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Monday, October 24, 2016
Pick Nick, Art Chansky on Dean Smith & Charlie Scott, and "City on Fire"
Its not "Pick Zach." Its "Pick Nick"--Galifianakis, that is!
Wednesday night John Semonche tells us all about one of Durham's famous native sons as he talks about his new book, Pick Nick: The Political Odyeesy of Nick Galifianakis from Immigrant Son to Congressman. (Zach is Nick's nephew).
Thursday, Art Chansky comes to The Regulator with his brand new book, Game Changers: Dean Smith, Charlie Scott and the Era That Transformed a Southern College Town
Then next Tuesday Garth Risk Hallberg will read from and sign copies of the most highly praised debut novel of the past year (just out in paperback), City on Fire. And next Wednesday Jonathan Rabb will discuss his marvelous new novel, Among the Living, the story of a concentration camp survivor thrust into the world of Jim Crow Savannah in 1947.
We end the month with a book signing by chef Vivian Howard, Sunday October 30th at 1:00 in the afternoon, followed by Trick or Treat on Ninth Street, Monday October 30th from 3:00-5:00. Treat yourself to some of these great upcoming events at The Regulator!
The unlikely political rise of a gregarious Greek-American in the land of Dixie where old times are not forgotten may be a half-century old, but it resonates in today's political environment. Pick Nick: The Political Odyssey of Nick Galifianakis is a fascinating and intimate look at Galifianakis' political career in the context of a changing South.
From his origins at his father's Durham, North Carolina restaurant through his stunning political successes to a final doomed battle for the Senate, Nick Galifianakis mastered the art of politics and showed what was possible-- and what was not-- in the American South in the '60s and '70s. The book is the perfect companion to the final stages of the 2016 election season; the parallels are striking.
John E. Semonche is a retired professor of constitutional history at UNC - Chapel Hill. He has published four previous books and numerous academic and popular articles.
In Game Changers, Chansky reveals an intense saga of race, college sport, and small-town politics. Among many legendary episodes from the life and career of men's basketball coach Dean Smith, few loom as large as his recruitment of Charlie Scott, the first African-American scholarship athlete at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Drawn together by college basketball in a time of momentous change, Smith and Scott helped transform a university, a community, and the racial landscape of sports in the South -- and there is much more to this story than is commonly told.
Art Chansky is a veteran sportswriter, radio commentator, and author of several books on UNC basketball, including Light Blue Reign and Blue Blood.
GARTH RISK HALLBERG
Tuesday, Oct. 25, 7:00 PM
Bestselling author Garth Risk Hallberg will be at The Regulator Bookshop to read and sign his highly praised debut novel, City on Fire.
"Find a comfortable chair and mix yourself a Manhattan, because this book will throw you into the swirling mayhem of 1970s New York City -- where the lives of the wealthy, punks, artists, cops, anarchist, and fleeing teens collide. Told through multiple perspectives, Hallberg's novel reveals a vast and varied web of characters whose lives intertwine around a shooting and the New York City blackout of 1977. ... Rendered with cinematic detail and crisp-cracking prose, Garth Risk Hallberg's City on Fire is electric." - Al Woodworth, reviewer
"City on Fire by Garth Risk Hallberg: Dickensian, massively entertaining, as close to a great American novel as this century has produced." -Stephen King
Garth Risk Hallberg was born in Louisiana and grew up in Greenville North Carolina. His first novel, City on Fire, was a New York Times and international bestseller, has been translated into 17 languages.He is also the author of a novella, A Field Guide to the North American Family. His short stories have appeared in Prairie Schooner, Glimmer Train, and Best New American Voices 2008. A two-time finalist for the National Book Critics Circle's award for Excellence in Reviewing, he lives in New York with his wife and children.
Wednesday, Oct. 26, 7:00PM
Jonathan Rabb will be at The Regulator to discuss Among the Living, a riveting and traumatic story of a concentration camp survivor thrust into the world of 1947 Savannah during the Jim Crow era. Inspired by his ancestors and the thriving Jewish community in Savannah today, Rabb weaves the tale of 31-year-old Yitzhak Goldah, a Jewish Czech man who moves to the post-war South to stay with his only living relative. While Savannah is home to deeply divided groups, including Reform and Conservative Jews, and tense race relations between the black and white communities, Goldah manages to find love, hope, and striving equality within this new society. But when his past threatens to destroy his promising future, he is tested again and must choose between a familiar face from his harrowing past or a new life with troubles of its own.
Jonathan Rabbis the author of the Berlin Trilogy, which includes the novels The Second Son, Shadow and Light, and Rosa (winner of the Dashiell Hammett Prize for fiction), The Book of Q and The Overseer. He has published short fiction and nonfiction in a number of magazines and journals and is a professor at the Savannah College of Art and Design, with a BA in political science from Yale, and a MA and MPhil. in political theory from Columbia. He lives in Savannah, Georgia with his family.
Sunday, October 30, 1:00PM
Vivian Howard, co-creator of PBS's A Chef's Life, brings her definitive Southern cookbook, Deep Run Roots: Stories and Recipes from MyCorner of the South, to The Regulator for a book signing. Unfortunately, tickets that include a meal from her food truck have sold out, but you can still buy a copy of her book and have her sign it.
Deep Run Roots is Howard's comprehensive record of modern Southern cooking, filled with stories and more than 200 recipes that celebrate the flavors of her eastern North Carolina home. A culinary love letter to the region she has spent her life discovering, Deep Run Roots is an ambitious, once-in-a-generation book that belongs on the shelf next to Edna Lewis's The Taste of Country Cooking and Alice Waters's The Art of Simple Food.
Alongside vivid stories and helpful advice for a new generation, Vivian offers recipes for every interest and skill level, including foolproof dinners, crowd-pleasers, show-stopping desserts and other dishes that will send you straight to your kitchen
Please note that you can only get your book signed if you purchase it from The Regulator!
Vivian Howard is the chef and owner of the acclaimed Chef and the Farmer restaurant in Kinston, North Carolina, fifteen miles from her home of Deep Run. She trained under Wylie Dufresne and Sam Mason at WD-50 and was a member of the opening team at Jean-Georges Vongerichten's Spice Market in New York. The first woman since Julia Child to win a Peabody Award for a cooking program, she co-created and stars in the PBS series A Chef's Life.
TRICK OR TREAT ON NINTH STREET!
Monday, October 31, 3:00-5:00
The Regulator will join our fellow Ninth Street merchants in welcoming Halloween trick or treaters. The bookshop will hold a "Scary Stories Storytime" starting at 4:00. We will also be raffling off some free children's books. And we will, (of course!) be handing out candy to all our trick or treaters.