Two novelists visit us on Saturday afternoon, then next week we host a conversation about North Carolina's first certified organic farmer Bill Dow and his memoir What I Stand On.
See details on all of these events below.
But before we get to that...humor us while we toot our own horn for a moment. Guess who made Southern Living's list of the 20 Best Bookstores in the South? We are honored to be included among such august company! Here's the link.
BEN RATLIFF IN CONVERSATION WITH MAC MCCAUGHAN Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 7:00 pm The Mezzanine Room in The Durham Hotel, 315 E. Chapel Hill St. (please note the location) In Every Song Ever: Twenty Ways to Listen in an Age of Musical Plenty, the veteran New York Times music critic Ben Ratliff reimagines the very idea of music appreciation for our times. As familiar subdivisions like "rock" and "jazz" matter less and less and music's accessible past becomes longer and broader, listeners can put aside the intentions of composers and musicians and engage music afresh, on their own terms. Ratliff isolates signal musical traits-such as repetition, speed, and virtuosity-and traces them across wildly diverse recordings to reveal unexpected connections.
Ratliff will discuss his book in conversation with Durham's Mac McCaughan, co-founder of Merge Records.
"[Ratliff is] like a learned record-store sage . . . offering a model of music appreciation that feels engaged and expansive . . ." -David O'Neill, Bookforum
Ben Ratliff has been a jazz and pop critic for The New York Times since 1996. He lives with his wife and two sons in the Bronx.
Mac McCaughan is a co-founder of Durham-based independent record label Merge Records and the band Superchunk. He co-authored the book Our Noise: The Story of Merge Records.
PAUL GOLDBERG Wednesday, March 2, 2016, 7:00 pm Paul Goldberg will discuss his new book, The Yid, a debut novel of daring originality that guarantees that you will never think of Stalinist Russia the same again. Moscow, February 1953. A week before Stalin's death, his final pogrom, "one that would forever rid the Motherland of the vermin," is in full swing. Three government goons arrive in the middle of the night to arrest Solomon Shimonovich Levinson, an actor from the defunct State Jewish Theater. But Levinson, though an old man, is a veteran of past wars, and his shocking response to the intruders sets in motion a series of events both zany and deadly as he proceeds to assemble a ragtag group to help him enact a mad-brilliant plot: the assassination of a tyrant. The Yid is a tragicomic masterpiece of historical fiction.
"Paul Goldberg gives Soviet terror a wild spin in The Yid. When Stalin's henchmen come for an aging Jewish actor, all hell breaks hilariously loose." - More
"[A] singular debut novel....Evoking the clash of tone and subject found in movies like The Producers and The Great Dictator, The Yid is a screwball farce about atrocity...Paul Goldberg's animating intelligence gives all this madness a stunning coherence that these days we all too rarely get from either art or life." - Maureen Corrigan, Fresh Air
"This novel's black humor is surpassed only by its historical audacity and literary fearlessness.... If you're looking for the next 'Catch-22,' it may be for you." - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Paul Goldberg was born in Moscow in 1959 and emigrated to the U.S. at 14. An award-winning investigative reporter, he is the author of The Final Act; The Thaw Generation (with Ludmilla Alexeyeva); and How We Do Harm (with Otis Brawley). The Yid is his first novel.
ASHLEY WARLICK Thursday, March 3, 2016, 7:00 pm The Arrangement is Ashley Warlick's fictionalized portrayal of a period in MFK Fisher's life that was never detailed in Fisher's writing or biographies. The Arrangement is a sparkling, sensual novel that explores the complexities of a marriage and the many different ways in which we love. Warlick gives us a mesmerizing story about a woman well ahead of her time, who would go on to become the legendary food writer M. F. K. Fisher.
"Stellar . . . A beautifully written treatment of love in its different forms." -Publishers Weekly, starred review
"Food writing fans may want to check out a novelization of the life of M.F.K. Fisher, focusing on... the more salacious personal details of the beloved food writer's life." -The Millions, "Most Anticipated Books of 2016
Ashley Warlick is the author of four novels, including The Summer After June and The Distance from the Heart of Things. She teaches fiction at Queens University in Charlotte, South Carolina, and is the editor of the food magazine edibleUpcountry. She is also the buyer at M. Judson, Booksellers and Storytellers in Greenville, SC, where she lives with her family.
JOHN FEINSTEIN Friday, March 4, 7:00 pm John Feinstein, the king of college basketball writers, returns to discuss his new book, The Legends Club: Dean Smith, Mike Krzyzewski, Jim Valvano and an Epic College Basketball Rivalry. Feinstein pulls back the curtain on the recruiting wars, the intensely personal competition that wasn't always friendly, the enormous pressure and national stakes, and the battle for the very soul of college basketball allegiance in the ACC of the 1980s. Feinstein uses his unprecedented access to all three coaches to paint a portrait only he could conjure.
John Feinstein is the author of 35 books, including the two best-selling sports books of all time: A Season on The Brink and A Good Walk Spoiled. He is a graduate of Duke University and lives in Potomac, Maryland with his wife and children.
SHILPI SOMAYA GOWDA IN CONVERSATION WITH SARAH CREECH Saturday, March 5, 2016, 4:00 pm (please note the time) New York Times bestselling author Shilpi Somaya Gowda (Secret Daughter) joins Sarah Creech (Season of the Dragonflies) to discuss Gowda's new book The Golden Son, an unforgettable story in which two childhood friends from India-a young doctor and a newly married bride-must balance the expectations of their culture and their families with the desires of their own hearts.
"A stellar follow-up to Gowda's excellent debut. Vivid, heart-warming, and absorbing, The Golden Son succeeds as an immigrant's tale and love story..." -Heidi Durrow, author of The Girl Who Fell From the Sky
Shilpi Somaya Gowda was born and raised in Toronto, Canada and graduated from the UNC- Chapel Hill, where she was a Morehead-Cain scholar. She lives in California with her family.
Sarah Creech teaches English and Creative Writing at Queens University of Charlotte and lives in North Carolina with her two children and her husband, a poet. Season of the Dragonflies, a story of flowers, sisters, practical magic, old secrets, new love, and set in the Blue Ridge Mountains, is her first novel.
BART EHRMAN Tuesday, March 8, 2016, 7:00 pm Bart Ehrman, the bestselling author of Misquoting Jesus, will discuss his new book, Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior. Ehrman examines oral tradition and its role in shaping the stories about Jesus we encounter in the New Testament-and ultimately in our understanding of Christianity.
Bart D. Ehrman is one of the most renowned and controversial Bible scholars in the world today. He is the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
A CONVERSATION ABOUT ORGANIC PIONEER BILL DOW AND HIS MEMOIR, WHAT I STAND ON, WITH FRED BROADWELL Thursday, March 10, 2016, 7:00 pm Decades before the blossoming of the food movement, Bill Dow founded farmers' markets, sold directly to restaurants and experimented with organic methods. Before he died in 2012, Bill Dow-- NC's first certified organic farmer-- sat down to tell this account of his lifelong food activism and path-breaking farming methods. These stories became the basis of his memoir, What I Stand On-- a feast for all who care about food, farming and our future.
"Bill Dow transformed not just our local food scene, but impacted the direction of our community and health for generations." -- Andrea Reusing, James Beard award-winning chef/owner, Lantern and The Durham
The discussion of What I Stand On will be led by Fred Broadwell who has worked in the food movement in the Carolinas since the late 1990s. He is the Founder and Project Manager of Local Organic Y'All, a newly-launched effort to create more transparency in the local/organic purchasing practices of supermarkets and food wholesalers. He previously served as Education Director and on the Board of the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association.
and our 3rd Community Conversation--this one on climate change--highlight a fab finish to February here at The Regulator. Also on our calendar are an award-winning novel about Jim Crow, a history of the Wilmington Ten, and a multi-talented hollywood actress/poet. As they say on WUNC, "we bring the world home to you!"
Forsaken is a gripping, finely wrought work of historical fiction that recounts a sensational crime, raising contemporary questions about the racial politics of justice. When a young black girl murders her white employer in 1912 Hampton Roads, Virginia, the newspaper reporter covering her trial and electrocution finds himself deep in the poisonous waters of Jim Crow. His own life is indelibly altered when he crosses the color line in following her case.
Ross Howell Jr. lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Forsaken, his first novel, was designated as a Winter 2016 "Okra Pick" by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance as one of the best titles in forthcoming Southern literature from an up-and-coming author.
Durham County Library; Main Library; Main Library Auditorium
Kenneth Janken will discuss his book,
The Wilmington Ten: Violence, Injustice and the Rise of Black Politics in the 1970's at the Main Branch of the Durham County Library. A book signing will follow the reading. (Please note the time and location.)
In February 1971, racial tension surrounding school desegregation in Wilmington, North Carolina, culminated in four days of violence and skirmishes between white vigilantes and black residents. The turmoil resulted in two deaths, six injuries, more than $500,000 in damage, and the firebombing of a white-owned store, before the National Guard restored uneasy peace. Despite glaring irregularities in the subsequent trial, ten young persons were convicted of arson and conspiracy and then sentenced to a total of 282 years in prison. They became known internationally as the Wilmington Ten. A powerful movement arose within North Carolina and beyond to demand their freedom, and after several witnesses admitted to perjury, a federal appeals court, also citing prosecutorial misconduct, overturned the convictions in 1980.
at the Smith Warehouse Garage, 114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Durham, NC
Patricia Bell-Scott's groundbreaking new book,
The Firebrand and the First Lady--Portrait of a Friendship: Pauli Murray, Eleanor Roosevelt, and the Struggle for Racial Justice tells the story of a remarkable friendship. Pauli Murray -- raised in Durham, North Carolina, a brilliant writer turned Civil Rights activist, co-founder of the National Organization for Women, the first African American female Episcopal priest, and a granddaughter of a mulatto slave-- and Eleanor Roosevelt, the First Lady of the United States, forged an enduring friendship that changed each of their lives and helped to alter the course of race and racism in America.
Patricia Bell-Scott is professor emerita of women's studies and human development and family science at the University of Georgia. She lives in Athens, Georgia, with her husband.
This event is co-sponsored by Duke University's Pauli Murray Project.
Smith Warehouse (114 S. Buchanan Blvd., Durham) is located near the corner of Buchanan and Main; parking is available in the gravel lot across from Smith on Buchanan, immediately adjacent to the railroad. For more information: http://fhi.duke.edu/about/smith-warehouse.
A lifelong performer from a Hollywood family, actress Amber Tamblyn (Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Two and a Half Men) is also an established poet who will read and sign copies of her book of poetry,
As a working actress, Tamblyn has long been fascinated and familiar with the costs of fame and the demands placed on young women in movies and television. Tamblyn's interest in the lives and disappointments of actresses before her time-tragic stories of suicide, murder, obscurity, and other forms of death-inspired this insightful and emotionally charged collection of poetic portraits of the lives and troubling ends of more than thirty actresses famous and obscure. Featuring subjects like Brittany Murphy, Marilyn Monroe, and Jayne Mansfield-and paired with original artwork from David Lynch, Adrian Tomine, Marilyn Manson, and Marcel Dzama, and others- DARK SPARKLER is a surprising and thought-provoking collection from a searching and multi-talented young artist.
Jedediah Purdy and Jonathan B. Weiner will lead our latest "Community Conversation" series--this one focusing on climate change. Purdy's book,
After Nature: A Politics for the Anthropocene will serve as entry into topics including global warming projections, the Anthropocene, international and domestic climate policy, public support and understanding, politics, projections and more. This event is free & open to the public.
Jedediah Purdy is Everett Professor Law at Duke and the author of five books, most recently After Nature. His writing appears in, among other places, The New York Times, n+1, The Los Angeles Review of Books, Dissent, and The New Republic.
Jonathan B. Wiener is the Perkins Professor of Law at Duke Law School, Professor of Environmental Policy at the Nicholas School of the Environment, and Professor of Public Policy at the Sanford School of Public Policy, at Duke University. Wiener helped negotiate the world's first UN-backed climate treaty in 1992 and he co-authored a major report for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change in 2014.
There are lots of great reasons to stop by The Regulator this week, from Jay Williams to wine, women and song on Friday night. Here's our events schedule for the week:
Monday, February 8, 2016, 7:00 pm
Solar power was once the domain of futurists and hippies. In Harness the Sun: America's Quest for a Solar Powered Future, Philip Warburg explores how solar power has reached its current mainstream status. Beginning with his solar-powered home in New England, he introduces readers to the pioneers who are spearheading our move toward a clean energy economy: CEOs who are promoting solar power to prominence; construction workers who install panels; engineers who are building giant utility-scale projects; and the biologists who make sure wildlife is protected at those sites.
Warburg shows how solar energy has won support across the political spectrum. Yet solar energy has its downsides and detractors too, those who worry about the impact on wildlife, on open spaces and farmland.
Philip Warburg is the author of "Harvest the Wind: America's Journey to Jobs, Energy Independence, and Climate Stability." He was president of the Conservation Law Foundation from 2003 to 2009. He ran the Israel Union for Environmental Defense in Tel Aviv and was an attorney at the Environmental Law Institute in Washington, D.C.
As a point guard at Duke in 2001, Williams started all 39 games and led the Devils to the NCAA National Championship, earning NABC Player of the Year honors. By the 2002 season Williams was widely considered the best player in college basketball, earning both the Naismith and Wooden Awards as College Basketball's Player of the Year in 2002.
After one season with the Chicago Bulls, Williams's rise to NBA stardom was cut short when he was gravely injured in a motorcycle crash. He spent a decade recovering from his injuries, attempting a comeback, and seeking other professional work in sports. Williams reflects on his younger self-an invincible kid who had -- then lost -- everything . . . only to gain new wisdom. Williams reviews his decision to return to Duke and Coach K's encouragement to finish his degree. Life is Not an Accident details corruption within college basketball, scandalous recruiting practices in the pros, as well as the NBA's underground culture of gambling, drugs, and sex. Jay Williams is currently a college basketball analyst for ESPN.
Photography will be permitted, but not posed pictures. Williams will not be signing sports equipment. All books for the signing must be purchased at The Regulator.
Thursday, February 11, 2016, 7:00 pm
The Family Tree: A Lynching in Georgia. Harris County, Georgia, 1912. A white man, the beloved nephew of the county sheriff, is shot dead on the porch of a black woman. Days later, the sheriff sanctions the lynching of a black woman and three black men, all of them innocent. For Karen Branan, the great-granddaughter of that sheriff, this isn't just history; this is family history. Branan spent nearly twenty years combing through diaries and letters, hunting for clues in libraries and archives throughout the United States to piece together events and motives. Her research revealed surprising insights into the day-to-day reality of race relations in the Jim Crow-era South, but what she ultimately discovered was far more personal--a gripping story of privilege and power, anger, and atonement.
Karen Branan is a veteran journalist who has written for newspapers, magazines, stage, and television for almost fifty years. Her work has appeared in "Life", "Mother Jones", "Ms.", "Ladies Home Journal", " Good Housekeeping", "Today s Health", " Learning", "Parents", " Star Tribune "(Minneapolis), " The "Atlanta Journal-Constitution", and on PBS, CBS, ABC, CBC, BBC, and CNN.
VALENTINE'S CABARET WITH ELLEN CIOMPI & GLENN MEHRBACH
Friday February 12, 2016, 7PM
"C-Ya!": A Celebration of "C" Composers & Lyricists
It's a grand Durham tradition: the 8th Annual "Cabaret for Valentine's Day" with Ellen Ciompi (vocals), Glenn Mehrbach (keyboard) and Robbie Link (bass). This year's program is called "C-Ya!" and will highlight composers and lyricists whose names begin with "C". Think Cy Coleman, Noel Coward, Hoagy Carmichael, Harry Chapin, Sammy Cahn, and others. It will be creative--colossal--comedic--cathartic--and of course captivating! Bring your special someone and kick off Valentine's weekend with Cabaret!
Cabaret encompasses music, acting, a little improv, and most of all the intimate connection between performer and audience. There's nothing else like it, and Ellen Ciompi is the Triangle's premiere cabaret performer. Bring your special someone and start the year's most romantic weekend with the area's most unique event.
This event sells out every year so be sure to stop by The Regulator Bookshop and get your advance ticket ($15) at the bookshop or on our website. Stay afterwards and enjoy wine, munchies, and a chat with the artists.