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Map of NC

August 25, 2016

Happy 100th Birthday National Park Service!

Today is the 100th birthday of the National Park Service (NPS)!  Created on this day in 1916, the NPS currently maintains several sites in North Carolina.  Some of these places include the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park.

The Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site is located in Flat Rock, North Carolina.  Carl Sandburg was a Pulitzer Prize-winning author and speaker who, with his family, spent the last twenty-two years of his life here.  Interested in reading what Carl Sandburg wrote?  Then check out some of his many books at your local library or bookstore!

Perhaps you might even consider a trip to Flat Rock to see where this author lived and to learn more about his personal life.  Along the way, please make sure to thank the NPS for maintaining this and many other similar sites across the country.  Happy 100th Birthday National Park Service!  Thank you so much for all of the work that you do!


Sandburg's Flat Rock, NC, Home: https://www.nps.gov/carl/planyourvisit/index.htm

August 18, 2016

Bookmarks Festival 2016

John Grisham.  Kate DiCamillo.  Colson Whitehead.  Karen Robards.  What do all of these famous authors have in common?  They are all scheduled to appear at the upcoming Bookmarks Festival!  This four-day event runs from Thursday to Sunday, September 8-11, in downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina.  Book and poetry readings, writers' workshops, and book signings with award-winning authors are just a few of the many events being offered.  For more information, please visit the Bookmarks Festival website.  Hope to see you there!



August 9, 2016

Carolina Mountains' Literary Festival 2016

The Carolina Mountains' Literary Festival is coming up soon!  David Haskell, award-winning writer, scientist, and university professor, will be the keynote speaker.  This three-day event runs from Thursday to Saturday, September 8-10, at the Burnsville Town Center in Burnsville, North Carolina.  Book and poetry readings, writers' workshops, and banquets with award-winning authors are just a few of the many events being offered.  For more information, please visit the CMLitFest website.  Tickets to this exciting event are available now!



July 21, 2016

NC Lighthouses

Thinking about heading to a North Carolina beach?  How about exploring one of the state's seven lighthouses, while there?  Guarding just over 300 miles from Corolla down to Oak Island, these lighthouses were once used to warn ships and their crew of impending and often unseen dangers.  Today, most of these lighthouses have been decommissioned and are open to the public.

The NC Lit Map contains various titles about these magnificent structures.  Local historian John Hairr wrote about their history in "North Carolina Lighthouses and Lifesaving Stations".  Got kids?  Then you might want to peruse Terrance Zepke's aptly titled "Lighthouses of the Carolinas for Kids".  Interested in learning more?  Then check out these books at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading (and sightseeing)!

 



July 7, 2016

North Carolina in the U.S. Civil War

During the first three days of July 1863, in the midst of the U.S. Civil War, a massive battle was fought in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania.  The state of North Carolina sent more soldiers than other state in the South.  Consequently, they also lost more men.  In "North Carolina Remembers Gettysburg" by Michael C. Hardy, one can read the diaries and letters of many of these brave soldiers.  Hardy is an award-winning Civil War historian who has written much about North Carolina's role in this war, including the aptly titled "North Carolina in the Civil War".  Interested in learning more about this fascinating subject?  Then check out this author's books at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading!

 

June 30, 2016

Mecklenburg County Patriots

July Fourth, 1776, Independence Day, is traditionally known as the U.S.A.'s birthday.  However, did you know that Mecklenburg County, NC, declared their independence from Great Britain more than a year earlier?  On May 20, 1775, after hearing about the battles of Lexington and Concord in Massachusetts, a small group of incensed militia leaders gathered to declare Mecklenburg County free from British rule.  Interested in learning more?  Then check out Scott Syfert's book, "The First American Declaration of Independence?", at your local library or bookstore.  Happy reading!  Happy Birthday to the United States of America!



June 21, 2016

Humor Fiction Via Ann B. Ross

Need a good laugh?  Then why not visit the North Carolina Literary Map's "Humor Fiction" section?  Ann B. Ross, former professor at the University of North Carolina at Asheville, has been writing the "Miss Julia" series since 1999.  Currently, there are over a dozen published books.

Miss Julia is a feisty Southern lady who lives in the fictional town of Abbotsville, North Carolina.  Unafraid to "speak her mind", this woman lands in one humorous escapade after another as she attempts to do the right thing and still maintain her dignified reputation.  If you want more than one hearty chuckle, then check out the series at your local library or bookstore.  Happy reading!