Thursday, March 31, 2011
Mega-bestselling author David Baldacci speaks at 7 p.m. tonight, March 31, in a free lecture at Lenior-Rhyne University in Hickory.
The talk is in the P.E. Monroe Auditorium on campus. Baldacci will also sign books 5 -6 p.m. at Hickory's Patrick Beaver Memorial Library.
Baldacci's newest thriller, "The Sixth Man," is set to publish April 19. His first political thriller "Absolute Power," was made into a 1997 movie starring Clint Eastwood and Gene Hackman. In June, he's departing from his thrillers to release a family drama. Called "One Summer," it's set in South Carolina.
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
On Sunday, I wrote a piece about how some authors are finding success with self-publishing, thanks to technology that makes it easy, especially with e-books, to publish and distribute. This self-publishing revolution has some folks predicting the demise of traditional publishing.
But not so fast. The New York Times reports that self-publishing superstar Amanda Hocking has decided to give traditional publishing a spin. She has sold a four-book series to St. Martin's Press.
Hocking, a 26-year-old from Minnesota, has made about $2 million selling her young-adult novels as e-books. She told the Times she was tired of hearing from readers who couldn't find her books in stores and tired of spending time "formatting her books, designing covers and hiring freelance editors — all tasks that fall to the self-publishing author."
She explained her decision on her blog: “I want to be a writer,” she said. “I do not want to spend 40 hours a week handling e-mails, formatting covers, finding editors, etc. Right now, being me is a full-time corporation.”
Monday, March 21, 2011
If you're ready to part with some of those books you've accumulated over the years, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Friends of the Library could use them.
The group is collecting books of all types for its Spring Benefit Book Sale, April 28-May 2. Donations are tax deductible. There are several places to give:
--9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 2, in the upper area of Park Road Shopping Center's parking lot. Look for the big trailer. For every 10 books you donate this day, you'll get $1 off any purchase at Park Road Books on this donation day or Sunday, April 3.
-- 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday, April 20, in the Mint Hill Library parking lot.
-- April 4-25 at a book drop box available at the entrance door of the sale
location at Quail Corners Shopping Center.
Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Three popular N.C. writers with recent novels will visit Queens University of Charlotte next week for the Friends of the Library's 40th annual Book and Author events:
- Asheville's Sarah Addison Allen. Her New York Times bestselling novels include "The Girl Who Chased the Moon" and "Garden Spells." She has new book, "The Peach Keepers."
- Raleigh's Angela Davis-Gardner, author of "Plum Wine." She also has a new novel, "Butterfly's Child." Davis-Gardner, who was born in Charlotte, is a professor emerita at N.C. State University.
- Chapel Hill's Minrose Gwin. Her 2010 debut novel, "The Queen of Palmyra," won strong reviews. A UNC Chapel Hill English professor, she also has a memoir, "Snow."
The three authors will speak at a dinner, 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 14, and at a luncheon on Wednesday, March 15. A luncheon reception begins at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $55 for the dinner , $40 for the luncheon.
For tickets: 704-688-2708 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuesday, March 8, 2011
Then, make sure to check back on Thursday, March 10, when I'll randomly select a winner.
Thursday, March 3, 2011
I don't know who declared Friday, March 4, National Grammar Day, but I kind of like it.
I'm one of those people who cringe at the misplaced apostrophe, the use of "affect" for "effect" and other grammatical malpractice.
In honor of the day, let's all check our spelling and hang our commas by clauses with care. Also, check out these 10 grammar myths.