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Re: “Fall into Books

Thanks for the nod, Sam...just a note: It's OCTOBER 9, not november...

Posted by Eryk Pruitt on 09/28/2017 at 9:23 AM

Re: “Fall into Books

Ack! And one more thing:

The Durham Literacy Center will host a special event with #1 New York Times bestselling author, Christina Baker Kline, on October 19th, 2017. Christina will talk about her bestselling book, Orphan Train, copies of which will be available for purchase at the event. Christina will discuss the true story of the 250,000 orphaned and abandoned children sent on trains from the East Coast to the Midwest as indentured servants and how she stumbled on this hidden piece of American history. The event will take place in the Main Gallery at 21c Museum Hotel located at 111 Corcoran St, Durham, NC 27701.

Posted by Sam M-B on 09/18/2017 at 4:13 PM

Re: “Fall into Books

A great selection of the literary highlights! Here's a couple handfuls more, from the speculative fiction neighborhood:

September 19 (Tuesday) 5:30 pm UNCs Center for the Study of the American South (410 E Franklin St) hosts Gabrielle Calbocoressi for the launch party for her new book of poems, Rocket Fantastic. Join us at the Love House & Hutchins Forum as we celebrate the publication of Gabrielle Calvocoressis new book of poetry, Rocket Fantastic. Calvocoressi teaches creative writing at UNC-Chapel Hill, and she recently assumed duties as poetry editor for Southern Cultures.

September 19 (Tuesday) 7 pm Durhams The Regulator Bookshop hosts Rebecca Gomez Farrell for Wings Unseen, with authors James Maxey and Mur Lafferty (whose non-fiction book I Should Be Writing based on her award-winning podcast was just published!) to make AN EVENING OF SPECULATIVE FICTION & FANTASY with Becca Gomez Farrell, Mur Lafferty, & James Maxey.

September 20 (Wednesday) 7 pm Flyleaf Books hosts Rebecca Gomez Farrell for Wings Unseen, along with Natania Barron (Wothwood) and Margaret S. McGraw (Lawless Lands).

September 23 (Saturday) Barnes & Noble Teen Fiction day with events across the Triangle. Among other appearances: Rebecca Gomez Farrell (Wings Unseen) and Tony Daniel (The Amber Arrow) at the Cary Barnes & Noble, and Scott Reintgen (Nyxia) at The Streets At Southpoint at 1 pm.

September 24 (Sunday) 2 pm Quail Ridge Books hosts Kristin Cashore Jane, Unlimited.

September 25 (Monday) 7 pm Quail Ridge Books hosts Kerri Maniscalco Hunting Prince Dracula and Rene Ahdieh Flame in the Mist.

September 28 (Thursday) 7 pm Flyleaf Books hosts Jessica Cluess and Scott Reintgen discuss A Poison Dark and Drowning and Nyxia, their new YA novels.

September 28 (Thursday) 7 pm Quail Ridge Books hosts Tui T. Sutherland Darkness of Dragons (Wings of Fire #10).

October 5 (Thurday) 7 pm Flyleaf Books hosts KL Pereira discusses her story collection A Dream Between Two Rivers: Stories of Liminality. A Dream Between Two Rivers: Stories of Liminality is both literary and speculative, both magically real and viscerally strange in the tradition of Angela Carter, Karen Russell, and Jorge Luis Borges. In this collection, KL Pereira weaves elements of fairy tale, folklore, and myth into the lives of women, children, and immigrants. Her lucid prose underscores the tenacity of those who are most vulnerable, who live on edges between neat and clear definitions of who they are and who they want to be. Free of normative ideas of gender, class, race, and sexuality, Pereira explores rebirth amidst darkness.

October 27-29 (Friday to Sunday) Military science fiction convention HonorCon 2017 at the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown. Join us as the 5th year of HonorCon Celebrates The Royal Manticoran Navys Tenth year Anniversary! Guests include David Weber, Marko Kloos, and more.

November 12 (Sunday) 2 pm Quail Ridge Books hosts Marissa Meyer Renegades, Book #1.

And... one more, this time it's crime fiction from one of the South's hidden treasures:

November 9 (Monday) 7 pm The Regulator Bookshop hosts Eryk Pruitt, What We Reckon. The Regulator welcomes Eryk Pruitt, author of the Southern fiction crime thriller, What We Reckon, for a reading and book signing. In What We Reckon, Eryk Pruitt explores themes of identity, loyalty, and purpose with psycho-delic, transgressive, chicken-fried twists that read like Trainspotting cut with a couple grams of Helter Skelter.

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Posted by Sam M-B on 09/18/2017 at 2:10 PM

Re: “New Yorker Staffer Lauren Collins’s Linguistic Love Story in When in French

Hi, All,
Alexis Pauline Gumb's reading of SPILL at The Regulator Bookshop has been rescheduled for Nov. 1 at 7PM. Thanks! We hope you can make it.
Best regards,
Amy Spaulding, Events Coordinator
The Regulator Bookshop

Posted by amys on 09/22/2016 at 12:52 PM

Re: “Our guide to local arts and culture this autumn

What about the 'trashion' show Rubbish2Runway at Frank Art Gallery in Chapel Hill????

Posted by Cheryl Hill on 08/28/2014 at 6:54 PM

Re: “Hillsborough novelist Allan Gurganus on Moral Mondays and Local Souls, his first book in more than a decade

Let's juxtapose this quote:

'A liberal is somebody who can understand anybody but the ones who can't understand the liberals.'

With this one:

"As much as I admire Rev. Barber, I just wish Jesus and God could be dropped out one week because I think Jesus and God is what got us in this trouble in the first place with the far Right. And I don't see that as the solution."

There's a missing link when a liberal doesn't get the inspiration that follows from another person's spiritual beliefs.

I've been preached to about Jesus more than I can take, but I can tell you there's nothing like the power of the African American church -- the full weight of history, from Africa to America is still being carried through the Black churches, and it's a steam engine that won't quit. White liberals have nothing on it.

"We don't want to be a Durham-Chapel Hill-Raleigh 'intelligentsia' speaking our outrage only to other people with Ph.D.s".

(Barber does have a PhD, but he's got the equivalent of street cred as a leader of the people.)

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Posted by MST on 08/30/2013 at 8:31 PM

Re: “Hillsborough novelist Allan Gurganus on Moral Mondays and Local Souls, his first book in more than a decade

Writer Allan Gurganus is absolutely right to remark that taking Jesus and God out of Moral Monday protests would be a very good idea, and not just because religiosity and its vague dependence on emotion and un-fact got us into this awful mess to begin with, either, though surely that is an irony that he is wise to note. The religious tone to these protests becomes a water in which the non-religious like me do not want to swim. I, for one, am not interested in martyrdom; I prefer to see some good old intellect applied to the problems that face us, the first of those problems being that we voters have turned over our North Carolina State government to a bunch of sideshow barkers who are quite shamelessly in favor of turning our beautiful state over to business concerns for systematic rape and pillage. How about calling them Mindful Mondays instead?

Good article.

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Posted by Dorothy on 08/30/2013 at 9:29 AM

Re: “Helping theater help itself

I'm surprised, in a list of almost entirely local, nonprofit productions, that you've included a touring Broadway musical at a commercially owned and operated venue. When audiences and funding already don't understand the difference between the two arts business structures, seeing a commercial operation in such a preview list without accompanying delineation makes our work educating harder.

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Posted by stubborndev on 08/29/2013 at 2:29 PM

Re: “Road trip: electronic music at Asheville's Mountain Oasis

Excellent point, Shocka Kahn. I'll take the "fall" for that as the story's editor. I should have checked the calendar more carefully.

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Posted by David Fellerath, INDY Culture & Sports Editor on 08/28/2013 at 5:21 PM

Re: “Road trip: electronic music at Asheville's Mountain Oasis

You're driving home from MOEMS on Sunday? You'll miss Pretty Lights and Disclosure! The autumn leaves will still be there the day after the festival is over on Monday.

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Posted by Shocka Kahn on 08/28/2013 at 1:31 PM

Re: “Movies, music and miscellany

RE: The Hobbit: The first of three parts - WTF? Warner Bros must really be wanting to cash in. Hmm, lets see - each volume of the Lord of the Rings had a single film. The Hobbit - a smaller book and a simpler story than any of the others, needs three installments to tell? Greed abounds.

Posted by Incredulous on 08/30/2012 at 12:15 PM

Re: “A Durham transplant explains the pleasures of growing up 'Bama

Great article.
Well done.

Posted by Stoney Chavers on 09/07/2011 at 12:27 PM

Re: “Your fall guide to the Triangle

no love for SPARKcon or the International Festival?

Posted by Aly Khalifa on 09/03/2011 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Can college football survive? After a summer of scandal, the questions are mounting

Although Mike's explanation is germane here, I think you bring up a provocative point we should consider.

N.C. Central indeed competes in Division I Football Championship Series, but the Eagles are not at the competitive level of the ACC, nor are they on television much, nor do they draw the crowds of the ACC schools.

I think it's simply an accident that the three non-ACC schools all happen to be HBCUs. If Elon University, for example, were part of our market, we would include them in our discussion of the smaller schools—which would underline the fact that the editorial priorities are based on size and competitiveness, not race.

Thanks for writing.

Posted by David Fellerath, Indy Culture & Sports Editor on 09/01/2011 at 11:53 AM

Re: “Can college football survive? After a summer of scandal, the questions are mounting

Here is why that happened. I do regular work for N.C. Central (please go to and follow! :) and it would be a conflict of interest for me to cover the Eagles. That is the ONLY reason it is broken up that way. Donal Ware covers national HBCU sports for a living and is one of the primary experts in that field. Mike

Posted by Mike Potter on 09/01/2011 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Can college football survive? After a summer of scandal, the questions are mounting

Your last sentence bothered me. You have one reporter doing the area ACC schools and another doing the various HBCUs. Hmm . . . Maybe its just the race based distinction that bothers me about this . . . No definitely its the essentially racist distinction here that bothers me.

In the Triangle, there are now four division one football programs: Duke, NCCU, NCSU, and UNC. Of course, NCCU is also an HBCU. They play Rutgers tonight, a school that UNC has played a couple of times over the last few years. I know their move to Division 1 is new, but why lump the black schools in one pile and the Division 1 white schools in another? I am sure that the HBCU's are proud of their being characterized as historically black, but I doubt that they would appreciate being lumped together and treated like second class simply because they are HBCUs. To keep it simple and make my point let me say that they know that they are black schools, at least historically, but they probably don't want to be treated like "Niggers!" by your paper or anyone else.

Of course, how could I accuse the liberal Indy of a racist move . . . well if it walks like a duck and it talks like a duck then its fair to ask the question as to whether it is, in fact, a duck.

You've been called out . . . officially. Now how you handle the charge may either make my point or make this an isolated and insignificant misstep. Its up to you.

Posted by chuckde424 on 09/01/2011 at 9:07 AM

Re: “Midtown Dickens asked its community for help and found an overwhelming response

This is a great article. There was a lot of hard work and love put into this record and you can hear it pouring through the speakers. I didn't know about the story behind the record, but now that I do, it makes this already great record, even greater. I'd give anything to be in that tour van.

Posted by cotafloata on 09/16/2009 at 2:29 PM

Re: “After a fall, continue dancing

Sindee, I must say your defense seems somewhat vague and hollow. If she "DID NOT take $55 fom 140 people" as you claim, what exactly was it that she did do? You say the time doesn't fit the crime. What was the crime? I mean, when your own mother can't come out and say "My daughter did nothing wrong!" then that certainly makes it sound like she's guilty. At least of something.

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Posted by JohnD on 04/09/2008 at 2:24 AM

Re: “After a fall, continue dancing

It goes to prove, that all that is written is not true! I am Dawn Cockrells Mother. I spoke with these people at "Bounds" during the "scam" accusations & found them to be in the middle of a ownership quarrel and looking for a scape goat, which they found in Dawn. She DID NOT take $55 from 140 people @ Bounds Studio. And after all this came down, I had calls from these same people wanting to help Dawn and see this through. Dawn has spent 3 yrs out of her life and its all been because of talk, talk talk. I could see this type punishment if she had sold these kids drugs, however that is not the case. The parents are so stupid that they thought their kids would be over night stars when they hadn't stepped on the first stage to perform. All it took was ONE hint of the word scam and it was like Dawn had injected them all with heroin. Give me a break! My daughter has missed 3+ yrs with her own child because of this crap and the time does not fit the crime. I hope these people are real proud of themselves and that they feel like they got their $55 (yeah sure) worth. And quite frankly, from what I saw NONE of them were talented or had the "WOW" factor that it takes to be a star. Dawn is still in prison, I hope they sleep well at night.

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Posted by sindee b on 04/08/2008 at 3:32 PM

Re: “Theater and dance

There is definitely not enough (almost none) coverage on South Asian events in the Independent. Probably, the Independent should do a special issue or a special feature on South Asian organizations in the Triangle area. There are plenty of these organizing concerts and charitable events every year.

Posted by musicanddance on 09/23/2007 at 9:17 PM

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