In author James Dashner’s “Maze Runner” series, Thomas awakes, but does not remember his name. He finds himself in The Glade, or The Maze, from which Thomas and his fellow “Gladers” escape.
After they escape from The Maze, Thomas and his “Glader” friends’ quest continues in the novels “The Scorch Trials” and “The Death Cure.” Dashner’s prequel, “The Kill Order,” explains how sun flares and disease created the post-apocalyptic world of the “Maze” trilogy.
John Rice Green, a tailor; Thomas C. Battle, a brickmason; and Elizabeth and Sarah Bragg, both tailors, are among the extensive community of African-American artisans whose legacies make up the history of New Bern. A new book, “Crafting Lives: African American Artisans in New Bern, North Carolina, 1770-1900” (UNC Press, $30, clothbound) pays tribute to this skilled group of artisans.
Brian Biggs’ series of children’s books, “Everything Goes,” really do have everything a kid could look for in a book. The latest, “Everything Goes: By Sea” is no exception.
Henry and his family take a ferry, and along the way they see, well, everything that goes by sea. House boats. An aircraft carrier. A man in a bathtub. And everything in between.
The recent attempts to change qualifications for voting in North Carolina do not come as a shock to Henry Frye.
Although he was a 1953 graduate of North Carolina A&T State University and had served as an officer in the Air Force, Frye was turned down in his first attempt to register to vote.
Frye went to his hometown of Ellerbe, 73 miles south of Greensboro, to register as the first person in his family to do so. (Very few black residents of Ellerbe and Rockingham County were on the voter rolls.)
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.
In the prologue to “The Workboats of Core Sound,” photographer and writer Lawrence S. Earley recalls how a photograph he included in an exhibition at Harker’s Island kept getting the attention of viewers.
I found an unexpected treasure a few years ago at a Durham County Library book sale. I bought a hardcover copy of Joseph Heller’s novel “Good as Gold.” When I opened it at home, the name “Joseph Heller” was written in red on the inside. I have not had the book appraised by an expert, but the signature seems to match an online example of Heller’s handwriting.
In celebration of Hispanic Heritage month, local author Claudia Corletto will read and discuss her book “7 cuentos,” a collection of short stories and art, at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Durham County Main Library.
This reading is the first in a series of Humanities Programs the Durham Library Foundation is presenting through December. Here is a list of other programs.
Jennifer Chiaverini is known best for her best-selling Elm Creek Quilts novels, but her past two books have picked up the historical thread in her quilting series and sewn new stories. Her newest novel, to be published Tuesday, is “The Spymistress.”
Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald, the wife of writer F. Scott Fitzgerald, is often cited as a symbol of the Lost Generation, the Jazz Age and the excesses of the liberating 1920s. In Lee Smith’s new novel “Guests on Earth,” Zelda Fitzgerald is not a crazy flapper, but an artist with great empathy for those society considers outsiders.
“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.
“Love and Lament” by John Milliken Thompson twines good storytelling and poetic writing to imagine how a woman in Chatham County experienced the years between the Civil War and World War I. In the novel it’s called Haw County, but it’s Chatham County, as the author’s research shows.
Sharyn McCrumb follows up “The Ballad of Tom Dooley” with another in her set of novels based on folk ballads, “King’s Mountain: A Ballad Novel” (Thomas Dunne Books, $25.99). In this novel, McCrumb draws inspiration from the history of the Revolutionary War battle at King’s Mountain, near the N.C.-S.C. border, and her family connection to that history.