Poet Rebecca Henry Lowndes has poured nearly a lifetime of writing into “Years and Other Leavings” (Amazon). The unique collection of more than a hundred poems, all with an emphasis on the music of language, covers a broad range of subjects.
“This book represents 50 years of writing,” says Lowndes, “and the poems run the gamut from haiku to a five-page story-poem.”
Lowndes, a native of Pennsylvania, lives in Wake Forest.
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Chapel Hill author Karen Booth’s 23rd novel, “Secrets of a (Somewhat) Sunny Girl” (CreateSpace), tells the story of Katherine and Amy, adult sisters reckoning with their traumatic childhood while planning the younger sister’s wedding.
Booth, who writes contemporary romance and women’s fiction, will be discussing “Sunny Girl” and signing copies at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 21, at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill.
James Aura of Raleigh has published his second novel, “The Cumberland Killers” (Amazon). The book is an environmental puzzle wrapped in a murder mystery and set in the Cumberland Mountains of eastern Kentucky, where increasing numbers of residents report bad drinking water from their wells.
“Called to Peace” (Blue Ink Press) is one part memoir and one part guidebook. In the book, author Joy Forrest shares the heart-wrenching story of her two decades in an abusive marriage and the triumph of her eventual escape. Through her story, she provides insight intended to help others recognize the signs of an abusive relationship and she provides spiritual truths to combat the guilt often felt by survivors. Forrest, who lives in Raleigh, has worked to better equip churches to help families affected by domestic violence.
Cressida Cowell, the bestselling author of the “How to Train Your Dragon” series, will discuss her latest book, “The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic!” (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers) at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 16, at Page 158 Books in Wake Forest.
D.G. Martin and Nicholas Sparks talk about Sparks’ newest book “Every Breath” (Sphere) on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch at 11 a.m. on Sunday, Oct. 14, and 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 14. “Every Breath” is true to Sparks’ romantic tradition, with a story about a chance encounter that becomes a touchstone for two vastly different individuals.
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