Lifestyles: Books

Nov. 23, 2013 @ 03:11 PM

Writers to become booksellers

Local authors (and the archivist of the United States) will be Booksellers for a Day at The Regulator Bookshop on Saturday. Ten local authors will become booksellers for a day to help customers pick out books at Durham’s Regulator Bookshop, in observance of Small Business Saturday and the first day of Shop Independent Durham Week. 

Nov. 23, 2013 @ 01:51 PM

Great books for young readers

Presenting the 17th annual Wilde Awards, honoring the best books of the year for young readers. This week, the best picture books of the year. Coming in December, the best longer books. Join me for the Wilde Awards Live at Flyleaf on Dec. 5. And because there are too many books and too little print space, you’ll find more suggestions at


Nov. 16, 2013 @ 10:12 AM

‘Boogie Christ’ author to perform

Joseph Arthur is a musician, songwriter and visual artist, perhaps best known for his albums (“Vacancy,” “Nuclear Daydream”). His latest album, due for Nov. 29 release, is “The Ballad of Boogie Christ Acts 1 and 2.” The phrase “Boogie Christ” comes from one of Arthur’s poems, “Threw the Keys on My Windshield and Cracked It,” from his new collection of poetry titled “I Miss the Zoo” (EM Press, $15, paperback).

Nov. 16, 2013 @ 09:39 AM

REVIEWS: Stories for children that adults will love, too

Christmas music is already on the radio, and diligent holiday shoppers are making their lists and checking them twice. For the little ones on your list, there are a few new hardcover picture books that should be well-received by children, and another great one for kids and adults to read by the hearth.

Nov. 09, 2013 @ 12:05 PM

‘Maze Runner’ author introduces new trilogy

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.

Nov. 01, 2013 @ 01:31 PM

Books Briefs

  • Meet ‘Persimmon’ author at next tea event
  • Weiss to sign new travel book
  • Stanley to read from ‘Mickey Price” novel
  • Event to discuss Child-DeVoto letters

Oct. 24, 2013 @ 04:45 PM

Book details African-Americans’ artisan contributions

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.

Oct. 19, 2013 @ 09:12 AM

Book Briefs

  • Fergusons to discuss ‘An Unlikely Warrior’
  • Clarke to discuss ‘Atlantic Odyssey’

Oct. 19, 2013 @ 08:37 AM

REVIEW: Everything is good about “Everything Goes”

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.

Oct. 11, 2013 @ 11:29 AM

Vanguard of change: New biography pays tribute to Henry Frye

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.)

Oct. 11, 2013 @ 11:15 AM

Books Roundup: ‘Kara Was Here’ author to read at Regulator

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.

Oct. 04, 2013 @ 12:28 PM

Books roundup

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.

Sep. 27, 2013 @ 03:47 PM

Book sale a treasure of titles

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.

Sep. 27, 2013 @ 12:09 PM

Library announces Humanities Program events

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.

Sep. 27, 2013 @ 10:43 AM

REVIEW: ‘The Spymistress’ tale of a Richmond Unionist

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.”