Durham native Gretchen Wing returns to her hometown on Tuesday, March 11 to read from her new middle grade novel, The Flying Burgowski, a coming-of-age/adventure story with a healthy dose of magical realism. For 14 year old Jocelyn Burgowsi, all those flying dreams make for a great escape from a tangled family…till the dreams turn real. As Jocelyn discovers that flying opens a whole new messy horizon, she struggles to keep her secret while rescuing her troubled mother. Now Jocelyn faces a test: must she give up her powers to save her mom, or can she use them to heal the damage of her mother’s own secret?
Ken Calhoun's new novel, Black Moon, is an engrossing twist on the dystopian genre imagines the end of the world not in ice, fire, or zombies, but in sleeplessness. Calhoun’s eerie, cinematic imagining of the future has the world suffering from a widespread epidemic of insomnia; as the sleepless fight to ward off madness and protect their loved ones, five interconnected characters wander the increasingly dangerous streets, trying to find safety – and maybe a cure.
Ken is a professor of design at Lasell College in MA and this is his debut novel. He lived in Durham for 10 years (until 2010), and is excited to return to the Triangle this March in promotion of his book.
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.
Author Darrell Stover will lead a panel of authors and musicians in a discussion about African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina. Details to come.
The author will read from her novel, Daughter of Chaos. Details to come.