Thursday, September 10, 2009

Book and Reading News for September 2009

There are lots of book events going on in the area this month that I want to make you aware of.

In addition to the appearance at UNCG of storyteller and children's book author Willy Claflin on September 14, sponsored by the University Libraries through the generosity of Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board members Pam Sprinkle and Betty Hicks and the O. Henry Hotel,there are several other things happening in the area.

Book lovers in the state are blessed (or maybe cursed, since all these events are the same weekend) by three book festivals in September, all the weekend after Labor Day. Choose from among
the BOOKMARKS Festival in Winston-Salem;
the NC Literary Festival in Chapel Hill; and
the Carolina Mountain Literary Festival in Burnsville.

The Friends of the UNCG Libraries Book Discussion Series opens September 21 with a discussion led by Saundra Westervelt of the UNCG Sociology Department about John Grisham's nonfiction work, "The Innocent Man." It's free, Register here

UNCG's own Fred Chappell has a new book out. It's called "Shadow Box: Poems." Fred will be doing some appearances, including one this month at the Community Book Shop. This list of author appearances comes from the Greensboro Public Library:

September 5, 4 pm, at Community Book Shop - Fred Chappell
1206 Grove Street - Phone - 336-501-8389
September 8, 7 pm, at Barnes and Noble Booksellers - Joanna Smith Rakoff
3102 Northline Avenue - Phone - 336-854-4200

September 15, 7 pm, at Barnes and Noble Booksellers - Marti Healey
3102 Northline Avenue - Phone - 336-854-4200

September 17, 7 pm at Barnes and Noble Booksellers - Tara Green
3102 Northline Avenue - Phone - 336-854-4200

September 22, 12 noon, at Central library - Nancy Gotter Gates
219 N. Church Street - 336-373-3617

September 23, 7 pm, at Borders Book Store - Celia Rivenbark
3605 High Point Road - Phone - 336-218-0662

September 27, 2 pm at Barnes and Noble Booksellers - Tomie dePaola
3102 Northline Avenue - Phone - 336-854-4200

September 27, 3 pm, at Central library - Linda Brown
219 N. Church Street - 336-373-3617

Finally, The News & Record has a new book blog that will also help keep you informed.

I am sure that there are other book events that may interest you, but these are the ones I know about right now.

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Celebrate Founder’s Day October 5 at UNCG with Author Fred Chappell


The Center for Creative Writing in the Arts and the Friends of the UNCG Libraries will contribute to the celebration of UNCG’S FOUNDERS DAY with a reading by Fred Chappell, emeritus professor of English and former Poet Laureate of North Carolina.

Mr. Chappell will read from his recently released poetry book, Shadow Box,published by the Louisiana State University Press, at the campus’s Faculty Center, Monday October 5, at 4:00 PM. In this richly human work that explores the complexities of age, loss, love and memory, Mr. Chappell accomplishes a rare feat that will be of particular interest to writers and students of poetry: he presents the world with a completely new and demanding form of verse, one of his own invention in which one poem is embedded or nested within the language of another. Mr. Chappell has called on a second reader, his wife, Susan Nicholls Chappell, to highlight and clarify for listeners the rich interplay of the two voices in these lyrical conversations.

A book signing and reception will follow the reading. The event is free and open to the public.