At the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, 1317 W. Pettigrew Street, Durham, NC 27705
The Center for Documentary Studies and Arts & Health at Duke will be hosting Krista Bremer for a reading and discussion of her new book, My Accidental Jihad. Books will be available for purchase at the event through the Regulator Bookshop. Fifteen years ago, Krista Bremer would not have been able to imagine her life today: married to a Libyan-born Muslim, raising two children with Arabic names in the American South. Nor could she have imagined the prejudice she would encounter or the profound ways her marriage would change her perception of the world. But on a running trail in North Carolina, she met an older man named Ismail. He was passionate and sincere -- and he loved adventure as much as she did. From acquaintances to lovers to a couple facing an unexpected pregnancy, this is the story of two people -- a middle-class American raised in Southern California and a Muslim raised by illiterate parents in an impoverished Libyan fishing village -- who made a commitment to one another without forsaking their own identities. Their compelling journey, which takes the reader from the contemporary south to a restless Libya in flux, provides a lesson to each of us on how to determine our own truths.
Why is it always hard to fall asleep the night before an important meeting? Or be charming and relaxed on a first date? What is it about a politician who seems wooden or a comedian whose jokes fall flat or an athlete who chokes? In all of these cases, striving seems to backfire.In Trying Not To Try: The Art and Science of Spontaneity, Edward Slingerland explains why we find spontaneity so elusive, and shows how early Chinese thought points the way to happier, more authentic lives. Dr. Slingerland is Professor of Asian Studies, Canada Research Chair in Chinese Thought and Embodied Cognition, and an Associate Member of the Depts. of Philosophy and Psychology at the University of British Columbia.
Thelonius Monk, Billy Taylor, and Maceo Parker--famous jazz artists who have shared the unique sounds of North Carolina with the world--are but a few of the dynamic African American artists from eastern North Carolina featured in The African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina. This first-of-its-kind travel guide will take you on a fascinating journey to music venues, events, and museums that illuminate the lives of the musicians and reveal the deep ties between music and community. Interviews with more than 90 artists open doors to a world of music, especially jazz, rhythm and blues, funk, gospel and church music, blues, rap, marching band music, and beach music. The book is part of the NC Arts Council’s cultural tourism program, which also included the release of Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina and Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina, published in association with UNC Press earlier this year. This event will feature authors Beverly Patterson and Michelle Lanier, photographer Titus Brooks Heagins, musician and poet Shirlette Ammons, and saxophonist Ira Wiggins in a panel discussion about the book, the continuing initiative from the NC Arts Council, and performances and stories from musicians hailing from Mt. Olive and Kinston, NC.
There comes a time in every witch's life when she must choose her path. Darlena's friends have already chosen, so why is it so hard for her to make up her mind? Now, Darlena is out of time. Under pressure from Hecate, the Queen of all witches, Darlena makes a rash decision to choose Red magic, a path no witch in her right mind would dare take. As a Red witch, she will be responsible for chaos and mayhem, drawing her deep into darkness. Will the power of Red magic prove too much for Darlena, or will she learn to control it before it's too late? Daughter of Chaos is the first in a YA paranormal trilogy from North Carolina-based author Jen McConnel.
What happened to film musicals? In Roadshow! The Fall of Film Musicals in the 1960s, film historian Matthew Kennedy explores the steep decline of a beloved genre in an era fated to reinvent American art and culture. Roadshow! is the story of deeply talented but often misguided men and women who went in search of “the next Sound of Music” and glutted the American film market with a spate of appallingly expensive and financially ruinous musicals between 1967 and 1972, and the few successes could not mitigate the disaster. Roadshow offers an alternative view of a time too often reduced to love beads and sit-ins. Though routinely overlooked by cultural and film historians, these films matter in the story of America in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Told in swift chronology with interweaving narratives, Roadshow! tells of the studios' death grip on the film business, done in largely by expensive reserve-seat tickets to these ill timed, overproduced après garde musicals. Kennedy will be in our store on Saturday night, April 12 to discuss his new book and show a few clips. Join us for a night of fun, film, and - of course - music!
The claim at the heart of the Christian faith is that Jesus of Nazareth was, and is, God. But this is not what the original disciples believed during Jesus’s lifetime—and it’s not what Jesus claimed about himself. According to New York Times bestselling author and Bible scholar Bart Ehrman, it was only when some of Jesus’ followers had visions of him—alive again—after his death did anyone come to think that he had become God. And what they meant by that was not what people mean today. In his new book, How Jesus Became God, Ehrman reveals how a Jewish preacher from a rural backwater, executed for crimes against the state, came to be viewed as God. Bart Ehrman is a historian of early Christianity at the University of North Carolina and author of provocative bestsellers such as Misquoting Jesus and God’s Problem.