EVENTS

EVENTS

Sep
6
Wed
Parent as Coach: How to help your child develop independence with homework @ The Hill Center
Sep 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Jim Wright for this free workshop on on tips and strategies for helping your child develop independence with homework. How timely with the start of many traditional calendars this week!

Jim Wright is a national trainer and consultant to schools and organizations, he’s also a certified school psychologist and school administrator with over 17 years’ experience working in public schools in central New York State.

Sep
9
Sat
Meet Jamie DeMent, author of The Farmhouse Chef! @ SEEDS
Sep 9 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Join us at SEEDS on Saturday, September 9, 2017 to celebrate the release of Chef Jamie DeMent’s first cookbook, The Farmhouse Chef: Recipes & Stories from My Carolina Farm (The University of North Carolina Press, $35.00). From 5:30pm – 7:30pm, enjoy cocktails and small bites inspired by the book, followed by a book signing with Jamie (a portion of proceeds from book sales will be donated to SEEDS). Participating sponsors include Queen of Wines, Fullsteam Brewery, and Durham Distillery. Books will be available for sale at the event.

About The Farmhouse Chef:

In The Farmhouse Chef: Recipes & Stories from My Carolina Farm (The University of North Carolina Press, on sale September 5, 2017, $35.00), Jamie DeMent opens a bright kitchen window onto the 55 acres of beautiful Piedmont farmland in Hillsborough, NC, where she and her family raise sustainably nurtured and sought-after heirloom varieties of produce and livestock. Every day on Coon Rock Farm, DeMent is in the kitchen serving robust, flavorful, satisfying meals for family, crew, and farm interns — and now readers everywhere are invited to share the bounty! The Farmhouse Chef offers 150 recipes for every occasion, from down home to downright elegant, inspired by the farm’s yield throughout the four seasons. From fall’s Sage- and Sausage-Stuffed Acorn Squash to Pear and Bacon Salad, to summer’s Sugarcane Barbecue Chicken and Watermelon Mojitos, DeMent’s cooking style highlights no-nonsense approaches that combine great ingredients with easy preparations for super-charged flavor. Accompanying the recipes are DeMent’s charming stories that illuminate what life is really like on a working farm. The Farmhouse Chef is sure to inspire anyone who cares about seasonal, healthfully-grown, delicious food.

About Jamie DeMent:

Raised in Eastern North Carolina, Jamie DeMent – farmer, home cook, restaurateur, entrepreneur, teacher and local food advocate – has devoted her life to cultivating and championing sustainable foodways. Together, she and partner Richard Holcomb own Coon Rock Farm, a diverse, 55-acre organic family farm in Hillsborough, NC. The couple also own the award-winning 4-star restaurant, Piedmont, in downtown Durham, NC, as well as two online farmers markets which service the region and the nation: Bella Bean Organics and Heirloom Provisions. Jamie DeMent offers a distinctive voice in today’s farm-to-table movement, so dominated by chefs. Her wealth of knowledge about farming and home cooking, and vivacious and colorful personality, make her as one of the most refreshing voices in today’s Southern farm-to-fork movement. The Farmhouse Chef, set to be published in September 2017, is DeMent’s first cookbook.

About SEEDS:

SEEDS is a nonprofit organized with a two-acre urban garden and kitchen classroom that aspires to develop the capacity of young people to respect life, the earth, and each other through growing, cooking, and sharing food.

Sep
16
Sat
Sarah Mlynowski – Abby in Wonderland @ McIntyre's Books
Sep 16 @ 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

We are delighted to welcome beloved author Sarah Mlynowski to McIntyre’s!
In this extra-magical installment of the beloved series, follow Abby down the rabbit hole into Wonderland! Together with her three friends, she will encounter talking rabbits, mad hatters, caterpillars, Cheshire cats, and mean queens, and attend an unforgettable tea party. But if she can’t solve a curious riddle in time, Abby could be stuck in Alice’s story for good! This Special Edition is extra-long and contains bonus content that fans will adore!
Sarah is the author of both the Whatever After and Magic in Manhattan series, as well as Don’t Even Think About It, Milkrun, Fishbowl, As Seen on TV, Monkey Business, Gimme a Call, Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have) and How to Be Bad (along with E.Lockhart and Lauren Myracle). Sarah has written short stories and novellas as well as co-edited the bestselling chick-lit collections Girls’ Night In and Girls’ Night Out and co-wrote the first ever guide to writing chick lit, See Jane Write.
Sarah’s books have been translated into twenty-one languages and optioned to Hollywood. She was born in Montreal but now lives and writes in New York City.

Sep
17
Sun
Karen Pullen – Restless Dreams @ McIntyre's Books
Sep 17 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The characters in the 18 stories that comprise Restless Dreams, a collection of short stories, share a certain resemblance: tired eyes, a slow trudging step, and the distracted air of someone with lots on her mind, some of it unspeakable. But despite sore feet and an aching heart, each yearns for better days, aims for what is right, and makes it all work somehow. She’s a cop, a mom, a saleswoman, nanny, teacher, hairdresser, teen. None have it easy, but they don’t give up their restless dreams of a more perfect life.
Karen Pullen’s restless dreams were achieved when she escaped the cubicle and took up fiction writing. After earning an MFA from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine, she published two traditional mystery novels, Cold Feet and Cold Heart, and numerous short stories. Karen serves on the national board of Sisters in Crime, and works as an innkeeper, editor, and teacher of writing. She lives in Pittsboro, North Carolina, and blogs occasionally on her website.

Sep
19
Tue
Periodic Tables: Scientific Artist or Artistic Scientist? @ Motorco Music Hall
Sep 19 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Duke Biology’s Sönke Johnsen describes the crooked path that took him from science to art and back to science, and from landlubber to the explorer at the bottom of the ocean. Along the way he’s tried to understand the remarkable ways in which sea creatures use light and color to their advantage…and our amazement.

Sep
23
Sat
Joseph Wheelan – Midnight in the Pacific @ McIntyre's Books
Sep 23 @ 11:00 am

In August 1942, U.S. Marines landed on the remote South Pacific island of Guadalcanal, and America’s first campaign of World War II began.
From afar, Guadalcanal resembled a tropical paradise. In actuality, it was infinite misery: steamy jungles, swarming malarial mosquitoes, downpours, mud, and Japanese soldiers pledged to fight to the death in the Bushido tradition.
Initially a simple mission to seize Japanese air bases in the southern Solomon Islands, the campaign mushroomed into an all-in battle waged on air, land, and sea. Both sides rushed planes, ships, and men to the sprawling battleground.
For months, the outcome of the desperate struggle with Japanese land, sea, and air forces was in doubt. When the fighting ended, however, Guadalcanal had become a byword for American grit. It was there that Japanese expansion was stopped for the first time — the turning point of the Pacific war.
Joseph Wheelan was a reporter and editor for The Associated Press for 24 years in Cheyenne, Wyoming; Denver; Little Rock; and Raleigh, N.C. While news editor in the AP’s Denver and Raleigh bureaus, Wheelan directed team, feature and investigative reporting projects while supervising daily news coverage. He also reviewed books for the AP and, among other things, wrote about the Korean War and the continuing battle by its veterans to obtain government benefits for cold-weather injuries.

Sep
24
Sun
September NCPS Reading Series @ McIntyre's Books
Sep 24 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

North Carolina Poetry Society reading with M. Scott Douglass, Dana Stone, Bartholomew Barker

Sep
28
Thu
Author Daren Wang at The Regulator @ The Regulator Bookshop
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm

Daren Wang, executive director of the prestigious Decatur Book Festival (largest independent book festival in the USA), will present background on his exciting debut work of historical fiction. “The Hidden Lights of Northern Fires” (Aug 2017, St. Martin’s Press), presents a fascinating and little-known perspective of the American Civil War set predominantly in Town Line, NY, the only Northern town to secede from the Union.

Sep
30
Sat
Bren McClain – One Good Mama Bone @ McIntyre's Books
Sep 30 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

Set in early 1950s rural South Carolina, One Good Mama Bone chronicles Sarah Creamer’s quest to find her “mama bone,” after she is left to care for a boy who is not her own but instead is the product of an affair between her husband and her best friend and neighbor, a woman she calls “Sister.” When her husband drinks himself to death, Sarah, a dirt-poor homemaker with no family to rely on and the note on the farm long past due, must find a way for her and young Emerson Bridge to survive. But the more daunting obstacle is Sarah’s fear that her mother’s words, seared in her memory since she first heard them at the age of six, were a prophesy, “You ain’t got you one good mama bone in you, girl.”
When Sarah reads in the local newspaper that a boy won $680 with his Grand Champion steer at the recent 1951 Fat Cattle Show & Sale, she sees this as their financial salvation and finds a way to get Emerson Bridge a steer from a local farmer to compete in the 1952 show. But the young calf is unsettled at Sarah’s farm, crying out in distress and growing louder as the night wears on. Some four miles away, the steer’s mother hears his cries and breaks out of a barbed-wire fence to go in search of him. The next morning Sarah finds the young steer quiet, content, and nursing a large cow. Inspired by the mother cow’s act of love, Sarah names her Mama Red. And so Sarah’s education in motherhood begins with Mama Red as her teacher.
But Luther Dobbins, the man who sold Sarah the steer, has his sights set on winning too, and, like Sarah, he is desperate, but not for money. Dobbins is desperate for glory, wanting to regain his lost grand-champion dynasty, and he will stop at nothing to win. Emboldened by her lessons from Mama Red and her budding mama bone, Sarah is committed to victory even after she learns the winning steer’s ultimate fate. Will she stop at nothing, even if it means betraying her teacher?
McClain’s writing is distinguished by a sophisticated and detailed portrayal of the day-to-day realities of rural poverty and an authentic sense of time and place that marks the best southern fiction. Her characters transcend their archetypes and her animal-as-teacher theme recalls the likes of Water for Elephants and The Art of Racing in the Rain. One Good Mama Bone explores the strengths and limitations of parental love, the healing power of the human-animal bond, and the ethical dilemmas of raising animals for food.

Oct
3
Tue
Children’s Storytime: Forest Friends! @ McIntyre's Books
Oct 3 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Join Children’s Book Buyer, Sarah, for storytime with our littlest readers — babies, toddlers and preschoolers are welcome! This week’s theme is Forest Friends!
Contact the bookstore with any questions at 919.542.3030.
About Sarah Carr, Children’s Book Buyer
With 30 years of experience selling books, including being a longtime employee at McIntyre’s, Sarah was an obvious choice to take over the role of Children’s Book Buyer. If you need assistance with selections for children, she is your go-to source. Sarah lives in Pittsboro with her husband and two sons.

Oct
7
Sat
Denise Kiernan – The Last Castle @ McIntyre's Books
Oct 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

From the author of the New York Times bestseller The Girls of Atomic City comes the fascinating true story behind the magnificent Gilded Age mansion Biltmore—the largest, grandest residence ever built in the United States.
Orphaned at a young age, Edith Stuyvesant Dresser claimed lineage from one of New York’s best known families. She grew up in Newport and Paris, and her engagement and marriage to George Vanderbilt was one of the most watched events of Gilded Age society. But none of this prepared her to be mistress of Biltmore House.
Before their marriage, the wealthy and bookish Vanderbilt had dedicated his life to creating a spectacular European-style estate on 125,000 acres of North Carolina wilderness. He summoned the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted to tame the grounds, collaborated with celebrated architect Richard Morris Hunt to build a 175,000-square-foot chateau, filled it with priceless art and antiques, and erected a charming village beyond the gates. Newlywed Edith was now mistress of an estate nearly three times the size of Washington, DC and benefactress of the village and surrounding rural area. When fortunes shifted and changing times threatened her family, her home, and her community, it was up to Edith to save Biltmore—and secure the future of the region and her husband’s legacy.
The story of Biltmore spans World Wars, the Jazz Age, the Depression, and generations of the famous Vanderbilt family, and features a captivating cast of real-life characters including F. Scott Fitzgerald, Thomas Wolfe, Teddy Roosevelt, John Singer Sargent, James Whistler, Henry James, and Edith Wharton. The Last Castle is the unique American story of how the largest house in America flourished, faltered, and ultimately endured to this day.

Oct
8
Sun
James Benn – The Devouring: A Billy Boyle Novel @ McIntyre's Books
Oct 8 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A murder in wartime Switzerland reveals Swiss complicity with the Nazis and profiteering during World War II.
Billy and Kaz are sent to neutral Switzerland to investigate the murder of a Swiss banking official with ties to the Office of Strategic Services (OSS). The US and Swiss governments are about to embark on diplomatic discussions regarding the Safehaven Protocols, which are aimed at limiting the amount of war materials exported by Switzerland to the Nazis, halting the laundering of looted gold, and preventing the postwar use of Nazi wealth for war criminals. With the talks about to begin, the OSS wants their involvement in the murder cleared up, as well as to protect the participants from any threat of violence.
The plans go wrong from the beginning when Billy and Kaz crash-land in France. As they make their way through occupied territory to the border, they meet Anton Lasho, a member of the Sinti ethnic group, whose family was slaughtered by the Nazis, and who is, in turn, a one-man Nazi-killing machine. They’ll need his help, because as they find once they make it across the border, Swiss banks are openly laundering gold ‘harvested’ from concentration camps, and those that are profiting will do everything they can to protect their wealth and hide their dark secrets.
James R. Benn is the author of the Billy Boyle World War II mystery series. He has been a librarian for many years. He lives in Hadlyme, Connecticut.

Oct
10
Tue
Children’s Storytime: Falling Leaves! @ McIntyre's Books
Oct 10 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Join Children’s Book Buyer, Sarah, for storytime with our littlest readers — babies, toddlers and preschoolers are welcome! This week’s theme is Falling Leaves!
Contact the bookstore with any questions at 919.542.3030.
About Sarah Carr, Children’s Book Buyer
With 30 years of experience selling books, including being a longtime employee at McIntyre’s, Sarah was an obvious choice to take over the role of Children’s Book Buyer. If you need assistance with selections for children, she is your go-to source. Sarah lives in Pittsboro with her husband and two sons.

Oct
12
Thu
The Hill Center presents The Monti @ The Hill Center
Oct 12 @ 7:30 pm

Join The Hill Center for an evening of storytelling in honor of our 40th Anniversary.

Curated and directed by local non-profit The Monti, storytellers with diverse connections to Hill will tell stories centered around the theme of COURAGE.

Proceeds support programs for students and educators who are courageous learners every day at The Hill Center.

Oct
16
Mon
Understanding Dyslexia @ The Hill Center
Oct 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Dyslexia literally means difficulty (dys) with reading at the word (lex) level. The term dyslexia has been around since the late 1800s and is estimated to impact 5-20% of the population. There continues to be myths and misconceptions that surround dyslexia when educators, professionals and parents communicate. This presentation is intended to provide clarity on the definition, characteristics, common misperceptions and myths in the public school setting. Together we can build common understanding and take steps to ensure the success of students with dyslexia

Lynne Loeser M.Ed., is the statewide consultant for Specific Learning Disabilities and ADHD at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.