France, over territory and influence. It is often considered a war that had exclusive impact in Canada and the northern colonies. In his new history “The French & Indian War in North Carolina: The Spreading Flames of War” (The History Press, $19.99), John R. Maass writes about the long war’s impact on the southern colonies, particularly North Carolina.
Maass’ history looks at how North Carolina’s colonial Legislature responded to British demand for troops, the state’s contributions to the Cherokee War and other battles, and the Legislature’s growing independence from England. (For more information, visit www.historypress.net.)

-- Durham author Betty Turnbull has received a gold medal from the Stars and Flags book awards for her children's book “A Sergeant in the House” (Light Messages books). All of the author's royalties are going toward Hope for the Warriors, an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for post-9/11 service members and their families. For information about the book, visit www.lightmessages.com.

-- Chapel Hill author Frank Walton Avery has published a novel, “Misty Flats: A Tale of Sin and Redemption” (Dorrance Publishing, $20). Set in the town of Misty Flats, N.C., the novel is the story of Joshua Reynolds, the county sheriff who must struggle with the after-effects of the Vietnam War. To purchase this book, visit www.dorrancebookstore.com.

-- In “Journey,” Aaron Becker’s book for young readers, a young girl uses a magic pen to create a world apart from her family.  Becker will discuss his all-illustrations book at the next Meet the Author Tea, to be held Monday at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive.  Refreshments begin at 3:30 p.m., and Becker will discuss his work beginning at 4 p.m. in Room B. This event is free and open to the public.

Send notices of readings and other events to cbellamy@heraldsun.com.