Hoffman offers ‘Survival Lessons’

Sep. 12, 2013 @ 09:26 PM

“All the while I was in treatment I was looking for a guidebook,” writes novelist Alice Hoffman in “Survival Lessons” (Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill, $13.95), a book of meditations and thoughts recollected from her treatment for breast cancer, which she calls “my gift to you,” the readers.
It contains words she would like to have heard during her illness. She writes about “a very thin line that separates readers and writers. You make a leap over that line when there’s a book you want to read and you can’t find it and you have to write it yourself.”
“Survival Lessons” goes on sale Oct. 1.

Here are some more readings and events in the coming weeks:
-- UNC’s Friday Center for Continuing Education will host “North Carolina Literary People: Conversations with River Writers,” a Tuesday evening literary series focused on how the state’s rivers have inspired North Carolina writers. Tom Earnhardt, host of “Exploring North Carolina” and author of “Crossroads of the Natural World: Exploring North Carolina,” opens the series at 6 p.m. Sept. 24. Future authors in the series are Jill McCorkle, Nov. 12; Randall Kenan,  Jan. 28; and Philip Gerard, March 11. The founder of the North Carolina Writer’s Network, Georgann Eubanks, will moderate each session.
The series is a collaboration with UNC Press and part of “Water in Our World,” the pan-campus water theme for 2012-2014 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The program cost is $20 per session or $60 for the four-part series.
For information or to register, visit http://fridaycenter.unc.edu/pdep/riverwriters/.

-- Durham resident and N.C. State associate professor Cat Warren’s book “What the Dog Knows: The Science and Wonder of Working Dogs” (Touchstone, $26.99) goes on sale Oct. 1. Warren works with a cadaver dog — a dog who searches for missing and presumed-dead people.  Warren and Solo, her German shepherd, have searched for  missing people throughout North Carolina for seven years. In “What the Dog Knows,” Warren uses her odyssey with Solo to enter the broader world of scent-detection dogs.
She will read and sign copies of the book at 7 p.m. Oct. 3 at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill; and at 7 p.m. Oct. 10 at the Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham.

-- Durham writer Ashlee Crews will receive a 2013 Rona Jaffe Foundation Writer’s Award, which is given annually to six women writers who demonstrate excellence and promise in the early stages of their careers. Crews currently is completing a short story collection titled “Church Time” and a novel, “Mae and Iris.”
The Rona Jaffe Awards are $30,000 each and will be presented to the six recipients Thursday in New York City.

-- Sean Kenney, an artist who makes creations from LEGOs, has written a new book about his work, “Cool Creations in 35 Pieces” (Henry Holt and Co., $13). Kenney illustrates how to make large structures using few LEGO pieces.
He will sign copies of his book at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.. in Chapel Hill.

-- The Hillsborough Arts Council will present “Good Ole Girls and Other Songs for Southern Women,” performed by musician and visual artist Callie Warner and author Jill McCorkle, Thursday at 8 p.m. at the Hillsborough Arts Council, 102 N. Churton St.
Tickets are $10 and may be purchased at the Hillsborough Arts Council between noon and 4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday. For information, call 919-643-2500. Tickets also are available from Purple Crow Books, 109 W. King St., 919-732-1711, during regular business hours. 

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