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Tuesday, June 6, 2017
Tonight: Ron Morris on the Durham Bulls!
Its No Bull! Sports writer Ron Morris will be at The Regulator tonight at 7:00
...talking about his great new book: No Bull: The Real Story of the Durham Bulls and the Rebirth of a Team and a City. Then we'll be playing Ultimate Frisbee with David Gessner on Wednesday night and we'll travel through the South in the 1930's on Thursday night.
For the younger set, please note that we do not have our preschool story time this Wednesday morning.
But we do have a great story time scheduled for Saturday morning with the renowned children's book author Audrey Penn, (The Kissing Hand). Audrey Penn's new book is Chester Raccoon and the Almost Perfect Sleepover, and word has it that Chester Raccoon himself will be making an appearance! Then a week from Saturday-June 17--children's science writer Melissa Rooney will tell us about the further adventures of Eddie the Electron.
Looking ahead, a personal favorite will be a visit from Pulitzer-Prize winner Richard Russo Monday evening June 19th.
Celebrated sportswriter Ron Morris comes to The Regulator for a reading and book signing of his new book, No Bull: The Real Story of the Durham Bulls and the Rebirth of a Team and a City. Morris follows the 1980 Durham Bulls through their inaugural season, using that narrative thread to explore all the ripples that the team caused in the city and beyond. Morris was the reporter who covered the team for the Durham Herald-Sun that season, and now he has gone back and interviewed the former players and coaches, as well as residents of Durham, to examine the team's impact on the city.
Ron Morris is one of the most respected sportswriters in the nation, having recently retired as a longtime columnist for The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. He is also author of the book ACC Basketball: An Illustrated History. Morris and his family live in Lexington, S.C.
A story of obsession, glory, and the wild early days of Ultimate Frisbee.
Before he made a name for himself as an acclaimed essayist and nature writer, David Gessner devoted his twenties to a cultish sport called Ultimate Frisbee. Like his teammates and rivals, he trained for countless hours, sacrificing his body and potential career for a chance at fleeting glory without fortune or fame. His only goal: to win Nationals and go down in Ultimate history as one of the greatest athletes no one has ever heard of. In Ultimate Glory, Gessner lives for those moments when he loses himself completely in the game and never forgets his love for this misunderstood sport and the rare sense of purpose he attained as a member of its priesthood.
David Gessner is the author of nine books, including the New York Times bestseller All the Wild That Remains. He has taught environmental writing as a Briggs-Copeland Lecturer at Harvard and is currently a professor at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, where he founded the award-winning literary journal Ecotone.
During the Great Depression, the American South was not merely "the nation's number one economic problem," as President Franklin Roosevelt declared. It was also a battlefield on which forces for and against social change were starting to form. For a white southern liberal like Jonathan Daniels, editor of the Raleigh News and Observer, it was a fascinating moment to explore. Attuned to culture as well as politics, Daniels knew the true South lay somewhere between Erskine Caldwell's Tobacco Road and Margaret Mitchell's Gone with the Wind. On May 5, 1937, he set out to find it, driving thousands of miles in his trusty Plymouth and ultimately interviewing even Mitchell herself.
Jennifer Ritterhouse is associate professor of history at George Mason University.
STORY TIME with AUDREY PENN (author of The Kissing Hand)
Saturday, June 10, 10:30AM -- For ages 3-8; siblings and caregivers are welcome!
Join NYTimes best-selling children's author Audrey Penn for a special Story Time at The Regulator in celebration of her new book, Chester Raccoon and the Almost Perfect Sleepover. Since this book is about sleepovers, pajamas are welcome! Audrey will read and lead the kids in an activity from the book. For ages 3-8; siblings, caregivers, and kids at heart are welcome! Free.
Audrey Penn started her first career as a ballerina dancing with the National Ballet, New York City Ballet. She also served as alignist and choreographer for the U.S Figure Skating Team in preparation for the Pan American Games (1973), and for the 1976 Olympic Gymnastics team. In 1980, she became too ill with Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis (JRA) to continue dancing, so she turned to writing children's books for her creative outlet. Penn is the author of the best-selling The Kissing Hand series for children. She now lives in Durham.
APS Cat Adoption Event
Sunday, June 11, 2:00PM
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.
PRESCHOOL STORY TIME
Wednesday, June 14, 10:15AM
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey. Free!
Amy Godfrey loves telling stories. Whether on the ground in a traditional storytime or in the air with her aerial storytelling troupe, she loves to bring the joy of books to kids of all ages. With 10 years of experience as a Children's Librarian, Amy Godfrey is known for her energetic musical story times and is bringing that fun to The Regulator every Wednesday!
Wednesday, June 14, 7:00PM
Trace Ramsey comes to The Regulator for a reading and book signing of his new book, All I Want to Do is Live: A Collection of Creative Nonfiction. Ramsey personalizes common themes of survival, depression, and life in America at a time of division and upheaval. In this collection of short stories, essays, and poetry, Ramsey examines his family history and shows us how darkness can trickle through generations. As the personal often sheds light on the universal, Trace's memories of his childhood and the scenes from his life today also give us the story of our time, our country, and a people longing to find substance, freedom, and meaning.
Trace Ramsey is an emerging writer of creative nonfiction. He lives in Durham with his partner and two children.
A century ago, a modestly successful Raleigh portrait and landscape painter named Jacques Busbee arrived by train in Seagrove, NC, not knowing that his future-- and the history of pottery-making in the state-- was about to change forever. Jugtown Pottery 1917-2017 tells the story of the founding and success of his and Juliana Royster Busbee's remarkable folkcraft enterprise. The author's in-depth research and archival photographs describes how this improbable venture left its indelible mark on a remote Southern community. Today, nearly 100 potters make and sell their wares within a few miles of Jugtown-all because a century ago, the Busbees and their Jugtown potters found a new way to make old jugs.
Stephen C. Compton is an independent scholar and an avid collector of historic, traditional North Carolina pottery. He has served as president of the North Carolina Pottery Center, a museum and educational center located in Seagrove, North Carolina, and is a founding organizer, and former president, of the North Carolina Pottery Collectors' Guild.
Saturday, June 17, 11:00AM
Join us for the launch party of Eddie the Electron Moves Out, the second book in the science picture book series by author Melissa Rooney. (For ages 5-10)
Melissa Bunin Rooney grew up in Martinsville, Virginia, attended the College of William and Mary, and earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry from UNC. One of her passions is introducing scientific concepts to children and fueling their interest, especially when they don't immediately understand. Visit her at www.facebook.com/melissarooneywriting/.
Monday, June 19, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator is thrilled to welcome Pulitzer Prize-winning author Richard Russo (Empire Falls) for a reading and booksigning of his new collection of short fiction, Trajectory.
Russo's characters in these four expansive stories bear little similarity to the blue-collar citizens we're familiar with from many of his novels. In "Horseman," a professor confronts a young plagiarist as well as her own weaknesses as the Thanksgiving holiday looms. In "Intervention," a realtor facing an ominous medical prognosis finds himself in his father's shadow. In "Voice," a semiretired academic is conned by his increasingly estranged brother into coming along on a group tour of the Venice Biennale, fleeing a mortifying incident with a student back in Massachusetts but encountering further complications in the maze of Venice.
Richard Russo is the author of eight novels; two collections of stories; and Elsewhere, a memoir. In 2002 he received the Pulitzer Prize for Empire Falls, which like Nobody's Fool was adapted to film, in a multiple-award-winning HBO miniseries.