"A half century after he found love nibbling pig knuckles down at the end of Clinton Street, Orlo Pound's ashes lay in a candy tin the scavenger had rescued from the mud room of a Holy Land rowhouse," begins Rafael Alvarez
's collection of stories Orlo and Leini
. That Alvarez's lyrical style can unite such disparate things as passion and pig parts gives his love story of a junkman, Orlo, and his Greek sweetheart, Leini, a singular flavor reminiscent of the "impure" poetry of Pablo Neruda. The third principal character in his book is the "Holy Land" itself, a gritty, blue-collar east Baltimore neighborhood, and it will come alive for listeners when Alvarez (pictured left) reads at Quail Ridge Books on August 20 at 4 p.m. For more information, call 828-1588.
The late Helen Hudson Whiting would have also understood the metaphoric intersections between love and pig knuckles. Undaunted by the barbecue-dominated days of old, she was a passionate experimenter in her Durham kitchen and shared her zeal for cooking with Triangle readers for almost 20 years. In Helen's Kitchen: A Philosophy of Food gathers her witty and instructive wisdom in 120 essays and more than 300 wide-ranging recipes for readers to try. From 2 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 20, the Regulator Bookshop will host a party celebrating the release of the book. For more information, call 286-2700.