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Thursday, November 19, 2015
Free parking on Ninth St, Present-able books, and Upcoming Events
Free Parking Returns to Ninth Street!
We've had enough of looking out our window at the empty parking lot across the street. Since the city won't admit they made a mistake making this a paid parking lot, we're taking matters into our own hands.
We are declaring, henceforth, that you no longer need to pay to park in the Ninth Street lot, no matter what day or time you park there.
Here's how it will work: --Bring your parking ticket (the one you get from the meter in the lot) with you to the bookstore (You don't have to put this ticket in your windshield like you do at Duke Gardens). --Spend $10.00 or more before tax at The Regulator, show us your ticket, and we'll give you a dollar off your bill.
Other Ninth Street merchants will be joining in this effort soon-look for upcoming announcements.
And remember, you never have to pay to park in the Ninth Street lot on Saturdays and Sundays or after 7:00 p.m. weekdays.
It has come to our attention that a certain time of year is fast approaching. "A good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely..." A time when folks make merry and exchange gifts with those whom they love and cherish. Hoping that some of you reading this email will be giving books as gifts, we present our first installment of gift suggestions, a.k.a. present-able books.
We'll start out with two very different (on the face of it, anyway) nonfiction titles.
Want to get away from all the news about ISIS, the never-ending presidential campaign, etc. etc.? Turn off your cell phone, shut down your computer and get lost in this story of life on a sheep farm in the Lake District of England. James Rebanks' ancestors have been shepherds in the Lake District for centuries, and he grew up on his grandfather's and then his father's farm. Although he himself ended up graduating from Oxford, he came back home to work the family farm. The Shepherd's Life give us a look at a way of life-rooted in place, filled with hard work, smart dogs, and smart sheep farmers-that most of us can barely imagine. But I found it comforting to know that some people, at least, can still live this way. Highly recommended!
Mark Vanhoenacker pilots 747s on long-haul flights around the world. He doesn't have to put up with security lines and the cramped quarters in the back of the plane, and he enjoys a great view of the sky and the world from his front and side-facing cockpit windows. His book is a marvelous blend of the nuts and bolts of how modern aviation actually works combined with a poet's appreciation of the wonder of literally flying through the air. A list of the chapter headings gives a good feel for the book: Lift. Place. Wayfinding. Machine. Air. Water. Encounters. Night. Return.
One of my favorite stories from the book: when Vanhoenacker discusses jet-lag, he adds that there should also be a consideration of "place lag." Modern air travel, he feels, can whisk us too quickly from one culture to another, and it can take us some time to make the cultural adjustments needed to be fully present in a new place. He suggests that there are some places whose cultures are so different that it might be better if they were not served by non-stop jet service. Like Washington, D.C. and Rio de Janerio, for example.
This would be a great gift for anyone who spends much time on airplanes.
--The perfect stocking stuffer for the right person is "The Great N.C. Beer Map" which features over 200 craft breweries and festivals in "the Southeast's Greatest Beer State." Got beer?
Upcoming Events, including our first bi-weekly Saturday Storytime!
Thursday, November 19, 6:00 p.m. (please note the time)
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 "A Madness so Discreet" by Mindy McGinnis.
Friday November 20, 6:00 pm (please note the time)
There are many books and articles about the Civil Rights Movement, but less attention has been paid to the aftermath of the dramatic passage of the Voting Rights Act (VRA) in 1965. In Give Us the Ballot Berman takes the reader from civil rights demonstrations to Congress and the chambers of the Supreme Court. The fight continues into the present with lawmakers devising new ways to disenfranchise minorities, redraw voting districts, and with the Supreme Court declaring a key part of the Voting Rights Act unconstitutional.
Ari Berman is a political correspondent for The Nation and a Fellow at the Nation Institute. His writing has been in Rolling Stone and The New York Times.He has also been a commentator on NPR and MSNBC. In 2010 he published his first book, Herding Donkeys: The Fight to Rebuild the Democratic Party and Reshape American Politics. He lives in New York City.
The photographer Jack Delano was born in the Ukraine and moved to the United States in 1923. During the Depression and World War II, Delano was a photographer for the Farm Security Administration (FSA) and the Office of War Information (OWI). He is best known for his work photographing railroads for the Office of War Information during 1940-1943. The Railroad Photography of Jack Delano, edited and selected by Tony Reevy, showcases railroad photos that are evocative images of industrial life during an important period of American history. The introduction provides the most complete summary of Delano's life published to date.
Tony Reevy, a graduate of North Carolina State University, UNC-Chapel Hill and Miami University is the senior associate director of the Institute for the Environment at the UNC-Chapel Hill. His previous publications include poetry, non-fiction and short fiction, including the non-fiction books Ghost Train! and O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line, and the poetry chapbooks Green Cove Stop, Magdalena, Lightning in Wartime, and In Mountain Lion Country. His first book of poetry, Old North, came out in May 2013. He lives in Durham with his wife and children.
Saturday, November 28, 10:30 a.m. (please note the time)
Courtney Saffie is a former preschool teacher and current dance educator in the Triangle. Her love of reading stemmed from reading as a child and it continued to blossom and grow as she got older. Some of her favorite authors include Dr. Seuss, Todd Parr, Jan Brett, Eric Carle, Leo Lionni, J.K Rowling, Jeannette Walls, Harper Lee and more. She reads whenever she has the chance and is looking forward to sharing all of her favorite childrens books with your children.
In The Audacity of Hoop: Basketball and the Age of Obama, Alex Wolff looks into how basketball affected President Obama as he was growing up, the part it played in his campaigns and in his time in the White House. During the Obama presidency, there has been an ongoing exchange between basketball and politics. Audacity of Hoop is part biography, part political analysis and part cultural study, with 125 photos of Obama playing.
Alexander Wolff is a writer for Sports Illustrated and has written several books about basketball. He is the former owner of the Vermont Frost Heaves, a basketball team in the Premier Basketball League.
Sara Foster, the award-winning cookbook author and restaurateur continues the tradition of soulful yet simple, seasonally inspired cooking, where tradition meets modern. Foster's Market Favorites: 25th Anniversary Collection presents fresh, satisfying creations that are casual enough for everyday family meals, but special enough to serve friends and guests. Foster will bring samples from her collection to the reading.
Sara Foster is the owner of Foster's Market, the acclaimed gourmet take-out store/café in Durham, North Carolina, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2015. She is also the author of several cookbooks, including The Foster's Market Cookbook, winner of the Best Cookbook Award from the Southeast Booksellers Association, Fresh Everyday, Sara Foster's Casual Cooking, and Sara Foster's Southern Kitchen. Sara has appeared on numerous television shows including Martha Stewart Living Television and NBC's Today Show. She has also been featured in magazines such as More, House Beautiful, Better Homes & Gardens, Southern Living, Martha Stewart Living, Country Living, and Bon Appétit.
Johnny Moore's book has everything a fan of the Blue Devils would want to know, trivia, history, places to visit in Durham. If you're a Tar Heel fan, Art Chansky's book is the counterpoint, with significant sites in Chapel Hill, history and trivia about UNC-CH. We'll hear about the 100 Things Duke Fans Should Know & Do Before They Die and the 100 Things North Carolina Fans Should Know and Do Before They Die.
Johnny Moore works at Duke University where he is a radio and television producer. Moore is the coauthor of The Blue Divide and has been involved with Duke athletics for nearly 40 years. He was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 2005. Moore has interviewed many Duke coaches and players. He lives in Durham.
Art Chansky is the other coauthor of The Blue Divide. Chansky, originally from Boston, graduated from UNC where he covered sports as a student reporter. He has been fascinated with the Carolina-Duke rivalry since 1968. Chansky is the author of The Dean's List; Light Blue Reign; and Blue Blood: Duke-Carolina, Inside the Most Storied Rivalry in College Hoops.
with Rob McDonald, Daniel Wallace, Jill McCorkle, Zelda Lockhart and Bronwen Dickey
Friday December 4, 7:00 p.m.
Rob McDonald photographed 25 writers and their homes in North and South Carolina for Carolina Writers at Home. The writers discuss the environment that works for them and explain the objects that surround them. The book shows where these writers live and gives some fascinating insight into their writing process. Local writers Daniel Wallace, Jill McCorkle, Zelda Lockhart, and Bronwen Dickey will join Rob McDonald to read from their sections.
Rob McDonald, who is originally from rural Marion County, SC, teaches literature and writing at Virginia Military Institute. He was a nominee for the 2014 Vienna PhotoBook Prize and a recipient of a 2013 fellowship in visual arts from the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts.