Duke University writing instructor Faulkner Fox has written a new creative non-fiction work that irreverently shines the light on the fear and isolation (and joy) of motherhood. She will read from Dispatches From a Not-So-Perfect Life: Or How I Learned to Love the House, the Man, the Child. 7:30 p.m., Branch's Chapel Hill Bookshop, 243 S Elliott Rd, Chapel Hill. 968-9110. Also on Friday, Jan 23, 7 p.m. at Quail Ridge Books and Music, 3522 Wade Ave, Raleigh. 828-7912.
An Evening of Blackberry Whispers is the theme of First Annual Mahogany Dime Awards, honoring five black women from North Carolina who have excelled in their industry and communities. Poet Angela Ray will read from her book Blackberry Whispers, and attendees will be treated to comedy, music and other performances by talent from across the state. 7 p.m., Hayti Heritage Center, 804 Old Fayetteville St, Durham. 683-1709, www.hayti.org. Free.
John Howie, Jr. and his honky-tonk band Two Dollar Pistols will break your hearts, and Randy Whitt & The Grits will soothe the pain with lyrical ballads and country rock. 10 p.m., Go! Room 4, 100-F Brewer Lane, Carrboro. 969-1400. $7.
If you can't pull the perfect 18-second espresso shot, come watch the baristas who can do it with style. The Specialty Coffee Association of America's first SE Regional Barista Competition is the Olympics of coffee preparation, and it's hosted locally by Counter Culture Coffee. Sat., Jan. 24, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. and today from noon-6 p.m. at CLASS, A Southern Season's cooking school, University Mall, S. Estes Dr., Chapel Hill. 361-5282.
Reflections of the Soul: Modern, Folk and Religious Images from Latin America includes fiber arts inspired by the image of the Virgin of Guadalupe, surreal paintings by Peruvian-born David Sovero, and works by Cornelio Ocampo that draw from Day of the Dead celebrations in his native city of Michoacan, Mexico. Carrboro Branch Library at McDougle School, 900 Old Fayetteville Rd, Chapel Hill. 969-3006. Mon. & Wed. 3:30-9 p.m., Tue. & Thu. 3:30-6 p.m., Sun 1-5 p.m.
Durham photographer Laura Drey's images of crumbling beauty, Liggett & Meyers in Durham: Views Inside--A Photo Documentary, are on display at the main Durham County Library. Through Feb. 13, 300 N. Roxboro St., Durham. 560-0171. Mon.-Thu. 9 a.m.-9 p.m., Fri. 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 2-6 p.m.