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February 16, 2017

NC Jazz Connections

John Coltrane.  Thelonius Monk.  Billy Taylor.  What did all of these jazz artists have in common?  They were all from North Carolina.

John Coltrane grew up in High Point and was a highly influential jazz saxophonist.  For more on his life, please read the aptly-titled "John Coltrane: His Life and Music" by Lewis Porter.  Thelonius Monk, Billy Taylor, and dozens of other jazz, gospel, blues, and rap artists are studied in the extensive "The African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina" by Sarah Bryan and Beverly Patterson.

Interested in learning more about the influence of this state on jazz and blues musicians?  Then please check out these books at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading (and listening)!

February 2, 2017

Romance Readers and Writers Event

Calling all romance readers and writers!  The 2nd annual "When the Heart Dreams" Romance Readers and Writers Weekend Mixer will be held on February 11, 2017 at the Marriott South Park Hotel in Charlotte, NC.  A Q & A luncheon with the writers and workshops are being offered.  16 local and national authors are scheduled to appear, including Sabrina Jeffries and Cindy Holby.  Additionally, the NC Literary Map has an entire genre relegated to "Romance Fiction".  Interested in learning more about this one-day event?  Then please visit this website!

January 26, 2017

Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition 2017

The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition is now open for submissions until March 1!

The winner is awarded $200 and publication in storySouth, an online literary magazine that displays the best works from writers of the "new South". The contest is in honor of former professor, poet, and critic Randall Jarrell, who taught at what is now called UNCG. Jarrell is included in the NC Literary Hall of Fame for his accomplishments. For more information on the details of the poetry competition, please visit here. Happy writing!


January 12, 2017

Happy January!

January is here!  Snow coats fields and houses in a hushed landscape of wintry wonder.  Icicles drip from the edges of roofs and hillsides.  For many, the bitter cold is sufficient reason to stay indoors and enjoy a good book by a warm fire.  The NC Literary Map has several winter-themed and snow-themed titles.

Award-winning author John Marsden Ehle writes a compelling novel about a 1930s rural Appalachian community and its tight-knit families in "The Winter People".  Romance writer Cheryl Reavis describes a mother and daughter on a journey to discover their past in the NC mountains in "Blackberry Winter".  Finally, prolific children's author William Harris Hooks retells a version of "Beauty and the Beast" set in the Great Smoky Mountains in "Snowbear Whittington".

Interested in learning more?  Then check out these books at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading!  Hope ya'll enjoy this time of year!


December 15, 2016

A Great Christmas Read

Christmas is just around the corner!  We here at the NC Lit Map have quite a list of titles.  One of these, "The Year of the Perfect Christmas Tree" by Gloria Houston, is set in the mountains of North Carolina in the year 1918.  This classic children's tale is about a little girl, Ruthie, whose father has not yet come home from war.  As such, Ruthie and her mother must deliver to their town "the perfect Christmas tree" in her father's stead.  Interested in learning more?  Then check out this book at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading!

December 7, 2016

North Carolina in World War II

75 years ago today, on December 7, 1941, Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, was bombed by the Japanese.  According to President Roosevelt, it was "a date which will live in infamy".  Shortly after his speech, the USA officially entered World War II.  North Carolina, like many other states, sent scores of brave men to defend our country and its freedoms over the next four years of war.

The NC Literary Map has several titles pertaining to this subject.  In "North Carolina's Shining Hour", Mary Best and other authors showcase photographs and first-hand accounts of people in NC at home and abroad during the war.  In "War Zone: World War II Off the North Carolina Coast", historian Kevin P. Duffus describes the multitude of German U-boat attacks and attempts off of the NC coast in 1942.  He also includes the subsequent impacts on coastal residents.

Interested in learning more?  Then check out these books at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading!  A special thank you to our World War II veterans for your service and your sacrifice!

December 1, 2016

Christmas in Old Salem!

Looking for something fun to do during the holidays?  Then how about a visit to Old Salem, North Carolina?  Founded 250 years ago by the Moravians, the town of Salem has since been preserved as a historic museum and gardens near Winston-Salem, NC.  Interested in traditional Moravian love feasts, music, and more this Christmas season?  Then please visit Old Salem's website!

The NC Literary Map contains various titles about this fascinating community.  Winston-Salem native Molly Grogan Rawls wrote about the history and changes to Salem over the centuries in "Old Salem and Salem College".  Got kids?  Then you might want to peruse this fun historical fiction book entitled "An Old Salem Christmas, 1840" by Karen Cecil Smith.  This book describes the experiences of a young Moravian girl living in Salem at Christmas time in 1840.  Do you want to know more?  Then please check out these books at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading (and sightseeing)!