Books roundup

Mar. 09, 2013 @ 04:26 PM

Gerard chronicles Cape Fear journey

“In the poet Walt Whitman’s words, the river contains multitudes,” writes Philip Gerard in the introduction to his new book “Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina” (University of North Carolina Press, $30, cloth).

Gerard, a novelist (“Cape Fear Rising”), nonfiction writer and UNC Wilmington professor, has written a travelogue and love poem to the Cape Fear River. In 16 chapters, Gerard takes readers down a journey beginning at the confluence of the Deep and Haw rivers, all the way to Southport, Wilmington and Bald Head Island. As he and his colleagues make their way down the river, Gerard weaves history – including the 1898 Wilmington race riot and the recent protest against Titan American’s proposed cement plant – folklore, geography and personal narrative.

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In other book news:

-- Greensboro author and UNC graduate Sands Hetherington has written a new book for young readers, “Night Buddies: Impostors and One Far-Out Flying Machine” (Dune Buggy Press, $8.99, paperback).

This book is the second in a series of Hetherington’s stories about a young boy named John and a red crocodile named Crosley. Hetherington developed the series by telling bedtimes stories with his young son.

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-- Michael Reynolds, editor in chief of  Europa Editions, an independent publisher, is touring bookstores in North Carolina and Florida. Since its first publication in 2005, Europa has earned several accolades and awards, among them two ABA IndieBound bestsellers, two New York Times bestsellers and three Booker

Prize-short listed novels.

Reynolds will give a talk at 6 p.m. March 27 at McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village, Pittsboro.

-- John Shelton Reed will present a talk on his book “Dixie Bohemia” March 17 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the offices of the Chapel Hill Historical Society at 523 E. Franklin St.

Reed’s book chronicles the years following World War I, when the New Orleans French Quarter attracted artists and writers with its low rents and street life. By the 1920s Jackson Square had become the center of a vibrant bohemia.

A reception immediately follows the talk. The event is free and open to the public.

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