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November events at The Regulator


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

Wednesday, November 6, 10:15 a.m.
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey every Wednesday* from 10:15 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m. (For ages 2ish to 5ish; siblings are welcome) Free!
(Our Story Times in November: 11/6, 11/13, 11/20;* no storytime on Nov. 27, due to Thanksgiving Holiday.)

About our Storyteller:
Amy Godfrey loves telling stories. Whether on the ground in a traditional storytime or in the air with her aerial storytelling troupe, she loves to bring the joy of books to kids of all ages. With 10 years of experience as a Children's Librarian, Amy Godfrey is known for her energetic musical story times and is bringing that fun to The Regulator every Wednesday!

Thursday, November 7, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes Lee Smith and Samia Serageldin, co-editors of Mothers and Strangers: Essays on Motherhood from the New South. Smith and Serageldin will be joined by contributors Margaret W. Rich, Sharon K. Swanson, E.C. “Redge” Hanes.

In this anthology of creative nonfiction, twenty-eight writers set out to discover what they do and don’t know about the person they call Mother. Celebrated writers Samia Serageldin and Lee Smith have curated a diverse and insightful collection that challenges stereotypes about mothers and expands our notions of motherhood in the South. The mothers in these essays were shaped, for good and bad, by the economic and political crosswinds of their time. Whether their formative experience was the Great Depression or the upheavals of the 1970s, their lives reflected their era and influenced how they raised their children. The writers in Mothers and Strangers explore the reliability of memory, examine their family dynamics, and come to terms with the past.

In addition to the editors, contributors to this anthology include Belle Boggs, Marshall Chapman, Hal Crowther, Clyde Edgerton, Marianne Gingher, Jaki Shelton Green, Sally Greene, Stephanie Elizondo Griest, Jacquelyn Dowd Hall, Eldridge "Redge" Hanes, Lynden Harris, Randall Kenan, Phillip Lopate, Michael Malone, Frances Mayes, Jill McCorkle, Melody Moezzi, Elaine Neil Orr, Steven Petrow, Margaret Rich, Omid Safi, James Seay, Alan Shapiro, Bland Simpson, Sharon K. Swanson, and Daniel Wallace.

E. C. “Redge” Hanes is the author of two novels, Billy Bowater, a story based on Redge’s experiences in Raleigh and Washington, D.C., as an advocate for the arts, and Justice by Another Name, based on his work on environmental issues in North Carolina. Redge lives with his wife in Winston-Salem.

Margaret W. Rich, a native of South Carolina, has lived most of her adult life in North Carolina, where she worked as a professional gardener and spent a summer working in Monet’s gardens in Giverny. A graduate of Mills College, she earned an M.F.A. in creative writing from Bennington College and is working on a memoir. She lives in Chapel Hill with her husband, James.

Sharon K. Swanson is an award-winning essayist, features writer, and filmmaker. Sharon holds an M.F.A. in nonfiction writing from Bennington College and a graduate degree in public administration from East Carolina University.

Samia Serageldin is a novelist, writer, and editor. Her autobiographical first novel, "The Cairo House," is set in her native Egypt and was followed by "The Naqib’s Daughter" and "Love Is Like Water and Other Stories." She is an editor and founder of the magazine South Writ Large: Stories, Arts, and Ideas from the Global South.Serageldin received her M.S. degree in politics from London University and has called Chapel Hill home for the past thirty years.

Lee Smith is the author of seventeen works of fiction, including "Fair and Tender Ladies," "Oral History," "Guests in Earth," and her novel, "Dimestore: A Writer's Life."

Thursday, November 7 to Sunday, November 10
Join us this weekend for the Morehead Montessori Book Fair at The Regulator Bookshop. The book fair starts on Thursday, Nov. 7 and runs through Sunday, Nov. 10. Come by the bookstore to purchase books for Morehead Montessori Public Magnet Elementary School! A portion of the proceeds from this weekend’s sales will be donated to the school. Books can also be purchased/donated for Teacher Wish Lists. 

Special events:
Sat. Nov. 9 at 11:15 a.m. -- Bi-lingual (Spanish/English) story time
Sat. Nov. 9 at 4:00 p.m. -- Student readings
Sunday, Nov. 10 at 2:00 p.m. -- Kelly Starling Lyons Reading & Booksigning

KELLY STARLING LYONS Reading & Book Signing
Sunday, November 10, 2:00 p.m.
The Regulator Bookshop welcomes children’s book author Kelly Starling Lyons for a reading and book signing. Meet the bestselling author of the Jada Jones series, Tea Cakes for Tosh, A Girl Named Misty, and One Millon Men and Me! This event is co-sponsored by Morehead Montessori Magnet Elementary School. All are welcome to attend. Free!

Kelly Starling Lyons grew up in Pittsburgh. A life-long writer, she was inspired to write for children when she first saw the book Something Beautiful by Sharon Dennis Wyeth. It was the very first picture book she had seen with an African-American girl featured on the cover.

Lyons has written six books for children that focus on aspects of African American history and culture. Her books include One Million Men and Me;  Ellen’s Broom; Tea Cakes for Tosh; Hope’s Gift; One More Dino on the Floor; Sing a Song: How “Lift Every Voice and Sing” Inspired Generations; easy reader A Girl Named Misty about trailblazing ballerina Misty Copeland; and the Jada Jones chapter book series. Her new picture book, Dream Builder: The Story of Architect Philip Freelon will be published early next year.

Lyons earned a B.A. in African-American Studies and an M.S. in Magazine Journalism at Syracuse University. She has since worked for Ebony Magazine, The News & Observer, and the Syracuse Herald-Journal. Lyons is one of the founding members of the blog The Brown Bookshelf, that is aimed at young African-American readers and features book reviews and author and illustrator interviews. Kelly Starling Lyons and her family make their home in Raleigh.

Tuesday, Nov. 12  at 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator Bookshop welcomes poets James Applewhite and Brit Washburn for an evening of poetry. The Regulator’s Poetry Series is generously co-sponsored by Jacar Press.

A prolific poet, James Applewhite was inducted into the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame in 2008 and is professor emeritus in creative writing at Duke University. He has received the Associated Writing Programs Contemporary Poetry Prize, the Jean Stein Award in Poetry from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, and a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry.  Applewhite’s new collection, Time Beginnings, displays his keenly observant mind focused on the ever-varied natural world and considers the place of humans within it.

Brit Washburn is the author of the poetry collection Notwithstanding from Wet Cement Press. Her work has appeared in a number of journals and anthologies including Alexandria Quarterly, Art Mag, Controlled Burn, The Dunes Review, and Manoa. She served for many years on the board of the Poetry Society of South Carolina, and was co-director of the literary salon Poet’s House South. The winner of two consecutive Albion Prizes for Poetry, she is a graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy and Goddard College. She worked and studied in New York City, Brazil, France, and Charleston. Brit’s additional work includes being the mother of four, and freelance writing and editing. She lives in Asheville.

Wednesday, November 13, 10:15 a.m.
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey every Wednesday* from 10:15 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m. (For ages 2ish to 5ish; siblings are welcome) Free!
(Our Story Times in November: 11/6, 11/13, 11/20;* no storytime on Nov. 27, due to Thanksgiving Holiday.)


Thursday, Nov. 14, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator invites you to a lively panel discussion about “Writing Soccer.” Our guests include authors and scholars Joshua Nadel (Futbolera: A History of Women and Sports in Latin America); Laurent Dubois (The Language of the Game: Understanding Soccer); Brenda J. Elsey (Futbolera: A History of Women and Sports in Latin America); and Grant Farred (Entre Nous: Between the World Cup and Me). This event is co-sponsored by Duke’s Forum for Scholars and Public. Free and open to the public.

Grant Farred, a native of South Africa, is a professor of Africana Studies and English at Cornell University. His newest book, "Entre nous: Between the World Cup and Me" (Duke University Press, 2019) completes a trilogy of works on sport and the philosophy of the event. The other two works are The Burden of Over-representation: Race, Sport and Philosophy and In Motion, At Rest: The Event of the Athletic Body. Among his other publications are the pamphlet "Martin Heidegger Saved My Life" and his monograph What’s My Name? Black Vernacular Intellectuals.

Joshua Nadel is associate professor of Latin American and Caribbean history at North Carolina Central University. He is the co-author of Fútbol!: Why Soccer Matters in Latin America as well as numerous scholarly book chapters. He has published essays in Foreign Policy, the Washington Post's newsletter Monkey Cage, Zócalo Public Square, and the Telegraph (London).

Laurent Dubois is a specialist on the history and culture of the Atlantic world, with a focus on the Caribbean and particularly Haiti. He is the faculty director of the Forum for Scholars and Publics at Duke, and he writes for magazines including the New Republic, Sports Illustrated, and the New Yorker. Dubois is the prize-winning author of numerous books including The Banjo; Haiti; Soccer Empire; and The Language of the Game: How to Understand Soccer. He lives in Durham.

Brenda J. Elsey studies the history of popular culture and politics in 20th-century Latin America, in addition to gender, social theory, and Pan-Americanism.  She is a senior editor for Oxford University Press’ Research Essays in Latin American History: Southern Cone. Elsey is co-author of Futbolera: Women, Gender, and Sexuality in Latin American Sport (with Joshua Nadel) and author of Citizens and Sportsmen: Fútbol and Politics in Twentieth Century Chile.

CHARLES D. THOMPSON, JR., “Going Over Home: A Search for Rural Justice in an Unsettled Land,” in conversation with RANDALL KENAN
Tuesday, November 19, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes filmmaker Charlie Thompson, author of Going Over Home: A Search for Rural Justice in an Unsettled Land, for a reading and book signing. Thompson will be joined in conversation by author Randall Kenan. Free and open to the public.

In Going Over Home: A Search for Rural Justice in an Unsettled Land, Thompson shares revelations and reflections, from cattle auctions with his grandfather to community gardens in the coal camps of eastern Kentucky, racial disparities of white and Black landownership in the South to recent work with migrant farm workers from Latin America. In this heartfelt first-person narrative, Thompson unpacks our country’s agricultural myths and addresses the history of racism and wealth inequality and how they have come to bear on our nation’s rural places and their people.

Charles D. Thompson, Jr. is Professor of the Practice of Cultural Anthropology and Documentary Studies at Duke.  He is the author or editor of six previous books, including Border Odyssey: Travels Along the U.S./Mexico Divide. He has also directed six documentary films, all of which have focused on rural life either in the United States or Latin America. Thompson is at work on a new film about Appalachian small farming. He’s also a champion of a number of community causes that center on food, farming, and justice.

Randall Kenan is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at UNC–Chapel Hill. In addition to his professorship, Randall Kenan is the author of a celebrated novel, A Visitation of Spirits; two works of nonfiction, Walking on Water: Black American Lives at the Turn of the Twenty-First Century and The Fire This Time; and an award-winning collection of stories, Let the Dead Bury Their Dead. Kenan has taught writing at Sarah Lawrence College, Columbia University, Duke University, the University of Mississippi, and the University of Memphis. Among his many honors and awards are a Guggenheim Fellowship, The Whiting Writers’ Award, the North Carolina Award, the American Academy of Arts and Letters’ Rome Prize, and induction into the Fellowship of Southern Writers and the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame.

Wednesday, November 20, 10:15 a.m.
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey every Wednesday* from 10:15 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m. (For ages 2ish to 5ish; siblings are welcome) Free!
(Our Story Times in November: 11/6, 11/13, 11/20;* no storytime on Nov. 27, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.)


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