Author seeks to comfort shooting victims

Dec. 22, 2012 @ 02:57 PM

Durham author Alice J. Wisler (author of “Rain Song,” “Hatteras Girl” and other novels) has started the Sandy Hook Comfort Project to help grieving families in Newtown, Conn. Last week, several friends approached Wisler about sending copies of her new book “Getting Out of Bed in the Morning: Reflections of Comfort in Heartache” to families who lost children and loved ones in this month’s school shooting. Wisler’s book is her chronicle of loss: Her 4-year-old son Daniel died of cancer in 1997.
Thus far, she has raised enough to donate 15 copies to the families. For information about how to help with this project, visit Wisler’s blog at

In other books-related news:

-- Writer and teacher Georgann Eubanks continues her literary guidebook series. Her most recent guide, “Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont,” was published in 2010. In April, The University of North Carolina Press will publish her newest and last installment in this series, “Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina: A Guidebook.”
An early page proof shows that Eubanks has divided this guidebook into three regional sections of eastern North Carolina. Within each region, she has written a guide (with directions) that connects homes, businesses and historic landmarks with writers and works of literature. Among the writers whose N.C. connections she chronicles are Charles Waddell Chesnutt, Robert Ruark, Phyllis Whitney, and many more. For more information, visit

-- The Sacrificial Poets organization of Chapel Hill recently received 501(c)(3) non-profit status. The organization presents readings and slams in keeping with its mission, “helping youth empower themselves through creative expression.”
For information about this group, visit

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