Along the way, we learn about the discerning taste of Gen. William T. Sherman, who elected to spare the city even after word came of Lincoln's assassination. (The retreating Confederate who took a potshot at Sherman was not spared, however.) Sherman may have marched on Raleigh from the east, but the 27 Views series of place-based writing has finally approached the city from the west. Coming after similar volumes on Asheville, Hillsborough, Durham and Chapel Hill, Eno Publishing has produced a 220-page book with musings and fiction by Raleigh authorities young and not-so-young.
Such News & Observer stalwarts as Rob Christensen and Andrea Weigl offer portraits of, respectively, old Raleigh (the Sir Walter Hotel, where political deals got done) and new Raleigh (chef Ashley Christensen). The book includes neighborhood-oriented essays (including one by INDY Week music editor Grayson Haver Currin), poetry by Lenard D. Moore and Dorianne Laux, and fiction by Angela Davis-Gardner, John Kessel and others. Quail Ridge speculates that this Sunday afternoon event with Barnhardt and many of the contributors will be the largest collection of authors in the store's history. —David Fellerath