The Regulator Bookshop will host a reading and book signing of The Carolina Table: North Carolina Writers on Food (edited and introduced by Randall Kenan) from Eno Publishers. Randall Kenan and contributors Jaki Shelton Green, Emily Wallace, and Jeffrey Beam will give readings and be available to sign books.
The Carolina Table offers a collection of food-related stories set in North Carolina, though geography is sometimes secondary to the main theme, which is food in any form: meals and manners, cooking and ingredients, recipes and recollections. Some of North Carolina's favorite writers regale us with stories: Lee Smith, Daniel Wallace, Marianne Gingher, Jill McCorkle, Jaki Shelton Green, Wayne Caldwell, Marcie Cohen Ferris, Cathy Cleary, John McElwee, Tom Rankin, Michael McFee, Stephen Petrow, Zelda Lockhart, Crook's Corner's popular chef Bill Smith, noted cookbook author Nancie McDermott, and many others.
"Read The Carolina Table and you pull up your chair to the best groaning boards in the state. Randall Kenan’s choices are acute, delicious, and big-hearted. I love the family lore, the discourse on butter beans, the recipe for grape hull pie, free use of the word 'fatback,' and the elements of cleaning crab-beer, a hose, mosquitos. Most of all, I love the humor and the quirky voices of my Southern brethren." --Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun and most recently Under Magnolia: A Southern Memoir.
Randall Kenan (editor and introduction) is a Professor of English and Comparative Literature at The University of North Carolina -- Chapel Hill. He is the author of A Visitation of Spirits; Let the Dead Bury Their Dead; Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century and The Fire this Time, among others. Kenan is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, the John Dos Passos Award, the 1997 Rome Prize winner from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he was awarded the North Carolina Award for Literature in 2005.