Regulator Local Featured Author
Jacqueline K. Ogburn
Writer Jacqueline K. Ogburn is the author of ten picture books and a middle-grade novel for children, The Unicorn in the Barn. Her books have earned starred reviews and have been translated into Korean, French, Greek and Japanese.
Her 15 minutes of fame came when her picture book, The Bake Shop Ghost, was read on National Public Radio by Daniel Pinkwater. Ms. Ogburn collaborated with composer Jonathan Schwabe to write a musical based on the book, which was performed at the Maude Powell Music Festival. Filmmaker Lorette Bayle directed a short film of the story, featuring award-winning actresses Kathryn Joosten and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. The Bake Shop Ghost film was screened at dozens of film festivals around the world, receiving several jury and audience awards, including Best Short Film at a showcase at Cannes
You can watch the entire short film online here.
Bayle and Ogburn collaborated again on a new short film, Scarlett-Angelina. Ogburn wrote the screenplay, which is based on another of her picture books. Bayle directed and produced the film, which has been shown at festivals both in the U.S. and abroad.
Ogburn’s first novel, The Unicorn in the Barn, a middle-grade fantasy, is set in the fiction town of Chinaberry Creek, N.C., and based on the farm where her grandmother and mother grew up. Rebecca Greene illustrated the book and discusses her research and process in this blog post. There is another Durham connection in the book: Ogburn consulted with Bobby Schopler, a vet who works at the Duke Lemur Center, about the medical aspects of the story.
Ms. Ogburn grew up in Winston-Salem, N.C. and worked in New York in book publishing for ten years. She and her husband live in a suddenly hip neighborhood in Durham, N.C., where she writes and works at a local major university.
Click here to read an excerpt from The Unicorn in the Barn
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Haymarket Books is a radical, independent, nonprofit book publisher based in Chicago, a project of the Center for Economic Research and Social Change.
Our mission is to publish books that contribute to struggles for social and economic justice. We strive to make our books a vibrant and organic part of social movements and the education and development of a critical, engaged, international left.
We take inspiration and courage from our namesakes, the Haymarket Martyrs, who gave their lives fighting for a better world. Their 1886 struggle for the eight-hour day – which gave us May Day, the international workers’ holiday – reminds workers around the world that ordinary people can organize and struggle for their own liberation. These struggles continue today across the globe—struggles against oppression, exploitation, poverty, and war.
Since our founding in 2001, Haymarket has published more than 500 titles. Radically independent, Haymarket seeks to drive a wedge into the risk-averse world of corporate book publishing. Our authors include Noam Chomsky, Arundhati Roy, Rebecca Solnit, Angela Davis, Howard Zinn, Amy Goodman,