Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Shop Independent Durham Week!

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In this email:

--Shop Independent Durham Week starts Saturday. We start the week off with some very special guests. And we'll be part of 50 local businesses offering special deals from Saturday November 29 through Sunday December 7.  

--Announcing our Holiday Sale Titles. 25 hand-picked, engaging, present-able books, 20% off through the end of the year.  

--We invite you to check out the new "Good Reading" link on our web site.  

--We go Beyond Books, including a selection of "subversive" games  

--Our December author events.

Shop Independent Durham Week

Starting this Saturday, November 29th, and running through Sunday December 7th, The Regulator will be joining with 49(!) other locally owned-independent businesses to celebrate Shop Independent Durham Week. All over town, the businesses that make Durham unique will be offering discounts, deals, contests and give-aways. See www.sustainabull.net for all the details.

 

Here at the Regulator will be offering 20% off on a couple dozen great, giftable books, and we will be raffling off $100, $50, and $25 gift certificates.

 

We'll be kicking things off on Saturday (which also happens to be "Indies First" day at independent bookstores all over the country) with:

 

--Guest Bookseller Appearances by local authors Jim Wise (10:00 a.m.), David Cecelski (11:00), Lee Smith (1:00), and Laurent Dubois (3:00), and

 

--Local musicians James Olin Oden (guitar and vocals) and Donovan McCain (mandolin) will be playing Appalacian, flamingo and Celtic music from 12:30 to 2:30.

 

Come join the fun!

 

Support your community this holiday season! Keep your dough in Durham! Plan your holiday shopping on the sustain-a-bull web site!

 

Shop Independent Durham
Our Holiday Sale Titles

We have hand-picked 25 engaging, (and sometimes quirky) books that we will have on sale, 20% off, through the end of the year. We hope you might find one or two of these titles to be perfectly present-able for the right person on your list. These titles are marked with red "Holiday Sale" tags in the store, and you can see the whole list on our web site, at https://www.regulatorbookshop.com/holiday-sale-titles-1

 

I especially enjoyed picking the "quirky" titles for this list, among which are:

 

Edible French: Tasty Expressions and Cultural Bites by Clotilde Dusoulier. This is a charming collection, with explanations and history, of some popular food-related expressions in the French language. Un exemple?

"Etre tout sucre tout miel"-Being all sugar all honey.  

This idiom means being ingratiating, acting in an overly affable, considerate, and polite way. It is used ironically, to point out that the person harbors negative feelings behind a cloying front...."

"She's all sugar, all honey with her mother-in-law, but in truth she can't stand her." (Elle es tout sucre tout miel avec sa belle-mere, mais en realite elle ne la supporte pas).

 

To maintain our cultural balance, I've also selected How to Speak Brit; The Quintessential Guide to the King's English, Cockney Slang, and Other Flummoxing British Phrases by Christopher J Moore, wherein we learn that "spend a penny" is "a rather charming phrase meaning to visit the bathroom." Right. So much for the differences between the French and the Brits...

 

Then there is the newly revised and updated edition of Infrastructure: A Guide to the Infrastucture Industrial Landscape by Brian Hayes. Got a hardware geek on your list? (And we are not just talking about computers here. We're talking waterworks, the power grid, bridges, communication, shipping, aviation recycling, etc.). How does our modern society physically function? And what is all that stuff that we often see driving around? What does it do? Why does it look like it does? Days of fun and fascination await the right recipient of this book.

 

Good Reading

We've recently added a "Good Reading" menu at the top of our web site, where we have links to recommended reading from our staff, from librarians, from book reviews, and from the judges who select major book awards. Here (http://www.regulatorbookshop.com/good-reading) you can learn, for example that the number one title that public library staff across the country most enjoyed recommending in 2014 was The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry: A Novel by Gabrielle Zevin, published by our friends and neighbors down the road in Chapel Hill. ("The Storied Life..." comes out in paperback December 2nd).

 

We'll be adding to these pages frequently. If you're looking for good reading, add our web site to your bookmarks!

Beyond Books

Even die-hard booksellers like us will admit, when pressed, that there are times when a yet another book might not be the best present for someone. For these folks, we have a bunch of new "non-book items" including a great selection of puzzles, ranging from 60 to 1000 pieces.

 

We have also brought in a table full of "Cooperative Games" from Canada. With most games, the players compete among each other to see who wins. With cooperative games, the players have to cooperate with each other to reach a goal. Some of these games can be played by folks as young as 3 years old, others are good for teenagers and adults. But let the buyer beware! Some folks may consider these games to be un-American (they are from Canada, after all) and subversive. We think that just adds to their appeal.

December Events:

CARL NORDGREN

Wednesday, December 3rd, 7p.m.

When an orphan sets out on his vision quest in Anung's Journey, he sees clearly that his purpose in life is to find the greatest chief of all and tell him of the many acts of kindness the mothers and fathers of the village have given to him. In his quest to find the greatest chief, Anung travels through the 13 tribes of the First Nations, across forests, plains, water, and desert. Along the way, he is accompanied by Turtle, the interpreter of all languages. He finds friends in the most unlikely of places--a squirrel's nest, a mother bear's den, and a city filled with people from every tribe. At each stop, Anung and his drum sing of his mothers and fathers and his quest to meet the greatest chief. This ancient legend, told in the beautifully poetic style of Carl Nordgren, begs to be read aloud and savored. The book for young readers and families also features 10 beautiful paper cut illustrations by artist Brita Wolf.

 

LYNN CHANDLER WILLIS

Thursday, December 4, 7 p.m.

In Lynn Willis' latest offering, Wink of an Eye: A Mystery, Las Vegas private investigator Gypsy Moran shows up unexpectedly at his sister Rhonda's house in Wink, Texas. She introduces Gypsy to one of her former students, 12-year-old Tatum McCallen, who is in need of Gypsy's services. Tatum wants to hire Gypsy to investigate his father Ryce's alleged suicide. His dad was a deputy with the Sheriff's department and was found hanged in their backyard. Tatum believes his father was murdered after he went inquiring after the disappearance of several teenage girls, all undocumented immigrants. Against his better judgment, Gypsy agrees to snoop around to see what he can find. Between dealing with his now married high school sweetheart, a sexy reporter, and hostile police officers, Gypsy has his work cut out for him. Willis will be in the store to read and sign books.

 

JULIA ELLIOTT

Friday, December 5, 7:00 p.m.

At an obscure South Carolina nursing home, a lost world reemerges as a disabled elderly woman undergoes newfangled brain-restoration procedures and begins to explore her environment with the assistance of strap-on robot legs. At a deluxe medical spa on a nameless Caribbean island, a middle-aged woman hopes to revitalize her fading youth with grotesque rejuvenating therapies that combine cutting-edge medical technologies with holistic approaches and the pseudo-religious dogma of Zen-infused self-help. And in a rinky-dink mill town, an adolescent girl is unexpectedly inspired by the ravings and miraculous levitation of her fundamentalist friend's weird grandmother. These are only a few of the scenarios readers encounter in Julia Elliott's debut short story collection, The Wilds. In these genre-bending stories, teetering between the ridiculous and the sublime, Elliott's language-driven fiction uses outlandish tropes to capture poignant moments in her humble characters' lives. Elliot will be in the store to read and sign books.

 

AN EVENING WITH LIVINGSTON PRESS

Monday, December 8, 7:00 p.m.

We're happy to host a lively reading by three fiction authors: Gregg Cussick, L.C. Fiore, and Miriam Herrin. Come hear stories of crashing dirigibles (My Father Moves Through Time Like a Dirigible), the mingling of eco-terrorists and Christian evangelicals (Green Gospel), murder, intrigue, and a journey that winds its way through Carolina, Boston, and eventually through the jungles of Southeast Asia (Absolution).

 

ART CHANSKY & JOHNNY MOORE

Wednesday, December 10, 7:00 p.m.

Blue Divide A complete look at the storied basketball rivalry between the Duke Blue Devils and North Carolina Tar Heels, this guide is penned by two authorities on the subject-Art Chansky, a bestselling author and sports reporter who has covered the famed match up since his days as a student reporter at UNC and Johnny Moore, who has been intimately involved with Duke athletics for nearly four decades. Segmenting the various commonalities the Blue Devils and Tar Heels have shared for more than 60 years and nearly 250 meetings on the court, each chapter covers a distinct aspect of the rivalry between these two schools that stand a mere 10 miles apart. The Blue Divide: Duke, North Carolina, and the Battle on Tobacco Road offers new details on long-forgotten stories as well as a chance to better understand where the pride and passion of today comes from between the two contiguous competitors. Chansky and Moore will be in the store for a discussion and signing.

 

RICK BRAGG

Friday, December 12, 7:00 p.m.

A monumental figure on the American landscape, Jerry Lee Lewis gave rock and roll its Jerry Lee devil's edge; caused riots and boycotts with his incendiary performances; nearly scuttled his career by marrying his thirteen-year-old second cousin-his third wife of seven; ran a decades-long marathon of drugs, drinking, and women; nearly met his maker, twice; suffered the deaths of two sons and two wives, and the indignity of an IRS raid that left him with nothing but the broken-down piano he started with; performed with everyone from Elvis Presley to Keith Richards to Bruce Springsteen to Kid Rock-and survived it all to be hailed as "one of the most creative and important figures in American popular culture and a paradigm of the Southern experience." Jerry Lee Lewis: His Own Story is the Killer's life as he lived it, and as he shared it over two years with our greatest bard of Southern life: Rick Bragg. He will be in the store for a reading/discussion and signing.

 

FRED CHAPPELL

Tuesday, December 16, 7:00 p.m.

Solitary, graceful, and contemplative, cats have inspired poets from Charles Baudelaire to Margaret Atwood to serve as their chroniclers and celebrants. They have appeared, wrapped in their inscrutability, in verse both sensual and spiritual, weary and whimsical. With Familiars, the beloved North Carolina novelist and poet Fred Chappell proves himself a worthy addition to the fellowship of poets who have sought to immortalize their beloved cats. Chappell will be in the store to read and sign books.

 

 Learn more about these and all of our upcoming events by visiting  the events calendar on our web site.
Shop Independent Durham
Tom Campbell
Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC 27705
(919) 286-2700
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Friday, October 24, 2014

Paul Austin, William Gibson, Hal Crowther and more!

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There's not enough space on this email's subject line
...to do justice to the incredible line-up of authors coming during the first two weeks of November. Every one of them is worthy of a headline. Like these:

--Paul Austin's Beautiful Eyes is flat out the best book I've ever read about being a parent.

--Eula Biss's On Immunity has made "Best books of the fall" lists in the New Yorker, Publisher's Weekly, and the Huffington Post.

--William Gibson. Yes, THE William Gibson is coming to town. You've heard about cyberspace, right?

--Tom Maxwell. Oh, Hell. You've heard of the Squirrel Nut Zippers, no?

--Hal Crowther on H..L. Mencken. If there was anyone who has a sharper pen than Hal, it's Mencken. An author/subject pairing made in ...

--If Bill Powers can slow down and live simply in New York City then maybe some of us can do that in our loveable, laid-back (maybe formerly laid-back?) Durham.

--Orrin Pilkey warns that our beaches may be doomed if we don't change our ways. No more beach vacations? It's time for action!  

--And Paul Roberts says we are living in The Impulse Society: America in the Age of Instant Gratification. (Oh sorry, I shouldn't have listed this here. We are going to have to wait almost three whole weeks to hear from this author!)

 

You can learn more about these events, and lots more on our snazzy new web site, which we are adding to every week. Check it out!

   

See below for more about each of the author events mentioned above. Come early and come often!

Upcoming Events:

PAUL AUSTIN

Wednesday, November 5, 7:00 p.m.

Join us to welcome Durham author Paul Austin to share his latest memoir, Beautiful Eyes: A Father Transformed. "A poignant and candid father's memoir," Beautiful Eyes tells Beautiful Eyes the story of Austin's relationship with his daughter Sarah, who has Downs Syndrome. Paul Austin, an emergency-room doctor, is the author of a previous memoir, Something for the Pain (the 2009 pick for Durham Reads). His essays have appeared in Creative Nonfiction, the Southeast Review, and the Gettysburg Review. Beautiful Eyes is one of the best books--no, make that THE best book--I have ever read about the wonderful, scary, satisfying, humbling job of being a parent. Austin's marvelous daughter Sarah has Down's syndrome, but many of the challenges he faces with her will be familiar to anyone who has children. Austin's writing is candid, humane, funny and heartfelt--just like   the loving relationship he shares with Sarah. I can't imagine a parent being able to put this book down once they have started it. And I can't imagine a parent not being touched and changed by the experience.

 

EULA BISS

Thursday, November 6, 7:00 p.m.

Kenan-CDS Visiting Writers Series in Ethics, Society, and Documentary Art

Nelson Music Room / Duke University East Campus, 1304 Campus Dr.

Acclaimed author Eula Biss is visiting visit Duke to launch the Kenan-CDS Visiting Writer Series in Ethics, Society, and Documentary Art, established by the Kenan Institute for Ethics and the Center for Documentary Studies to present new, unique, and diverse voices in nonfiction literature. "We could not have picked a better person to kick off this new series," said CDS writer-in-residence Duncan Murrell, who described Biss as being at the forefront of a worldwide renaissance of the critical and personal essay. "The comparisons between Biss, Susan Sontag, and Joan Didion are apt." Biss's new book is On Immunity: An Inoculation, which The New Yorker called "An eloquent consideration of the anti-vaccination movement. . . . [Biss] lays out an argument for vaccination that encompasses literature, history, science, and her fears and questions when deciding to vaccinate her own children. She brings a sober, erudite, and humane voice to an often overheated debate."

 

WILLIAM GIBSON

Friday, November 7, 7:30 p.m., Motorco Music Hall, please note the time and location

This is a ticketed event. One $30.00 ticket admits two people and is good for the purchase of one book. William Gibson

The Regulator Bookshop proudly presents William Gibson, The New York Times-bestselling author and "god of speculative fiction" (New York Magazine) whose new book, The Peripheral, is a high-tech thriller set partly in a decadent post-apocalyptic future. The "peripherals" of the title are quasi-human drone bodies, with full tactile feedback, operated from any distance, which have erased any lingering distinction between the Web and the world. This year marks the 30th anniversary of Gibson's award-winning debut novel, Neuromancer, which predicted, via his original concept of "cyberspace", much of today's Internet. William Gibson is the author of Neuromancer, Count Zero, Mona Liza Overdrive, Burning Chrome, Virtual Light, Idoru, All Tomorrow's Parties, Pattern Recognition, Spook Country, Zero History, and Distrust That Particular Flavor. He lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

 

TOM MAXWELL

Saturday, November 8, 7:00 p.m.

Tom Maxwell, Hillsborough resident, musician and former member of the Squirrel Nut Zippers and the force behind their smash hit "Hell," has delivered a fascinating memoir about the band's rise to success in Hell: My Life in the Squirrel Nut Zippers. Reading like an Almost Famous of the Swing Revival period of the 1990s, Maxwell describes detailed recollections of conversations with Squirrel Nut Zippers members like James "Jimbo" Mathus and Andrew Bird to fascinating appearances by Grammy-winning producer Trina Shoemaker and jazz guitarist Al Casey. Maxwell also provides fascinating looks into the band's beginnings in Chapel Hill, delving into the history behind the band's name, derived from a chewy peanut caramel candy first introduced in 1926 by the Squirrel Brand Company. After an almost ten year hiatus, he released a new album this fall, Tom Maxwell & The Minor Drag, featuring guest vocals by Ani DiFranco. And yes, there might just be some music at this event.

 

HAL CROWTHER

Sunday, November 9, 3:00 p.m. (please note the time)

Hal Crowther on H.L. Mencken-the perfect match of author and subject! The controversial career of H. L. Mencken, the most powerful individual journalist of the twentieth century, is a critical text for anyone concerned with the balance of power between the free press, the government, and the corporate plutocracy. Mencken, the belligerent newspaperman from Baltimore, was not only the most outspoken pundit of his day but also, by far, the most widely read, and according to many critics the most gifted American writer ever nurtured in a newsroom-a vanished world of typewriter banks and copy desks that electronic advances have precipitously erased. Hal Crowther followed in many of Mencken's footsteps as a reporter, magazine editor, literary critic, and political columnist. In An Infuriating American: The Incendiary Arts of H.L. Mencken, Crowther focuses on Mencken the creator, the observer who turned his impressions and prejudices into an inimitable group portrait of America, painted in prose that charms and glowers and endures. Crowther examines the origin of Mencken's thunderbolts-where and how they were manufactured, rather than where and on whom they landed. Hal Crowther is a critic and essayist, and a former syndicated columnist and newsmagazine editor at Time and Newsweek. His most recent collection of essays, Gather at the River, was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle prize in criticism. He lives in Hillsborough, with his wife, the novelist Lee Smith.

 

BILL POWERS

Monday, November 10, 7:00 p.m.

In New Slow City: Living Simply in the World's Fastest City, William New Slow City Powers recounts his season spent in a 12-foot-by-12-foot cabin off the grid in North Carolina. Could he live a similarly minimalist way in the belly of the go-go beast - New York City? To find out, Powers and his wife jettisoned 80 percent of their stuff, left their 2,000-square-foot Queens townhouse, and moved into a 350-square-foot "micro apartment" in Greenwich Village. Downshifting to a 20-hour workweek, Powers explores the viability of Slow Food and Slow Money, technology fasts and urban sanctuaries, rooftop gardening and beekeeping. Discovering a colorful cast of New Yorkers attempting to resist the culture of Total Work, Powers offers an inspiring exploration for anyone trying to make urban life more people- and planet-friendly. Born and raised on Long Island, William Powers has worked for over a decade in development aid and conservation in Latin America, Africa, Native North America, and Washington, DC. He is a senior fellow at the World Policy Institute and is on the adjunct faculty of New York University. Powers has also spent two decades exploring the American culture-of-speed and its alternatives in some fifty countries around the world. He has covered the subject in his four books and written about it in the Washington Post and the Atlantic. An expert on sustainable development, he is a freelance writer and speaker.

 

ORRIN PILKEY

Tuesday, November 11, 7 p.m.

The Last Beach is an urgent call to save the world's beaches while there is still time.

The geologists Orrin H. Pilkey and J. Andrew G. Cooper sound the alarm in this frank

assessment of our current relationship with beaches and their grim future if we do not

change the way we understand and treat our irreplaceable shores. Combining case

studies and anecdotes from around the world, they argue that many of the world's developed beaches are virtually doomed and that we must act immediately to save imperiled beaches. Acknowledging the challenge of reconciling our actions with our love of beaches, the geologists offer suggestions for reversing course, insisting that given the space, beaches can take care of themselves and provide us with multiple benefits. Orrin H. Pilkey, deemed "America's foremost philosopher of the beaches," by the New York Times, is James B. Duke Professor Emeritus of Geology at the Nicholas School of the Environment at Duke University, and Founder and Director Emeritus of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines, based at Western Carolina University. The Orrin Pilkey Marine Science and Conservation Genetics Center opened at the Duke Marine Lab in Beaufort, North Carolina, in 2013.

 

PAUL ROBERTS

Wednesday, November 12, 7 p.m.

From award-winning journalist Paul Robert comes The Impulse Society: America in the Age of Instant Gratification, an era-defining account which answers the question: how, in our current "culture of narcissism," does one cope with a socioeconomic system that is almost too good at giving us what we want? Here in the United States it is now entirely normal Impulse Society to demand a personally customized life. We fine-tune our moods with pharmaceuticals, craft our meals around our allergies and ideologies, customize our bodies with cross training, ink, surgery, and wearable technologies, we can choose vehicles to express our hipness or hostility, we can move to a neighborhood that matches our social values, find a news outlet that mirrors our politics, create a social network that "likes" everything we post. The world becomes our world. Drawing on the latest research in economics, psychology, political philosophy and business management, Roberts shows how a potent combination of rapidly advancing technologies, corrupt political ideologies, and bottom-line business ethics has led us across a threshold to an unprecedented condition: a virtual merging of the market and the self. The result is a socioeconomic system ruled by impulse, by the reflexive, id-like drive for the largest, quickest, most "efficient" reward, without regard for long-term costs to ourselves or to broader society. Roberts is the author of The End of Oil and The End of Food. He was a finalist for a National Magazine Award in 1999, and for the New York Public Library Helen Bernstein Book Award in 2005. Roberts appears regularly on TV and radio. He lives in Washington state.

 

 Learn more about these and all of our upcoming events by visiting  the events calendar on our web site.
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Regulator Bookshop
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Durham, NC 27705
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Friday, October 3, 2014

October at The Regulator!

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This month we're talkin' poverty, doctoring, preaching..and being Howard Fuller
In the coming weeks we bring to town authors talking about their lives--being poor, being a doctor, being a minister...and being Howard Fuller. See below for more on Linda Tirado, (Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America), Terrence Holt (Internal Medicine: A Doctor's Stories) and Jimmy Creech (Adam's Gift: A Memoir of a Pastor's Calling to Defy the Church's Persecution of Lesbians and Gays).

As for Howard Fuller, the photo below comes from 1968, when he was leading a march through downtown Durham in the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King. Fuller is looking anxiously at some white men with rifles who are following the march from adjoining rooftops, unsure whether they were police or members of the klan. At the time, Howard Fuller was a community organizer and activist in Durham, and, as he says in the book, (without exaggeration, in my opinion) "one of the most hated Black men in North Carolina." I had a couple of conversations with Howard Fuller back then, and I remember that he was well worth listening to. I'm sure he still is. Come hear Howard Fuller talk about his memoir, No Struggle No Progress: A Warrior's Life From Black Power to Education Reform, Monday October 13th.

Upcoming Events:

LINDA TIRADO

Tuesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m.

From the author of the eye-opening and controversial essay on poverty read by millions on the Hand to Mouth Huffington Post ("This is Why Poor Peoples Bad Decisions Make Perfect Sense" ) comes Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, the real-life Nickel and Dimed. In this memoir, Linda Tirado details life for the working poor in America.. Linda Tirado, in her brutally honest yet personable voice, takes all of our preconceived notions of poverty and smashes them to bits. She articulates not only what it is to be working poor in America (yes, you can be poor and live in a house and have a job, even two) but what poverty is truly like-on all levels. In her thought-provoking voice, Tirado discusses how she went from lower-middle class, to sometimes middle class, to poor and everything in between, and in doing so reveals why "poor people don't always behave the way middle-class America thinks they should."

  

DIANE CHAMBERLAIN

Wednesday, October 8, 7p.m.

In Diane Chamberlain's "absorbing and haunting" novel The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager (Booklist).  Now, over twenty years later, she's in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out her recently deceased father's house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family. Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality, in this engrossing mystery from international bestselling author Diane Chamberlain. Diane Chamberlain is the international bestselling author of twenty-two novels. She lives in North Carolina with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her shelties, Keeper and Cole.

  

SATURDAY STORYTIME with author ELLEN FISCHER

Saturday, October 11, 11:00 a.m.

Join us for a special edition of storytime with children's book author and teacher Ellen Fischer. Ellen will read from her bookIf an Armadillo Went to a Restaurant. Would an armadillo order spaghetti and meatballs if she went to a restaurant? No way! She'd want a plate of ants and worms. Through a series of questions and answers, young readers learn about animals, where they live, and what they eat. This special storytime is geared towards children aged 2-6. Ellen Fischer lives in North Carolina.

  

HOWARD FULLER

Monday, October 13, 7:00 p.m.

Join us to welcome Dr. Howard Fuller, an important figure in the education reform debate, as Howard Fuller he shares his latest memoir, No Struggle No Progress: A Warrior's Life from Black Power to Education Reform. Dr. Fuller is the Distinguised Professor of Education and Founder/Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University. The mission of the Institute is to support exemplary education options that transform learning for children, while empowering families, particularly low-income families, to choose the best options for their children. Immediately before his appointment at Marquette University, Dr. Fuller served as the Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools June 1991 - June 1995. In the mid and late 1960s Howard Fuller was a community organizer and activist in Durham.    

 

 

TERRENCE HOLT

Tuesday, October 14, 7 p.m.

Intensely realized, gently ironic, heartfelt and heartbreaking, Terrence Holt's latest offering, Internal Medicine: A Doctor's Stories,is an account of what it means to be a doctor, to be mortal, and to be human. Out of the crucible of medical training, Holt shapes this Terrence Holt stunning account of residency, the years-long ordeal in which doctors are made. "Amid all the mess and squalor of the hospital, with its blind random unraveling of lives," Internal Medicinefinds the compassion from which doctors discover the strength to care. Holt's debut collection of short stories, In the Valley of the Kings, was praised by the New York Times Book Reviewas one of "those works of genius" that "will endure for as long as our hurt kind remains to require their truth." Now he returns with Internal Medicine-a work based on his own experiences as a physician- offering an insider's access to the long night of the hospital, where the intricacies of medical technology confront the mysteries of the human spirit. The "book illuminates human fragility in tales both lyrical and soul-wrenching" (The New York Times). Holt is an assistant professor of medicine at UNC- Chapel Hill.

  

YOUNG ADULT BOOK CLUB

Wednesday, October 15, 7p.m.

Join us for our fourth Young Adult Book Club meeting! Come for vibrant discussion of all things YA, stay for the delectable homemade brownies. This month we're reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. Led by Katrina (of The Regulator) and Isabel (of Tween2Teen Books).

  

JIMMY CREECH

Wednesday, October 15, 7p.m.

Join us to welcome Jimmy Creech as he shares his memoirAdam's Gift: A Memoir of a Pastors Calling to Defy the Church's Persecution of Lesbians and Gays. In the book, Creech, then a United Methodist Minister, was visited by a parishioner who revealed he was gay and was leaving the church due to discrimination by the church against gay and lesbian members. Following his conversations with "Adam", Creech determined that the church was mistaken, that scriptural translations and interpretations had been dangerously distorted. As a Christian, Creech came to believe that discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people was morally wrong. This understanding compelled him to perform same-gender commitment ceremonies, in conflict with church directives. Creech was tried twice by The United Methodist Church, and, after the second trial, his ordination credentials were revoked. Adam's Giftis a moving story and an important chapter in the unfinished struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil and human rights. Creech is now retired and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.

  

ERIC WESTMAN AND JIMMY MOORE

Monday, October 20, 7 p.m.

Health blogger Jimmy Moore and researcher and internist Dr. Eric C. Westman join forces in Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High Fat Diet to explain the powerful therapeutic effects of a ketogenic diet-one that combines a customized carbohydrate restriction, moderation of protein intake, and real food-based fats. Moore and Westman clearly explain why ketosis is normal, how this nutritional approach is being used therapeutically by many medical professionals, a step-by-step guide to help you produce more ketones and track your progress, and success stories of people using a ketogenic diet. Eric C. Westman MD, MHS is Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine and Director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic Jimmy Moore is the personality behind the popular Livin' La Vida Low- Carbblog and host of one of the top-ranked iTunes health podcasts, The Livin' La Vida Low- Carb Show.

  

DAVID NEED

Tuesday, October 21, 7 p.m.

David Need, Duke Professor, offers a translation of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke's French language sequences in his book Roses: From the Late French Poetry of Ranier Maria Rilke. Written over the last four years of his life, the poems were a new beginning for Rilke following the completion of the Duino Elegies and The Sonnets to Orpheus. Less often translated than his other work and, in general brief, the work nevertheless carries forward the aesthetic project of his major work in German. The translation of the posthumously published sequence Les Roses is offered here alongside an accompanying set of pen and ink drawings by Clare Johnson. Also included is translator David Need's essay on the motif of the rose in Rilke's poetry, as well as a translation of numerous German language poems in which Rilke turns to and stages the figure of the rose-that thing that we are like that is both impossibly interior, and yet also thrown out into and at stake in the world.

  

TANA JOHNSON

Wednesday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.

Organizational Progeny: Why Governments are Losing Control over the Proliferating Structures of Global Governance

Countries rarely design international organizations alone. Instead, negotiations usually involve international bureaucrats employed in preexisting organizations. To unveil these overlooked but pivotal players,Organizational Progenyuses new data on nearly 200 intergovernmental organizations and detailed accounts of the origins of prominent and diverse institutions - the World Food Program, United Nations Development Program, International Energy Agency, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Financial Action Task Force, Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS. When international bureaucrats have a say, they often strive to insulate new institutions against the usual control mechanisms by which states steer, monitor, or reverse organizational activities. Tana Johnson is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy.

  

SCOTT HILTON DAVIS   

Thursday, October 23, 7 p.m.

Scott Hilton Davis, publisher at Jewish Storyteller Press and former executive producer at UNC-TV, will be in the store to talk about Memories and Scenes: Shtetl, Childhood, Writers, for which he wrote the introduction. Memories and Scenesis the first English translation of eleven autobiographical short stories by 19th-century Yiddish writer Jacob Dinezon. In this collection, Dinezon recalls his childhood years in the shtetl, the unusual and memorable characters he encountered along the way, and the events that led to his passion for becoming a writer. Dinezon was a friend and mentor to almost every major Jewish literary figure of his day, including Sholem Abramovitsh (Mendele Moykher Sforim), I. L. Peretz, Sholem Aleichem, S. An-ski, and Abraham Goldfaden. He played a central role in the development of Yiddish as a modern literary language. Scott Davis's career spans more than 30 years in public broadcasting. He has worked as a producer and director for public television stations and networks in California, New York, Ohio, Maryland and North Carolina.

 

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