Lifestyles: Books

Feb. 01, 2014 @ 10:40 AM

N.C. Literary Festival is back, with local and national authors

After a five-year hiatus, the North Carolina Literary Festival is back, with this year’s celebration of reading to be held April 3-6 at N.C. State University in Raleigh. The theme is “The Future of Reading.” The last festival was held at UNC Chapel Hill in 2009, and before that, at Duke University in 2006, when it was called the N.C. Festival of the Book. The three major Triangle universities take turns hosting the festival.


Feb. 01, 2014 @ 10:37 AM

REVIEW: ‘The Secret of Magic’ a story of murder, mystery and history

This is the book. This is the novel you’ll tell your friends to read this year. This is the book that will push all those other set in the South during Jim Crow books to the dusty end of the bookshelf. “The Secret of Magic” by Deborah Johnson is a work of masterful storytelling, telling truth with fiction in a novel that comes alive with every word on the page. With as many curves as there are branches on magnolia trees, this novel will take you into the forest and leave a mark on you.

 

Jan. 31, 2014 @ 11:00 AM

Lucy Daniels to read at Regulator

“Sentenced to writing” is how novelist and clinical psychologist Lucy Daniels describes her life as a writer in a new collection of stories titled “Walking with Moonshine: My Life in Stories” (iUniverse, $16.95). Daniels is the daughter of Jonathan Daniels, of the family that started The News & Observer of Raleigh. Lucy Daniels, author of the novels “Caleb My Son” and “High on a Hill,” struggled with anorexia as a child, and spent time in mental institutions. Writing was a means of coping with that isolation.


Jan. 25, 2014 @ 03:17 PM

New novel set during Crusades

Local writer M.K. Hammond, a former math teacher, Bible studies teacher and member of the Triangle Jewish Chorale, has written a historical novel “The Rabbi of Worms” (Resource Publications, $31). Set in 1096 in Germany, the period of the first crusade, the story centers on the character of 6-year-old Josef, a Christian boy tormented by bullies, who is befriended by Mosche, an older boy who lives in the Jewish quarter of the city of Worms on the Rhein River.

 

Jan. 19, 2014 @ 12:52 PM

REVIEW: Find yourself at ‘Lost Lake’

Sarah Addison Allen, the Asheville author whose novels are set in familiar Southern places – mostly imagined, but familiar all the same – is back with a wonderful new book. “Lost Lake” is set in Georgia, at an aging getaway spot that has been a place of sanctuary, friendship, love, loss, solace and new life.


Jan. 18, 2014 @ 04:38 PM

Webb to read from new gothic novel

Wendy Webb, who writes gothic mysteries set in old houses, has recently published the newest in her series, titled “The Vanishing” (Hyperion, $17, paperback). It opens with a séance in 1875 that goes awry, then switches to the present day, narrated by Julia Bishop. After her husband’s death (and the fallout from his investment swindle), Bishop gets a visit from the son of Amaris Sinclair, who asks Bishop to live with his mother.


Jan. 18, 2014 @ 10:32 AM

REVIEW: Find yourself at ‘Lost Lake’

Sarah Addison Allen, the Asheville author whose novels are set in familiar Southern places – mostly imagined, but familiar all the same – is back with a wonderful new book. “Lost Lake” is set in Georgia, at an aging getaway spot that has been a place of sanctuary, friendship, love, loss, solace and new life.


Jan. 11, 2014 @ 09:29 AM

Novelist Cash takes home first Crook’s Corner prize

Wiley Cash was working at Pomegranate Books in Wilmington in support of Small Business Saturday when he got a call that he was on the long list for the first Crook’s Corner Book Prize. “It was a real surprise for me to be on the long list,” he said during his acceptance speech for the prize earlier this week at the restaurant.


Dec. 28, 2013 @ 04:19 PM

Pitts, Galvez highlight library’s Humanities Programs

Columnist Leonard Pitts will read from his novel “Freeman” March 1. Pitts, photographer Jose Galvez and author Mur Lafferty are among the guests who will speak and give presentations during the winter-spring Humanities Programs series at the Durham County Library. All programs are free and open to the public.

 

Dec. 28, 2013 @ 04:05 PM

Lawsuits, mergers, and, yes, books, in 2013

NEW YORK — In 2013, everything and nothing happened in the publishing industry.
It was a blockbuster year for the legal profession. A federal judge ruled that Apple had conspired with five publishers to fix e-book prices, while another federal judge allowed Google to continue scanning books — without the permission of authors or publishers — for a digital library.


Dec. 26, 2013 @ 04:14 PM

Perry to read from ‘Kids These Days’

In Drew Perry’s new novel “Kids These Days” (Algonquin Books, $14.95), Walter, a loan officer who gets laid off from his job, and his pregnant wife, Alice, move to a vacant condo in Florida. There, Walter takes on a rather nebulous assignment for Mid, Alice’s brother-in-law, a freewheeling real estate and business investor.  As the true nature of Mid’s business unfolds, Walter must come to terms with his reluctance to become a father.


Dec. 21, 2013 @ 09:17 AM

‘Hidden stories’: New book chronicles N.C. African-American music traditions

The connections of Thelonious Monk, Nina Simone and John Coltrane to North Carolina are widely known. What many North Carolinians may not know is that the streets they walk, the churches where they pray, the restaurants where they hang out, may also have helped give birth to gospel, jazz, rhythm and blues, funk, hip-hop and other music of the African-American tradition.


Dec. 14, 2013 @ 09:54 AM

An in-depth look at Durham’s Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing

EDITOR’S NOTE: Evelyn Pearl Booker Wicker of Fuquay-Varina has written a history of Durham’s African-American hospital-based school, Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing, filled with memories from alumni and historic photographs. “Voices: Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing, Durham, NC 1903…” covers the history of the school that operated from 1903 to 1971, educating hundreds of African-American women during the Jim Crow era. “Voices” grew from an undergraduate nursing research project, “A Brief History of Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing,” while the writers were enrolled at NCCU in 1971. 


Dec. 07, 2013 @ 10:11 PM

Wolfe Prize accepting submissions

The 2014 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize is now open for submissions. For the first time, writers may submit their short stories electronically through Submittable.com.

 

Dec. 07, 2013 @ 01:59 PM

Wilde awards for longer young adult, children's books

Presenting the second part of the 17th annual Wilde Awards for longer books. Because there are too many books and too little print space, you’ll find more suggestions at www.heraldsun.com.