Pittsboro author takes prizes

May. 09, 2014 @ 09:49 AM

Pittsboro author Laura Herbst has won two prizes from the North Carolina Writers Network. Herbst has won the 2014 Doris Betts Fiction Prize for her short story “The Cliffs of Mobenga.” The piece will be published in the 2015 edition of the North Carolina Literary Review. Herbst also won the Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition for an essay on breast cancer.
Herbst, a former news writing lecturer at UNC's School of Journalism and Mass Communication, has contributed pieces to The Sun, The New York Times and other publications.

Here are some more readings and signings coming up:
-- Kim Sunée, author of “A Mouthful of Stars: A Constellation of Favorite Recipes from My World Travels” (Andrews McMeel Publishing, $27.99) will sign copies of the book  Wednesday beginning at 7 p.m. at Foster’s Market, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in Chapel Hill.
Hillsborough author Frances Mayes will introduce Sunée at the event.
-- The Carrboro Farmers’ Market now has a community cookbook library. Shoppers looking for new recipe ideas can stop by this portable library each Saturday and Wednesday and borrow from a selection of cookbooks donated by market farmers and fellow shoppers, free of charge. Since its debut just a few weeks ago it has already become a regular stop for many customers.
The Little Cookbook Library is near the market entrance in a green wagon donated by Laser Image Printing and Marketing. Shoppers are encouraged to write notes about the recipes they tried in the borrowed books and to donate any cookbooks they would like to share. Along with cookbooks the market is also accepting books on gardening, agriculture, food and farming.
-- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is marketing Aaron Gwyn’s new novel “Wynne’s War” ($25) as a blend of war novel and classic Western. After a mission in Iraq, Corporal Elijah Russell is sent to train special forces in horsemanship for a covert mission in Afghanistan. Captain Wynne, a charismatic officer, leads the special forces. As Russell becomes aware that the mission is not what it seems, he must choose between his loyalty to his fellow soldiers and Wynne’s zeal to complete the mission.
Aaron Gwyn will read and sign copies of the novel at 7 p.m. May 30 at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill; and at 11 a.m. May 31 at McIntyre’s Books, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro.
-- Julie Wu’s novel “The Third Son,” a coming-of-age novel set in Taiwan, draws on the history of the island during World War II during the long Japanese occupation, until 1962. Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill will publish the first paperback edition of the novel ($14.97) May 27. For details, visit www.algonquin.com.
-- Rowman & Littlefield Publishers has published James G. Carpenter’s “First Sight: ESP and Parapsychology in Everyday Life” ($49.95). Carpenter, an associate professor at the Department of Psychiatry at UNC and a research associate at the Rhine Research Center in Durham, proposes a new model for understanding “psi,” or “the collection of controversial phenomena that are studied by parapsychologists.” He maintains that ESP and other phenomena are “essential to the construction of experience.”
-- The Third edition of Virginia Morris’ “How to Care for Aging Parents” (Workman Publishing, $18.95) has advice and resources about legal issues, long-term care, housing, mental health and other concerns related to caring for our aging family members. Morris will discuss and sign copies of this revised edition at 6 p.m. Wednesday at McIntyre’s Books, Fearrington Village, Pittsboro.

Send notices of readings and signings to cbellamy@heraldsun.com.