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July 21, 2020

Between the Covers Bed & Breakfast Literary B&B

Today's bookstore highlight is Old Books in downtown Wilmington, NC.  Old Books is another personal favorite of mine! I lived in Wilmington, NC for 24 years and visited Old Books many times (including at their second location at 22 N. Front St.)! Old Books, while its seen a name change and a few locations over the years, has been a staple in Wilmington since 1982! They also have a wonderful Literary History Walking Tour (which I've also experienced first-hand). A Literary Loft above the bookstore available as a nightly rental, and Between the Covers Bed & Breakfast Literary B&B located in the owner's home. Old Books is currently located at 249 N. Front Street, across the street from its original location, in The Gaylord Building. 

Between the Covers Bed and Breakfast is located in the Rohler family home (the family that owns Old Books) in the Historic Carolina Heights neighborhood. The rooms are themed around Maya Angelou, Tom Robbins, Zelda Fitzgerald, Nicholas Sparks, and a North Carolina Poets Laureate Garden.  The Between The Covers a NC Literary Bed and Breakfast websites states that it is a full service Bed and Breakfast. Your stay includes a three-course breakfast in their lovely dining room, with all day coffee, beverages and snacks buffet located in their Butler's pantry. 

Diana and Lloyd Rohler who acquired Old Books in 1982 from original owner, Richard Daughtry, built one the largest private libraries not associated with a college in North Carolina! When their daughter, Gwenyfar Rohler, who is the current managing partner of Old Books, inherited her family home in 2014 and she began restoring the home to it's former glory and transforming it into the literary Bed and Breakfast it is today.  Between the Covers Bed & Breakfast celebrates the same things that the North Carolina Literary Map does: books, and the state's rich literary tradition.  I'm looking forward to staying in the Maya Angelou room one day!  Check out all the rooms offered on their website!
Two books I've purchased from Old Books (I was super into theatre at the time) and my Bibliophiles Rock! sticker 

July 14, 2020

Zelda Lockhart

I'll admit before my involvement with the NC Literary Map, I had not heard of author, Zelda Lockhart.  I found a lot of information about her while researching for my post on July 6th.  Ms. Lockhart's website describes her as an "author, speaker, facilitator, and scholar" and so she is, evidenced by her many acomplishments and extracurricular events.  Zelda Lockhart is also an advocate for black women, using the hashtag: "blackwomenwrite" on most of her social media posts.  Additionally, her website features YouTube videos she has done entitled, "Black Creative Healing".  I am currently reading Diamond Doris: The True Story of the World's Most Notorious Jewel Thief but I can't wait to read her other award-nominated and award-winning books!  Diamond Doris is also advertised as soon to be a movie.  Unpopular opinion: I also love movies based on books.  It's not often that I prefer the movie but I will gladly commit to a film version as well! 

Check out more about Zelda Lockhart by going to, &  You can also check her out on the map!

June 29, 2020



I'm Ashton.  I've been behind the social media posts for the NC Literary Map since May 12th.  :)  I'm an online UNCG MLIS (Masters of Library & Information Science) graduate student and I'm halfway through the program.  I love the North Carolina Literary Map and have been following the account and website for a while! I, up until recently, lived in eastern North Carolina for the past 24 years and love to read!  I mostly enjoy young adult and historical fiction.  I've been a reader, writer, teacher, retail employee, and customer/admirer/advocate of bookshops so I feel like this internship with the map this summer was a perfect fit for me and I hope you've thought so too!  I currently live in northern Virginia with my husband and two cats, Luke & Luna.

I chose not only one of my favorite North Carolina books but one of my favorite books of all: Along for the Ride by Sarah Dessen!  I am a huge Sarah Dessen fan and I own all her books.  I also own The Choice by Nicholas Sparks (my favorite novel by him) and several books about the Biltmore.  I own various North Carolina trivia books as well: North Carolina Curiosities by Jerry Bledsoe, Ghosts of the Carolina Coasts by Terrance Zepke, Wilm on Film by Amy Hotz and Ben Steelman and Britt's Donuts: Forever Sweet by Daniel Ray Norris and Halyn Prusa. 

Tag us in your #shelfies (a selfie featuring you and your North Carolina book!) It could be what you are currently reading, a favorite NC book, an book written by an NC author, or anything NC literary you want to share with us!  We want to see what you are reading!

We know lots of folks have been cooking/baking during this time too so you can also tag us in your culinary posts from North Carolina cookbooks!  :)

Look for more blog posts from me!  I'm planning on making regular blog posts from now until the end of July (the end of my time with the Literary Map).

April 10, 2019

National Library Week

This National Library Week, take some time to appreciate the people who help make libraries such a special place: librarians! Today we'll highlight a famous local librarian: Louis Round Wilson. Literary Map fans who live in Chapel Hill might have heard his name before, seeing as Wilson Library on UNC Chapel Hill's campus was named in his honor.

Wilson was born in Lenoir, North Carolina in 1876. He was raised by two teachers, and was one day expected to choose it as his profession. While he did go on to work as a professor at various points in his life, librarianship was his true calling. In 1901, he was hired as a librarian at UNC, where he pursued his master's degree in English and was later awarded a PhD. He was offered the chance to move on from his position in 1906, but declined the chance in order to remain dedicated to improving UNC's collections.

He was a firm believer in the value of libraries, eventually helping found the North Carolina Library Association in 1904, which improved the situation of libraries throughout the state. Wilson was an influential member of the Southeastern Library Association, and served as its president from 1924 to 1926.

During this period he pushed for the construction of a new library on UNC's campus, as the then-current one could not support its students' needs. In 1929, the library was finished mere days before the stock market crash. Despite the obvious struggles it faced in the years to come, it survived and even expanded its collection through the crisis via financial donations. For some time, this library went nameless, only referred to as "the library" until 1956, when it was renamed in honor of Wilson, its first librarian. Today it serves as the home of UNC's special collections and archives.

Wilson's accomplishments were so numerous that it is difficult summarizing them in one short blog post, which speaks to how important he was to librarianship in North Carolina. He served as the first dean of UNC's Library Science school, and continued to work in libraries until his retirement. You can read a complete summary of Louis Round Wilson's work at the NC Literary Map. If you're interested in learning more about the man himself, his papers can be found at Wilson Library.

The next time you visit your library, keep in mind Wilson's lifelong dedication to North Carolina libraries, and thank your local librarian!

March 27, 2019

Maya Angelou

Maya Angelou is one of America's most acclaimed authors and poets, known best for her autobiography I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, which details her early years. She was born in Missouri in 1928, her parents gave her the name Marguerite Johnson, but it was her older brother Bailey Jr. that gave her the name we know her by. "Maya" was a name derived from years of him calling him "mya sister." She spent her early years being raised by her father in Stamps, Arkansas or at her mother's home in St. Louis. After a traumatic event in her youth, she went mute for a number of years, but it was during this time that she fostered a passion for literature. Her teacher, Mrs. Bertha Flowers, introduced her to literary greats, including black women writers.

Her early work was not as a writer, but an eclectic group of jobs ranging from dancer to street car conductor before she began to involve herself in the Civil Rights Movement. She worked as a coordinator for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and worked as a freelance writer and teacher in Africa. It was upon her return to the United States in the 1960s that she wrote I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, the first of six autobiographies which chronicle her life. It faced controversy in its day for its portrayal of race and violence, but inspired other black women writers to pen their own stories.

In 1981, Maya Angelou returned to the southern United States. She moved to Winston-Salem to teach at Wake Forest University, where she dedicated herself to education. Her writing pursuits did not end with her teaching career, however, and in the intervening years she directed movies, wrote novels and poetry, and more. She was chosen to recite her poem "On the Pulse of Morning" at Bill Clinton's 1993 inauguration and was awarded the Medal of Presidential Freedom in 2010, the highest honor a civilian can attain. She lived the rest of her life in Winston-Salem, dying in her home there in 2014. To this day her works are inspirations to countless creators, and her influence can still be felt in popular music and literature.

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings and Maya Angelou's other novels can be found at your local library or bookstore. If you prefer poetry to prose, collections such as And Still I Rise or Phenomenal Women, among others, are also available. You can find a complete list of Maya Angelou's works at the NC Literary Map!

March 20, 2019

Jan Karon

Jan Karon was born and raised in Lenoir, North Carolina. From an early age she had a keen interest in writing, having penned her first book by the time she was ten. After moving around the United States, she eventually settled in Blowing Rock, where she was inspired to begin writing weekly stories about an Episcopal priest named Tim Kavanagh. These stories eventually became her first published novel: At Home in Mitford.

At Home in Mitford was just the beginning of Father Tim's adventures. Karon has gone on to publish fourteen novels about him and the fictional town of Mitford. Mitford was based on the town of Blowing Rock, North Carolina, a mountainous town and the perfect location for Karon's character-driven novels. Fans of the Mitford Years are invited to view the literary map's walking tour of Blowing Rock, which maps out the town through the eyes of Father Tim. Discover the real local businesses and parks which inspired Jan Karon, and learn more about a proud entry to North Carolina's literary heritage.

For those who haven't had the chance to experience Jan Karon's work can find At Home in Mitford and her other books at your local library or bookstore!

February 25, 2019

Pauli Murray

Before Black History Month ends, the North Carolina Literary Map would like to highlight the life and activism of Pauli Murray. Born in 1910, Murray was a civil rights activist whose activism preceded much of the Civil Rights Movement of the 1950s. She was born in Baltimore, but was raised in Durham, North Carolina. After leaving the state to attend school up at Columbia University, she returned when she attempted to apply to then-segregated University of North Carolina.

She was rejected, and in response wrote letters to President Roosevelt and other officials in protest. A few years later she and a female partner were arrested for sitting in the whites-only section of a bus. Both of these cases were considered by the NAACP, but ultimately the organization pulled out of representing her. Some speculate this was due in part to the fact that Murray had open romantic relationships with women and dressed in masculine clothing, occasionally presenting as a man. Despite resistance, Murray went on to become the first black deputy attorney general in California. Her critique of state segregation and the “separate but equal” facilities later influenced the court case Brown vs Board of Education. In addition to her contributions to black civil rights, she founded the National Organization for Women (NOW) in 1966.

Murray had been excluded from the discussion of the Civil Rights Movement and Feminist Movement, but there has been a recent resurgence of her interest in her and her work. In addition to her activism, she was an author and poet. You can read about her family history in the book Proud Shoes, which describes the lives of her ancestors who lived and worked in Durham. Fans of poetry can read her poems in Dark Testament and Other Poems. Those interested in learning more about Murray herself are invited to check out Song in a Weary Throat, an autobiography, or the oral history interviews available online via the “Oral Histories of the American South Project.”