Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Charlotte book news: This week's roundup

Some 1,400 sci-fi and fantasy fans are expected at this year's ConCarolinas, running Friday, June 1, to Sunday, June 3, at the Charlotte Hilton University Place. Attendees include Nebula Award winner Jack McDevitt ("Seeker"), along with lots of other writers. Check out details here.

"It Happened on the Way to War: A Marine's Path to Peace" is now out in paperback. Its author, Charlotte's Rye Barcott, will read and sign books 2 p.m. Saturday, June 2, at Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road.As a UNC Chapel Hill student, Barcott spent a summer in Kibera, a mega-slum in Nairobi, Kenya. That experience led him to create a nonprofit called Carolina for Kibera. In this memoir, he tells how he launched and continued to lead the organization while serving as a Marine.

Lawrence Lohr will read from and sign copies of "And Then They Stood: Old Textile Mills of the Carolina Piedmont" at 7 p.m. Monday, June 4 at Park Road Books, 4139 Park Road. Lohr's book combines photos with essays on the Southern textile industry.