The State of Things
11:47 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Ferguson Events Encourage Author To Republish Novel

Durham-based author Sharon Ewell Foster republished her book Passing by Samaria in light of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri.


When Sharon Ewell Foster first published her novel Passing by Samaria in the late 1990s, it was a time of relative racial peace throughout the United States.

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The State of Things
11:54 am
Wed November 19, 2014

The Great Gatsby - An American Rite Of Passage

So We Read On is Maureen Corrigan new book that takes a look into "the greatest" American novel.

Reading F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is a rite of passage these days. The novel is mandatory reading for many high schoolers across the country. 

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The State of Things
11:38 am
Thu November 13, 2014

The Mysteries And Secrets Of Antiquarian Books

A new novel by Charlie Lovett about the mystery behind Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.


Writer Charlie Lovett has been attracted to the mystique of old books since he was a young kid. 

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The State of Things
11:52 am
Wed November 12, 2014

The Ice Garden

Cover to Moira Crone's new novel, The Ice Garden.

The characters in Moira Crone’s new book The Ice Garden (Carolina Wren Press/2014) have been rattling about in the author’s head for decades. 

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The State of Things
12:14 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Still Life with Bread Crumbs

The seventh novel by New York Times Bestselling Author Anna Quindlen.
Credit Random House


As a reporter, columnist, mother, coveted commencement speaker, and novelist, Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times Bestselling author Anna Quindlen has never been afraid of redefining herself.

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The State of Things
11:13 am
Wed August 13, 2014

A Magical Secret Fragrance Launches Career Success

A new novel about a magical elixir that gives women the professional success they desire.


Whether or not women can have both professional success and a family is an ongoing national conversation, spurred by high-profile magazine essays, viral blogs and books like Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In.

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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
11:36 am
Wed July 23, 2014

A Bed And Breakfast Murder Mystery

An Agatha Christie-inspired murder mystery set at a Southern B&B.


When Beth McKenzie's grandmother passed away, she left behind a hefty nursing home bill and a dilapidated mansion, and it was up to Beth to figure out what to do. But luckily, she had a plan. 

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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


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
9:56 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Writing About War

Veteran salutes other veterans


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. An April 12th panel at the North Carolina Writers' Network Spring Conference at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro will examine the challenges of writing about war. 

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