Jun. 22, 2013 @ 12:32 AM

Anna Jean Mayhew talks about “The Dry Grass Of August” on North Carolina Bookwatch at noon today and Thursday at 5 p.m.

Anna Jean Mayhew’s novel, “The Dry Grass of August,” takes us all the way back to the racially segregated Charlotte of 1954 and the poignant story of a young girl in a family under stress, being pulled apart by forces the girl does not understand. It is a story, in Lee Smith’s words, that is “written with unusual charm, wonderful dialogue, and a deeply felt sense of time and place.”

The program will also air at Wednesday at 11 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. on UNC-MX, a digital cable system channel (Time Warner #172 or #4.4). In addition, airing at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday on UNC-MX will be a classic Bookwatch program featuring John May author of “Poe and Fanny.”

D.G. Martin hosts "North Carolina Bookwatch," which airs Sundays at noon and Thursdays at 5 p.m. on UNC-TV. For more information or to view prior programs visit the webpage at