These Garner teens’ stories of being first generation and immigrant students is now a book

“The Roots of Our People: From One World to Another, Juntos” (Student Press Initiative) is the unique work of eight Garner high school students. The teens, part of the state’s Juntos Program for Latino students, formed a writing club in February at South Garner High School and met weekly for several months. (The students are now at Garner Magnet High School due to school construction.)

Under the guidance of Dr. Crystal Lee, an assistant professor of English Language Arts at N.C. State University, the students explored their experiences as first generation and immigrant students in their community through poetry, letters, memoirs and more. The result is a bilingual book where the authors share the challenges and pride of living within their Latino communities while at the same time advancing their opportunities through their pursuit of education.

Copies of the book are available for purchase by contacting Nancy Marks at

New titles

Storyteller Carol Quinet Warnes has published “The Brilliance of Blondes” (Amazon), a collection of 40 vignettes meant to make readers chuckle and relate to the sometimes embarrassing situations of the characters. Local readers will recognize locations throughout, from Myrtle Beach to Crabtree Valley Mall. Warnes, who lives in Cary, describes “The Brilliance of Blondes” as a gift novelty book.

“Elevation” (Amazon) by Samantha Connor is a coming-of-age love story that dabbles in time travel when popular blogger Kendall Gibbons steps on an elevator as a 28-year-old and exits as her 15-year-old self. She seeks help from her 17-year-old brother and his best friend, but must be careful not to make any changes that might put her future success in jeopardy. Amid cosmic missteps, she relives past experiences, rediscovering herself along the way. Connor moved from Cary to Wrightsville beach last year.

For writers

Registration is open for the N.C. Writers’ Network 2018 Fall Conference set to take place Nov. 2-4 at the Hilton Charlotte University Place. For the first time, the conference will offer a full slate of sessions designed specifically for writers of stage and screen. Also available will be a “Business of Writing” track for those ready to take manuscripts to market. Randall Kenan, a 2018 inductee to the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame, will give the keynote address. For more information and to register, visit

Children’s event

Page 158 Books in Wake Forest is hosting a special story time at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 15, with author Lizzie Lange as she reads from her children’s book “The Adventures of the Missing Sock” (Wisdom House Books). The book takes readers around the world, discovering the happy lives of socks who have followed their dreams and found their freedom.


Ed Haag talks about “Charlie Soong: North Carolina’s Link to the Fall of the Last Emperor of China” (Jaan Publishing) at 5 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, and at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 16, on UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Bookwatch.” Those who already know about the remarkable life of Charlie Soong will appreciate Haag’s refinements and additions. For those who don’t know the story, Haag’s book is a great starting point.

Triangle-area authors: We want to hear about your new book. Send information to As space permits, we will mention self-published books by local authors that are for sale on commercial sites.