BOOKS ROUNDUP: Miller signing copies of memoir

Apr. 13, 2013 @ 04:52 PM

From Lookout Books, a publishing house connected with UNC Wilmington, comes the debut memoir from essayist Ben Miller, titled “River Bend Chronicle: The Junkification of a Boyhood Idyll amid the Curious Glory of Urban Iowa” ($17.95, paperback). The memoir is Miller’s chronicle of “a boy’s quest to make his life more than the sum of its worst moments in a chaotic household,” according to the accompanying press materials.
Want to find out what’s behind that statement? Miller will read from and sign copies of his memoir at 7 p.m. Monday at the Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham.

Here are some more releases and readings:

-- Photographer Paul Kwilecki (1928-2009) spent four decades taking photos of Decatur County, Ga., where he was born and spent his life. The University of North Carolina Press and Duke’s Center for Documentary Studies have published a new collection of his work, “One Place: Paul Kwilecki and Four Decades of Photographs from Decatur County, Georgia” ($45, cloth,, edited by CDS Director Tom Rankin.
Kwilecki’s stunning black-and-white images capture church scenes, baptisms, proms, as well as scenes of everyday life in Decatur County. The book is being published concurrently with an exhibit of Kwilecki’s photographs from this collection on view now through July 27 at the Center for Documentary Studies, 1317 W. Pettigrew St. in Durham.
Rankin will give a talk and sign copies of the book from 6 to 9 p.m. April 25 at the center.

-- The University of Mississippi Press has re-issued Chapel Hill writer Elizabeth Spencer’s book of six short stories, “On the Gulf,” as a paperback and e-book (available at  Originally published in 1991, the stories in this anthology reflect her love of the Mississippi Gulf region – “On the Gulf,” “The Legacy,” “A Fugitive’s Wife,” “Mr. McMillan,” “Go South in the Winter” and “Ship Island.”

-- Leonard M. Adkins’ new guide “Hiking and Traveling the Blue Ridge Parkway” is subtitled “The Only Guide You Will Ever Need.” Published by UNC press ($18, paperback), Adkins’ is a mile-by-mile exhaustive guide to natural phenomena and historical sites along the Blue Ridge. There’s also a guide to the best times to see certain flowers in bloom. (Available from

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