Memoirs of a different drummer

Jul. 26, 2013 @ 12:33 PM

Durham multi-instrumentalist Alex Weiss has published “Peruvian Adventures,” a memoir of his adventures hiking and traveling in that country with his wife, Li-Lan Hsiang Weiss. His instruments – a pocket trumpet, a flute, a harmonica, and sometimes hand drums – were also constant companions, and Weiss and friends often would play music in open spaces.
Weiss will be selling his memoir of this musical journey at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 15 when his ensemble Different Drum performs on the lawn at Weaver Street Market in Carrboro. Weiss will have a formal book signing, with music from a trio of Different Drum musicians, from 3 to 5 p.m. Sept. 8 at Health Touch Conference Center, 3500 Westgate Drive, Suite 405, in Durham.

Here are some other signings and events:
-- Carolyn Rugen will lead the discussion of “Home” by Toni Morrison, at 11:30 a.m. Aug. 7 at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive off Estes Drive, meeting room C.
“Home” is Morrison’s story of one man's desperate search for himself in a world disfigured by war.
This talk is part of the library’s Books Sandwiched In series. All talks are free and open to the public, and visitors may bring a sandwich for lunch and share their thoughts on the book scheduled for discussion.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library, this group provides copies of current titles, available at the circulation desk on a first-come, first-served basis. Selections for the year can be found at
-- The Durham County Library will host a discussion on “The Language of Baklava,” the memoir of American-Jordanian author Diana Abu-Jaber, at 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Southwest Regional Library, 3650 Shannon Road.
In her book, Abu-Jaber explores her dual heritage and tells the story of her family through recollections of meals and food preparation. The discussion will be led by  Miriam Cooke, professor of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University and a specialist in modern Arabic literature.
This event is part of Muslim Journeys, a series of programs and a collection of 25 books selected to help public audiences in the United States become more familiar with the people, places, history, faith and cultures of Muslims around the world and within the United States.  For more information, call 919-560-8648 or visit
-- John Claude Bemis, the 2013 Piedmont Laureate for Children's Literature, will give a talk at 3 p.m. Saturday at the North Regional Library, 211 Milton Road, in Durham. Bemis will share how Southern folklore, music and magic have inspired his writing, and will offer advice to writers of all ages on how to create engaging and unique stories. Following the talk, students will be invited onstage to act out a musical version of the legend of John Henry.
Bemis is an educator, musician and author of four novels, the most recent of which, “The Prince Who Fell from the Sky,” was an Amazon Best Book of the Month. Bemis lives in Hillsborough with his wife and daughter.
For information about this event, contact Christine Grant at 919-560-0236.
-- Karen Lord, a science fiction and fantasy author, will give a free, public talk at 4 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Chapel Hill Public Library in  Meeting Room A. (Refreshments will be served at 3:30.)
Lord has been a physics teacher, a diplomat, a part-time soldier, and an academic at various times and in various countries. Her debut novel “Redemption in Indigo” won the 2008 Frank Collymore Award, the 2011 William L. Crawford Award, and the 2011 Mythopoeic Award for Adult Literature. It also was nominated for the 2011 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel.
Lord’s new book is “The Best of All Possible Worlds,”

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