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Monday, April 11, 2016
Lee Smith, Fred Chappell, and more!
Our cup runneth over these next two weeks...
with visits from Lee Smith (this Thursday), Fred Chappell (Tuesday April 19) and great writers on war, race, and hiking. And there's going to be a great Ninth Street Sidewalk Sale, Saturday and Sunday April 23rd and 24th. Shop Local--Shop Ninth Street!
Join us for a discussion with Matt Gallagher (Youngblood) and Jessica Scott (Long Way Home: One Mom's Journey Home from War). Drawing on their own experiences in the military and as writers, they'll talk about why they write, who the audiences are for their writing, and the role of gender and genre in the production and consumption of military-focused novels. This event is co-sponsored by the Duke Forum for Scholars and Publics.
Matt Gallagher is a former US Army captain and the author of the acclaimed Iraq War memoir Kaboom, based on the popular and controversial blog he kept while he was deployed. Gallagher's new book, Youngblood, is the story of a young lieutenant committed to doing the right thing while surrounded by precious few who share his vision. The New York Times calls Youngblood "an urgent and deeply moving novel." Gallagher holds an MFA in fiction from Columbia and has written for the New York Times, The Atlantic, and Boston Review, among others. He lives with his wife in Brooklyn.
Jessica Scott is the USA Today bestselling author of novels set in the heart of America's Army. She is an active duty army officer, a veteran of the Iraq war, the mother of two daughters, and wife to a retired NCO. She has written for the New York Times "At War" blog, War on the Rocks, PBS.org "Point of View" blog, Regarding War: Women and War, and has been featured in Esquire Magazine as an American of the Year in 2012. She holds an MA from Duke, a BA in Cultural Studies from SUNY, and she is currently a PhD candidate in Sociology at Duke. She and her family are currently wherever the Army has sent her.
Please join us for a talk by W. Jason Miller about his book, Origins of the Dream: Hughes's Poetry and King's Rhetoric. In Origins of the Dream, Miller demonstrates how Langston Hughes's revolutionary poetry became a measurable inflection in King's voice. Miller contends that by employing Hughes's metaphors in his speeches, King negotiated a political climate that sought to silence the poet's subversive voice; by using allusion rather than quotation, King avoided intensifying the threats and accusations against him, while allowing the nation to unconsciously embrace the incendiary ideas behind Hughes's poetry.
W. Jason Miller is associate professor of English at North Carolina State University. He is the author of Langston Hughes and American Lynching Culture.
Civil Right scholar Charles E. Cobb Jr. will be at The Regulator to discuss his book, This Nonviolent Stuff'll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible. Cobb describes the vital role that armed self-defense played in the survival and liberation of black communities in America during the Southern Freedom Movement of the 1960s. Drawing on his firsthand experiences in the civil rights movement and interviews with fellow participants, Cobb provides a controversial examination of the crucial place of firearms in the fight for American freedom.
"[A] bracing and engrossing celebration of black armed resistance." - Publishers Weekly
Charles E. Cobb Jr. is a former field secretary for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee and has taught at Brown University. An award-winning journalist, he is an inductee of the National Association of Black Journalists Hall of Fame. Cobb lives in Jacksonville, Florida.
New York Times bestselling author Lee Smith will read from her memoir, Dimestore: A Writer's Life. Set deep in the rugged Appalachian Mountains, the Grundy, West Virginia of Lee Smith's youth was a place of coal miners, mountain music, and her daddy's dimestore. It was in that dimestore--listening to customers and inventing life histories for the store's dolls--that she began to learn the craft of storytelling.
"You know how in Lee Smith's fiction there's always something so fresh, crazy, and loving? In Dimestore is the essence of Lee." -Roy Blount Jr., author of Save Room for Pie
Lee Smith began writing stories at the age of nine and selling them for a nickel apiece. Since then, she has written seventeen works of fiction, including Fair and Tender Ladies, Oral History, and, most recently, Guests on Earth. She lives in Hillsborough with her husband, the writer Hal Crowther.
Saturday, April 16, 10:30 a.m. (please note the time)
Courtney Saffie is a former preschool teacher and current dance educator in the Triangle. She is looking forward to sharing all of her favorite children's books with your children, ages 3 to 8. Courtney holds her cozy, inspired story-times every other Saturday morning at 10:30.
Fred Chappell will discuss his new book, A Shadow All of Light, a stylish, episodic fantasy novel that follows the exploits of Falco, a young man from the country, who arrives in a port city with the ambition of becoming an apprentice to a master shadow thief. A wry humor leavens this fantastical concoction, and the style is as rich and textured as one would hope for from Chappell, a distinguished poet as well as a World Fantasy Award-winning fantasy writer.
Fred Chappell is the award-winning author of more than 20 books of poetry and fiction, including I Am One of You Forever, Brighten the Corner Where You Are, and Look Back All the Green Valley. He lives with his wife, Susan, in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Author Ken Ilgunas will discuss his new book, Trespassing Across America: One Man's Epic, Never-Done-Before (and Sort of Illegal) Hike Across the Heartland. (You may remember Ilgunas as the student who lived in his van in order to graduate from Duke debt-free and wrote about his experience in Walden on Wheels.)
Told with sincerity and wit, Trespassing Across America is a fascinating account of one man's remarkable journey along the Keystone XL pipeline and as well as a meditation on climate change, the beauty of the natural world, and the extremes to which we can push ourselves-both physically and mentally. Trespassing Across America is a call to embrace the belief that a life lived not half-wild is a life only half-lived.
Ken Ilgunas has a B.A. from SUNY Buffalo in history and English, and an M.A. in liberal studies from Duke University. He is the author of the travel memoir Walden on Wheels and currently lives in Benedict, Nebraska.
NINTH STREET SIDEWALK SALE!
Saturday, April 23 and Sunday, April 24
Take a spring stroll down Ninth Street as The Regulator joins our neighboring independent business for a big old-time sidewalk sale! We'll have lots of special deals out on the sidewalk and in the store.
TEEN LIT FEST The Durham County Library - Main Library, 300 N. Roxboro St., Durham, NC 27701
Saturday, April 23, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (please note the time and location)
The Durham County Library hosts its inaugural Teen Lit Fest on Saturday, April 23 from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. at the Main library. Meet and learn from popular young adult authors and poets by attending author talks and workshops. Free food, swag and activities throughout the day. Featured authors: Jen McConnel, Nathan Kotecki, John Claude Bemis, Jacqueline Thomas, J.J. Johnson, Deborah Wiles. Books will be offered for sale at the event.