Books roundup

Local chefs preparing cookbook
Feb. 23, 2013 @ 11:13 AM

Chefs Ali Rudel (This & That Jam) and Elizabeth Turnbull (Old Havana Sandwich Shop) are gathering recipes for “Starting Fresh,” a cookbook they plan to publish next year.

Recipes for “Starting Fresh” will come primarily from Rudel and Turnbull, but at least one-third of the recipes are expected to come from Durham-based chefs, food artisans and farmers, according to their press release.

The authors plan to provide references to online tutorials, profiles of local farmers and essays from Durham-area writers and journalists. Photographs will be by Durham-based photographer Annemie Tonken of Megapixie Photography.

To document the progress on the cookbook, Rudel and Turnbull have started a blog at

Here are some other upcoming books events:

-- Authors Michele Andrea Bowen, Beverly Mahone, Dr. Ada Fisher and Chris Shella will be the guest speakers at The Durham Business & Professional Chain’s “Writer’s Roundtable: Writing for Pleasure and Profit.”
This free, public session will be from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday at Stanford Warren Library, 1201 Fayetteville St., Durham.

-- Dana Sachs will read from and sign copies of her novel “The Secret of the Nightingale Palace” (William Morrow Trade Paperback Original, $14.99), at 7 p.m. March 6 at The Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St. in Durham.

In ‘Nightingale,’ “workhaholic” artist Anna Rosenthal receives a call from her estranged grandmother, who asks Anna to drive her to San Francisco to return a collection of Japanese art to a friend. Sachs’ narrative connects Anna’s coming to terms with the recent loss of her husband with her grandmother’s story of a lost friendship with a Japanese family, imprisoned during World War II.

-- Deborah Hicks, who teaches in Duke University’s Program in Education and who directs an educational program for girls in Appalachia, has written a memoir of her teaching experiences, “The Road Out: A Teacher’s Odyssey in Poor America” (University of California Press, $29.95). Hicks, who came from a poor family in Appalachia, began teaching in the poorest neighborhoods of Cincinnati in 2001. Her memoir focuses on the lives of some of the young women she taught. In her introductory note, Hicks writes that better educational policies for the poor “can only come from deeper understanding of these still mysterious lives.” This memoir is her attempt to open readers to a few of those lives.  

Hicks will discuss her memoir at 7 p.m. March 28 at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill.

-- Sylvia Patzold will read from her novel “The Goblet,” at 1 p.m. March 23 at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in New Hope Commons, Durham.

In Patzold’s novel, Sarah discovers a goblet with connections to Christ during a trip to Israel.

-- David Drake, known for his science fiction and fantasy novels, will be at Circle City Books & Music Saturday for a reading and book signing.   Drake is the author of more than 160 novels and short stories, in addition to co-writing many more. His most well-known work is the military sci-fi series, “Hammer’s Slammers.” 

Drake’s visit will be co-sponsored by Davenport & Winkleperry Café.  The reading will be at 2 p.m. at the café, with the book signing to occur across the street at Circle City Books & Music, 121 Hillsboro St., Pittsboro. For more information, call 919-548-5954.

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