Books Roundup: ‘Kara Was Here’ author to read at Regulator

Oct. 11, 2013 @ 11:15 AM

In Durham writer William Conescu’s novel “Kara Was Here” (Soft Skull Press, $15.95), we meet Brad Mitchell as he is headed to the funeral of Kara Tinsley, the woman he thought he would marry. Both were drama majors at UNC, and went their separate ways.  Kara went to New York and Brad stayed in North Carolina.
The official cause of Kara’s death is a drug overdose, but a friend of hers believes she was murdered. Brad, who is suffering from double-vision, also begins getting ghostly visitations from Kara.
Conescu’s coming-of-middle-age novel will be on sale (in paperback) beginning Nov. 12. He will read and sign copies of the novel at 7 p.m. Nov. 12 at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham.
Here are some more releases and events:
-- Katie Hafner's recently released memoir “Mother Daughter Me” (Random House, $26) is her chronicle of her multigenerational living experiment with her elderly mother and teenage daughter. When Hafner’s mom moves in with Katie and her daughter, the clash of generations and family history proves too much.
Hafner will be reading and signing copies of her memoir Monday at 7 p.m. at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill.
-- Edenton, Wilson, Kitty Hawk and Raleigh are some of the towns whose historic areas Lynn Setzer covers in her guide “Tar Heel History on Foot: Great Walks through 400 Years of North Carolina’s Fascinating Past” (UNC Press, $40 cloth, $20 paperback.).
For each historic walk, Setzer includes some brief background of the area, followed by block-by-block directions of the sites on the tour. Setzer also provides maps of each walk.
Her Durham tour begins at the corner of Rigsbee Avenue and takes you to Parrish Street, to the Durham Athletic Park, the Kress Building and other landmarks.

Send notices of readings and events to cbellamy@heraldsun.com.