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Monday, January 30, 2017
Tim Tyson on Emmett Till Wednesday night at 7:00
Our events schedule heats up in February
... starting off with Tim Tyson discussing his acclaimed new book on Emmett Till Wednesday night at 7:00. Tim is followed on Thursday by Bettye Kronstad with her book on the musician Lou Reed. Then there are dogs, puns*, novelist Kevin Wilson, and local authors Amy Laura Hall and John Darmielle. See more on all of these on our Events Schedule below.
(*We still need 4 or 5 more punsters to round out the field for the February 8th Great Durham Pun Championship! Send us an email if want to be contestant!)
Emmett Till, sixty years on
Its not every day that a new book warrants front page coverage on The New York Times and a major article in Vanity Fair magazine. This has happened in recent days with Tim Tyson's The Blood of Emmett Till. Tim was the first person in more than 60 years to garner an interview with Carolyn Bryant, the woman in whose name 14 year old Emmett Till was brutally murdered in Mississippi in 1955--an infamous event that sparked the American civil rights movement. In his book, Tim Tyson writes that she said of her long-ago allegations that Emmett grabbed her and was menacing and sexually crude toward her, "that part is not true."
I've known for some time that hearing Tim Tyson talk about Emmett Till's lynching was going to be a major event. Knowing that he will also be telling us about his two lengthy interviews with Carolyn Bryant makes this an event not to be missed. See you at the bookshop Wednesday evening.
Here are links to the articles in Vanity Fair and The New York Times:
Timothy Tyson (Blood Done Sign My Name) will give a talk and book signing for the launch of his new book, The Blood of Emmett Till.
Part detective story, part political history, Tyson's The Blood of Emmett Till revises the history of the Till case, not only changing the specifics that we thought we knew, but showing how the murder ignited the modern civil rights movement. Tyson uses a wide range of new sources, including the only interview ever given by Carolyn Bryant; the missing transcript of the murder trial; and a recent FBI report on the case. In a time where discussions of race are once again coming to the fore, The Blood of Emmett Till redefines a crucial moment in civil rights history.
Timothy B. Tyson is Senior Research Scholar at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, Visiting Professor of American Christianity and Southern Culture at Duke Divinity School, and adjunct professor of American Studies at the University of North Carolina. He is the author of Blood Done Sign My Name, a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, winner of the Southern Book Award for Nonfiction and the Grawemeyer Award in Religion, among others; and Radio Free Dixie: Robert F. Williams and the Roots of Black Power. Tyson serves on the executive board of the North Carolina NAACP.
Bettye Kronstad met Lou Reed in 1968 as a 19-year-old Columbia University student and they were briefly married. Their relationship spanned some of the most pivotal years of his life and career, from the demise of The Velvet Underground to the writing and recording of his seminal solo masterpieces Transformer, for which Lou wrote 'Perfect Day' about an afternoon they spent together in the park, and Berlin, which draws on tales from Bettye's childhood.
In Perfect Day, Bettye looks back on their initially idyllic life together on the Upper East Side; Lou's struggle to launch a solo career; his work and friendships with fellow stars David Bowie and Iggy Pop; and his descent into drink and drug abuse. The result is a powerful and poignant meditation on love, loss, writing, and music.
Bettye Kronstad is a teacher, writer, and theater professional. For over twenty years she has taught English and theater in inner-city public high schools in the Bronx and Harlem, New York; Minneapolis, Minnesota; New Mexico; and Texas. She currently lives in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia.
Tuesday, February 7, 7:00 P.M. at Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave.
The Regulator will be selling books at this "Periodic Table" event, organized by Duke's Science and Society program. This time out, the focus is on what science has been learning about dogs. The event will be a discussion between four authors of the recent books: The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter Than You Think by Brian Hare and Vanessa Woods; What the Dog Knows: Scent, Science, and the Amazing Ways Dogs Perceive the World by Cat Warren; and Pit Bull: The Battle Over an American Icon by Bronwen Dickey. Learn more at https://scienceandsociety.duke.edu/engage/events/periodic-tables/#upcoming_events Woof!
THE 2017 GREAT DURHAM PUN CHAMPIONSHIP!
Wednesday, February 8, 7:00 PM at Motorco Music Hall
We encourage everyone to get their tickets early-- the last two pun championships were SRO! Come on out to enjoy an evening of spirited fast-paced word play at a truly World Class Event! Friends, family, and innocent bystanders are welcome.
Here's a quick run-down of the way the contest works:
Pundamonium will reign as a pair of punsters are given a subject. Punster #1 will have 10 seconds to come up with a relevant pun. Punster #2 then gets ten seconds. On it goes, until someone's pun doesn't pun out. We'll start the evening with 24 contestants, and a couple of hours later the last pun person standing will be crowned the Pun Master of Durham (a.k.a Punster of the Year, or P.O.T.Y). Order will again be maintained by "Judge" George Gopen, PhD, JD, Professor Emeritus of the Practice of Rhetoric at Duke. With a name like GoPun....
Thursday, February 9 at 7:00PM
Kevin Wilson (The Family Fang) comes to The Regulator for a reading and book signing of his new book, Perfect Little World.
Isabelle Poole is pregnant and on her own, the baby's father-her high school art teacher-out of the picture. Not sure where to turn, Izzy joins The Infinite Family Project, an experiment in child and family development, led by the awkwardly charming child psychiatrist Preston Grind. Funded by an eccentric billionaire, the project is an attempt to create a "perfect little world," bringing together ten different families as a single family unit in order to raise exceptional children. All starts well, with Izzy and her son thriving in their new surroundings, but soon the equilibrium among the families begins to disintegrate and things fall apart. As her growing feelings for Dr. Grind further complicate the adventure in experimental living, Izzy ultimately must decide what truly matters when it comes to family.
Kevin Wilson is the author of the New York Times bestseller The Family Fang, named a best book of the year by Time, People, Salon, and Esquire. He teaches fiction at the University of the South and lives in Sewanee, Tennessee with his wife and two sons.
For the last two years, acclaimed theologian Amy Laura Hall has written a lively, wide-ranging, opinionated column for the Durham Herald-Sun. In her column, Hall has sought--without flatly rejecting globalism--to think and act locally. She has also responded to what she sees as a disturbing Christian turn toward asceticism and away from abundance. Drawing from her scholarship, but also from conversations at coffee shops and around the dinner table, Hall's "missives of love" engage topics such as school dress codes, ubiquitous surveillance cameras, LGBTQ dignity, and bullies in the workplace. They draw richly and variously on pop songs, dead saints, young adult literature, and many stories about actual neighbors and family members. Often offbeat and always riveting, they ask how the world around us works and can work much better for the sake of daily truth and flourishing.
Amy Laura Hall is Associate Professor of Christian Ethics at Duke University. In addition to Writing Home, With Love, Hall is the author of Kierkegaard and the Treachery of Love and Conceiving Parenthood: American Protestantism and the Spirit of Reproduction.
APS CAT ADOPTION EVENT
Sunday, February 12, 2:00 pm
Durham Animal Protection Society will hold a monthly cat adoption event at the Regulator. Come visit our furry friends from 2:00 - 3:30. Note the time and date.
Monday, February 13, 7:00PM at Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Avenue
This is a ticketed event. Each $10.00 ticket will be good for $10.00 off the purchase of the book
Durham guy John Darnielle will join us at Motorco to read from, discuss, and sign copies of his new novel, Universal Harvester. Set in Iowa in the late 1990s, life in a small town takes a dark turn when mysterious footage begins appearing on VHS cassettes at the local Video Hut.
John Darnielle's first novel, Wolf in White Van, was a New York Times bestseller, National Book Award nominee, and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction, and widely hailed as one of the best novels of the year. He is the writer, composer, guitarist, and vocalist for the band the Mountain Goats. He lives in Durham with his wife and sons.
NONFICTION AUTHORS ASSOCIATION (NFAA)
Wednesday, February 15, 6:15PM -- 7:45PM
For more information: http://www.meetup.com/Durham-Chapel-Hill-Chapter-Nonfiction-Authors-Association