Piedmont Laureate programs set in Durham

Jul. 05, 2013 @ 09:29 PM

Children's literature author, educator and musician John Claude Bemis, the region's 2013 Piedmont Laureate, will be presenting six programs in Durham County, co-sponsored by the Durham Arts Council and the Durham County Library.

He will appear at the East Regional Library July 25 at 6:30 p.m., at the North Regional Library Aug. 3 at 3 p.m., at the Regulator Bookshop Sept. 17 at 7 p.m., and the Durham City Council  Oct. 7. Other engagements will be announced.

Bemis is the author of the Clockwork Dark trilogy. The first book in his trilogy, “The Nine Pound Hammer,” was nominated for the North Carolina Children's Book Award and was selected as a New York Public Library Best Children's Book for Reading and Sharing. The trilogy continues with “The Wolf Tree” and “The White City” and has been described as "original and fresh" and "a unique way of creating fantasy." His most recent novel is “The Prince Who Fell from the Sky.” Bemis lives with his wife and daughter in Hillsborough.

The Piedmont Laureate Program is dedicated to building a literary bridge for residents to come together and celebrate the art of writing. The Piedmont Laureate Program focuses on a different literary form each year (poetry in 2009, novel in 2010, creative non-fiction in 2011, dramatist/screenwriter in 2012, children's literature in 2013, short story in 2014).

As Piedmont Laureate, Bemis is convening panels of authors in each participating Piedmont county to discuss children's literature.

For more information, visit Bemis' blog at www.piedmontlaureate.com.