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April Events at The Regulator

Tuesday, April 2, 7:00pm
The Regulator welcomes Belle Boggs for a reading and book signing of her novel, The Gulf --  a hilarious send-up of writing workshops, for-profit education, and the gulf between believers and nonbelievers

Marianne is in a slump: barely able to support herself by teaching, not making progress on her poetry, about to lose her Brooklyn apartment. When her “ex” offers her a job directing a low-residency school for Christian writers at a motel he’s inherited on Florida’s Gulf Coast, she can’t come up with a reason to say no. The Genesis Inspirational Writing Ranch is born. Liberal, atheist Marianne is soon knee-deep in applications from writers whose beliefs she has always opposed but whose money she’s glad to take.With sharp humor and deep empathy, The Gulf is a memorable debut novel in which Belle Boggs plumbs the troubled waters dividing America.

“A smart, slightly kooky exploration of art and money, faith and politics.”―Kirkus Reviews, starred review

Belle Boggs
is the author of The Art of Waiting: On Fertility, Medicine, and Motherhood and Mattaponi Queen. Her stories and essays have appeared in The Paris Review, Harper's Magazine, Slate, and elsewhere. She teaches at NC State.

The Gulf: A Novel, 978-1-55597-834-1, Graywolf Press, Pub Date: April 2nd, 2019

Contact: Belle Boggs, belleboggs@gmail.com, Marisa Atkinson, atkinson@graywolfpress.org

Wednesday, April 3, 7:30 p.m
The Regulator welcomes Samuel R. Delany, Grand Master of Science Fiction and acclaimed Afrofuturist for a reading and talk about his work in science fiction. Free and open to the public.

Novelist and critic Samuel R. Delany, author of science fiction classics Dhalgren, Babel-17, and The Einstein Intersection, was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In 2013 he was named the 31st Damon Knight Memorial Foundation Grand Master by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America. He was also the recipient of the Nicolas Guillén Award for philosophical fiction. [Press release attached - ACS]

Contact: Samuel Delany, samuel.delany@gmail.com

Saturday, April 6, starting at 10:00 am
Join your neighbors and take a stroll at the  9th Street Sidewalk Sale! Stop by The Regulator for some special deals. Come early for the best finds! Sponsored by the 9th St. Merchants Association.

Tuesday, April 9, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes Frances Mayes for a reading and book signing of her new book, See You in the Piazza: New Places to Discover in Italy.

Bestselling and beloved author Frances Mayes discovers the hidden pleasures of Italy in a sumptuous travel narrative that crisscrosses the country, with inventive new recipes celebrating Italian cuisine. In See You in the Piazza, Frances Mayes introduces us to the Italy only the locals know, as she and her husband, Ed, eat and drink their way through thirteen regions--from Friuli to Sicily. Along the way, she seeks out the cultural and historic gems not found in traditional guidebooks.

Frances Mayes is the author of seven books about Tuscany, including the now-classic Under the Tuscan Sun--which was a New York Times bestseller for more than two and a half years. It was followed by Bella Tuscany and two illustrated books, In Tuscany and Bringing Tuscany Home. She is also the author of two novels, six books of poetry, and The Discovery of Poetry. Her books have been translated into fifty-four languages.

See You in the Piazza, 978-0451497697, Crown

Gwyneth Stansfield, gstansfield@penguinrandomhouse.com

TIM DUFFY with Bill Ferris, David Menconi, and The Glorifying Vines Sisters  
Wednesday, April 10, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Music Maker Relief founder Timothy Duffy, along with folk historian Bill Ferris, 2019 Piedmont Laureate David Menconi, and the gospel quartet the Glorifying Vines Sisters, in celebration Duffy's new book, Blue Muse: Timothy Duffy’s Southern Photographs. All are welcome. Free.

The tintype is rooted in more than 150 years of photographic method. In this collection of extraordinary portraits, Duffy brings new vitality to this old form, capturing powerful images of musicians who represent the roots of American music. Some of the musicians in Duffy’s photographs have found fame, but most have not. While the world finds inspiration in the grassroots creativity of these musicians, barriers of class, race, and place often keep them under acknowledged and obscured. In these photographs, Duffy demands they be seen.

Timothy Duffy's photography is held in the permanent collections of the National Museum of African American History and Culture, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and the Morris Museum of Art, among other museums and institutions. With his wife, Denise, he is cofounder of the Music Maker Relief Foundation (musicmaker.org). He lives in Hillsborough.

William R. Ferris is a professor of history at UNC–Chapel Hill and an adjunct professor in the Curriculum in Folklore. He is associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South, and is widely recognized as a leader in Southern studies, African-American music and folklore. He is the former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Prior to his role at NEH, Ferris served as the founding director of the Center for the Study of Southern Culture at the University of Mississippi, where he was a faculty member for 18 years. Ferris has written and edited 10 books and created 15 documentary films, most of which deal with African-American music and other folklore representing the Mississippi Delta. He co-edited the Pulitzer Prize nominee Encyclopedia of Southern Culture (UNC Press, 1989), which contains entries on every aspect of Southern culture and is widely recognized as a major reference work linking popular, folk, and academic cultures.

David Menconi was a music critic/arts reporter at the News & Observer in Raleigh. for over two and a half decades and is a regular contributor to Rolling Stone. In addition to writing for various other publications on the side, he is also co-editor of the American Music Series for University of Texas Press, that published Ryan Adams: Losering, A Story of Whiskeytown in 2012. UT Press published his latest book in October 2015, Comin’ Right at Ya: How a Jewish Yankee Hippie Went Country, or, the Often Outrageous History of Asleep at the Wheel. His next book will be a history of North Carolina music, tentatively scheduled for publication in 2019 on the University of North Carolina Press. Menconi is the 2019 Piedmont Laureate.

Based in Eastern North Carolina, The Glorifying Vines Sisters, made up of four sisters (Dorothy, Alice, Mattie, and Audrey) along with Johnny Ray Daniels on lead guitar, form the vocal core of this gospel group. With over four decades of experience, the Vines Sisters continue to travel, record, perform, and minister through their music.

Blue Muse: Timothy Duffy’s Southern Photographs; 978-1469648262; UNC Press

Contact: Allie Shay, ashay@uncpress.org

Thursday, April 11, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Wilton Barnhardt, editor of Every True Pleasure: LGBTQ Tales of North Carolina, for a reading and book signing. Wilton will be joined by contributors Zelda Lockhart, Emily Chavez, and John Pierre Craig.

Some of North Carolina’s finest fiction and nonfiction writers come together in Every True Pleasure, including David Sedaris, Kelly Link, Allan Gurganus, Randall Kenan, and more. Within the volume—featuring writers who identify as gay, trans, bisexual, and straight—are stories and essays that view the full spectrum of contemporary life though an LGBTQ lens. These writers, all native or connected to North Carolina, show the multifaceted challenges and joys of LGBTQ life, including young love and gay panic, the minefield of religion, military service, having children with a surrogate, family rejection, finding one’s true gender, finding sex, and finding love. One of the only anthologies of its kind, Every True Pleasure speaks with insight and compassion about living LGBTQ in North Carolina and beyond.

Wilton Barnhardt is author of several novels, including Lookaway, Lookaway, and a professor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at North Carolina State University.

Every True Pleasure: LGBTQ Tales of North Carolina, Edited by Wilton Barnhardt,
ISBN 978-1-4696-4680-0 $20.00 paper, UNC Press, Publication date: March 11, 2019

Contact: Allie Shay, ashay@uncpress.org

Sunday, April 14, 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Durham Animal Protection Society holds a monthly cat adoption event at the Regulator, every 2nd Sunday of the month. Come visit our furry friends from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Please note the time and date.

Tuesday, April 16, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes Durham native Molly Dektar, author of The Ash Family, about a young woman who leaves her family—and the civilized world—to join an off-the-grid community headed by an enigmatic leader, where she discovers that belonging comes with a deadly cost. Thrilling and profound, The Ash Family explores what we will sacrifice in the search for happiness and a place of belonging.

Molly Dektar is from North Carolina and lives in Brooklyn. She received her MFA from Brooklyn College, where she was awarded the Himan Brown Award and the Brooklyn College Scholarship for Fiction. She is a graduate of Harvard College and was the recipient of the Louis Begley Fiction Prize, the David McCord Prize for the Arts, and the Charles Edmund Horman Prize for Creative Writing. The Ash Family is her first novel.

The Ash Family, 9781501144868, Simon & Schuster (April 2019)

Contact: Samantha O’Hara, samantha.ohara@simonandschuster.com

Wednesday, April 17, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes leading scholar of Islam Omid Safi for a reading and signing of his new book, Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition. For the millions of readers whose lives have been touched by Rumi’s poetry, here is a chance to see the Arabic and Persian traditions that produced him. Radical Love is a stunning collection that showcases the love poetry and mystical teachings at the heart of the Islamic tradition in accurate and poetic original translations

"Omid Safi has given his deep and devout attention to this work. Radical Love is a beautiful collection."—Coleman Barks, author of The Essential Rumi

Omid Safi, professor of Islamic studies at Duke University and a columnist for On Being, is a frequent commentator on Islam. He has published numerous books, including Memories of Muhammad.

Radical Love: Teachings from the Islamic Mystical Tradition, 978-0300225815, Yale Univ. Press

Contact: Omid Safi, omid.safi@duke.edu

Community and Scholars Series:
Thursday, April 18, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes Orin Starn and Miguel La Serna, authors of The Shining Path: Love, Madness, and Revolution in the Andes, for a reading and book signing. This event is co-sponsored by Duke’s Forum for Scholars and Publics.

The Shining Path is a narrative history of the unlikely Maoist rebellion that terrorized Peru and led to the death of nearly 70,000 Peruvians. Co-authors Starn and La Serna take readers deep into the heart of the rebellion, and the lives and country it nearly destroyed. We hear the voices of the mountain villagers who organized a fierce rural resistance, and meet the irrepressible black activist María Elena Moyano and the Nobel Prize–winning novelist Mario Vargas Llosa, who each fought to end the bloodshed. Deftly written, The Shining Path is an exquisitely detailed account of a little-remembered war that must never be forgotten.

Orin Starn is a professor in Duke University’s cultural anthropology department and has written for many years about Peru.

Miguel La Serna is a historian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a leading specialist in the Peruvian armed conflict.

The Shining Path: Love, Madness, and Revolution in the Andes, 978-0393292800, Norton

Contact: Orin Starn, ostarn@duke.edu;  Kyle Radler, kradler@wwnorton.com

Community & Scholars Series:
Tuesday, April 23, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes award-winning scholar-activist and Duke professor Sally Nuamah, author of How Girls Achieve, as part of its Community & Scholars series. Dr. Nuamah will be joined in conversation by scholar, activist, and filmmaker Laura Edwards. This event is co-sponsored by Duke’s Forum for Scholars and Publics.

Through the lives of students at three very different schools, How Girls Achieve makes the case for “feminist schools” that orient girls toward a lifetime of achievement. Drawing on her deep immersion in classrooms in the United States, Ghana, and South Africa, Nuamah calls for a new approach: creating feminist schools that will actively teach girls how and when to challenge society’s norms, and allow them to carve out their own paths to success.

Sally A. Nuamah is a scholar, activist, and filmmaker. She has received numerous awards, including the Gates Millennium scholarship and the Black Women Organized for Political Action’s Under 40 Award in Education; she was selected a Change-Maker by the White House. HerStory, her award-winning documentary on girls and education in Ghana, has been screened across the world and is accessible through Discovery Education. She began the TWII Foundation to provide funding for girls striving to be first in their families to go to college. Most recently, Nuamah was named a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton University and a Women and Public Policy fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School. She is currently Assistant Professor at the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University.

Laura Edwards is the Founder and Board Chair of Women AdvaNCe. She is a trailblazing civic leader with a passion for women’s issues, social justice, environment, and the arts. Edwards has dedicated decades to various boards in her home state of North Carolina, including the NC Arts Council, Penland School of Crafts, and NC Equity. She is the Co-Founder and Board Emeritus of Lillian’s List of NC. She currently serves as Trustee on the Julian Price Family Foundation. Edwards has been awarded the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, one of the most prestigious civilian honors in our state. She lives with her partner and children in Chapel Hill.

How Girls Achieve, 9780674980228, Harvard Press (PubDate: 04/22/2019)

Contact: Prof Sally Nuamah, Ph.D., sally.nuamah@duke.edu

Poetry Series:
Thursday, April 25, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes poets Gabrielle Calvocoressi and Alan Shapiro for an evening of poetry as part of The Regulator’s Poetry Series. Calvocoressi and Shapiro will be joined by two emerging poets. Free and open to the public. Co-sponsored by Jacar Press.

Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, Apocalyptic Swing (a finalist for the LA Times Book Prize) and Rocket Fantastic, winner of the 2018 Audre Lorde Poetry Prize. The recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, Calvocoressi’s poems have been published in magazines and journals including the New York Times, POETRY, Boston Review, Kenyon Review, and The New Yorker. She is working on a memoir entitled The Year I Didn’t Kill Myself, and a novel, The Alderman of the Graveyard. She lives in Carrboro.

Alan Shapiro is the William R. Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor at UNC-Chapel Hill. He attended Brandeis University, taught at Northwestern and Stanford Universities and has been teaching at Carolina for 24 years. Shapiro was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2003. He has two grown children and three grown dogs.

Contact: Richard Krawiec, jacarpress@gmail.com

Saturday, April 27, 2019
Today is Independent Bookstore Day! Come by and say “hi” to your favorite neighborhood booksellers at The Regulator Bookshop.

Monday, April 29 -- Sunday, May 5, 2019
Children's Book Week: "Every Child a Reader" begins today! For more info.: https://everychildareader.net/cbw/about/  

The Regulator has two special events for children scheduled during Children’s Book Week:

*Preschool Story Time for Children with Amy Godfrey, Wed. May 1, 10:15 a.m.--10:45 a.m.
** “The Library of Ever” book launch with author Zeno Alexander, Sat., May 4, 4:00 p.m.

*Children's Book Week: Story Time for Children!
Wed. May 1, 10:15 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m.
Join us for Preschool Storytime at The Regulator with Amy Godfrey from 10:15 a.m. -- 10:45 a.m. (For ages 2ish to 5ish; siblings are welcome) Free!

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!

Poetry Series:
Thursday, May 2, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator Bookshop welcomes poets Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs for an evening of poetry as part of The Regulator’s Poetry Series. Nickole Brown will be reading from her new chapbook, To Those Who Were Our First Gods, and Jessica Jacobs will read from her new book, Take Me With You, Wherever You're Going.  Co-sponsored by Jacar Press. Free and open to the public.

Jessica Jacobs is the author of Take Me with You, Wherever You’re Going, published by Four Way Books in March 2019. Her debut collection, Pelvis with Distance, a biography-in-poems of Georgia O'Keeffe, was winner of the New Mexico Book Award in Poetry and a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Her poetry, essays, and fiction have appeared in publications including Orion, New England Review, Crazyhorse, and The Missouri Review. An avid long-distance runner, Jessica has worked as a rock climbing instructor, bartender, and professor, and serves as the Associate Editor of the Beloit Poetry Journal. She lives in Asheville with her wife, the poet Nickole Brown.

Nickole Brown is the author of Sister, first published in 2007 with a new edition reissued by Sibling Rivalry Press in 2018. Her second book, Fanny Says, came out from BOA Editions and won the Weatherford Award for Appalachian Poetry in 2015. She is the Editor for the Marie Alexander Poetry Series and teaches at the Sewanee School of Letters MFA Program, the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNCA, and the Hindman Settlement School. She lives with her wife, poet Jessica Jacobs, in Asheville, where she volunteers at a four different animal sanctuaries. Brown’s chapbook To Those Who Were Our First Gods recently won the 2018 Rattle Chapbook Prize.

Contact: Richard Krawiec, jakarpress@gmail.com

**ZENO ALEXANDER (Book Launch)
Saturday, May 4, 4:00 p.m.
As part of national Children's Book Week, The Regulator Bookshop welcomes Zeno Alexander (aka Stephen Messer) for a reading and signing of his adventure novel for the middle grades, The Library of Ever.

The Library of Ever journeys across time and space, as a young girl becomes a warrior for the forces of knowledge. With her parents off traveling the globe, Lenora is bored, bored, bored―until she discovers a secret doorway into the ultimate library. Mazelike and reality-bending, the library contains all the universe’s wisdom. Lenora becomes its newly appointed Fourth Assistant Apprentice Librarian who must face down a dark nothingness that wants to destroy all knowledge. To save the library, Lenora will have to test her limits and uncover secrets hidden among its shelves. The Library of Everis perfect for middle-grade readers (ages 8-12) and book lovers everywhere.

“Unusually clever.” ―Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

Zeno Alexander (Stephen Messer) spent years exploring the world's libraries before settling down in his lavish underground bunker, where he regularly hosts exquisite dinner parties and tends to his collection of extinct plants. His friendship with the famous librarian, Lenora, has turned into a series of biographical works devoted to chronicling her adventures. His bunker is rumored to be located in Durham.

The Library of Ever, 978-1250169174, Publisher: Imprint/Macmillan

Contact: Zeno Alexander, zenoalexander@protonmail.com; Miriam Angress, miriamangress@gmail.com; Morgan Rath (she/hers), publicist, morgan.rath@macmillan.com

For more on all our events, see our full Events Calendar.