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Leo Fender: The Quiet Giant Heard Around the World

December 24, 2017

Leo Fender invented the electric guitar.

The Real George Bailey: Jimmy Stewart– Celebrity, War Hero

It is a must read for the true Jimmy Stewart fans

SHORT STORY CONTEST to coincide with the performances and discussions during “Tuesdays with Morrie”

You’re Never Too Old… or Too Young… To Change Your Life. Writers 17-21 years old are invited to submit a creative non-fiction piece about living differently when confronted with death or the death of a loved one.  750 to 1,500 words. 1st place: $100 Prize. 2nd place: $50. All entries will be published in an… Read More ›

Ten Most Memorable Moms in New Fiction

What better time of year than Mother’s Day to showcase some of the most memorable fictional mothers in some of the best new novels?  From loving, supportive mothers to complex, trailblazing mothers to selfish, vindictive mothers, this list has it all! 1) The Perfect Son by Barbara Claypole White (Lake Union, July 2015) Ella Fitzwilliam,… Read More ›

The Goddess Denied

What if Rome never fell and science and magic coexisted? Since the ancient Greeks, one of the most provocative and oft-discussed questions in philosophy has been whether we have free-will in determining the course of our actions, or whether our actions are determined by forces beyond our control. These historical concepts are the backdrop in… Read More ›


Donaldson’s article “CAJUN NIGHTS AND THE CHARACTERS WITHIN: THE MANY LIVES OF A TV SERIES THAT NEVER WAS” is really quite fun to read. It’s a moving and even eye-opening as article/guest post that may make for a fun feature during the holidays.

N.C. Museum of History Associates Announces New Cookbook ─ “North Carolina: An Appetizing State”

The success of the Museum of History Associates’ first cookbook, released over 30 years ago, sparked the development of North Carolina: An Appetizing State

New York Times Bestselling Book, “Rebel Yell: The Violence, Passion, and Redemption of Stonewall Jackson”

“The great tragedy of modern historiography is that more historians don’t write like S.C. Gwynne. In this book on Stonewall Jackson’s Civil War career, Gwynne has fashioned a fast-paced narrative of a man complex and enigmatic, awkward and exceptional. Gwynne has taken on a giant figure of quirks and brilliance who demands both restraint and… Read More ›

12 Famous War Babies Who Entertained Us While Helping to Shape the American Culture

Born between 1939 and 1945, singer/songwriters, directors, and actors from the “war baby” generation are largely responsible for reshaping American music and film after World War II

Paranormal Niagara: The Worst Fear Is That Of The Unexplainable

Dr. Peter Sacco, host of the TV series ‘Niagara’s Most Haunted,’ offers many true, spine-chilling tales from the grave in his book, Paranormal Niagara: Cases of the Mysterious and the Macabre.

When You Are The Smartest Person On Earth You Also Become The Biggest Target

Los Angeles, CA – Elixir, a cerebral thriller by Ted Galdi, keeps  readers on the edge of their seats from start to finish as an unlikely hero gets caught up in the inner workings of the NSA. Meet Sean Malone.  He has an IQ above 200, a full-ride scholarship to one of the country’s top universities,… Read More ›

Last Call for Nominations for North Carolina’s Poet Laureate

RALEIGH, N.C. — Nominations for the North Carolina poet laureate, the ambassador of North Carolina literature, will close soon on Oct. 14. Nominations can be made online at Governor Pat McCrory will announce his selection in early December. The post, created by the General Assembly in 1935, uses the office as a platform to… Read More ›

WRAL’s Scott Mason releases Tar Heel Traveler Eats

Scott Mason is the Tar Heel Traveler and he loves to eat hot dogs, cheeseburgers, barbecue, biscuits, and ice cream served in crumbling cinder-block buildings and ramshackle dives along the back roads of North Carolina.

“OBX” Debut Novel by North Carolina Author David Dean Menzies

Mother-of-three Michael Francis battles personal demons and real-life danger to solve a brutal politically charged murder case

Jackie Kennedy's Happy Days

New Book of Never-Before-Seen Photos of Kennedy Family Published

A poignant reminder of the lost magic of the Kennedy years—Unforgotten Times includes never-before-seen photographs taken by Howard Allen, who served as the unofficial Kennedy family photographer

PlayMakers Repertory Company's world premiere of David Ball's new adaptation of Molière's "Imaginary Invalid" will run on Oct. 24-28 and Oct. 30-Nov. 4 and Nov. 6-11 in the Paul Green Theatre at UNC-Chapel Hill

David Ball’s New Version of Molière’s “Imaginary Invalid” Will Premiere Oct. 27th at PlayMakers Rep

PlayMakers Repertory Company will present the world premiere of David Ball’s adaptation of Molière’s 17th century comedy “The Imaginary Invalid,” on Oct. 24-28 and Oct. 30-Nov. 4 and Nov. 6-11 in the Paul Green Theatre in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s Center for Dramatic Art. This timely excoriation of unscrupulous elements of the health-care industry was commissioned by UNC’s professional-theater-in-residence.


August is a strange and wonderful month in the theatre. Following tradition rooted in the London social season of the Regency era, most theatre companies “go dark” in the summer months and don’t produce new plays until about September.

Just Try. Just Ask.

Cris Cohen of Cary, NC, a humor columnist, blogger, and budding entrepreneur, will present his popular talk “Just Try. Just Ask. You’ll be amazed at what might happen: My entrepreneurial adventure”

“The Mahogany Door” Soundtrack CD Now Available For Downloading

he original music soundtrack that accompanies “The Mahogany Door,” a new fantasy-adventure book for young readers by J. Mark Boliek, is now available for downloading from iTunes, Napster, Amazon MP3, and a host of other online music sources.

“The Mahogany Door,” book one of The Bruinduer Narrative trilogy, is the story of three friends, separated by tragedy, who must come together again to journey back through the great Mahogany Door into the fantasy world of Bruinduer to correct a destiny they left unfulfilled years before.

Themes in the book are reflected in the eight-song CD, which range in style from rock and R&B, to country and one full orchestral arrangement. The titles are: “All Alone,” “Rear View Mirror,” “In the Afternoon,” “The Devil Can’t Help You Here,” “Here is My Anger, Here is My Pride,” “Kingsfold on Bruinduer,” “Goodbyes,” and “Five Years Ago”.

Paperback cover of "Homer's Odyssey"

Homer for the Holidays!

“Homer has always been exceptionally well-loved,” says Gwen Cooper, “and that hasn’t really changed since the book came out. We don’t think of or treat him as a ‘brand.’ He’s still our goofy little cat, and he’s as busy as he ever was just doing his regular ‘cat stuff’ ….”

Banjo on the Mountain

Tribute to Wade Mainer

There’s a new book out about 103-year-old, North Carolina-born banjo player Wade Mainer, and on Tuesday, Sept. 21, Dick Spottswood, the book’s author, will be in Chapel Hill for a discussion and book signing. Area musicians including Big Medicine and many others will perform songs from Mainer’s extensive catalog as part of an evening in tribute to Mainer. This free event begins at 5 p.m. at the Wilson Library in Chapel Hill.