Columnist: DG Martin

Dec. 13, 2014 @ 06:02 PM

D.G. Martin: A river journey through the heart of N.C.

Philip Gerard talks about “Down the Wild Cape Fear: A River Journey through the Heart of North Carolina” on North Carolina Bookwatch Thursday at 5 p.m.

Dec. 08, 2014 @ 07:57 AM

Why the Mediterranean way works

What is it about the Mediterranean diet that makes it such an icon for healthy living?

Dec. 06, 2014 @ 09:34 AM

Why the Mediterranean way works

What is it about the Mediterranean diet that makes it such an icon for healthy living?


Two Chapel Hill residents explain the hows and whys of this phenomenon in their new book, “The Mediterranean Way of Eating: Evidence for Chronic Disease Prevention and Weight Management.”

Dec. 03, 2014 @ 03:34 PM

She helped Americans fight the Depression

John Kasson will talk about “The Little Girl Who  Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America” on North Carolina Bookwatch Thursday at 5 p.m. (Note: The regular Sunday noon airing will be pre-empted by special fundraising programming)

Dec. 02, 2014 @ 03:34 PM

Renewing our affection for our hometown newspaper

One of the state's big newspapers almost lost a subscriber last week when she received a notice increasing the annual subscription rate by almost $100. It was not so much the amount of the increase that put her in a cancellation mode; rather, it was some fine print at the bottom of the notice.


Nov. 26, 2014 @ 08:32 AM

Lefty and Roy -- and their critics

While Martin Harmon was in North Carolina last week to promote his new book, “Charles ‘Lefty’ Driesell: A Basketball Legend,” he dropped a signed copy by UNC basketball coach Roy Williams’s office.

Nov. 22, 2014 @ 01:10 PM

Lots of books, every year


That’s the answer to this question: How many North Carolina related books are published each year.

Nov. 18, 2014 @ 07:25 AM

Jim Leutze wants his state back

“I am mad as hell and I want my state back.”

Former UNC-Wilmington Chancellor Jim Leutze wanted to use this phrase as the title for his new book about modern North Carolina history and politics. Eventually, he settled on another provocative title, “Entering North Carolina: Set Clocks Back 100 Years,” which The Charlotte Observer book columnist Dannye Romine Powell has named “best book title of the year.”

Nov. 12, 2014 @ 11:23 AM

Martin: Former East Chapel Hill ‘choir geek’ returns as star of PlayMakers production

Last week, the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences in the Research Triangle Park, Linda Birnbaum, and her husband, David, had a special reason to attend opening night of the PlayMakers production of William Shakespeare’s  “Midsummer’s Night’s Dream.”


Nov. 10, 2014 @ 10:30 PM

Battle for political dominance, like Isner’s epic match

What is the connection between U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan and acclaimed U.S. tennis player John Isner?

Both come from Greensboro, but it is more than that.

Nov. 04, 2014 @ 06:12 PM

Hal Crowther on H.L. Mencken -- don’t miss this treat

Hillsborough writer Hal Crowther is widely admired for his provocative columns and ability to shock us by his creative use of words, phrases, comparisons and images as powerful weapons that can persuade or provoke us.

Nov. 04, 2014 @ 03:49 PM

Martin: Southern Living, UNC School of the Arts, and Chapel Hill’s Sheri Castle

What is the connection between the new chancellor of the UNC School of the Arts and a best-selling Chapel Hill cookbook author?

Here are some hints.

First of all, the new chancellor, Lindsay Bierman, was until a few months ago the editor-in-chief of Southern Living magazine.


Nov. 01, 2014 @ 11:37 AM

Martin: A modern-day prophet on integrity in college sports

“I can't say that it was easy. It has been troubling and it's brought back a lot of old feelings of anger and frustration,” commented Marcia Mount Shoop while she was back in Chapel Hill last week to talk about her new book, “Touchdowns for Jesus and Other Signs of Apocalypse: Lifting the Veil on Big-Time Sports.”

Oct. 28, 2014 @ 08:58 PM

Remembering the wise words of a public intellectual

Who are North Carolina’s public intellectuals?

Over the years we have been blessed with influential and thoughtful people whose wise commentaries about the state’s concerns often moved public opinion.

Oct. 25, 2014 @ 12:51 PM

What local business knows the most about us?

What does a flower shop in a little town north of Spokane, Washington, have to do with downtown Chapel Hill?