Books Briefs

Nov. 01, 2013 @ 01:31 PM

Meet ‘Persimmon’ author at next tea event
Nancy Peacock will discuss her new novel “The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson” during the next Meet the Author Tea Nov. 14 at the Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B. Tea and refreshments will be served at 3:30 p.m., and the program will begin at 4.
Her first novel, “Life Without Water,” was chosen as a New York Times Editor’s Choice. It was followed by a second novel, “Home Across the Road,” and a memoir, “A Broom of One’s Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning and Life.” Her latest novel is “The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson,” the story of a former slave who tells of his odyssey across the American South and West.
Peacock lives with her husband, Ben, in Chatham County. She writes and teaches in Orange County. 
This event is free and open to the public

Weiss to sign new travel book
DURHAM – Musician and composer Alex Weiss and Li-Lan Hsiang-Weiss will be having a book signing, slide show and live music presentation celebrating the release of Weiss’ first book, “Peruvian Adventures” at 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St.
Copies of the book as well as recordings from Different Drum and other of Weiss’ ensembles will be available for purchase.
Different Drum Quartet will perform at Old Havana Sandwich Shop, 310 E. Main St., at 8 p.m. Nov. 16.  During the break there will be a special presentation by Friends of Percussion drum class.

Stanley to read from ‘Mickey Price” novel 
CHAPEL HILL -- John Stanley’s novel “Mickey Price: Journey to Oblivion” (Tanglewood Press, $15.99) is set at the height of NASA’s lunar program in the 1970s. It is the story of Mickey and a group of children who are selected for a mysterious and previously undisclosed space mission.
This is Stanley’s first published book but not his first story: He has been a storyteller to his twin boys, their friends and extended family since they were old enough to listen. He is a graduate of Harvard College and Michigan Law School, and lives in Durham.
He originally self-published the book for middle-grade readers (ages 7-13), before it caught the interest of Tanglewood Books, and the published book was born. 
Stanley will read and sign copies at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Nov. 10 from 1 to 2 p.m.  

Event to discuss Child-DeVoto letters
CHAPEL HILL -- Ruth Ann Groh will lead a discussion of “As Always, Julia: The Letters of Julia Child and Avis DeVoto,” by Joan Reardon, at the next Books Sandwiched In event Wednesday at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive.
Child and her friend DeVoto helped fuel the legendary cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” The letters have been described as frank, bawdy, funny, exuberant, and occasionally agonized.
Groh will lead this discussion from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Meeting Room C. Bring a sandwich for lunch. The meeting is free and open to the public.

--From staff reports