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November Events at The Regulator

ROY SCRANTON and AMITAV GHOSH:  Conversations on Climate Change

Sunday, November 4, 6:30 p.m.; Location: The Regulator Bookshop, 720 9th St., Durham, NC 27705

Roy Scranton and Amitav Ghosh join us for a community conversation about climate change in the first of The Regulator’s new series, “Community and Scholars.” Co-sponsored by Duke University Forum for Scholars and Publics. Free and open to the public. 

Roy Scranton is the author of We’re Doomed. Now What; War Porn; and Learning to Die in the Anthropocene. He earned an MA from the New School for Social Research and a PhD in English from Princeton. He has been awarded a Whiting Humanities Fellowship and a Lannan Literary Fellowship.

Amitav Ghosh is an award-winning novelist and essayist whose books include The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable, The Circle of Reason, The Shadow Lines, In An Antique Land, Dancing in Cambodia, The Calcutta Chromosome, The Glass Palace, The Hungry Tide, and the Ibis Trilogy: Sea of Poppies, River of Smoke, and Flood of Fire. In 2017 he was awarded the inaugural Utah Award in the Environmental Humanities from the University of Utah.

Monday, November 5, 5:30pm - 6:30pm
TreesDurham meets on the first Monday of every month from 5:30pm - 6:30pm (downstairs) at The Regulator Bookshop. The purpose of TreesDurham is to achieve and maintain a 50% tree canopy in Durham city & county and to do so in a just, healthy, and sustainable way through collaboration with other nonprofits and partners, both public and private. All are welcome.

Wednesday, November 7, 10:15 a.m.
Join us for Preschool Storytime with Amy Godfrey at The Regulator. For ages 2-5; siblings, caregivers, and grandparents welcome. Free!

POETRY SERIES: Dorianne Laux & Joseph Millar
Thursday, November 8, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator Bookshop’s popular Poetry Series welcomes Dorianne Laux and Joseph Millar for an evening of poetry. Laux and Millar will be joined by two of their students, Celeste Doaks and Arielle Hebert. Come enjoy an evening of poetry and discover some new talent!

Dorianne Laux teaches poetry in the Program in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University and is a founding faculty member of Pacific University's Low Residency MFA Program.

Joseph Millar teaches in Pacific University's low-residency MFA Program and in North Carolina State's MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Sunday, November 11, 1:30 pm
Durham Animal Protection Society will hold a monthly cat adoption event at the Regulator. Come visit our furry friends from 1:30 - 3:00. Please note the time and date.

Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes veteran sportswriter Art Chansky for a reading and signing of his new book, Blue Blood II: Duke-Carolina: The Latest on the Never-Ending and Greatest Rivalry in College Hoops. Blue Blood II is a follow-up to Blue Blood that tells the recent history of the Duke-Carolina college basketball rivalry 13 years later and is a must-have follow-up for Duke and UNC fans -- and college basketball fans in general.

Art Chansky is a veteran journalist who has covered UNC and ACC basketball for 40 years. He lives in Chapel Hill with his family.

Wednesday, November 14, 10:15AM
Join us for Preschool Storytime with Amy Godfrey at The Regulator. For ages 2-5; siblings, caregivers, and grandparents welcome. Free!

Wednesday, November 14, 7:00 p.m.
Durham Grandparents and Parents for Action on Climate Change will hear a presentation on the national carbon tax and dividend policy that is being promoted by the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. (See https://citizensclimatelobby.org/ for more). We will also hear updates on the status of city and county resolutions to commit to transitioning to renewable energy for the operations of our local governments. And more! Anyone interested in taking action on climate change at a local level is welcome.

POETRY SERIES: Elizabeth Barr, Tony Reevy, and Ross White 
Thursday, November 15, 7:00 p.m. -- 8:30 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes Tina Barr, Tony Reevy, and Ross White for an evening of poetry.
Tina Barr will read from her new collection, Green Target, with additional readings by poets Tony Reevy and Ross White. 

Tina Barr has received Fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Tennessee Arts Commission, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. She lives in Black Mountain, NC.

Ross White teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and directs Bull City Press. 

Tony Reevy is Senior Associate Director of the Institute for the Environment at UNC-Chapel Hill. Reevy and his family live in Durham, in the Watts-Hillandale neighborhood.

Friday, November 16, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes Ben Fountain, author of Billy Lynn’s Long Half-Time Walk, for a reading and signing of his new book, Beautiful Country Burn Again: An Election, a Rebellion, and the Next American Revolution. 
In a sweeping work of reportage set over the course of 2016, Fountain recounts a surreal year of politics and an exploration of the third American existential crisis  --one that will require, Fountain argues, a “burning” of the old order as America attempts to remake itself.

“There may be no writer alive today who better captures the manic, fevered, paranoid style in 21st-century America than Ben Fountain.” -- Rolling Stone

Ben Fountain was born in Chapel Hill and grew up in the tobacco country of eastern North Carolina. A former practicing attorney, he is the author of Brief Encounters with Che Guevara, which won the PEN/Hemingway Award and the novel Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award and a finalist for the National Book Award. His series of essays published in The Guardian on the 2016 U.S. presidential election was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He and his wife live in Dallas.

WBWC BREASTFEEDING CLASS -- this is a paid event that requires pre-registration
Sunday, November 18, 2pm - 4pm
This is a paid class offered by the Women’s Birth and Wellness Center. Contact WBWC for more information. 

JIM HENDERSON (CD Release Party) 
Tuesday, November 20, 7:00 p.m.
Wailin' and Honkin': How Unsung Heroes of the Saxophone Created Rhythm and Blues
The Regulator welcomes musician and educator Jim Henderson in celebration of the launch of his new CD of saxophone instrumentals, Still Souled Out (2018). Henderson will give a presentation and be performing live on the saxaphone; his CDs will be available for sale. 

Jim Henderson, Ph.D., is an educator, composer, and performing musician, who was a teacher and administrator at Carolina Friends School for 32 years. He has written and produced music for dance, theater and television and, for more than 50 years. Jim currently performs with Ragweed Brass, Armand and Bluesology, Batala Durham, and other North Carolina-based music groups.

Tuesday, November 27, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes Debbie Moose, author of Carolina Catch: Cooking North Carolina Fish and Shellfish from Mountains to Coast, for a reading and book signing. 
Moose unlocks the fresh tastes of North Carolina’s culinary treasures sourced from the waters of a state that stretches from the mountains to the sea. In 92 dishes, Moose shows how to prepare North Carolina fish and shellfish--freshwater, saltwater, wild-caught, and farmed--in both classic southern and inventive, contemporary ways. 

Debbie Moose is an award-winning journalist and author of many cookbooks, including Buttermilk and Southern Holidays.  Debbie was born and raised in North Carolina. 

ELLY LONON, “Amongst the Liberal Elite,’ with KEITH KNIGHT 
Thursday, November 29, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes McSweeney’s columnist Elly Lonon in conversation with cartoonist and illustrator Keith Knight (The K Chronicles) for a discussion of her newest book, Amongst the Liberal Elite: The Road Trip Exploring Societal Inequities Solidified by Trump (RESIST).  Based on the political satire of Elly Lonon’s successful McSweeney's column, Amongst the Liberal Elite is a graphic novel that takes us on a cross-country road trip and offers readers comic relief from ourselves.

Born and raised in North Carolina, Elly Lonon moved to Manhattan for graduate school and to pursue a career in the music business. Weary from consistent marginalization by the patriarchy, she left both the industry and NYC, opting to work for a not-for-profit and moving to the suburbs of Jersey where living near a Superfund site promptly gave her cancer. Once in remission, she read far too many self-help books, learned to embrace life and abandoned her previous career to write and procreate. Her Amongst the Liberal Elite columns in McSweeney’s inspired the graphic novel of the same name. When she isn’t writing wrongs and juggling her progeny, she enjoys torturing small stringed instruments. 

Keith Knight is the creator of three popular comic strips: the Knight Life, (th)ink, and the K Chronicles. An award-winning artist and illustrator, Knight is part of a generation of African-American artists who were raised on hip-hop, and infuse their work with urgency, edge, humor, satire, politics and race. His art has appeared in various publications worldwide, including the Washington Post, Daily KOS, San Francisco Chronicle, Medium.com, Ebony, ESPN the Magazine, L.A. Weekly, MAD Magazine, and the Funny Times .His comic musings on race have garnered accolades and stirred controversies, prompting the NAACP to recognize him as a 2015 History Maker, and CNN to tap him to grade America on its progress concerning issues of race. Knight and his family make their home in North Carolina. 


December Events Preview

Tuesday, December 4, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes Susan Gravely, co-founder of Vietri, for a reading and book signing of her heartwarming new holiday book, The Magic of Old St. Nick: The Adventure Begins, a charming tale of Babbo Natale, Italy’s Santa Claus, and his relationship with his beloved son, Nick. Includes colorful illustrations, hand painted by maestro artisan Alessandro Taddei, and a glossary of simple Italian words will make you smile and giggle! 

Susan Gravely is a co-founder of Vietri, the largest importer of handcrafted Italian tableware and home decor products, working with family-owned and operated factories throughout Italy. Vietri is family-owned and located in Hillsborough.

Thursday, December 6, 7:00 p.m.
"A Fool for Christmas” is Allan Gurganus's marvelous story, told in the first person, of a socially awkward loner named Verne who manages a pet shop in a mall off an interstate, somewhere in North Carolina. A pregnant runaway teenage girl takes to hanging out at the mall, and out of sympathy for a fellow outcast, Verne befriends her.

Please join us on Thursday, November 6  at 7:00 p.m. for a treasured Regulator holiday tradition. Allan Gurganus will be performing his heartwarming Christmas tale, “A Fool for Christmas.” Every time Allan tells this marvelous tale, he changes the story a bit, and every time we end up reaching for something to dab our eyes. Because there can never be too many fools for Christmas, please join us. 

Allan Gurganus is currently writing his magnum opus The Erotic History of a Country Baptist Church to be published by Liveright-Norton. Gurganus’s subsequent book of stories will appear in 2020. Its current working title: “Just One Damn Thing After Another.” The volume will include recent tales and familiar if uncollected stories like “He’s at the Office,” “My Heart Is A Snakefarm,” “Fetch,” and “A Fool for Christmas.” Allan Gurganus lives in Hillsborough.

Sunday, December 9, 1:30 pm
Durham Animal Protection Society will hold a monthly cat adoption event at the Regulator. Come visit our furry friends from 1:30 - 3:00. Note the time and date.

ROBIN KIRK (Book Release Party)
Tuesday, December 11, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator celebrates the launch of Robin Kirk’s new book, The Bond, the first volume in a young-adult fantasy trilogy. Please join us!

If you had to choose who would sacrifice her life for you, could you? Dinitra believes the Sower who engineered her made a mistake. She only finds joy after she's drafted into the Legion to train a mutant battle dog called 12. Dinitra and 12 will help in the final battle for their home, the Weave. They’ll destroy the rebels who stand in the way of the Weave’s ultimate goal: a world without males. As war approaches, Dinitra must make an agonizing decision as she learns what love and loyalty mean in a world of engineered humans and not-so-monstrous mutants, while war threatens them all. 

“In the end, this is a book about a girl and her dog. But it is the best book about a girl and her dog that I've ever read. It also has hovercraft, mutants, and a corrupt dictatorship. Science fiction fans can't go wrong here.” -- Katie Rose Guest Pryal, author of The Life of the Mind Interrupted

Robin Kirk is a Faculty Co-Chair of the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute and is a founding member of the Pauli Murray Project. An author and human rights advocate, Kirk is a lecturer in Duke's Department of Cultural Anthropology. An essayist, author,  and award-winning poet, her poetry chapbook, Peculiar Motion, is available through Finishing Line Press, and her work is included in Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse. Kirk is a graduate of the University of Chicago and holds an MFA in Children’s and Young Adult literature from Vermont College of Fine Arts.



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