BOOKS ROUNDUP: Wolfe Fiction Prize accepting submissions

Dec. 29, 2012 @ 03:54 PM

The North Carolina Writers’ Network is accepting submissions for the 2013 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize, which honors internationally celebrated North Carolina novelist Thomas Wolfe. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in The Thomas Wolfe Review. The competition is open to all writers regardless of geographical location or prior publication. The postmark deadline is Jan. 30, 2013.
Ruth Moose will be the final judge. Moose served on the faculty of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Creative Writing Department from 1996-2010. She has published two collections of short stories, including “Neighbors and Other Strangers” and four books of poetry.
Submissions should be sent to Professor Tony Abbott, P.O. Box 7096, Davidson College, Davidson, N.C. 28035. For rules and guidelines, visit

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-- Bernard L. Dillard, a Durham native, has recently published “Lemonade: Inspired by Actual Events.” Dillard describes his memoir as a coming-of-age story, which highlights his journey toward manhood. 
Dillard is assistant professor of mathematics at Fashion Institute of Technology at the State University of New York. To purchase the book, look on

-- Betty Ann Wickham of Durham has recently published her novel “Cry Baby in Blue” (CreateSpace Independent Publishing, $9.99). It is the saga of a Buffalo, N.Y., family, centered around the relationship between Sheila Makinski, and her younger sister Abbey, and the divergent spiritual paths their lives take.
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-- Are you an aging baby boomer? Are you looking for a new career path? Are you a few pounds overweight? Workman Publishing has you covered with two new releases. Marci Alboher’s “The Encore Career Handbook: How to Make a Living and a Difference in the Second Half of Life” is a guide for baby boomers who are not ready for a life of retirement. Alboher’s book contains discussions and worksheets to help the reader explore issues such as entrepreneurship, going back to school, networking, and, most of all, exploring what you want to do.
In “Thinner This Year,” Chris Crowley and Jen Sacheck offer advice about food and exercise to help middle-age adults feel stronger and more fit and to prepare themselves for “the third act.”

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