Books roundup

Photographer pays tribute to workboats
Oct. 04, 2013 @ 12:28 PM

In the prologue to “The Workboats of Core Sound,” photographer and writer Lawrence S. Earley recalls how a photograph he included in an exhibition at Harker’s Island kept getting the attention of viewers. The black-and-white photo showed two hand-built boats. Earley considered it a mere snapshot, and had considered not including it in his show.

He asked boat builder Jimmy Amspacher why the photo piqued his interest. Amspacher told Earley he was building a boat based on the Core Sound workboat style, and the photo captured the style perfectly. “In a few sentences,” Earley writes, “Amspacher had lifted a curtain on a world that I knew nothing about ….”

He spent seven years interviewing and photographing residents of Atlantic, Sea Level, and other towns along North Carolina’s Core Sound, documenting a way of life that depends on these workboats. The black-and-white photos of boats and fishing are pure gold, a great document to a way of life Down East in North Carolina.

“The Workboats of Core Sound: Stories and Photographs of a Changing World,” is available from University of North Carolina Press ( for $35 (cloth bound).

Here are some other recent releases and readings:

-- Peter Rizzolo, a retired professor of family medicine at the UNC School of Medicine, has written a novel titled “Forbidden Harvest” that wades into the sometimes murky ethics of organ donation and medical research. In “Forbidden Harvest,” Dr. Ken Bernholtz, distinguished pathologist at Children’s Memorial, perfects a method of extending the life of a harvested animal heart from six hours to 24 hours. He wants to try his method on human organs, thereby potentially saving lives, but pressure from hospital officials and protesters prevents him. He begins experimenting clandestinely using human organs.

Rizzolo will read and sign copies of his novel at 2 p.m. today at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham. For more information about “Forbidden Harvest,” visit

-- Mark Anthony Neal, professor of African and African-American Studies at Duke University, will discuss his new book “Looking for Leroy: Illegible Black Masculinities,” which examines “the criminalization of the black male image in contemporary popular American culture,” at 7 p.m. Oct. 17. Neal will speak at Stanford L. Warren Library, 1201 Fayetteville St., Durham. Admission is free.

-- David La Vere, a professor of history at UNC Wilmington, has written a history of an important episode in North Carolina’s colonial history, “The Tuscarora War: Indians, Settlers, and the Fight for the Carolina Colonies” (University of North Carolina Press, $30, cloth bound). La Vere explains the geographical and political background to this war, and focuses on some key players, both colonists and Indians, to help explain the pivotal importance of this bloody war that decimated the native population, but also ensured settlers’ westward expansion. For information about La Vere’s book, visit

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