MARY ELLEN HANNIBAL presents CITIZEN SCIENTIST
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In the vein of H Is for Hawk and the work of Rebecca Solnit and Elizabeth Kolbert--a masterful consideration of the profound, urgent necessity to bear witness to life and loss
Here is a wide-ranging adventure in becoming a citizen scientist by an award-winning writer and environmental thought leader. As Mary Ellen Hannibal wades into tide pools, follows hawks, and scours mountains to collect data on threatened species, she discovers the power of a heroic cast of volunteers--and the makings of what may be our last, best hope in slowing an unprecedented mass extinction.
Digging deeply, Hannibal traces today's tech-enabled citizen science movement to its roots: the centuries-long tradition of amateur observation by writers and naturalists. Prompted by her novelist father's sudden death, she also examines her own past--and discovers a family legacy of looking closely at the world. With unbending zeal for protecting the planet, she then turns her gaze to the wealth of species left to fight for.
Combining original reporting, meticulous research, and memoir in impassioned prose, Citizen Scientist is a literary event, a blueprint for action, and the story of how one woman rescued herself from an odyssey of loss--with a new kind of science.
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 7:00pm
Author Event: Kerry Benton - Over Cast
G.J. is happy to be a bit of an outcast. That is, until a prank gone wrong cause her mother’s death by killer bees. Now she’s living with her aunt across the country, and being an outcast is the least of her problems. In her school, she tests her unusual abilities and makes friend, enemies, and everything in between.
Amy Dickinson - Strangers Tend to Tell Me Things - Gables
By peeling back the curtain of her syndicated advice column, Amy Dickinson reveals much of the inspiration and motivation that has fueled her calling. Through a series of linked essays, this moving narrative picks up where her earlier memoir left off.
Exploring central themes of romance, death, parenting, self-care, and spiritual awakening, this touching and heartfelt homage speaks to all who have faced challenges in the wake of life's twists and turns. From finding love in middle-age to her storied experience with stepparenting to overcoming disordered eating to her final moments spent with her late mother, Dickinson's trademark humorous tone delivers punch and wit that will empower, entertain, and heal.
About the Author:
Amy Dickinson writes the syndicated "Ask Amy" advice column, which replaced the Ann Landers column in 2003. "Ask Amy" appears in more than 150 newspapers in North America, including the LA Times, The Chicago Tribune, Newsday, The Boston Globe, the Denver Post, the St. Louis Post Dispatch and the Washington Post. She currently lives in Freeville, NY.
The definitive history of the military's decades-long investigation into mental powers and phenomena, from the author of Pulitzer Prize finalist The Pentagon's Brain and international bestseller Area 51.
This is a book about a team of scientists and psychics with top secret clearances. For more than forty years, the U.S. government has researched extrasensory perception, using it in attempts to locate hostages, fugitives, secret bases, and downed fighter jets, to divine other nations' secrets, and even to predict future threats to national security. The intelligence agencies and military services involved include CIA, DIA, NSA, DEA, the Navy, Air Force, and Army-and even the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Now, for the first time, New York Times bestselling author Annie Jacobsen tells the story of these radical, controversial programs, using never before seen declassified documents as well as exclusive interviews with, and unprecedented access to, more than fifty of the individuals involved. Speaking on the record, many for the first time, are former CIA and Defense Department scientists, analysts, and program managers, as well as the government psychics themselves.
Who did the U.S. government hire for these top secret programs, and how do they explain their military and intelligence work? How do scientists approach such enigmatic subject matter? What interested the government in these supposed powers and does the research continue? Phenomena is a riveting investigation into how far governments will go in the name of national security.
Presented in collaboration with the Prologue Society, Miami Today and Brickell Bank.
About the Author
Annie Jacobsen is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Area 51 and Operation Paperclip and the Pulitzer Prize finalist The Pentagon's Brain. She was a contributing editor at the Los Angeles Times Magazine. A graduate of Princeton University, she lives in Los Angeles with her husband and two sons.
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 8:00pm
265 Aragon Ave
Coral Gables, FL 33134
Mary Lindsay Dickinson with I'M JUST DEAD, I'M NOT GONE & David Rae Morris with ALWAYS STAND IN AGAINST THE CURVE
I'm Just Dead, I'm Not Gone
I'm Just Dead, I'm Not Gone chronicles Jim Dickinson's extraordinary life in the Memphis music scene of the fifties and the sixties and how he went on to play with and produce a rich arry of artists, including Aretha Franklin, the Rolling Stones, Ry Cooder, Duane Allman, Arlo Guthrie, and Albert King. With verve and wit, Dickinson (1941-2009) describes how he visited Blind Lemon's grave on the Texas flatlands as a college student and how that encounter inspired his return to Memphis. Back home he looked up Gus Cannon and Furry Lewis, began staging plays, co-founded what would become the annual Memphis Blues Festival, and started recording.
The blues, Elvis, and early rock 'n' roll compelled Dickinson to reject racial barriers and spurred his contributions to the Memphis music and experimental art scene. He explains how the family yardman, WDIA, Dewey Philips, Furry Lewis, Will Shade, and Howlin' Wolf shaped him and recounts how he went on to learn his craft at Sun, Ardent, American, Muscle Shoals, and Criteria studios from master producers Sam Phillips, John Fry, Chips Moman, and Jerry Wexler.
Dickinson is a member of the Mississippi Music Hall of Fame and an inaugural inductee of the Memphis Music Hall of Fame.He has received the Lifetime Achievement Award for Engineering and Production from the Americana Music Association, a Brass Note on the Beale Street Walk of Fame in Memphis, and a Heritage Marker on the Mississippi Blues Trail. This memoir recounts a love affair with Memphis, the blues, and rock 'n' roll through Dickinson's captivating blend of intelligence, humor, and candor.
About the Author
James Luther Dickinson worked with the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash, Alex Chilton, and T-Model Ford, among others. His sons, Luther and Cody, are the founding members of the North Mississippi All Stars. He was the founder and leader of the Yalobushwackers (Thacker Mountain Radio's house band) for a number of years. This book event is with his widow, Mary Lindsay Dickinson.
Always Stand in Against the Curve
Willie Morris's collection of sports stories, Always Stand In Against The Curve, is a book for those of us lucky enough to have shot baskets under a driveway or shagged fly balls in open fields until it was too dark to see the hoop or the ball against the sky. In Morris's soulful point of view, sports is about growing up in America, radio broadcasts of the Brooklyn Dodgers in a Mississippi country store, girls with double names, practical jokes, small town coaches, the hold the past has on us, about running effortlessly in the sun. The novella, "The Fumble," is a sports classic about high school football in the Deep South. Set in the 1950s it describes a confrontation of mythic proportions between a small town football team from the "Delta" and the omnipotent Central High Tigers of Jackson, Mississippi. Each of the six autobiographical essays in this book form chapters of a Great American boyhood, beginning with Morris's farewells to high school and to American legion baseball, a road trip to Notre Dame with "Bevo," the University of Texas longhorn steer mascot, Rhodes scholars playing basketball in England, a writers-and-artists softball game in East Hampton, New York, in which the author admits he is too old to run the bases, and finally a journey back to Austin, Texas, in search of the past. To Willie Morris, sports are a gentle center in the eye of the storm, a clean world of instinct and action where one can work out the bruises of living, where the rituals of youth teach valuable lessons about winning and losing, about heroes and disillusionment, about finding a way to face the world.
About the Author
Willie Morris was editor-in-chief of Harper's magazine from 1967 to 1971. He grew up in Yazoo City, Mississippi, attended the University of Texas and was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. This book event is with his son, David Rae Morris.
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 6:00pm
129 Courthouse Sq
Oxford, MS 38655
Hailey Heartstone did not have an ordinary childhood. The only daughter of a merchant sailor, she grew up climbing ship's rigging, balancing high above decks, but lately Hailey struggles to find the balance in her life. She fears that her days on the sea are coming to an end and that a course has been plotted for her that will end in a stifling arranged marriage. But all that is about to change.
In one fateful moment, Hailey's life is ripped from its safe and predictable course and thrust into a storm of peril. She stumbles upon an ancient book and unlocks a dangerous power that thrusts her into a world full of deadly mists and phantom pirates intent on recovering what once was theirs.
Kidnapped from her family, Hailey must face true fear as she is forced into a journey to protect the power that she found and seek out those willing to help her save all that she loves before it is too late.
In this thrilling fantasy adventure, a young girl gifted with untapped abilities unlocks a dangerous power and must find her inner strength in time to fight the battle of her life, to save her family, and protect all that she holds dear. Fraught with twists and turns, H.N.Klett weaves an exhilarating adventure filled with magical powers, pirate clashes, hidden treasure, and unlikely friendships.
"H.N. Klett's debut fantasy novel is good old traditional fun! A swashbuckling universe with lots of surprises, revelations, battles, turnabouts, and humor--you name it. Just what we expect from the genre and more. Way to go, Mr. Klett!" --Fred Chappell, award winning author of Dagon and A Shadow All of Light
H.N.Klett is a writer, podcast producer, warrior poet and (possibly) a madman, who hails from Raleigh, North Carolina. A natural story teller, H.N. has been writing and telling tales since he was a little boy, inundating teachers, professors, and anyone who would listen with his poetry, plays, short stories and novels. He uses life experiences of creating and breaking things to weave stories of intrigue, fantasy, science fiction, and humor. He has been described as a maniac armed with a pen and has created a swath of destruction in his wake. In the process of creating this book for your enjoyment, he successfully broke an unbreakable computer, shattered a shatterproof case, and annihilated several other machines much to the chagrin of his friends and loved ones. He is kept in Greensboro, North Carolina for your safety. You can (safely) visit him at hnklett.com. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Book Club -Year of Wonders
Thursday April 6, 2017
Book Selection: Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
When an infected bolt of cloth carries plague from London to an isolated village, a housemaid named Anna Frith emerges as an unlikely heroine and healer. Through Anna’s eyes we follow the story of the fateful year of 1666, as she and her fellow villagers confront the spread of disease and superstition. As death reaches into every household and villagers turn from prayers to murderous witch-hunting, Anna must find the strength to confront the disintegration of her community and the lure of illicit love. As she struggles to survive and grow, a year of catastrophe becomes instead annus mirabilis, a “year of wonders.”
Inspired by the true story of Eyam, a village in the rugged hill country of England, Year of Wonders is a richly detailed evocation of a singular moment in history. Written with stunning emotional intelligence and introducing “an inspiring heroine” (The Wall Street Journal), Brooks blends love and learning, loss and renewal into a spellbinding and unforgettable read.
“The novel glitters . . . A deep imaginative engagement with how people are changed by catastrophe.” —The New Yorker
“Year of Wonders is a vividly imagined and strangely consoling tale of hope in a time of despair.” —O, The Oprah Magazine
“A glimpse into the strangeness of history that simultaneously enables us to see a reflection of ourselves.” —The New York Times Book Review
Geraldine Brooks is the author of five novels: the Pulitzer Prize-winning March; the international bestsellers Caleb's Crossing, People of the Book, Year of WondersThe Secret Chord. She has also written the acclaimed nonfiction works Nine Parts of Desire Foreign Correspondence. Born and raised inAustralia, she lives on Martha's Vinyard with her husband, the author Tony Horwitz, and their two sons.
Thu 4/6 10:30am-11:30am
Every Thursday: Thursday 10:30am-11:30am Pre-School Storytime
Join us for pre-school story time followed by a fun art activity! 10:30 am every Thursday morning, led by the fabulous Johanna (or, occasionally a special guest like Mr Keith)!
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
What is Californian wine? Are we over Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, and Pinot Noir from California? Is California the benchmark of American wine? What is this new wave of renaissance winemakers who are trying to scale back on alcohol levels and ripeness, while emphasizing grape quality and acid levels? Why do nearly all California wines taste the same these days? These are some questions that will be answered while sipping on the old and new styles of these ubiquitous California wines. $45 includes wine,…
It’s our monthly coloring event! Grab your friends & come down to our place for a relaxing evening. We have coloring books & pencils for purchase or you can bring your own. This is a drop in event so if you can’t stay the whole time or make it right at 6, no worries!
Quail Ridge Books & Music is open 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily and specializes in fine literature for adults and children, with a special focus on the South.
Jessamyn Stanley - Every Body Yoga
The YouTube and social media star, yoga teacher, and positive body image advocate wears many hats. Jessamyn Stanley shares her can-do attitude and new book, Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear, Get on the Mat, Love Your Body, on Thursday, April 6, at 7 pm. Her approach to Vinyasa Flow yoga encourages all to join in – it’s not how you look, it’s how you feel. The Durham yogi will have you feeling good about yourself. There may even be an opportunity for some chair-based yoga!
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 7:00pm
Cafe Mortal With The Center For Creative Aging
Cafe Mortal With The Center For Creative Aging
Thursday, April 6, 11:30am
Discussion group covering a wide range of topics related to death, end-of-life and elder care.
Thursday, April 6, 2017 - 11:30am
304 S. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC 27401
Join us at Page After Page Bookstore on April 7th from 5-7pm to meet Stephen Gonzalez, author of the book The Hero Factory. He will be signing copies of his book & answering any questions. Admission is free & free refreshments will also be provided, we hope to see you there!
Stuart Gibbs - PANDA-MONIUM
Stuart Gibbs is coming to town! Find out about his newest book, PANDA-MONIUM.
The newest addition to the New York Times bestseller Stuart Gibbs's FunJungle series may be its most exciting yet-an endangered giant panda!
Teddy Fitzroy returns as FunJungle’s resident sleuth when the zoo’s newest addition goes missing—before she even arrives!—in Panda-monium, the latest novel in Stuart Gibbs’s FunJungle series.
FunJungle is frenzied, awaiting the arrival of its most thrilling animal yet—Li Ping—a rare and very expensive giant panda that the zoo went to enormous lengths to secure. But when the truck transporting Li Ping shows up, its precious cargo has vanished into thin air. The FBI steps in to investigate, and Teddy is happy to leave the job in their (supposedly) capable hands. After all, FunJungle has never encountered a crime this serious. But when someone threatens to blackmail Teddy’s girlfriend, Summer, if he doesn’t solve the crime, his involvement in this mystery is no longer black and white.
Stuart Gibbs is the author of the FunJungle series, as well as the New York Times bestselling Spy School and Moon Base Alpha series. He has written the screenplays for movies like See Spot Run and Repli-Kate, worked on a whole bunch of animated films, developed TV shows for Nickelodeon, Disney Channel, ABC, and Fox. Stuart lives with his wife and children in Los Angeles. You can learn more about what he’s up to at StuartGibbs.com.
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 4:30pm
Paul Dunn - Great Donald Ross Golf Courses Everyone Can Play
Paul Dunn - Great Donald Ross Golf Courses Everyone Can Play
Great Donald Ross Golf Courses Everyone Can Play - 2nd Edition describes all Donald Ross courses open to public play - resorts, semi-private, and public venues. The book has beautiful photos throughout of over 100 golf courses in the United States, all designed by Ross. Join us for a talk with Paul Dunn to learn more about the courses and the man responsible for their creation.
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 5:00pm
140 NW Broad Street
Southern Pines, NC 28387
ERIKA CARTER presents LUCKY YOU
Three women, early twenties, find themselves aimlessly adrift in Erika Carter's fierce and darkly funny debut novel, Lucky You. Ellie, Chloe and Rachel are friends (sort of); waitresses at the same tired bar in the Arkansas college town they've stuck around in too long. Each is becoming unmoored in her own way: Ellie obliterates all feeling with alcohol and self-destructive acts of sexual promiscuity; Chloe pulls out patches of her hair and struggles to keep incipient mental illness at bay; changeable Rachel has fallen under the sway of a messianic boyfriend with whom she's agreed to live off-grid for a year in order to return to "health" and asks Ellie and Chloe to join them in "The Project." In a remote, rural house in the Ozarks, nearly undone by boredom and the brewing tension between them, each tries to solve the conundrum of being alive. By turns funny, knowing and hauntingly sad, Lucky You delivers the kind of study in damage and detachment that made Mary Gaitskill's Bad Behavior or Joan Didion's Play It As It Lays so memorable. With startling exactitude and wickedly deadpan humor, it lays bare the emotional core of its characters with surgical precision. The writing is deft and controlled, as natural and unforced as breath--which makes it impossible to look away.
Friday, April 7, 2017 - 7:00pm
Belasco & Trivette: THE ENLIGHTENED COLLEGE APPLICANT
Avid Bookshop presents author Andrew Belasco and Michael J. Trivette, Ph.D., Co-Founder of College Transitions for the book The Enlightened College Applicant: A New Approach to the Search and Admissions Process on Friday, April 7, from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. This event will take place at the Five Points location of Avid Bookshop and there is no admission charge.
Michel Stone Author of Border Child
Date: April 07, 2017
Luncheon at 11:00 AM at Carefree Catering - 8151 Ocean Hwy, Pawleys Island, SC 29585
Book Signing at 2pm at Litchfield Books
ISBN – 9780385541640
[OFFSITE: At Motorco] John Manuel, Hope Valley
OFFSITE: Please note location: MOTORCO
Join John Manuel for a night of reading and music at MOTORCO to celebrate the launch of his new book, Hope Valley. Books will be available for sale courtesy for The Regulator Bookshop.
Set in Durham NC, in the mid-1980s, Hope Valley tells the story of Hurley Cates, a retired factory worker who lives with his wife, Opal, on a hilltop farm on Hope Valley Road. Hurley is a man who needs to control his world--his five-acre lawn, his shared driveway, and his adult son in the house next door. When the son sells the house to a young female couple, Hurley is enraged. Through alternately humorous and testy scenes, he struggles to come to terms with the neighbor’s sexual politics, inter-racial friendships, and gardening habits, all the time wrestling with the memory of his own daughter who committed suicide for unspoken reasons. The story comes to a head when a hurricane strikes the hill and a loved one is killed. Relationships unravel, the farm itself falls at risk. Each of the characters must decide what to let go of and what to hold onto in this suddenly foreign land.
John Manuel is a long-time Durham resident who has published two nonfiction books, The Natural Traveler Along North Carolina’s Coast and The Canoeist. As a freelance environmental journalist, he has published numerous articles in such magazines as Audubon, Environmental Health Perspectives, and Wildlife in North Carolina. His short stories have appeared in The Savannah Journal and New Southerner. Hope Valley is his first novel.
04/07/2017 - 7:00pm
723 Rigsbee Avenue
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