BOOKS ROUNDUP: ‘Young Readers’ series coming

Apr. 06, 2013 @ 07:12 PM

In observance of its 30th anniversary, Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill will publish a new series of books titled Algonquin Young Readers. Beginning in August, Algonquin will release five books geared to young readers: “The Time Fetch,” by Amy Herrick; “Three Ring Rascals Book I: The Show Must Go On!” by Kate Klise, illustrated by M. Sarah Klise; “Anton and Cecil: Cats at Sea,” by Lisa Martin and Valerie Martin, illustrated by Kelly Murphy; “If You Could Be Mine,” by Sara Farizan; and “Somebody up There Hates You,” by Hollis Seamon.
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Other releases and readings:

-- Think you know about the American novel? Philip Gura, professor of American literature at UNC, introduces us to a new world of American writing in “Truth’s Ragged Edge: The Rise of the American Novel” (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, $30). Gura’s history covers the years from the late 18th century to the 1870s. In addition to Hawthorne, Melville and other better-known novelists, Gura discusses the works of  Elizabeth Stoddard (“The Morgesons”), Donald G. Mitchell (“Reveries of a Bachelor”), and more.
He will read and sign copies of his book at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Bull’s Head Bookshop at UNC, and at 7 p.m. April 15 at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Blvd., in Chapel Hill.

-- In “Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation” (Penguin Press, $27.95), Michael Pollan chronicles learning how to master recipes using the basic elements of fire, water, earth and air. His journey takes him from an Ayden, N.C., barbecue master to a “fermento” who teaches him about making wines and cheeses. In his introduction,  Pollan states his belief that food can help us find a deeper understanding of the natural world and our role in it.
Pollan will read and sign copies of his book at 7:30 p.m. April 27 at Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave. in Durham. (Regulator Bookshop is presenting this event.)

-- Chapel Hill author Sarah Dessen will be reading from the recently released paperback edition of her novel “What Happened to Goodbye” (Penguin, $9.99) at 7 p.m. April 16 at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Blvd., Chapel Hill.

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