Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill recently published the paperback edition of Gabrielle Zevin’s novel “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” ($14.95). Zevin will read and sign copies of the novel at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill.
If you are planning to sit down with a good book Saturday afternoon, you can also participate in the first National Readathon Day.
Sarah Addison Allen’s sequel to ‘Garden Spells’ set in small town North Carolina
Gayle Forman is coming to Flyleaf on Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. where she’ll appear with local young adult superstar author, Sarah Dessen. They will be celebrating the release of Gayle Forman’s fifth novel, “I Was Here” (book from Viking, audio from Listening Library, ages 14 and up).
Judy Hogan’s book-length poem “This River, an epic love poem” takes readers on a journey anchored on the Haw River in Chatham County but not limited to that place. The real sojourn takes place in the poet’s heart, soul and imagination.
James Maxey, a Hillsborough-based speculative fiction author, has been selected as the region’s 2015 Piedmont Laureate. During 2015 Maxey will appear at workshops, reading programs and speaking engagements throughout Durham, Orange and Wake counties.
Columnist Susie Wilde picks her top books of 2014.
Philip Gerard talks about “Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina” on North Carolina Bookwatch Thursday at 5 p.m.
Every year, columnist Susie Wilde presents her Wilde Awards for best reads of the year. This week, she is presenting the best picture books of the year; next week, she will present the best longer books.
Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill has published Tim Johnston’s novel “Descent” ($25.95, hard cover). Caitlin, 18, has come to the Rocky Mountains with her family before she leaves for college on a track scholarship. She views the high altitude as an endurance challenge. When she goes biking with her brother Sean, she does not return, and her family begins a long search for her.
“Ten Years and Four Events: Select Works by Through This Lens Members”; “Whether, Collaborative Work by Diana Duncan Holmes and Wendy Collin Sorin”; “The Church of Photography, Photographs by Jean-Christian Rostagni”; and “Memories Lost by Bruce Mitchell,” at Through This Lens, 303 E. Chapel Hill St., Durham, through Dec. 13.
“The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington”
By Gregg Herken (Alfred A. Knopf, $30)
From the end of World War II until the demise of the Soviet Union, a group of columnists, diplomats and spies would meet for Sunday suppers, many of them held at the home of newspaper columnist Joseph Alsop, who with his younger brother Stewart penned the influential newspaper column “Matter of Fact.” Fueled by alcohol and cigars, this group and others connected with their circle “inspired, promoted, and – in some cases – personally executed America’s Cold War strategy ….,” Gregg Herken writes in “The Georgetown Set,” a fascinating history of this circle of friends who lived in the Washington neighborhood known as Georgetown.
BY DAWN BAUMGARTNER VAUGHAN
DURHAM – The holidays usher in a season of flurried hurry, but also a time to slow down. Books help us sit still, to read and learn and enjoy the world from a literary viewpoint – ideally in a cozy chair by a fire. For Christmas gifts or just for you, there are a variety of new releases to consider.
John Kasson will talk about “The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America” on North Carolina Bookwatch Thursday at 5 p.m. (Note: The regular Sunday noon airing will be pre-empted by special fundraising programming)
By KIM CURTIS
Brooke Shields, the iconic model-actress-Princeton grad, entered the literary scene in 2005 with her memoir about postpartum depression. This time, she sheds light on the relationship she shared with her mother, and it's a well-crafted and insightful read from beginning to end.