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Thursday, November 17, 2016
Dan Ariely, Tamara Saviano, and more Present-a-Bull Books!
This Saturday you're just going to want to hang out at The Regulator all day...
...as we host Dan Ariely at 4:00 and Tamara Saviano at 7:00. Dan will be talking about his new book, Payoff: The Hidden Logic That Shapes Our Motivation, and Tamara will be talking with Tom Rankin about her new book, Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark. See our complete events schedule below!
And before we get to more of our ideas for holiday gifts, we have to take a moment to shout out a big CONGRATULATIONS to our friend Colson Whitehead, last night's well-deserved winner of the National Book Award for Fiction! With fond memories of his many appearances at The Regulator since 1999 (including 9/22/2016!). He's a marvelous writer and a great guy. We still have lots of signed first editions of The Underground Railroad in the store...
Present-A-Bull Books--Eating Local!
There's a bumper crop of good books about local and Southern food this year. Give one of these to the right person and you might find you get something (tasty) back!
Join author Roy Scranton, author of the Iraq war novel, War Porn, in conversation with Duke University Professor, author and literary scholar, Abdul Sattar Jawad. This event is co-hosted by The Regulator Bookshop and the Duke University Forum for Scholars and Publics.
In War Porn, three lives fit inside one another like nesting dolls: a restless young woman at an end-of-summer barbecue in Utah; an American soldier in occupied Baghdad; and Qasim al-Zabadi, an Iraqi math professor, who faces the US invasion of his country with fear, denial, and perseverance. As War Porn
cuts from America to Iraq and back again, we come to see America through the eyes of the occupied.
Roy Scranton is the author of Learning to Die in the Anthropocene: Reflections on the End of Civilization. His essays, articles, and reviews have been published in Rolling Stone, the New York Times, The Nation, and elsewhere.
Abdul Sattar Jawad is an Iraqi-born Professor of Comparative Literature and Middle Eastern Studies at Duke University. He received a Ph.D in English Literature and Journalism, London's City University (UK). Before coming to Duke, he was Dean of College of Arts Mustansiriya University in Baghdad and edited the Baghdad Mirror.
Ariely reveals fascinating new insights into motivation-showing that the subject is far more complex than we ever imagined. Payoff investigates the true nature of motivation, our partial blindness to the way it works, and how we can bridge this gap. With studies that range from Intel to a kindergarten classroom, Ariely digs deep to find the root of motivation-how it works and how we can use this knowledge to approach important choices in our own lives. Along the way, he explores intriguing questions such as: Can giving employees bonuses harm productivity? Why is trust so crucial for successful motivation? What are our misconceptions about how we value our work? How does your sense of your mortality impact your motivation?
Dan Ariely, James B. Duke Professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University, is a founding member of the Center for Advanced Hindsight. He is the author of Payoff and the New York Times bestsellers Predictably Irrational, The Upside of Irrationality, and The Honest Truth About Dishonesty.
TAMARA SAVIANO in conversation with Tom Rankin
Saturday, November 19 at 7:00PM
Author Tamara Saviano comes to the bookshop for an evening celebrating the release of her biography of Guy Clark, Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark. Saviano traces the life of music pioneer Guy Clark, who, with his wife Susanna, shaped the contemporary folk and American roots music scene much like F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald fashioned the jazz age in Paris. TheNew York Times once described Clark as "a king of the Texas troubadours", declaring his body of work "was as indelible as that of anyone working in the Americana idiom in the last decades of the 20th century" Artists such as Johnny Cash, David Allan Coe, Vince Gill, Ricky Skaggs, Steve Wariner, Brad Paisley, John Denver, Alan Jackson, Rodney Crowell, The Highwaymen, and Kenny Chesney have recorded Clark's songs. For more info.:: http://nodepression.com/article/without-being-killed-or-caught-life-and-music-guy-clark
Tamara Saviano is a Grammy and Americana award-winning producer, a music business consultant, artist manager, publicist and author. Saviano has been curious about the lives of songwriters since she first discovered Guy Clark at the age of 14. A business woman and entrepreneur, Saviano directs a full service creative agency serving folk and Americana artists.
Tom Rankinis the Director of Duke's Masters of Fine Arts in Experimental and Documentary Arts.
Tuesday, November 22, 7:00 PM
Red Clay Girl is the heartbreaking, hilarious, and tenacious story of a middle child's journey from small town Georgia to New York City and beyond. When she reaches her unplanned destination, self-acceptance, you'll shout hallelujah!
Emilie Spaulding grew up in Auburn, Alabama and graduated from Duke University (B.A.; M.Ed.) and Pace (MBA). After graduating from Duke, she taught at Holloway Street School in Durham. She went on to become a television interviewer and general manager in New York and was the second woman elected to local office in 103 years in Sleepy Hollow. Spaulding is a writer, storyteller, and gospel singer when not watching and eavesdropping on strangers to put in her next book.
SHOP INDEPENDENT DURHAM WEEK!
Saturday November 26 through Sunday December 4th
We will be joining more than 40 local businesses all over town who will be offering special discounts and promotions to help everyone Keep Your Dough in Durham this holiday season! The Regulator will have dozens of our most present-a-bull books on sale, 20% off.
Tuesday, November 29 at 7:00 PM
Elizabeth Cox will be at The Regulator Bookshop for the launch of her new book, A Question of Mercy: A Novel -- a cross-country odyssey that examines the blurred line between what is legal and what is right.
Adam Finney, a young man who is mentally disabled, faces sterilization and lobotomy in a state-supported asylum. When he is found dead in the French Broad River of rural North Carolina, his teenaged stepsister, Jess, is sought for questioning by their family and the police. Jess's odyssey of escape across four states leads into dark territories of life-and-death moral choices where compassion and grace offer faint illumination but few answers. Author Jill McCorkle provides a foreword to the novel.
Former Durham resident Elizabeth Cox is the author of poetry and short story collections and four novels. She has been recognized with the Robert Penn Warren Award and the North Carolina Fiction Award, and she has been inducted into the Fellowship of Southern Writers.
THE CAROLINA TABLE: North Carolina Writers on Food
With editor Randall Kenan and contributors Jaki Shelton Green, Emily Wallace and Jeffery Beam
The Carolina Table offers a collection of food-related stories set in North Carolina, though geography is sometimes secondary to the main theme, which is food in any form: meals and manners, cooking and ingredients, recipes and recollections. Some of North Carolina's favorite writers regale us with stories: Lee Smith, Daniel Wallace, Marianne Gingher, Jill McCorkle, Jaki Shelton Green, Wayne Caldwell, Marcie Cohen Ferris, Cathy Cleary, John McElwee, Tom Rankin, Michael McFee, Stephen Petrow, Zelda Lockhart, Crook's Corner's popular chef Bill Smith, noted cookbook author Nancie McDermott, and many others.
"Read The Carolina Table and you pull up your chair to the best groaning boards in the state. Randall Kenan's choices are acute, delicious, and big-hearted. I love the family lore, the discourse on butter beans, the recipe for grape hull pie, free use of the word 'fatback,' and the elements of cleaning crab-beer, a hose, mosquitos. Most of all, I love the humor and the quirky voices of my Southern brethren." --Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun and most recently Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir.
THE REGULATOR'S 40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION!
Saturday, December 3, 2016
The Regulator Bookshop first opened its doors to the public this weekend in 1976. Join us as we say THANK YOU to our wonderful community. We'll be raffling off some $40.00 gift certificates, and serving out anniversary cake (starting at 1:00 in the afternoon). We'll have a display of Regulator memorabilia up on the wall downstairs. And we will be donating 10% of our sales on this special day to The Durham Literacy Center and Book Harvest.
Look for news of a big Anniversary Party at Motorco in February!