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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Late last month, a headline in The New York Times announced “Louis D. Rubin Jr., Publisher, Scholar and Champion of Southern Writers, Dies at 89.” Similarly at the top of a story in The Washington Post, “Louis D. Rubin, fount of Southern writing, dies at 89.”
One day in 1969, a letter arrived in Brandt Ayers’ newspaper office in small-town Alabama from a man he’d never heard of. Dr. Tom Naylor, a Duke University economics professor, had an invitation for him.
After a decade and half of civil rights strife following the Supreme Court’s school desegregation decision, with the states of the old Confederacy in turmoil as they coped with and fought the new order, Naylor and a few others had a vision of a New South. Soon after, Ayers joined Naylor and other young, progressive Southerners in Chapel Hill at a UNC conference center.
Every year at The Herald-Sun, we receive countless submissions of books for possible review. Every year, we pick some of our favorites from the preceding months to recommend as possible gifts. Here are a few guilty pleasures and scholarly tomes that I enjoyed, and that might make a good gift for someone:
In her first book in almost 50 years, visual artist Yoko Ono is wishing readers a “Happy Orbit!” Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill has just published “Acorn” ($18.95, hardcover), Ono’s follow-up to her 1964 book “Grapefruit.”
Books are one of the best presents to give, at the holidays or any time of year. Fall brings a bounty of book options, from novels to nonfiction to coffee table books and cookbooks. Here are some new books this reviewer recommends for your shopping list: