In the early 1960s, William Sommers left his position as a town manager in New Jersey and, taking a leap of faith, moved his growing family to Bangkok, Thailand, his first position as a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department’s newly created USAID.
Among the first USAID officers in Thailand, he went on to build a career as a local development specialist that spanned 40 years. This job sent him on assignments around the world, including Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Poland, Bosnia, Hungary and Egypt.
‘Foreign Vistas’ is a deeply-felt memoir of one writer/diplomat’s passionate engagement with the people and cultures where he lived and worked during the latter part of the 20th century and is that rare work that captures the essence of what it means to be at home in the world.
Born in Duluth, Minnesota, William Sommers is a graduate of Middlebury College and holds a masters degree in public administration from Harvard’s Littauer Center (now the John F. Kennedy School of Government). He is now retired and living in North Carolina.
Born and raised just outside of New York City, Margaret Dardess has lived and travelled across several continents, landing at last in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she probably should have been all along. She is the daughter of an artist and a poet who were determined to steer their only daughter away from a life in the arts.
For many years they were successful. Margaret returned to New York after graduating from Connecticut College to study Japanese history at Columbia University and, after a brief teaching career at the University of Illinois, went on to tackle the law. When she finally stopped going to school, she set off on a journey, masquerading as an international trade lawyer, a corporate communications executive and a university administrator until at last she cast her parents’ warnings to the wind and began to write.
‘Brutal Silence’ is Margaret’s debut thriller. After meeting a woman who escaped from human traffickers and hearing all that the poor woman endured, Margaret was so angry that she had to tell others about it. She chose to write an action-packed thriller as a way to make the issue of human trafficking come alive through fiction. ‘Brutal Silence’ is the story of Alex Harrington, a resilient and gutsy young Southern woman who takes on human traffickers in her North Carolina town and in Mexico.
Margaret lives with her husband and three cats in Chapel Hill and Wilmington, North Carolina. She is hard at work on a second book that will take Alex Harrington to Margaret’s own native New York City and back to Mexico where Alex tries to build a new life as an international relief worker only to find that those she trusts the most are motivated more by greed than by charity.
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A large-hearted and optimistic novel, ‘Extraordinary Adventures’ is the latest from the New York Times bestselling Daniel Wallace.
Edsel Bronfman works as a junior executive shipping clerk for an importer of Korean flatware. He lives in a seedy neighborhood and spends his free time with his spirited mother. Things happen to other people, and Bronfman knows it. Until, that is, he gets a call from operator 61217 telling him that he’s won a free weekend at a beachfront condo in Destin, Florida. But there’s a catch: the offer is intended for a couple, and Bronfman has only seventy-nine days to find someone to take with him.
The phone call jolts Bronfman into motion, initiating a series of truly extraordinary adventures as he sets out to find a companion for his weekend getaway. Open at last to the possibilities of life, Bronfman now believes that anything can happen. And it does.
Daniel Wallace is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he directs the Creative Writing Program. He is the author of the novels ‘Big Fish’, ‘Ray in Reverse’, ‘The Watermelon King’, ‘Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician’, and ‘The Kings and Queens of Roam’.
North Carolina Poetry Society reading with Kelly Lenox, Maureen Sherbondy and Terri Kirby Erickson.
Dr. Jane Williams will be at the Regulator Bookshop for a reading from her recently published book, ‘Mysterious Moments: Thoughts That Transform Grief’. The book is based on 10 narratives of individuals who, in the midst of grief, experienced transformative thoughts that alleviated their suffering. Written for a broad audience of readers including individuals in grief, counselors and lay readers, the narratives offer an opportunity to better understand a process that touches all of us and increases our compassion—it also offers hope.
Dr. Williams earned her Ph.D. at the University of Memphis with postdoctoral fellowships at UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and Harvard Medical School. She recently retired from Wake Forest Medical School where she was a clinical psychologist working with individuals who had experienced trauma, life threatening illness and grief.
A sparkling debut about love, family, and the mysteries of the universe, perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson, Rainbow Rowell and Nicola Yoon by one of our own — former McIntyre’s bookseller, Carlie Sorosiak. Come and celebrate with us!
Linny has kept a journal of famous disappearances ever since her sister Grace ran away in the middle of the night. Sebastian is an aspiring astrophysicist with a working theory for everything—but the one thing he can’t figure out is the identity of his birth father.
They haven’t met—yet—but Linny and Sebastian have one thing in common: an obsession with famous novelist and filmmaker Àlvaro Herrera who who went missing three years ago and has just reappeared. As their lives converge around the mystery of Àlvaro, they begin to uncover the answers they’ve been looking for.
With humor and heart, debut author Carlie Sorosiak weaves a story of searching for those who leave—and loving those who stay.
‘If Birds Fly Back’ feels like that last hazy, sun-drenched summer of high school, when you know you’ll need to find your place in the world, but you’re busy laughing and falling in love under starlit skies. It’s the rarest author who can pull off laugh-out-loud hilarious, profound, and breathlessly romantic, all in the most sparkling prose. That shortlist includes Rainbow Rowell, Nicola Yoon, and now, Carlie Sorosiak.” —Jeff Zentner, acclaimed author of ‘The Serpent King’ and ‘Goodbye Days’.
Durham County Library’s annual celebration of comics readers and creators is back for its seventh year! Featuring presentations and workshops for all ages by acclaimed comics creators Jeremy Sorese (Steven Universe comics), Liz Prince (“Tomboy”), R. Sikoryak (“Terms and Conditions”) and Kriota Willberg (“No Pain!”), plus book signings, local artists’ alley, prizes and more! All events are free and open to the public, but some require registration – visit durhamcomicsfest.org for the day’s schedule and more. This event is made possible by the Friends of the Durham Library.
North Carolina Poetry Society reading with Ricky Garni, Guiseppe Getto and Tina Barr.
A classic southern tale of backroom deals, tainted honor, dysfunctional family, high-stakes greed and everyday heroism from the New York Times best-selling author.
Mississippi sheriff Quinn Colson had to admit he admired the bank robbers. A new bank was hit almost every week, and the robbers rushed in and out with such skill and precision it reminded him of raids he’d led back in Afghanistan and Iraq when he was an army ranger. In fact, it reminded him so much of the techniques in the Ranger Handbook that he couldn’t help wondering if the outlaws were former Rangers themselves. And that was definitely going to be a problem. If he stood any chance of catching them, he was going to need the help of old allies, new enemies, and a lot of luck. The enemies he had plenty of. It was the allies and the luck that were going to be in woefully short supply.
Ace Atkins is the author of twenty-one books, including seven Quinn Colson novels, the first two of which, ‘The Ranger’ and ‘The Lost Ones’, were nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel (he also has a third Edgar nomination for his short story ‘Last Fair Deal Gone Down’). In addition, he is the author of six New York Times best-selling novels in the continuation of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser series. Before turning to fiction, he was a correspondent for the St. Petersburg Times, a crime reporter for The Tampa Tribune, and, in college, played defensive end for the undefeated Auburn University football team (for which he was featured on the cover of Sports Illustrated). He lives in Oxford, Mississippi.
Set against the backdrop of North Carolina’s powerful hog-producing industry, ‘Justice by Another Name’ tells the story of Paul Reavis’ suspicious workplace death followed a year later by a senseless death of his young son Paulie. Lana Reavis, who believes her husband was murdered and her son the victim of deliberate negligence, enlists the aid of her long-ago boyfriend, Will Moser, who is currently chief deputy of Hogg County and the heir apparent to the local sheriff.
As Will’s investigation unfolds, suspicious activities and cover-ups begin to emerge. All evidence points to Oris Martin, the powerful owner of Martin Farms, a huge hog-production enterprise and Hogg County’s largest employer, as the mastermind. Despite political pressure and physical threats to look the other way, Will continues his search for what really happened. Meanwhile, Lana, convinced that Oris will be beyond the reach of justice, devises a plan to avenge her family and destroy everything precious to Oris Martin.
E.C. “Redge” Hanes began his business career working for the famous underwear company started by his grandfather. Since that beginning, he has served on the boards of several prestigious wildlife conservation, environmental, educational and arts-related organizations. His debut novel, ‘Billy Bowater’, was based on the behind-the-scenes politics of North Carolina with particular focus on the late senator Jesse Helms. Hanes lives in Winston-Salem.
North Carolina Poetry Society reading with Tim Mattimoe, Jane Shlensky, Irene Blair Honeycutt
North Carolina Poetry Society reading with M. Scott Douglass, Dana Stone, Bartholomew Barker