Tuesday, October 26, 2010
Monday, October 25, 2010
More than 300 writers, editors and literary agents gather in Charlotte next week for the N.C. Writers' Network's 25th annual fall conference. Want to join them? You can.
The conference runs Nov. 5-7 at the Omni Charlotte Hotel, 132 E. Trade St. It offers more than 25 workshops and panel discussions on topics ranging from creative nonfiction and children's books to critiquing work and promoting yourself. N.C. Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers will teach a poetry master class. Michael Malone, bestselling author of "The Four Corners of the Sky," will give the keynote address. And Georgann Banks, author of "Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont," will lead a walking tour.
The cost runs from $100 to more than $400, depending on the conference package you choose. For the best prices, register by Friday, Oct. 29. Check the N.C. Writers' Network web site for a complete schedule and details.
Tuesday, October 19, 2010
Humor writer David Sedaris wowed the crowd at Charlotte's Blumenthal Monday night, reading stories, diary entries and jokes collected from folks he met on the road. Then, afterward, he sat behind a table and autographed books for hundreds of adorning fans.
I'm no expert on the autographing habits of authors, but I think it's safe to say Sedaris is one of a kind. As is his habit, he brought a canvas tote bag filled with gifts he doled out, especially to his teenaged fans. They included hotel soaps and shampoos, hand sanitizer and stretchy bracelets, purchased in bulk. (In the past, he has gifted teenagers with condoms. A fine idea, I think, but he caught flack.)
His autographs are equally unique. He wrote in my friend Lesa's book: "We see eye to eye." (An amazingly true statement.)
He wrote in my 17-year-old daughter's book: "Let's throw sticks at vulnerable old people together."
So, now I'm desperate to find out what else he wrote. If he signed your book, leave a comment and let me know what said.
North Carolina's Abigail DeWitt launches her new novel, "Dogs" (Lorimer Press, $25.95), 2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24 at Joseph-Beth Booksellers at SouthPark.
The story of Molly Moore and her troubled Texas family, "Dogs" is "dark, sexy and profoundly original," author Lee Smith says.
DeWitt, the award-winning author of "Lili," lives in the N.C. mountains.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
I've got a copy of David Sedaris' new "Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk: A Modest Bestiary" to send out to Mary N., who says she's going to give it to her son -- after she reads it.
Thanks to everyone who posted. Loved the comments, and clearly, many folks are as crazy about this author as I am.
Mary, email your address, and I'll get the book to you in time for Sedaris' appearance in Charlotte Monday night.
Monday, October 11, 2010
Check out two more used book sales this week to benefit the Charlotte-Mecklenburg library:
Resourceful Books on Gardening, Birds, Nature & Ecology
Wing Haven Educational Building
248 Ridgewood Ave.
Tuesday, Oct.12, 3-7 p.m.
Fascinating Books on Music, Theater, Film and Dance
The Meadows Clubhouse, 4315 Simsbury Road
Saturday, Oct. 16, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Saturday, October 9, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
This year's Tribute to Novello wraps up Saturday, Oct. 9, at ImaginOn, 300 E. Seventh St., with a day devoted to children's and young adult authors. The morning kicks off at 10:30 a.m. with appearances by book characters Max and Spot.
Saturday's impressive lineup includes Newbery Honor Book winner Stephanie Tolan ("Surviving the Applewhites") and Gloria Houston, author of the classic "Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree." And if you know any young-adult readers who are partial to zombies, make sure to meet Carrie Ryan, author of the beautifully written and wonderfully creepy "Forest of Hands and Teeth."
Check out the full schedule.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Conversations with authors, dinner and a glass of wine. That's the enticing lineup at BiblioFeast, coming up 6:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at Sante, 165 N. Trade St. in Matthews.
Organized by the Charlotte chapter of the Women's National Book Association, the event features Carolina-based authors Minrose Gwin ("The Queen of Palmyra"), Rick Rothacker ("Banktown"), Jay Varner ("Nothing Left to Burn") and Kim Wright ("Love in Mid Air").
They'll travel from table to table discussing their work. And I'm delighted to be hosting.
Tickets are $35 and available in advance at Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Friday, October 1, 2010
Enjoy four local authors who've all written about the Charlotte area and its history, 7-8:30 p.m. tonight, Oct. 1, at the Levine Museum of the New South, 200 E. Seventh St.
The event is the kickoff to Tribute to Novello, a volunteer-organized literary festival that's filling in for the Novello Festival of Reading. The Charlotte Mecklenburg library's festival was a victim of this year's budget cuts.
Tonight's authors: History writers Mary Norton Kratt ("Charlotte, North Carolina: A Brief History"), Tom Hanchett ("Sorting Out the New South City"), John Grooms ("Deliver Us From Weasels") and Mike Lassiter ("Vanishing Americana").
Everything's free -- though library donations are welcome -- and the schedule of events continues from noon to evening on Saturday at the Main Library, 310 N. Tryon St. I'll be there at noon to introduce fantasy writers A.J. Hartley and Faith Hunter. Join me!