Literature http://wunc.org en Letters To The Unborn http://wunc.org/post/letters-unborn <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a whirlwind reunion with a childhood friend, Addie Lockwood finds herself unexpectedly pregnant. Never aspiring to motherhood, she chooses adoption without telling the father. But even before the child is born, Addie feels compelled to write letters to him.</span></p><p>The story is the premise of <a href="http://www.dzancbooks.org/our-books/byrd-by-kim-church"><em>Byrd</em></a> (<a href="http://dzancbooks.org">Dzanc Books</a>/2014), a new book by Raleigh-based author <a href="http://kimchurch.com/">Kim Church</a>. Wed, 02 Jul 2014 15:19:31 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 38298 at http://wunc.org Letters To The Unborn Not So Happy Ever After http://wunc.org/post/not-so-happy-ever-after <p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">Walt Disney's fairy tale adaptations are known for their neat, happy endings. But in their original states, these tales were rife with darkness and despair.&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif;">Writer and poet Maureen Sherbondy embraces the gloom in her new book, "<a href="http://mainstreetrag.com/bookstore/product/concrete-fairy-tales/">Beyond Fairy Tales: Poems in Concrete &amp; Flesh</a>" (Main Street Rag Publishing Company/2014).&nbsp;</span><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">For example, </span>Sherbondy's<span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Rapunzel<span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;"> loses her hair to chemotherapy.</span></p><blockquote><p><strong>What the Prince Doesn't Know</strong></p><p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Lora, serif; font-size: 0.875em; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline;"><em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">By Maureen Sherbondy</em></p><p style="margin-top: 1em; margin-bottom: 1em; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: Lora, serif; font-size: 0.875em; line-height: 24px; vertical-align: baseline;">Two months ago the mammogram revealed<br />a lump, and days since then have passed.<br /><br />She can no longer throw her hair over the wall<br />for him to shimmy up beneath the star-scarred sky.<br /><br />In a nauseous-chemo blur, clumps of golden thread<br />fell from her head to the tower's cold stone floor.<br /><br />Still, the witch keeps her here, caged and ill, the left breast<br />completely gone. Her head a pale bald egg.<br /><br />So when the Prince yells up to her,&nbsp;<em style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit; font-variant: inherit; font-weight: inherit; line-height: inherit; vertical-align: baseline;">Rapunzel, throw down&nbsp;your golden hair</em>, she hides beneath the sterile sheets.<br />&nbsp;</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 16:18:59 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 37830 at http://wunc.org Not So Happy Ever After A Bridge To The Future http://wunc.org/post/bridge-future <p><span style="line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px">Author <a href="http://www.monicabyrne.org/">Monica Byrne</a> was reading a poem that included the words "ocean" and "bridge," when something just clicked. She couldn't get the idea out of her head: a pedestrian bridge so long it spanned the Arabian Sea. The vision formed the basis of her debut novel, "<a href="http://crownpublishing.com/feature/start-reading-the-girl-in-the-road/#.U5XWMZQnR5s">The Girl in the Road</a>" (<a href="http://crownpublishing.com/">Crown Publishing</a>/2014), which is set decades in the future. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; font-size: 15px">The novel combines months of research and travel with numerous autobiographical details. It considers the different ways people recover from trauma.</span></p><p><font face="Tahoma, sans-serif"><span style="line-height: normal; font-size: 15px">Learn more about Monica and her work <a href="http://www.monicabyrne.org/">here</a>.</span></font></p><p></p><p> Thu, 12 Jun 2014 16:00:56 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 37145 at http://wunc.org A Bridge To The Future Dreams Of Disaster and Redemption http://wunc.org/post/dreams-disaster-and-redemption <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">"</span><a href="http://www.lightmessages.com/lm/index.php/carlnordgren" style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">The 53rd Parallel</a><span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;">" (Light Messages Publishing/2013) is the first novel in a series about the historic, yet little known, contamination of the English River. It was the largest mercury poisoning event in North American history, bringing devastation to the many </span>Ojibway<span style="font-size: 13px; font-family: Tahoma, sans-serif; line-height: 1.5;"> people native to the area.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 18:09:47 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 36765 at http://wunc.org Dreams Of Disaster and Redemption Kate DiCamillo's Picks For Summer Treehouse Reading http://wunc.org/post/kate-dicamillos-picks-summer-treehouse-reading Memorial Day weekend is the unofficial kickoff to summer, and that means the tantalizing prospect of having more time for reading stretches ahead of us — long, lazy summer days curled up with a book.<p>With that in mind, Newbery Award-winning <a href="http://www.npr.org/books/authors/138135070/kate-dicamillo" target="_blank">author Kate DiCamillo</a> shared some summer book recommendations for readers ages 8-13 with NPR's Melissa Block. Sun, 25 May 2014 13:46:08 +0000 NPR Staff 36136 at http://wunc.org Kate DiCamillo's Picks For Summer Treehouse Reading Thriller Novel Plays On Fear of Needles http://wunc.org/post/thriller-novel-plays-fear-needles <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;">Needle phobia is a popular fear, so it is a natural place for a horror writer to start. Author J</span><a href="http://www.jefferydeaver.com/" style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;">effery Deaver</a><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;"> added darkness and poison to the mix in his new book, "The Skin Collector"(</span><a href="http://www.hachettebookgroup.com/titles/jeffery-deaver/the-skin-collector/9781455517138/" style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;">Grand Central Publishing/2014</a><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;">). The novel's villain kills his victims in New York City's subterranean tunnels by tattooing them with poison. Detectives try to decipher a message in the tattoos. Jeffery </span>Deaver<span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;"> will be reading at </span><a href="http://www.flyleafbooks.com/" style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;">Flyleaf Books</a><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;"> in Chapel Hill tonight at </span>7pm<span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;"> and at </span><a href="http://www.quailridgebooks.com/" style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;">Quail Ridge Books</a><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;"> tomorrow at 7:</span>30pm<span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px; line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 15:58:03 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 35413 at http://wunc.org Thriller Novel Plays On Fear of Needles A Snapshot Of A Nazi http://wunc.org/post/snapshot-nazi <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px;">It was a photograph of two women at a table, one in a dress and one in a suit, that inspired Francine Prose's latest novel. The suited woman is Violette Morris, a French athlete turned Nazi collaborator. Mixing history with fiction, "<a href="http://www.harpercollins.com/books/Lovers-Chameleon-Club-Paris-1932-Francine-Prose/?isbn=9780061713781">Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932</a>" (HarperCollins, 2014), imagines Morris' life through multiple narrators.</span></p><p> Wed, 07 May 2014 15:04:38 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 35095 at http://wunc.org A Snapshot Of A Nazi The Future of Storytelling http://wunc.org/post/future-storytelling <p><span style="font-family: Arial, sans-serif; font-size: 16px;">In the pre-digital era, storytellers were a specific category of individuals who regaled live audiences with their tales. Now, anyone with a smart phone or a YouTube account can be a storyteller who reaches audiences across the globe. What is the future of the art of storytelling? </span></p><p></p><p><span style="font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 16px;"><a href="http://www.lib.ncsu.edu/literaryfestival/">The North Carolina Literary Festival</a> asks that question of a panel of experts this Saturday at 12:30 pm in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library at North Carolina State University.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:11:24 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 33117 at http://wunc.org The Future of Storytelling Writing About War http://wunc.org/post/writing-about-war <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span></p><p><font face="Tahoma,sans-serif" style="font-size: 13px;">The complexities of war do not fit neatly into a poem or a novel. Writers grapple with how to address conflict responsibly, honestly and creatively.&nbsp;An April 12th panel at the <a href="http://www.ncwriters.org/2014-01-07-18-05-50/conferences/5362-spring-conference-2014">North Carolina Writers' Network Spring Conference</a> at the <a href="http://www.uncg.edu/">University of North Carolina at Greensboro</a> will examine the challenges of writing about war.&nbsp;</font></p><p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 13:56:50 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 32645 at http://wunc.org Writing About War Jordan High Grows Up During Civil Rights Movement http://wunc.org/post/jordan-high-grows-during-civil-rights-movement-1 <div style="font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 13px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 0px;"><p><span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 1.5;">Brian McDonald taught at Jordan High School for 13 years before he became interested in the history of the school. And when he looked, he found a school that grew up along with the Civil Rights Movement. His new book; “Not the End, but the Beginning: The Impact of Race and Class on the History of Jordan High School” (</span>NCCU<span style="font-size: 12pt; line-height: 1.5;">/2011), explores the history of the high school.&nbsp;</span></p></div><p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 16:39:19 +0000 Alex Granados & Frank Stasio 32461 at http://wunc.org Jordan High Grows Up During Civil Rights Movement