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Arts & Culture
4:08 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Listen: The Book Acknowledgments No One Expects

What would an author write on the "thank you" page of her novel if she was telling the truth? Pittsboro author Ruth Moose wrote the acknowledgments of her debut novel, Doing It At the Dixie Dew, with a candor atypical of many authors.

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The State of Things
12:08 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

The Unraveling Of The Family Reed

After the Race by Michael Jones

A conversation with Chapel-Hill based author Michael B. Jones

  

In his debut novel, Chapel-Hill based author Michael B. Jones explores a tumultuous relationship between a father and son who search for happiness and identity as their lives fall apart around them.

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The State of Things
11:58 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Thriller Novel Plays On Fear of Needles

The Skin Collector book cover
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Author Jeffery Deaver talks about his new book, 'The Skin Collector'

    

Needle phobia is a popular fear, so it is a natural place for a horror writer to start. Author Jeffery Deaver added darkness and poison to the mix in his new book, "The Skin Collector"(Grand Central Publishing/2014). 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 Deaver will be reading at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill tonight at 7pm and at Quail Ridge Books tomorrow at 7:30pm. 

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The State of Things
12:48 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

This Dark Road to Mercy

Author Wiley Cash
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Author Wiley Cash talks about his new book, 'This Dark Road to Mercy'

Wiley Cash's latest novel, "This Dark Road to Mercy," is set in his hometown  of Gastonia, N.C. 

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The State of Things
11:15 am
Mon November 25, 2013

Southern Literature Mourns Louis Rubin

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William Faulkner may be one of the most well-known writers of the 20th century. But you might not associate his name with southern literature if not for Louis Rubin

Rubin helped develop the genre of southern literature in its own right. A well-respected writer, an adored teacher and the founder of the Southern Literary Journal and the Society for the Study of Southern Literature, Rubin is regarded as one of the icons of southern writing.

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The State of Things
11:47 am
Wed October 2, 2013

A Dad Who Loves Telling Stories Becomes A Published Author

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John Stanley has been telling stories to his twin boys since they were old enough to listen.

When his children started reading chapter books, he kicked his storytelling up a notch and started writing a book. Stanley's debut work, "Mickey Price: Journey to Oblivion" (Tanglewood Press/ 2013), features children traveling to the moon. Host Frank Stasio talks with John Stanley about penning his first book.

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The State of Things
11:12 am
Wed September 25, 2013

Allan Gurganus Brings His Fictional Town Into The 21st Century

Local Souls is the most recent novel by Author Allan Garganus
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For more than 25 years, author Allan Gurganus has written about the mystical town of Falls, North Carolina.

In his newest book, "Local Souls," the town undergoes its most modern transformation (Liveright, 2013). Gurganus returns to Falls with three different novellas that explore love, community, and family. Host Frank Stasio talks with Allan Gurganus about "Local Souls."

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The State of Things
12:48 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

Banned Books Back In The News

This week is Banned Book Week -- a time to reflect on censored works of literature.  Last week, the Randolph County Board of Education banned the novel “The Invisible Man,” by Ralph Ellison from school libraries.

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The State of Things
11:26 am
Thu June 13, 2013

New Novel Tackles Corruption, Journalism And The Law

Cover of Jon Buchan's book, 'Code of the Forest'
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South Carolina lawyer Jon Buchan is fond of saying that all journalists and attorneys have at least one good novel in them. He's been mulling his for years, but he's finally finished and published it. "Code of the Forest" tells the story of a scrappy newspaper, trying to survive an onslaught by a senator determined to silence it. It examines the subtle underpinnings of corruption.

Buchan says that corruption, as he portrays it in his book, is a much more subtle form of influence. One that might infect a politician before they realize it's too late.

Lawyer and author Jon Buchan talks about his new novel 'Code of the Forest'

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The State of Things
11:20 am
Wed June 5, 2013

Jeff Deaver Breathes New Life Into Popular Character

Cover of best-selling author Jeffery Deaver's new novel, 'The Kill Room.'
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Author Jeffery Deaver talks about his new novel 'The Killing Room'

  Best-selling author Jeffery Deaver has garnered international acclaim through his murder mystery series of novels featuring former NYPD homicide detective Lincoln Rhyme.

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