Thursday, December 6, 2012

Margaret Maron Honored

Author Margaret Maron speaking at UNCG
We are delighted to announce this honor for Margaret Maron, who attended UNCG and whose papers are on long-term loan to our University Libraries. 
Mystery Writers of America Announces Ken Follett & Margaret Maron
as their 2013 Grand Masters
Plus Raven and Ellery Queen Awards
December 3, 2012 New York, NY – Ken Follett and Margaret Maron have been chosen as this year’s Grand Masters by Mystery Writers of America (MWA). MWA's Grand Master Award represents the pinnacle of achievement in mystery writing and was established to acknowledge important contributions to this genre, as well as a body of work that is both significant and of consistent high quality. Mr. Follett and Ms. Maron will be presented with their awards at the Edgar Awards Banquet, which will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in New York City on Thursday, May 2, 2013.

Margaret Maron is the author of twenty-six novels and two short story collections. Her first mystery, One Coffee With, was published in 1981, and was the beginning of her Sigrid Harald series featuring a New York City police officer. But it wasn’t until 1992, and a fictional return to her North Carolina roots, with Bootlegger’s Daughter (the first of the Deborah Knott series), that Maron was awarded an Edgar, Agatha, Anthony and Macavity award. Maron’s works are on the reading lists of courses in contemporary Southern literature and have been translated into 16 languages. She has served as president of Sisters in Crime, the American Crime Writers League, and Mystery Writers of America. She and her husband live on her family's century-old farm a few miles southeast of Raleigh, which inspired the setting for Bootlegger's Daughter.

On learning she was a Grand Master, Maron said, “Me? It still hasn’t fully sunk in. I keep remembering my first MWA dinner when I was half-afraid that I would be asked to leave because I only had a few short stories and a half-published book to my name, so how could I possibly belong there with those luminaries?  Grand Master?  Wow!”

Previous Grand Masters include Martha Grimes, Sara Paretsky, Dorothy Gilman, James Lee Burke, Sue Grafton, Bill Pronzini, Stephen King, Marcia Muller, Dick Francis, Mary Higgins Clark, Lawrence Block, P.D. James, Ellery Queen, Daphne du Maurier, Alfred Hitchcock, Graham Greene, and Agatha Christie.

MWA is the premier organization for mystery writers, professionals allied to the crime-writing field, aspiring crime writers, and those who are devoted to the genre. The organization encompasses more than 3,000 members including authors of fiction and non-fiction books, screen and television writers, as well as publishers, editors, and literary agents. For more information on Mystery Writers of America, please visit the website:

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Monday, December 3, 2012

For Those Who Wish to Give

During this holiday season, we are especially thankful to our Friends of the UNCG Libraries and other donors for your membership and support, enabling us to offer a better library experience for students, faculty, staff and Friends than would be possible without you.

Click here if you’d like to make a year-end contribution to the Friends and here if you would just like to make a contribution to support the University Libraries.

2013: A Preview of Coming Programs

Monday, January 28 Book Discussion of When God Talks Back: Understanding the American Evangelical Relationship with God by T. M. Luhrmann, led by Dr. Ben Ramsey, Religious Studies. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, 4 p.m. FREE
Wednesday, February 13 — UNCG alum Wiley Cash, author of A Land More Kind Than Home. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, 7 p.m. FREE
Monday, February 25 — Book Discussion of Lady Chatterley's Lover by D. H. Lawrence., led by Dr. Keith Cushman, English. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, 7 p.m. FREE
Wednesday, March 6 — Christopher Hodgkins and Robert Whalen Present "The Digital Temple of George Herbert." Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, 4 p.m. FREE.
Monday, March 18 — Book Discussion of In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror & an American Family in Hitler's Berlin by Erik Larson, led Dr. Karl Schleunes, History. Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, 7 p.m. FREE
Wednesday, March 20 Joseph Bathanti, current North Carolina Poet Laureate, Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library 4 p.m. FREE
Wednesday, April 10 Kathryn Stripling Byer, UNCG alumna and former North Carolina Poet Laureate, Hodges Reading Room, Jackson Library, 4 p.m. FREE
Monday, April 29 — The Friends of the UNCG Libraries Dinner will feature John Shelton Reed, whose latest book is Dixie Bohemia: A French Quarter Circle in the 1920s. Tickets will go on sale in January. Fee charged.



The Friends of the UNCG Libraries: 2012 in Review

Among the programming and service highlights of 2012:


·         BOOKMARKS Presents a Conversation with Kim Edwards

·         “Learn: Space: Learn” presented by Patrick Lee Lucas, Interior Architecture. 


·         A Dickens of a Celebration (Bicentennial celebration of the birth of Charles Dickens)


·         Matthew Pearl, author of The Technologists, and The Last Dickens 

·         Saving the Hansen House” documentary film screening

·         The Friends of the UNCG Libraries Annual Dinner “A Celebration of the Blues” with William Ferris and Lorenzo (Logie) Meachum


·         The third of six faculty-led book discussions held throughout the year from February through December

·         A newly elected and fully engaged Friends of the UNCG Libraries Board of Directors

May, June, and July (as well as the rest of the year)

·         Access to a book collection of more than 1 million volumes

·         A DVD collection of more 5000 items

·         Current literature and paperback collections of popular titles for summertime and year-round reading

·         Air conditioned respite from the heat in beautifully furnished libraries full of comfortable seating

·         A helpful and professional group of library employees dedicated to helping patrons find the information they need when they need it


·         The opening of the Digital Media Commons


·         A Visit with Tony Horwitz, author of Confederates in the Attic and other histories

·         Storyteller, Author and Musical Artist John McCutcheon


·         Dedication of the Harold Schiffman Music Library in the Music Building

·         Screening of documentary film Semper Fi: Always Faithful with special guest Jerry Ensminger 

·         Kelly Ritter, author of To Know Her Own History: Writing at the Woman’s College, 1943-1963 talk and book signing


·         Virginia Dare in Fact and Fancy," presented by author Marjorie Hudson in celebration of the birth of the first English child born in America


·         Coffee and other hot beverages provided by the Friends of the UNCG Libraries for hard-studying students preparing for exams