Literature

The State of Things
12:10 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

A Poet's View Of Che Guevara

Che on My Mind
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A conversation with renowned poet and activist Margaret Randall

In her new book, Che On My Mind (Duke University Press Books, 2013) Margaret Randall, renowned poet and activist, considers the power and the limitations of Che Guevara as a symbol. She will read at the Internationalist Bookstore and Community Center in Chapel Hill tonight at 7 p.m. 

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The State of Things
11:48 am
Thu March 13, 2014

New York Times Editor Sheds Light On Love

Love Illuminated by Daniel Jones
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New York Times Editor Daniel Jones sheds light on love

"Modern Love" is a New York Times column that features personal essays on issues of the heart. After editing submissions for a decade, Daniel Jones has read more than 50,000 intimate stories of love and loss. He compiled the wisdom of those narratives into a new book, "Love Illuminated" (Harper Collins Publishers/2014) and he will speak at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill on March 24th at 7p.m. 

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The State of Things
12:24 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

Author Explores The Depths Of Mother-Son Relationships Through Fiction

The Deepest Secret
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Buckley explores this relationship and the lengths a mother will go to in order to protect her son in her newest novel, The Deepest Secret (Random House; 2014). Host Frank Stasio talks with Buckley about the mother-son relationship and her writing.

The State of Things
5:26 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

'No F****** Pink Ribbons!' Is It Time For The Bow To Go?

Jennifer Ho, English professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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When Jennifer Ho went to the hospital for testing on a lump in her breast, she encountered the image often associated with breast cancer: the pink ribbon.

A nurse led the UNC English professor to an exam room. She recalls, "And then I saw a tote bag with UNC hospital's name on it and the pink ribbon. And I had this immediate visceral reaction. And I'm walking with the nurse. And I said something I can't repeat on the air." Ho said, "I hate those *** pink ribbons."

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The State of Things
10:02 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Kids These Days

Drew Perry's new book Kids These Days looks at the anxieties of parenthood.
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Drew Perry talks about his new book, "Kids These Days"

    

When North Carolina author Drew Perry and his wife were having conversations about having children, he was utterly terrified. 

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The State of Things
12:24 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Author Elizabeth Spencer, 92, Offers Advice For Young Writers

In 1960, Elizabeth Spencer became a southern literary icon with the release of her novella, "The Light in the Piazza." The film version of the book starred Olivia de Havilland.

More than fifty years after her acclaimed Italian love story, Spencer is still writing.  Her newest collection of short stories is "Starting Over" (Liveright, 2013).

All of the narratives in the book stem from her two southern homes: Mississippi and North Carolina.

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The State of Things
5:00 pm
Wed December 11, 2013

Walltown Children’s Theatre Paints Pied Piper Indigo Blue

Artist rendering of the Pied Piper

The Pied Piper is a tale as old as the Brothers Grimm, but the Walltown Children’s Theatre is re-imagining it for their latest production. It’s called “Indigo Blue,” and it’s the brainchild of local playwright Howard Craft. Frank talks with Craft, along with the theater's director Cynthia Penn, and actors Max Rose and Eileena Boyce.

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The State of Things
11:36 am
Tue October 29, 2013

North Carolina Writer Wins Campbell Award

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Travel guides can help the ordinary humans navigate locales near and far, but what about those monsters banished to the nether regions of human imagination? Well, for those creepy crawlies, there is a service that will help guide them through the underworlds of planet Earth. At least, that’s the premise of Mur Lafferty’s novel, “The Shambling Guide to New York City,” (Orbit/2013). Host Frank Stasio talks with North Carolina writer Mur Lafferty about her new novel.

  

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The State Of Things
11:00 am
Mon October 28, 2013

The Return To Gap Creek

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More than 12 years ago, Robert Morgan’s “Gap Creek” (A Shannon Ravenel Book/2013) catapulted to the top of the New York Times Bestseller list. Oprah selected it for her book club. Fans loved the characters and their struggles in Appalachia. Robert Morgan promised a sequel and more than a decade later, he brings readers back to Gap Creek in his latest book, “The Road From Gap Creek” (A Shannon Ravenel Book/2013) .

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The State of Things
10:28 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Lifelong Folklorist Unearths Stories From The South

Bill Ferris' new book, The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists, presents 40 years of interviews and photographs.
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Writer Bill Ferris talks about his latest book The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists (UNC Press/ 2013)

For decades, Bill Ferris documented Southern African-American folklore.  His latest book The Storied South: Voices of Writers and Artists presents material from 40 years of interviews with writers, scholars and artists who reflected southern culture in their work.

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