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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)!

November 17, 2016

Happy Veterans Day!

Last week, the USA celebrated Veterans Day.  Do you know why November 11 was picked for such a special occasion?  On this date in 1918, an armistice, or treaty, was signed, officially ending World War I.  The day was thus originally called "Armistice Day".  In 1954, after World War II and the Korean War, the name was changed to "Veterans Day" to honor the veterans of all wars.

North Carolina sent many valiant men to fight in World War I.  Historian R. Jackson Marshall III shares some of their stories in his aptly entitled "Memories of World War I".  History professor Dr. Nancy Smith Midgette updated and expanded on the earlier works of historian Dr. Sarah McCulloh Lemmon.  The new book, "North Carolina and the Two World Wars", details the experiences of those who lived in NC from 1914, the beginning of WWI, to 1945, the end of WWII.  The volume includes the role and effects on North Carolina at home and abroad.

Interested in learning more?  Then check out these books at your local library or bookstore!  Happy reading!  Thank you to all of our brave veterans!

November 10, 2016

NC Lit Map at NC Writers' Network Conference

Greetings!  On November 5th, the North Carolina Literary Map had a wonderful time meeting authors at the Fall 2016 NC Writers' Network Conference held in Raleigh, NC.  We enjoyed seeing plenty of awesome faces both old and new!  A great time was had by all!

November 3, 2016

Happy November!

November is here!  Autumn is setting the trees and the Appalachian mountains ablaze with colorful leaves.  The annual Thanksgiving feast is a few weeks away.  It's a time of family, food, fun, and tradition.  Many of our North Carolina authors agree.  Please take a peek with me at a few of their stories!

Henderson County native Evan Williams shares memories of growing up on his family apple orchard among multiple generations in "One Apple at a Time".  Native North Carolinian "Mama Dip", aka Mildred Council, eagerly shares her recipes and love of southern cooking with "Mama Dip's Kitchen", aptly named after her beloved restaurant in Chapel Hill, NC.  Finally, Dr. Eva Nell Mull Wike retells the story of her uncle and other relatives in "Fiddler of the Mountains".

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!