Algonquin publishes Ono’s ‘Acorn’

Nov. 30, 2013 @ 02:09 PM

In her first book in almost 50 years, visual artist Yoko Ono is wishing readers a “Happy Orbit!” Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill has just published “Acorn” ($18.95, hardcover), Ono’s follow-up to her 1964 book “Grapefruit.”
“Acorn” is a collection of meditations (Ono calls them “conceptual instructions”) that Ono originally wrote for a website project. For the book version (which has the size and shape of classic Algonquin volumes), Ono has added her dot drawings for “further brainwork.” The book is available in local stores or from

Here are some other releases and events:
-- In the introduction to his new book “Strangers at My Door: A True Story of Finding Jesus in Unexpected Guests” (Convergent Books, $16.95), Durham writer and minister Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove writes that he sees the world “through Jesus-colored glasses.”
Wilson-Hartgrove and his wife, Leah, run the Rutba House in Walltown, where they answer the door for people who knock, whatever their need.
In his opening pages, he tells the story of how the house got its name. He and his wife were in Iraq in 2003 on a peace-making trip. Some of their friends were injured when a vehicle hit a piece of shrapnel. Their friends were taken to the town of Rutba, where a doctor treated them, in spite of the United States’ bombing of their country. Rutba House takes its name from this incident, which Wilson-Hartgrove calls “an invitation to practice the love we had received.”
For information about this book, visit

-- The Durham County Library will host local author Judy Hogan for a reading from her second Penny Weaver mystery novel, “Farm Fresh and Fatal,” at 7 p.m. Tuesday at South Regional Library, 4505 S. Alston Ave.
Hogan’s first mystery, “Killer Frost,” set in a historically black university, made her a finalist in the St. Martin’s Malice Domestic Mystery contest. Hogan has lived in North Carolina and in the Triangle for 40 years. She brought to the state a new poetry journal (Hyperion, 1970-81), and in 1976 she founded Carolina Wren Press. In 1984 she helped found the N.C. Writers' Network.
For information, visit or call Joanne Abel at 919-560-0268.

-- Bull Spec, a Durham magazine of speculative fiction, will present a local author holiday book fiesta Saturday from 3 to 8 p.m. at Atomic Empire, 3400 Westgate Drive, Durham.  Local speculative fiction authors will be on hand to sign their books.
Among the authors who plan to attend the signing are Natania Barron, Clay and Susan Griffith, Matthew Ross and Eryk Pruitt.
This event also will include board games and collectibles. For more information about this signing, visit

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