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August 27, 2015

Greensboro: "One City One Book" Kickoff

The "One City, One Book" official kickoff is THIS weekend, August 29 and 30!  This year's chosen title is "A Walk in the Woods" by Bill Bryson.  The Greensboro Public Library, along with several community partners, will be sponsoring this event.  For more information, please visit the Greensboro Public Library "One City, One Book" webpage.  Hope to see you there!

Plus, starting in September, many lectures, hikes, movies, and more for young and old alike will be held on a regularly scheduled basis until November.  Interested?  Please download the "Calendar of Events" brochure on their website!

August 6, 2015

North Carolina Bookwatch on UNC-TV

Want to learn more about North Carolina authors' lives and books on the small screen?  Then please check out the North Carolina Bookwatch website on UNC-TV for upcoming schedules or to search for previous episodes.  The current television airings for this series are Fridays at 9 pm on UNC-MX and Sundays at 12 pm and Thursdays at 5 pm on UNC-TV.  Enjoy!

July 30, 2015

Bookmarks Book Club

Bookmarks has begun a new book club, and it's open to the public!  Please RSVP by emailing The club meets on the last Tuesday of each month (with the exception of holidays) at 6:00 p.m. Meetings are held at Coffee Park Arts inside the Milton Rhodes Center at 251 N. Spruce Street, Winston-Salem.

Upcoming schedule:
Tuesday, August 25 - Bookmarks Festival preview and information session
Tuesday, September 29 - Re Jane by Patricia Park
Tuesday, October 27 - The Dream Lover by Elizabeth Berg
Tuesday, December 1 - After Alice by Gregory Maguire

July 23, 2015

The Lost Colony of Manteo North Carolina

In 1587, a small group of English men, women, and children came to what is now known as Manteo, North Carolina, to begin a new colony.  Three years later, when supply ships returned from England, the colonists had vanished without a trace.  The mystery of what happened was never truly solved.

Every summer since 1937, an outdoor play based on these events occurs nightly in Manteo.  For more information or if interested in attending the drama, please visit this website.  In addition, many books have been written about The Lost Colony, some of which are in the NC Literary Map.  Virginia Dare, who was born in this colony, has also been discussed in various titles.

July 9, 2015

Upcoming Ashe County Writer's Competition

On the Same Page Literary Festival's annual writer's competition in Ashe County

The annual On the Same Page Literary Festival is scheduled for September 15-19, 2015 in West Jefferson, North Carolina.  New and unpublished authors are encouraged to submit their works.  Winners will be recognized at a luncheon on September 19.  All entries must focus on this year's literary festival theme, "Telling Stories."  For further details, please read the information below.  The Ashe County community looks forward to your fresh literary creativity!

Deadline for Submissions: July 20, 2015
Winners notified by: August 31, 2015
Prose entries limited to 1000 words
Poetry entries up to 50 lines
Entries should focus on the 2015 Festival Theme: "Telling Stories"
Non-refundable entry fee of $10.00 (US) per submission
No limit to number of entries per person
Cash prize award for first and second places in Fiction, Non-Fiction, and Poetry
For more in-depth specifications, please visit the Literary Festival's website:

June 25, 2015

Celebrate July Fourth with the Literary Map!

July Fourth, also known as Independence Day, is the day on which the United States colonists declared freedom from Great Britain in 1776.  To honor "America's Birthday," here are some titles pertaining to the American Revolution, the war surrounding Independence Day, and the United States' fight for freedom:

The Mysterious Rifleman; A Story of the American Revolution

North Carolina in the Revolutionary War

Battles of the Revolutionary War, 1775-1781

The Colonial and Revolutionary Period, 1584-1783

Society in Revolutionary North Carolina

June 17, 2015

Ansel Elkins Interviewed by Oxford American

Oxford American just published a new interview with poet and UNCG alumna Ansel Elkins.  In it, Elkins discusses her poetry, her upbringing and family, and what inspires her to write.  You can read the interview here.