Friday, July 17, 2015

New neighbors, new events, and reading is good for us!

Odds and Ends: New Ninth Street neighbors, opportunities to donate books for children and to promote literacy, the benefits of reading
Welcome to our new Ninth Street neighbors!El Chamo



We've been hearing great things about our two new Ninth Street neighbors:


Epa Chamo Venezuelan Arepas Bar and Grill, 730 Ninth Street  




and Vintage Home South: purveyor of charming home décor, 764 Ninth Street.

VintagHomeSouth and  




Take a stroll down the block and say hello to our tasty and tasteful new locally owned businesses!






Promote reading in Durham!

--A reminder that we are a drop-off spot for donations for Book Harvest  ( an organization that does a wonderful job of putting books in the hands of area children in need. If you are finally ready to part with some of your old children's books (your 16 year old is probably not going to be rereading "Hop on Pop" anytime soon...), donate those books to Book Harvest!


--The Durham Literacy center is looking for book groups to sponsor students in their community literacy program. If you think your book group might be interested, email Samantha Smith ( for more information.


Here are links to a couple of recent articles we found interesting (because they imply we'd all be better off if we read more books!)

--Reading literary fiction increases our empathy for other people: 

--Screen addiction is taking a toll on children: 


And finally, we just have to let you know that:

--On this day in 1947, Jack Kerouac set out on his first cross-country road trip  

Upcoming Events


Friday, July 17th, 7:00 p.m.

New York Times bestselling author Jon Acuff has drawn millions of online fans who love his refreshing mix of humor, honesty, and wisdom about the world of work. Now he offers his most important book yet, a guide to making big career changes-by choice or necessity-and escaping the horrible feeling of being trapped in the wrong job. Throughout Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, And Never Get Stuck, Acuff features inspiring and funny true stories-not merely his own, but those of friends who restarted their careers after a layoff, an extended maternity leave, or simply the realization that they were suffering fifty weeks a year just to pay the bills and enjoy two weeks of vacation. Everyone can benefit from Do Over, from new graduates to fiftysomethings and beyond.



Friday, July 17th, 6:00 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 The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson.



Saturday, July 18th, 7:00 p.m.

In Tom Young's latest novel The Hunters we find our heros in a Somalia infested with armed clans, pirates, poverty, and, increasingly, terrorism. Parson and Gold are about to face all of them firsthand. An al-Shabaab leader called The Sheikh has declared all aid a sin against God, and he launches attacks against planes and convoys to stop it. If that weren't bad enough, a Hollywood actress and activist has flown into Somalia to make a documentary, and, as far as Parson is concerned, she might as well paint targets on their backs. The mission becomes even more complicated when they encounter a wounded teenage al-Shabaab fighter, who might be seeking asylum--or a chance to kill. Young will be in the store for reading and signing.


As well as being an author and journalist, Tom Young served in Afghanistan and Iraq with the Air National Guard. He has also flown combat missions to Bosnia and Kosovo, and additional missions to Latin America, the horn of Africa, and the Far East. In all, Young logged nearly 5,000 hours as a flight engineer on the C-5 Galaxy and the C-130 Hercules, while flying to almost forty countries.  



Monday, July 20, 7:00 p.m.

The Flying Circus is a story of three people from very different backgrounds-an

emotionally damaged WW1 pilot; a privileged young woman left penniless; and the son of flying circus

German immigrant farmers, on the run from shocking accusations, set adrift by life-altering

circumstances.  As they embark on a journey across America's heartland in the Roaring Twenties, they explore the expanding role of aviation-from barnstorming to bootlegging, from a flying circus to the dangerous sport of air racing. Forming an unlikely makeshift family composed of members as adventurous as they are vulnerable and as fascinating as they are flawed, the three companions uncover a world of self-discovery within themselves-but nevertheless, one of them must pay the price.


A Midwesterner based in Indianapolis, Susan Crandall is a critically acclaimed author. Her last book, Whistling Past the Graveyard, won the SIBA 2014 Book Award for Fiction and

garnered rave reviews from Shape magazine, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Fort Worth

Star Telegram and many more.




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

Entanglement tells the story of awkward, twenty-one-year-old Greta Donovan, the fiercely intelligent daughter of a philandering physics professor.  After college, Greta's father kicks her out. She moves to L.A. with her best friend Daphne Saito, a troubled girl with an abusive past. The charismatic Daphne teaches Greta how to wear stilettos, apply lip gloss, and navigate 1990s Hollywood nightlife. Daphne is determined to succeed, and she drags an unwilling Greta into the limelight with her.  When Greta walks out on her, Daphne tries to win her back. But Daphne's desperate tactics just push Greta farther away. Reeling, Daphne betrays Greta while throwing a dangerous man in her path. Can Greta survive? Can she forgive?

Katie Rose Guest Pryal works and lives in Chapel Hill as a novelist, journalist, and lawyer.  She contributes regularly to The Huffington Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Toast, Dame Magazine, and other national venues.  


SAMUEL FROMARTZ in conversation with Steven Petrow

Wednesday, July 29, 7:00 p.m.

Samuel Fromartz chronicles a rip-roaring baking adventure with his latest book In Search of the Perfect Loaf:  A Home Baker's Odyssey.  In 2009, Fromartz was offered the perfect loaf assignment of a lifetime: to travel to France to work in a boulangerie.  For the next four years, Fromartz traveled across the United States and Europe, perfecting his sourdough in California, his whole grain rye in Berlin, and his country wheat in the South of France. Along the way, he met historians, millers, farmers, wheat geneticists, sourdough biochemists, and everyone in between, learning about the history of breadmaking, the science of fermentation, and more. The result is an informative yet personal account of bread and bread-baking, complete with detailed recipes, tips, and beautiful photographs.   


Samuel Fromartz is a veteran journalist who focuses on the intersection of the food, farming and the environment. He is a co-founder and Editor-in-Chief of the Food & Environment Reporting Network.



Thursday, July 30, 7:00 p.m

Over the last decade, award-winning historian Kathleen DuVal has revitalized the study of early America's marginalized voices. Now, in Independence Lost:  Lives on the Edge of the American Revolution, she recounts an untold story as rich and significant as that of the Founding Fathers: the history of the Revolutionary Era as experienced by slaves, American Indians, women, and British loyalists living on Florida's Gulf Coast.


Kathleen Duval teaches Early American history and American Indian history at UNC. Her previous books include The Native Ground: Indians and Colonists in the Heart of the Continent, winner of the J. G. Ragsdale Book Award from the Arkansas Historical Association. She is also co-editor of Interpreting a Continent: Voices from Colonial America.


Learn more on these and all of our upcoming events  

on the Events Calendar on our web site.  

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