Helpfest: Joe Colopy – There and Back Again: My Entrepreneurial Journey @ American Underground @Main
Aug 15 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Bronto is one of the great startup stories in our region. Hear directly from founder Joe Colopy as he shares the Bronto story, with a particular focus on the pre-launch and early days. He will discuss some lessons learned now that he is founding and funding some new early-stage startups.

Nancy Peacock & Nora Gaskin Esthimer in Conversation @ Durham County Library, East Regional
Aug 25 @ 2:00 pm

Nancy Peacock (Piedmont Laureate) and Nora Gaskin (editorial director of Lystra Books) will have a conversation discussing their experiences with boutique publishing and commercial publishing.

Synergy Fitness for Her 3 Year Birthday Bash @ Synergy Fitness for Her
Sep 8 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

Join us in celebrating our 3rd birthday with music, prizes, food, and more!
This event is free and open to the public.

Outdoor Explorer Book Club @ Blackwood Farm Park
Sep 9 @ 4:00 pm

Join us to talk about books and to walk these county trails. Ages 18+.

Author Reading with Julian Rankin, Catfish Dream @ Main Library
Sep 16 @ 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm

Catfish Dream centers around the experiences, family, and struggles of Ed Scott Jr. (born in 1922), a prolific farmer in the Mississippi Delta and the first ever nonwhite owner and operator of a catfish plant in the nation. 18+.

Feeling French! French Wine Tasting Fest @ The Wine Feed
Sep 20 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Feeling French? Add a little “voila” to your evening with a wine-tasting soiree! Savor favorite French wines from The Wine Feed along with small plates. While you enjoy these sips, Carrie Knowles, award-winning author, will regale you with tales from her time in France that inspired her acclaimed novel, “A Garden Wall in Provence.” She’ll share the secrets to living like a true French citizen (including how to grocery shop there)!
Copies of the book will be available for autograph and purchase.

Outdoor Explorer Book Club at NC Botanical Garden & Mason Farm Biological Reserve @ NC Botanical Garden & Mason Farm Biological Reserve
Oct 14 @ 4:00 pm

Join us to talk about books and the trails in Chapel Hill. Ages 18+.

West End Poetry Festival @ Town of Carrboro
Oct 17 – Oct 20 all-day

October 17th-20th, 2018 will mark the 13th anniversary of the annual West End Poetry Festival in Carrboro, NC. Four days of poetry featuring more than 50 poets! There will be group discussions, a panel on Intersections, important readings, and amazing local food! All events are free and open to the public. The West End Poetry Festival is sponsored by the Town of Carrboro.

This year’s poetry festival will begin at Johnny’s located on 901 W Main St. on Wednesday, October 17th, at 6:30 pm in the heart of Carrboro. The day will kick off with a Poet’s reception and Ice Cream social to connect participants with the Poets and other members of the community. The Carrboro Poets Council will read.

The Station in downtown Carrboro will host the reprisal of last year’s popular curated open mic poetry reading featuring over 50+ poets. Live poetry will begin at 6:30 pm running until midnight on October 18th.

On October 19th, long-time supporter Flyleaf Books will anchor the third night of readings, along with a wine and cheese reception. Starting at 6:30 pm, the line-up features William Davis, former Poet Laureate of Hillsborough, the amazing Jaki Shelton Green, Lauren Moseley, author of Big Windows (2018) and Carrboro’s own Poet Laureate, Gary Phillips.

On Saturday, Sandra Beasley opens the final day of celebrations at noon with a reading followed by a workshop at the Carrboro Century Center. Beasley is the author of several books, including I Was the Jukebox. The afternoon will center around this year’s theme, Intersections, featuring Joanna Davidson, Jon Obermeyer, and Emilio Taiveaho.

The 2018 West End Poetry Festival concludes with readings and conversation from three significant Arab women poets on October 20th: Ruth Awad, Fatima Abdullah, and Shadab Zest Hashmi. A light dinner will be provided.

For more information on the festival schedule, poet bios, and past participants, please go to

Conversation with pianist Emanuel Ax @ Nelson Music Room, East Duke Building, Duke University
Oct 19 @ 6:00 pm

Seven GRAMMY Awards, the Avery Fisher Prize, top honors at the inaugural Arthur Rubinstein Competition, the Echo Klassik Award, Yale’s Sanford Medal for distinguished musicianship: Emanuel Ax has amassed a lifetime of accolades. A regular soloist with the New York Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic, Ax also serves on the faculty of Juilliard and is the main duo partner of cellist Yo-Yo Ma, all while playing nearly a hundred of his own concerts every year – performances that are “never less than spellbinding,” according to The New York Times. Ax returns to Durham for the first time since 2014 to perform on the Duke Performances’ Piano Recital Series on Saturday, Oct. 20. This Friday evening conversation with Ax will be facilitated by Anthony Kelley, Associate Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke. The conversation is free and open to the public. Presented by the Duke University Department of Music and Duke Performances.

Outdoor Explorer Book Club @ Root Cellar
Nov 11 @ 4:00 pm

Join us to talk about books. Ages 18+.