A new Durham-based book festival has announced its inaugural dates and extended its application deadline. The Read Local Book Festival will be held May 16 and 17 at different venues in downtown Durham.
Isabel Quintero’s “Gabi, a girl in pieces” won the William C. Morris award for best young adult debut novel (book from Cinco Puntos Press; audio from Listening Library, approximately 8 hours; ages 14 and up).
I like A.J. Fikry, the curmudgeonly bookstore owner and main character in Gabrielle Zevin’s “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry.” I share some of his prejudices about books, which he outlines to publishing company representative Amelia Loman during her first visit to his store on Alice Island in New England (reachable only by ferry).
Book No. 4 of second-grader version of Hank Zipzer, by Henry Winkler and Lin Oliver
Jason Mott’s successful first novel, “The Returned” was a big success. Not only was it a bestseller with lots of critical acclaim, but it is the basis of an ABC television series, “Resurrection,” which completed its second 13-week series on January 25.
“Genius and Grace: Francois Boucher and the Generation of 1700,” from the Horvitz Collection, Ackland Art Museum, UNC Chapel Hill, through April 5.
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.