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Wednesday, April 1, 2015
Eight Great NC Writers at One Event!
Spontaneous Literary Combustion?
What happens when you put eight great North Carolina writers together in one room? Spontaneous literary combustion? Come find out Tuesday night at 7:00 at Motorco, when we host Belle Boggs, Marianne Gingher, Stephanie Griest, Jill McCorkle, Michael McFee, Michael Parker, Bland Simpson and Lee Smith, for an event celebrating the publication of UNC Press' Amazing Place: What North Carolina Means to Writers. "Amazing Place" is a marvelous collection of original essays from 21 different writers, untangling North Carolina's influence on their work, exploring how the idea of place resonates with North Carolinians, and illuminating why the state itself plays such a significant role in its own literature. Tuesday evening 8 of these authors will read, discuss, answer questions and sign books, in an event not to missed! Plenty of good seating will be available.
Jeremy Hawkins--The Last Days of Video
Beyond the amazing event for "Amazing Place," we have lots of wonderful events coming up this month--see below. But I have to give a special shout out to Jeremy Hawkins, who reads next Thursday from his debut novel, The Last Days of Video.
Hawkins is a bookseller at Chapel Hill's Flyleaf books, but his Durham and Regulator connections go way back, as he says here:
"I'm a Durham boy, born and bred, and The Regulator has always been my bookshop. My mom, an English teacher, took me there as a kid. Then I was a camper at Duke Young Writer's Camp for six years ... and yes, it's just as nerdy as it sounds ... but we'd often spend those summer nights going over to Ninth Street, having ice cream, and storming The Regulator. In my bumbling early years of dating, I took dates to Regulator as a sort of pre-screening test -- If they didn't like the shop, then I didn't like them. Then, in my twenties, I worked down the road at VisArt Video on Hillsborough Rd, and I'd pop over every now and then for a book or literary magazine. The Regular is just an institution I've always taken for granted, except that I'd never take it for granted. In truth, it is and always will be the standard by which I judge all other bookstores."
Come welcome Jeremy Hawkins back home, Wednesday April 8, at 7:00 p.m.
Epic Tomatoes and "an immensely appealing novel" are among our events the first three weeks in April.
Monday, April 6th, 6:30 p.m.
From the renowned Duke Integrative Medicine center, Reardon and Wolver's The Mindful Diet: How to Transform Your Relationship with Food for Lasting Weight Loss and Vibrant Health is the first book to combine health psychology with cutting-edge nutrition research to deliver an up-to-the-minute method for eating mindfully and breaking the yo-yo diet cycle. Grounded in scientific research, The Mindful Diet examines how what we choose to eat and drink affects our body on a biochemical level, and how we can become aware of our own internal signals through the practice of mindfulness. Ruth Wolever will be in the store for a discussion. and signing.
MARIANNE GINGHER & SEVEN MORE GREAT NORTH CAROLINA WRITERS
Tuesday, April 7th, 7:00 p.m.
Motorco, 723 Rigsbee Avenue
In the Marianne Gingher edited collection Amazing Place: What North Carolina Means to Writers, some of North Carolina's finest writers ruminate on the meaning of place in this collection of twenty-one original essays, untangling North Carolina's influence on their work, exploring how the idea of place resonates with North Carolinians, and illuminating why the state itself plays such a significant role in its own literature. Authors from every region of North Carolina are represented, from the Appalachians and the Piedmont to the Outer Banks and places in between. Amazing Place showcases a mix of familiar favorites and newer voices, expressing in their own words how North Carolina shapes the literature of its people. What happens when you put eight great North Carolina writers together in one room? Come on down to Motorco to find out, and to enjoy a lively reading and discussion by contributors Belle Boggs, Marianne Gingher, Stephanie Griest, Jill McCorkle, Michael McFee, Michael Parker, Bland Simpson and Lee Smith.
with a half-Navajo women in 1980s New Mexico, an assistant for the aging
Georgia O'Keefe, and concluding in a stunning connection to the events of
September 11. Wieland has written three novels and three collections of short
stories and received numerous awards.
Wednesday April 8, 12:00 noon
Join us (in partnership with Duke's Forum for Scholars and Publics) for a conversation about Rust: The Longest War with author, Jonathan Waldman, and filmmaker and editor Erin Espelie on Wednesday, April 8 at noon in 011 Old Chem at Duke. A light lunch will be served.
Rust has been called "the great destroyer" and "the evil." The Pentagon refers to it as "the pervasive menace." It destroys cars, fells bridges, sinks ships, sparks house fires, and nearly brought down the Statue of Liberty. Rust costs America more than $400 billion per year-more than all other natural disasters combined.In a thrilling drama of man versus nature, journalist Jonathan Waldman travels from Key West, Florida, to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, to meet the colorful and often reclusive people who are fighting our mightiest and unlikeliest enemy. He sneaks into an abandoned steelworks with a brave artist, and then he nearly gets kicked out of Ball Corporation's Can School. Across the Arctic, he follows a massive high-tech robot that hunts for rust in the Alaska pipeline. On a Florida film set he meets the Defense Department's rust ambassador, who reveals that the navy's number one foe isn't a foreign country but oxidation itself. At Home Depot's mother ship in Atlanta, he hunts unsuccessfully for rust products with the store's rust-products buyer-and then tracks down some snake-oil salesmen whose potions are not for sale at the Rust Store. Along the way, Waldman encounters flying pigs, Trekkies, decapitations, exploding Coke cans, rust boogers, and nerdy superheroes. This exploration of corrosion, and the incredible lengths we go to fight it, is narrative nonfiction at its very best-a fascinating and important subject, delivered with energy and wit.
Thursday, April 9, 7:00 p.m.
In Jeremy Hawkins' The Last Days of Video, set in 2007, the video stores are dying. But most of you don't care. You've got your Netflix and your Redbox and your DVR, so why deal with VHS tapes or scratched DVDs? Why deal with the grumpy guy at the worn-down independent video store? Well that grumpy guy is Waring Wax, and he's usually too drunk to worry about his declining business at Star Video, let alone his quickly evolving extinction in popular culture. But everything changes in his small college town when a bright and shiny Blockbuster Video opens nearby: Clearly, this means war. Hawkins will be in the store for a reading and signing.
Thursday, April 16, 7:00 p.m.
With the help of Epic Tomatoes: How to Select and Grow the Best Varieties of All Time savor your best tomato harvest ever! Raleigh author Craig LeHoullier, tomato adviser for Seed Savers Exchange, offers everything a tomato enthusiast needs to know about growing more than 200 varieties of tomatoes - from sowing seeds and planting to cultivating and collecting seeds at the end of the season. He also offers a comprehensive guide to the various pests and diseases of tomatoes and explains how best to avoid them. No other book offers such a detailed look at the specifics of growing tomatoes, with beautiful photographs and helpful tomato profiles throughout. Craig will be in the store in the for a discussion, and he will bring seedlings!
Friday, April 17, 7:00 p.m.
Lori Horvitz grew up ashamed of her Eastern European Jewish roots, confused about her sexuality, and idolizing the "shiksa in her living room," a blonde all-American girl whose photo came in a double frame and was displayed next to a family photo from a bar mitzvah. Unable to join the "happy blonde families," she becomes a "hippie chick" who travels the world in search of ... something. The Girls of Usually chronicles each trip, each romance, each experiment in reinventing herself that draws her closer to discovering the secret door through which she can escape from deep-rooted patterns and accept her own cultural, ethnic, and sexual identity. The author will be in the store to read and sign books.
YA BOOK CLUB
Friday, April 17, 5 p.m.
Come one, come all to the greatest book club of all! Do you love YA? Are you interested in discussing or starting to read YA? The we'd love to have you! This is a book club for all ages, the only requirement is that you are interested in the young adult genre. (This is to discuss the book alone, not a writer's group). Hosted by Isabel of Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews. Snacks will be provided. This month we'll be reading Legend by Marie Lu.
Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 p.m
I Am Having So Much Fun Here Without You: A Noveltells the story of thirty- four-year-old British artist Richard Haddon who is too busy mourning the loss of his American mistress to a famous cutlery designer to appreciate his fortune. But after Richard discovers that a painting he originally made for his wife, Anne-when they were first married and deeply in love-has sold, it shocks him back to reality and he resolves to reinvest wholeheartedly in his family life...just in time for his wife to learn the extent of his affair. Rudderless and remorseful, Richard embarks on a series of misguided attempts to win Anne back while focusing his creative energy on a provocative art piece to prove that he's still the man she once loved. "Funny and soulful . . . Filled with wise and revealing insights about the mature rewards embattled marriages provide. . . . [An] immensely appealing novel." (The Wall Street Journal) Courtney Maum will be in the store to read and sign books.
EARTH DAY READING OF "A SAND COUNTY ALMANAC"
Wednesday, April 22, 7:00 p.m.
Celebrate Earth Day with us! Join us to hear Aldo Leopold's famous book, A Sand County Almanac, read by WUNC radio host Frank Stasio, Duke Forest Director Sara Burns, poet Ken Rumble, students and faculty of the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics, members of the environmental community and local political leaders. This event is co-sponsored by the Forest History Society and the Durham County Library.