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OCTOBER EVENTS at The Regulator Bookshop

The Regulator welcomes Jo Hackl, author of the hot new mystery for kids, Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe, for a reading and book signing. The book combines outdoor survival with an art history mystery, and is set in a historic ghost town based on the author’s hometown in rural Mississippi. As research for her novel, Hackl did extensive training in outdoor survival and studied art history and poetry. All are welcome. Free!

All her life, Cricket’s mama has told her stories about a secret room painted by a mysterious artist. Now Mama’s run off, and Cricket thinks the room might be the answer to getting her to come back. If it exists. And if she can find it.

Cricket’s only clue is a coin from a grown-over ghost town in the woods. So with her daddy’s old guidebook and a coat full of snacks from the Cash ‘n’ Carry, Cricket runs away to find the room. Surviving in the woods isn’t easy. While Cricket camps out in an old tree house and looks for clues, she meets the last resident of the ghost town, encounters a poetry-loving dog (who just might hold a key to part of the puzzle), and discovers that sometimes you have to get a little lost . . . to really find your way.

“Told in the easy, laconic tone of good, Southern storytelling, Hackl’s debut rolls off the tongue and into the heart easy as warm butter on a biscuit. ... Lyrical and endearing, this debut is a genuine adventure tale.” --Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

Author Jo Watson Hackl graduated from Yale Law School, is the founder of Outdoorosity.org, and a lawyer with Wyche, PA. Her debut novel, Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe, published by Random House Books for Young Readers, was a Summer Indie Kids Pick.  Jo lives in Greenville, SC with her husband and three children. They all take to the woods whenever they can.  
SMACK DAB IN THE MIDDLE OF MAYBE, 9780399557385, Random House

Sunday, October 14, 1:30 p.m.
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 new time and date.

CACKALACKY NOIR: Eryk Pruitt, J.D. Rhoades & Katy Munger
Tuesday, October 16, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes Durham author Eryk Pruitt, author of Townies: And Other Stories of Southern Mischief, and J.D. "Dusty" Rhoades, author of Fortunate Son, in conversation with Katy Munger. All are invited and welcome! WARNING: Must be prepared to have a good time.

Eryk Pruitt is the author of Dirtbags, Hashtag, and What We Reckon (nominated for the Anthony Award).Pruitt wrote and produced the award-winning short film Foodie, and his short fiction has appeared in The Avalon Literary Review, Pulp Modern, and Zymbol, among others. He is the host of the popular true crime podcast The Long Dance. Pruitt's new book, Townies is a rollicking, riveting, and robust story collection of Southern Fried stories. He is also host of the popular true crime podcast The Long Dance. He lives in Durham.

J.D. Rhoades is the multi award-nominated author of The Devil’s Right Hand, Good Day in Hell, Safe and Sound, Devils and Dust, Hellhound on My Trail, Ice Chest, Breaking Cover, and Broken Shield. He lives, writes, and practices law in Carthage, NC.

Katy Munger  is a North Carolina-based mystery author who has written under several different pseudonyms. She is the author of the Dead Detective series, writing as Katy Munger (Angel Among Us and Angel of Darkness) and as Chaz McGee (Desolate Angel and Angel Interrupted); the Casey Jones crime fiction series writing as Katy Munger; and the Hubbert & Lil mystery series, writing as Gallagher Gray. She has also been a book reviewer for the Washington Post and served as North Carolina’s 2016 Piedmont Laureate.

TOWNIES And Other Stories of Southern Mischief, 978-1-947993-35-8, Polis Books
FORTUNATE SON, ISBN: 978-1-947993-10-5, Polis Books

Thursday, October 18, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes Georgann Eubanks, author of The Month of Their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods through the Year, for a reading and book signing.

Georgann Eubanks begins in January with the most ephemeral of southern ingredients—snow— to witness Tar Heels making ice cream. In March, she takes a midnight canoe ride on the Trent River in search of shad, a bony fish with a savory history. In November, she visits a Chatham County sawmill where the possums are always first into the persimmon trees. We also learn about soft shell crabs, scuppernongs, sarvis berries, oysters and more. Eubanks takes readers on a flavorful journey across the state.

Georgann Eubanks is a writer, Emmy-winning documentarian, and popular speaker. She is the author of Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina, Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont, and Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains.
The Month of Their Ripening: North Carolina Heritage Foods through the Year, 978-1-4696-4082-2, UNC Press

Saturday, October 20, 2:00 p.m. -- Location: Downstairs at The Regulator Bookshop
Book for discussion: The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma. This book group meets on the 3rd Saturdays at 2pm. All are welcome. Free.
The Fishermen by Chigozie Obioma, 978-0316338356, Back Bay Books

Tuesday, Oct. 23, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator welcomes Thomas Brothers, author of HELP!: The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration," for a reading and book signing.

Duke University musicologist Thomas Brothers tells the fascinating story of how creative cooperation inspired two of the world’s most celebrated musical acts in his new book, HELP! The Beatles and Duke Ellington’s Orchestra stand as the two greatest examples of collaboration in music history. Brothers delivers a portrait of the creative process at work, demonstrating that the cooperative method at the foundation of these two artist-groups was the primary reason for their unmatched musical success.

While clarifying the historical record of who wrote what, with whom, and how, Brothers brings the past to life with photos, anecdotes, and more than thirty years of musical knowledge that reverberates through every page, and analysis of songs from Lennon and McCartney’s “Strawberry Fields Forever” to Billy Strayhorn’s “Chelsea Bridge.” HELP! describes in rich detail the music and mastery of two cultural leaders whose popularity has never dimmed, and the process of collaboration that allowed them to achieve an artistic vision greater than the sum of their parts.

“An erudite, engagingly written history....Brothers’s rich analyses make for an engrossing narrative that illuminates some of pop music’s greatest creative collaborations.” — Publishers Weekly

Thomas Brothers is the author of Louis Armstrong’s New Orleans and Louis Armstrong, Master of Modernism, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. A professor of music at Duke, he lives with his family in Durham.
HELP! : The Beatles, Duke Ellington, and the Magic of Collaboration, 978-0-393-24623-0, W.W. Norton

BOOK CLUB: North Regional Library fiction book club -- Please note location*
Tuesday, October 23, at 10:15 am  -- * Location: Downstairs at The Regulator Bookshop

Wednesday, October 24 -- Saturday, October 27
Central Park students will read and books will be available for sale in support of Central Park School.

WBWC BREASTFEEDING CLASS -- this is a paid event that requires pre-registration
Sunday, October 28, 2pm - 4pm
This is a paid class offered by the Women’s Birth and Wellness Center. Contact WBWC for more information or Gina Berger at ginamargarita(at)gmail(dot)com.

Tuesday, October 30, 7:00 p.m.
The Regulator and Blair Publishing hosts a reading and discussion with May-lee Chai, author of Useful Phrases for Immigrants. This event is sponsored by the Durham Literacy Center.

With luminous prose and sharp-eyed observations, Chai reveals the hopes and fears of Chinese immigrants and their descendants from a grieving historian seeking solace in an old lover in Beijing to a young girl discovering her immigrant mother's infidelity to construction workers in central China who make a shocking discovery.  Chai's stories are essential reading for an increasingly globalized world. Useful Phrases for Immigrants is the winner of the 2018 Bakwin Prize for Writing by a Woman.

"May-lee Chai presents us with a splendid gem of a story collection…Chai's work is a grand event."—Edward P. Jones, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Known World and Lost in the City.

May-lee Chai is the award-winning author of ten books, including the memoir Hapa Girl and the novel Tiger Girl. Her short prose has appeared in Glimmer Train, Crab Orchard Review, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of an NEA fellowship and is an assistant professor in Creative Writing at San Francisco State University.
Useful Phrases for Immigrants: Stories,  978-0932112767,  Blair (Fall 2018)

Wednesday, October 31, 10:15 a.m.
Join us for a special Halloween Preschool Storytime at The Regulator. For ages 2-5; siblings, caregivers, and grandparents welcome. Free!

Wednesday, October 31, 3:00PM -- 5:00PM
Come Trick-or-Treat on 9th Street! The Regulator Bookshop will join our fellow Ninth Street merchants in welcoming Halloween trick or treaters. We will, (of course!) be handing out candy to all our trick or treaters.


Early November Preview at The Regulator:

Thursday, November 1 -- Friday, November 2, 2018
Students from Duke School will read and books will be available for sale in support of their school.

ROY SCRANTON in conversation with AMITAV GHOSH
Sunday, November 4, 4:00 p.m.
Roy Scranton, author of We’re Doomed. Now What?: Essays on War and Climate Change, joins novelist and essayist Amitav Ghosh in conversation at The Regulator Bookshop. Co-sponsored by Duke University Forum for Scholars and Publics. This event is free and open to the public.

An American Orwell for the age of Trump, Roy Scranton faces the unpleasant facts of today with fierce insight and honesty. We’re Doomed. Now What? (Soho) penetrates to the very heart of our time. Our moment is one of alarming and bewildering change – the breakup of the post-1945 global order, a multispecies mass extinction, and the beginning of the end of civilization as we know it. We’re Doomed. Now What? addresses the crisis that is our time through a series of brilliant, moving essays on climate change, war, literature, and loss, from one of the most provocative and iconoclastic minds of his generation. Scranton handles his subjects with the same electric, philosophical touch he brought to his groundbreaking New York Times essay, “Learning How to Die in the Anthropocene.” Scranton will be joined in conversation by novelist and essayist, Amitav Ghosh.

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, and has been awarded a Whiting Humanities Fellowship and a Lannan Literary Fellowship. His work has appeared widely, including in the Best Science and Nature Writing 2014, and has been called "fierce and provocative" (Elizabeth Kolbert), "elegant, erudite, heartfelt & wise" (Amitav Ghosh), and "forceful and unsettling" (Michiko Kakutani).

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.



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