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March 23, 2017

NC Writers' Network 2017 Spring Conference

The North Carolina Writers' Network 2017 Spring Conference is coming up on April 22!  Fred Chappell, a North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame inductee, as well as an award-winning novelist and poet, will give the keynote address.  Other writers and professors will teach and lead various classes in this all-day event held in the MHRA building on the University of North Carolina at Greensboro campus.  For more information, please check out the NC Writers' Network website.  Preregistration is currently open until April 16.  Spaces are filling up fast so sign up now if you are interested in attending!  We hope to see you there!

March 9, 2017

Ray Suarez Coming to UNCG!

Critically-acclaimed author and journalist Ray Suarez is coming to the Elliott University Center at the UNC-Greensboro campus! The author will be the guest speaker at the Friends of the UNCG Libraries' annual dinner on the evening of March 29. Please visit the Friends of the UNCG Libraries' webpage for more information, including how to purchase tickets for the event. Do not miss your chance to meet this thought-provoking writer!

March 2, 2017

NC Bluegrass Connections

Bluegrass music.  Banjos and fiddles.  Clogging and swing dances.  What do all of these aspects have in common?  The mountains of Western North Carolina.

For generations, music and dance has been a part of the Southern Appalachian Mountains of NC.  Folklorist Fred C. Fussell details many of these traditions, including specific locations, in "Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina".  Author Patricia A. McAfee focuses more on highlighting the musicians, both well-known and under-recognized, who performed in churches, barns, and many other places in "Western North Carolina Musical Legacies".

Interested in discovering even more about the musical heritage and history of our state?  Then please check out these books and more at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading (and listening)!


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!