Map of NC

Map of NC

November 30, 2017

NC Cooking

Thanksgiving has just ended here in our state of North Carolina.  Christmas is coming soon.  Do you need some fresh ideas for the holidays?  Are you looking for some new recipes to satisfy all of the friends and family coming your way in the next few weeks?  The NC Literary Map may have just the solution!

The North Carolina Literary Map has an entire genre devoted to cooking and cookbooks.  Winston-Salem chef Stephanie L. Tyson wrote "Well, Shut My Mouth!: The Sweet Potatoes Restaurant Cookbook," containing plenty of mouth-watering Southern recipes.  Charlotte author Amy T. Rogers collected more than 200 recipes from across the state in "Hungry for Home: Stories of Food from Across the Carolinas."  Not hungry yet?  Then perhaps consider perusing "Victuals: An Appalachian Journey, with Recipes," by author Ronni Lundy.

Craving even more cooking inspiration?  Then please check out these books and others on our list at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading (and eating)!

November 16, 2017

Thank you Mr. Cecil!

Did you know that, until the 1970s, the Biltmore Estate struggled financially?  In fact, if it were not for the efforts of one man this grand house may well have fallen into ruin.  Who was this man?  His name was William A.V.  Cecil.  He recently passed away at the age of 89.  Cecil inherited the Biltmore Estate from his maternal grandfather, George Vanderbilt.  Cecil successfully transformed Biltmore and the surrounding city of Asheville into worldwide prominence.

The North Carolina Literary Map has quite a list of titles about the Biltmore Estate.  Author Howard E. Covington, Jr. wrote "Lady on the Hill," which tells how William Cecil transformed Biltmore from a crumbling mansion to the tourist magnet it is today.  Author Denise Kiernan wrote "The Last Castle," which details the life of the wealthy George Vanderbilt, his wife, Edith, and how the Biltmore Estate was built and constructed in the late 1800s.

Interested in learning more?  Then please check out these books at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading (and sightseeing)!


November 9, 2017

NC Lit Map at NC Writers' Network Conference

Greetings!  On November 4th, the North Carolina Literary Map had a wonderful time meeting people at the Fall 2017 NC Writers' Network Conference held in Wrightsville Beach, NC.  What fun it was to speak with NC authors!  We enjoyed seeing plenty of awesome faces both old and new!  A great time was had by all!

October 26, 2017

Haunted North Carolina

North Carolina is haunted!  Just check out NC Literary Map's robust list of titles about ghosts and other haunted places across our state!  Apparently, North Carolina ghost writer Nancy Correll Roberts-Brown is not the only one who likes to tell of spooky and mysterious happenings in our area!

Storytellers Theresa Bane and Cynthia Moore Brown focus on ghost tales in the Piedmont region of NC in "Folktales and Ghost Stories of North Carolina's Piedmont."  Charlotte native Stephanie Burt Williams tells of haunted locations in Charlotte and its surrounding county in "Ghost Stories of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County."  Got kids?  Then you might want to peruse these stories in Terrance Zepke's aptly titled "Ghosts of the Carolinas for Kids."

Interested in learning more?  Then please check out these books and others on our lists at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading!


October 19, 2017

Ghost Writer Nancy Roberts

Ghosts.  Unexplained supernatural phenomena.  Abandoned towns.  From the mysterious Brown Mountain Lights north of Morganton to vacant colonial Brunswick Town south of Wilmington, North Carolina seems to be full of both stories and events that baffle the mind and defy explanation.

Gifted storyteller and prolific author of folklore and ghost stories Nancy Correll Roberts-Brown has recorded many of North Carolina's best legends for you to enjoy in her books.  Want to learn more about the Brown Mountain Lights?  Then please check out "Ghosts of the Carolinas."  Would you like to hear about the ghost that haunted the legendary pirate Blackbeard on his ship near Ocracoke Island?  Then please consider reading "North Carolina Ghosts and Legends."

Interested in learning more?  Then please check out these books and others that the author has written at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading!


October 5, 2017

NC Writers' Network 2017 Fall Conference

The North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Fall Conference will be held November 3-5 at the Holiday Inn Resort in Wrightsville Beach, NC.  The conference attracts hundreds of writers both locally and from across the country.  Among them are Wiley Cash, a best-selling novelist and writer-in-resident at the University of North Carolina at Asheville.  He will be giving the keynote address.  Freelance writer and author Emily Colin will be one of the instructors and also critique manuscripts.  For more information, please check out the NC Writers' Network website.  Early registration ends October 27.  Spaces are filling up fast so sign up now if you are interested in attending!  We hope to see you there!

September 28, 2017

Pisgah National Forest

What place in North Carolina is home to Sliding Rock, the Cradle of Forestry, and some of the highest mountain peaks east of the Mississippi River?  The answer lies in the Pisgah National Forest, one of four national forests within the state.  This forest is also the second largest of the four national forests.  It borders both Grandfather Mountain and Mount Mitchell State Parks in Western NC.

Author and naturalist Marci Spencer wrote about the history and creation of this forest in the aptly titled "Pisgah National Forest."  Want to discover dozens of hiking trails or learn the locations of some of the best mountain swimming holes?  Then please consider "The Best Hikes of Pisgah National Forest," written by C. Franklin Goldsmith III, Shannon E.G Hamrick, and H. James Hamrick, Jr.

Interested in learning more?  Then please check out these books at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading (and sightseeing)!