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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!

June 7, 2016

Dawn Tripp Coming to Lanier Library!

Best-selling novelist Dawn Tripp is coming to Tryon, North Carolina!  The author will be speaking at the Lanier Library Annual Meeting at the Tryon Fine Arts Center on the afternoon of June 12.  The reception immediately to follow will be next door at the Lanier Library.  Please visit the Lanier Library website for more information on this free community event.  Do not miss your chance to meet this very successful writer!

June 2, 2016

In Honor of Dr. Lee Shiflett

Note: this is a special post from the North Carolina Literary Map.  On May 27, 2016, Dr. Lee Shiflett, former chair of the Library and Information Studies (LIS) department at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNC-G), passed away.

Dr. Shiflett was a LIS professor at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and then Louisiana State University before coming to the UNC-G LIS department in 2001.  He was also an author.  His works can be checked out at your local library or bookstore.

A strong advocate for libraries, especially relating to academia, his absence will definitely be felt.  Thank you for your service and commitment to the LIS field Lee Shiflett!  May you rest in peace!

May 26, 2016

NC's Outer Banks

Summertime is coming!  Last week, the focus was on the Blue Ridge Parkway to the west.  Now let's go to the eastern area of the state, specifically the Outer Banks.  These "Outer Banks" are actually 130 miles of barrier islands located just off of the North Carolina coast.  The NC Literary Map has several titles pertaining to this highly popular region of our state.

One of these books is entitled "On This Day in Outer Banks History" by Sarah Downing.  The Outer Banks has a fascinating history dating all the way back to the days of Blackbeard and 18th century pirates.  From the Wright Brothers' inaugural flight in 1903 to modern-day tourism, one can always learn more about this region's exciting past.  Check it out at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading (and traveling)!