In books | Best Bets | Indy Week
Pin It

In books 

As an April Fool's joke, Raleigh author Katy Munger posted on her Web site,, a satirical write-up of her then forthcoming book, Better Off Dead. On the site, she claimed that her new book would be called Better Off Deaf, because in it her well-known character Casey Jones "loses her hearing while investigating a methamphetamine plant that blows up." The phony write-up also claimed that in the story Jones investigates "a ring of deaf prostitutes maintained for the enjoyment of fillibustering senators." When readers began to write to alert them that there was a mistake on their Web site (they were listing Munger's book by its real title, Better Off Dead), the giant Net bookseller kept "correcting" their mistake and changing the title to Better Off Deaf. Invoices for the book still list it as such. Dead in reality centers around a client of Casey Jones' who has been the victim of a horrific attack. When the attacker, a Duke University professor, is let off, the woman begins to receive threatening letters and phone calls, and Jones goes undercover as a Duke student to investigate this and a series of murders that have taken place. Munger will be reading from her new book at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh Sunday, Aug. 26 at 3 p.m. The reading will kick off with music from Munger's "favorite band" (her brother's in it) Psycho Cupid, which, despite its name, plays standards from Cole Porter to Bachrach. Call 828-1588 for details.

Latest in Best Bets


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

INDY Week publishes all kinds of comments, but we don't publish everything.

  • Comments that are not contributing to the conversation will be removed.
  • Comments that include ad hominem attacks will also be removed.
  • Please do not copy and paste the full text of a press release.

Permitted HTML:
  • To create paragraphs in your comment, type <p> at the start of a paragraph and </p> at the end of each paragraph.
  • To create bold text, type <b>bolded text</b> (please note the closing tag, </b>).
  • To create italicized text, type <i>italicized text</i> (please note the closing tag, </i>).
  • Proper web addresses will automatically become links.

Latest in Best Bets

  • 2.14 ~ 2.20

    2.14 ~ 2.20

    The Great Game and Two Trains Running; The Light in the Piazza; Celtic Concert Series; Two benefits at Cat's Cradle; Half-Cocked; Project Linus
    • Feb 14, 2007
  • 2.7 ~ 2.13

    2.7 ~ 2.13

    Dance Brazil; Dave Rawlings Machine; Hobex; Valentine's Day Jazz Festival at Hayti; Have-a-Heart for Independent Animal Rescue; Our Town
    • Feb 7, 2007
  • 1.31 ~ 2.6

    1.31 ~ 2.6

    Rewind; Alice Gerrard at the ArtsCenter's American Roots Series; Superbowl XLI parties; WKNC's 4th Annual Double Barrel Benefit at Kings; CDS's 11th Annual Documentary Happening
    • Jan 31, 2007
  • More »

Twitter Activity


I am looking to speak with the spoken word artist Shon Lomax featured in this article if possible, anyone please …

by afros on In road trips (Best Bets)

Mr. Burton, You are correct. The ratios can also be expressed as 1:3 and 3:5, but not 1:3:5, as I …

by Marcmax on For the week of 11.15 ~ 11.21 (Best Bets)

Most Read

No recently-read stories.

Visit the archives…

© 2016 Indy Week • 201 W. Main St., Suite 101, Durham, NC 27701 • phone 919-286-1972 • fax 919-286-4274
RSS Feeds | Powered by Foundation