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Thursday, May 26, 2016
'Cue, the blues, and time to MOVE!--our upcoming events
Three weeks of upcoming events--barbecue and beer tomorrow night!
RIEN FERTEL (introduction by Dan Levine, 'cue from Picnic and beer from Fullsteam!)
Friday, May 27, 7:00 p.m.
Join us for books and barbecue! Historian Rien Fertel will be at the bookshop to discuss his new book, The One True Barbecue: Fire, Smoke, and the Pitmasters Who Cook the Whole Hog. In the spirit of the oral historians who tracked down and told the stories of America's original bluesmen, this is a journey into the southern heartland (the Pork Belt) to discover the last of the great roadside whole hog pitmasters who hold onto the heritage and the secrets of America's traditional barbecue. Fertel finds the gatekeepers of real southern barbecue to tell their stories and pays homage to the diversity and beauty of this culinary tradition.
Fertel will be introduced by Dan Levine, co-founder (with John Shelton Reed) of The Campaign for Real Barbecue. There will be some true 'cue courtesy of Picnic Durham beer from Fullsteam to wash it down with!
Rien Fertel is a Louisiana-born and based writer, historian, and teacher. His work has appeared in Oxford American, Garden & Gun, Southern Living, Spirit, Saveur, The Local Palate, and many other publications. He holds a PhD in History and teaches in New Orleans. BRONWEN DICKEY AND JOHN LANE
Thursday, June 2, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Authors Bronwen Dickey (The Pit Bull: Battle over an American Icon) and John Lane (Coyote Settles the South) join us to discuss the role of their respective breeds in the American landscape.
When Bronwen Dickey brought her new dog home, she saw no traces of the infamous viciousness in her affectionate, timid pit bull. Which made her wonder: How had the breed-beloved by Teddy Roosevelt, Helen Keller, and Hollywood's "Little Rascals"-come to be known as a brutal fighter? Her search for answers takes her from 19th-century New York City dog fighting pits- to early 20th century movie sets; from the battlefields of Gettysburg and the Marne, to desolate urban neighborhoods where the dogs were loved, prized-and sometimes brutalized. With unfailing thoughtfulness, compassion, and a firm grasp of scientific fact, Dickey offers us a clear-eyed portrait of this extraordinary breed, and an insightful view of Americans' relationship with their dogs.
Coyote Settles the South is the story of John Lane's journey through the Southeast, as he visits coyote territories: swamps, nature preserves, old farm fields, suburbs, a tannery, and even city streets. Along the way, he meets, interrogates, and observes those who interact with the animals-trappers, wildlife researchers, hunters, rattled pet owners, and even one devoted coyote hugger -- and encounters sensible, yet sometimes perplexing, insight concerning the migration into the Southeast of the American coyote, an animal that, in the end, surprises him with its intelligence, resilience, and amazing adaptability.
Bronwen Dickey is an essayist and journalist who writes regularly for the Oxford American. Her work has also appeared in The New York Times, Slate, The Best American Travel Writing 2009, Newsweek, and Outside, among other publications. She lives in Durham.
John Lane is a professor of English and environmental studies at Wofford College. His books include Waist Deep in Black Water, Chattooga: Descending into the Myth of Deliverance River, Circling Home, and My Paddle to the Sea (all Georgia). He has published several volumes of poetry, essays, and a novel, as well as a selection of his online columns, The Best of the Kudzu Telegraph.
Rebekah McLeod Hutto will be at The Regulator Bookshop to read and sign copies of her new children's book, The Day When God Made Church: A Child's First Book About Pentecost. This book celebrates the miraculous events that occurred on Pentecost -- the Church's birthday -- and how the Holy Spirit shaped, and continues to shape, who we are as God's Church.
Rebekah McLeod Hutto is from Greenville, S.C., and is a graduate of Wofford College and Duke University Divinity School. She is a Presbyterian (USA) minister currently serving in New York City at Brick Presbyterian Church. She was formerly an Associate Minister at Mt. Bethel Presbyterian Church in Durham, NC. She has a passion for storytelling and loves teaching all ages hoping to make Christian Education relevant to a wide range of people, regardless of where they are in their spiritual formation. Her husband, B.J., is an ordained Baptist Minister. Rebekah and B.J. and their two children, Hannah Ruth and Elijah, live in New York City.
Join us for an acoustic jam with author Emily D. Edwards and musical guests Mel Melton and Max Drake in celebration of the launch of Edwards's Bars, Blues and Booze: Stories from the Drink House -- a collection of lively bar tales from the intersection of black and white musical cultures in the South. Many of these stories do not seem dignified, decent, or filled with uplifting euphoria, but they are real narratives of people who worked hard with their hands during the week to celebrate the weekend with music and mind-altering substances. Here are stories of defiant miscegenation, of forgetting race and going out to eat together after a jam, and then not being served. Assorted boasts of improbable hijinks give the "blue collar" musician a wild, gritty glamour and emphasize the riotous freedom of their fans, who sometimes risk the strong arm of southern liquor laws in order to chase the good times.
Emily D. Edwards is a professor of media studies at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She is also an independent filmmaker, whose work includes the documentary Deadheads: An American Subculture, which is distributed nationally on PBS stations, and two feature films with blues music scores, Root Doctor and Bone Creek.
Mel Melton is an acclaimed bluesman, celebrity Cajun chef, and former owner of Papa Mojo's Roadhouse.
Max Drake is lead guitarist of The Wicked Mojos and has played with many blues greats, including Lightnin' Hopkins, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Bo Diddley, and Nappy Brown.
Celebrate the start of summer vacation with Lolly and Yoyo at The Regulator Bookshop and get your blood pumping. Lolly Hopwood and Yoyo Kusters, a high-energy children's musical and fitness group perform fun and interactive shows designed to get kids moving. They have appeared onSprout TV and have recorded two albums. This event is free and open to the public.
They will be at The Regulator Bookshop to celebrate their new book, MOVE! -- a unique book that combines imaginative play with movement. Hold it up to your face like a big pair of jaws and ROAR and STOMP like a rampaging dinosaur. Hold on tight and SPIN like a flying saucer weaving through an inter-planetary race. MOVE! will excite the imaginations and inspire the movements of kids and parents alike.
How much do you know about a famous part of North Carolina's landscape? Randy Johnson, founder of Grandfather Mountain's modern trail management program. will be at The Regulator Bookshop to discuss his book, Grandfather Mountain:The History and Guide to an Appalachian Icon. Johnson guides readers on a journey through the mountain's history, from geological beginnings to its establishment as a North Carolina state park. The book includes more than 200 historical and contemporary photographs, maps, and a practical guide to hiking the extensive trails, appreciating key plant and animal species and photographing the natural wonder of Grandfather Mountain.
Randy Johnson is an accomplished travel editor, writer, and the author of written numerous guidebooks. He founded Grandfather Mountain's modern trail management program in 1978, was backcountry manager until 1990, and serves on Grandfather Mountain State Park's Advisory Committee.
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.
Morgan Guyton will discuss his new book, How Jesus Saved the World from Us: 12 Antidotes to Toxic Christianity, in which he explores a toxic understanding of salvation that can arise from bad theology. Each of the 12 chapters proposes an antidote for the toxicity that has infiltrated Christian culture, such as "Worship not Performance, "Temple not Program," and "Solidarity not Sanctimony." Each chapter includes thought-provoking discussion questions, perfect for individual or group study.
Morgan Guyton is the co-director of the NOLA Wesley United Methodist Campus Center with his wife Cheryl. His first book How Jesus Saves the World From Us: 12 Antidotes for Toxic Christianity is being published by Westminster John Knox Press. He is a frequent contributor to Red Letter Christians, Huffington Post Religion, Think Christian, Ministry Matters, United Methodist Reporter, and Rethink Church.
Meet award-winning author Carole Boston Weatherford at The Regulator Bookshop for the launch of her new middle-grade and young-adult book, You Can Fly: The Tuskegee Airmen, an innovative history in verse that celebrates the story of the Tuskegee Airmen: pioneering African-American pilots who triumphed in the skies and past the color barrier. The author and illustrator will be available to sign copies of You Can Fly for sale at the event. This event is free and open to the public.
From training days in Alabama to combat on the front lines in Europe, this is the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, the groundbreaking African-American pilots of World War II. In vibrant second-person poems, Carole Boston Weatherford teams up for the first time with her son, artist Jeffery Weatherford, in a powerful and inspiring book that allows readers to fly, too.
Carole Boston Weatherford is an award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of 40-plus books, mostly for young people. Her books have won two NAACP Image Awards and multiple awards from the American Library Association. Her most popular titles include Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom; Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement; Freedom on the Menu: The Greensboro Sit-ins; and Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America. She is an English professor at Fayetteville State University.
Jeffery Boston Weatherford created the scratchboard illustrations for You Can Fly using archival World War II photographs as reference. The son of a poet and a preacher, Jeff was born in High Point, North Carolina in 1989 with hands so large that his grandmother predicted that he would one day do important work. That turned out to be art. Jeffery studied art at Winston-Salem State University, where he was a Chancellor's Scholar, and at Howard University, where he earned a Master of Fine Arts.
Stephen Jurovics will be at The Regulator Bookshop to discuss his new book, Hospitable Planet: Faith, Action, and Climate Change. The increasing severity of environmental problems led him, out of spiritual curiosity, to research the environmental teachings in Genesis-Deuteronomy, what Jesus called "the law" in English translations, particularly exploring whether they contained instructions relevant to contemporary issues such as greenhouse gas emissions, preserving biological diversity, treatment of the land, and sustainability. The abundance of applicable teachings, and a desire to discuss ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions motivated him to write this book.
Stephen A. Jurovics holds BS and MS degrees from Columbia University and a PhD in Engineering from the University of Southern California. Aspects of climate change mitigation have been the focus of his engineering work for more than two decades.