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September 22, 2016

NC Lit Map at the Bookmarks Festival!

Greetings!  On September 10th, the North Carolina Literary Map had a wonderful time handing out tote bags and telling folks all about us at the Bookmarks Festival in Winston-Salem, NC.  We got to see plenty of awesome faces and meet lots of authors!  How cool is that?


September 8, 2016

Happy 100th Birthday NC State Parks!

By 1915, logging had decimated much of the forest on Mount Mitchell, NC, the highest peak east of the Mississippi River.  Locke Craig, the then governor of North Carolina, introduced a bill in the state legislature to protect this area.  On March 3, 1915, Mount Mitchell became North Carolina's first state park.  Shortly afterwards, the North Carolina State Parks System was born.

Throughout 2016, the NC State Parks System is celebrating its centennial anniversary.  Mount Mitchell has been named the "North Carolina State Park of the Century".  A few books have been written about this magnificent mountain.  One of these is aptly entitled "Mount Mitchell and the Black Mountains" by history professor Timothy Silver.  The author's work won the prestigious "Ragan Old North State Award" for nonfiction.  Interested in learning more?  Then check out this book at your local library or bookstore!

Perhaps one might even consider a trip to Mount Mitchell or one of the many other parks in the NC State Park System.  Wherever you end up going, please make sure to thank the NC State Parks workers for maintaining all of these sites across our state.  Happy 100th Birthday to the North Carolina State Parks!  Thank you so much for all of the work that you do!


Locke Craig, governor of North Carolina from 1913-1917, http://ncpedia.org/biography/craig-locke
Professor Timothy Silver's award winning book, http://uncpress.unc.edu/browse/book_detail?title_id=702

September 1, 2016

Ashe County Literary Festival 2016

The On the Same Page Literary Festival is coming up soon!  Georgann Eubanks and Diane Chamberlain are two of the many famous writers scheduled to appear.  This four-day "celebration of reading and writing" runs from Tuesday to Saturday, September 13-17, in West Jefferson, North Carolina.  Book and poetry readings, writers' workshops, and luncheons with bestselling authors are just a few of the many events being offered.  For further information, please visit their website.  Hope to see you there!



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)!