Anna Quindlen – Alternate Side @ McIntyre's Books
Mar 23 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

McIntyre’s Books welcomes Anna Quindlen to The Fearrington Barn for lunch, a book signing, and a reading from her latest release, Alternate Side. Tickets are $70 and include a three course lunch with tea, coffee, tax and gratuity, and a signed copy of Alternate Side. Cash bar. Seats are limited – call the bookstore at 919.542.3030 or purchase your tickets online.

The tensions in a tight-knit neighborhood — and a seemingly happy marriage — are exposed by an unexpected act of violence in this provocative new novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Miller’s Valley and Still Life with Bread Crumbs.

Some days Nora Nolan thinks that she and her husband, Charlie, lead a charmed life — except when there’s a crisis at work, a leak in the roof at home, or a problem with their twins at college. And why not? New York City was once Nora’s dream destination, and her clannish dead-end block has become a safe harbor, a tranquil village amid the urban craziness. Then one morning she returns from her run to discover that a terrible incident has shaken the neighborhood, and the fault lines begin to open: on the block, at her job, especially in her marriage. With humor, understanding, an acute eye, and a warm heart, Anna Quindlen explores what it means to be a mother, a wife, and a woman at a moment of reckoning.

Anna Quindlen is a novelist and journalist whose work has appeared on fiction, nonfiction, and self-help bestseller lists. She is the author of many novels: Object Lessons, One True Thing, Black and Blue, Blessings, Rise and Shine, Every Last One, Still Life with Bread Crumbs, and Miller’s Valley. Her memoir Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake, published in 2012, was a #1 New York Times bestseller. Her book A Short Guide to a Happy Life has sold more than a million copies. While a columnist at The New York Times she won the Pulitzer Prize and published two collections, Living Out Loud and Thinking Out Loud. Her Newsweek columns were collected in Loud and Clear.

First Course: 
Green Salad with Balsamic
 Radish, Fried Shallot
Main Course: 
Smoked Chicken with Herbed Fregola, 
Asparagus, Scallions
Pavlova with Seasonal Fruit

Introduction to Marketing @ Durham Tech's Small Business Center
Mar 27 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Who are your customers? How will potential customers find your product? How should you price your product? Learn the basics of marketing (product, pricing, placement and promotion) along with an overview on customer development and marketing strategies. Taught by LaShon Harley, Durham Tech’s Small Business Center

The Black Woman Millionaire Tour @ Durham Marriott City Center
Mar 31 @ 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Presented by Dr. Venus Opal Reese. this training will help you heal your way to 7 Figure Success- On Your Own Terms.

This event is for you if:

Your business is plateaued and you’re ready to take it to the next level – if that’s going from 6-figures to 7 or if you’re looking to break the 6-figure mark for the first time.

You’re new to business and you want to take the fast-path to cash so you can start funding your dreams.

You don’t have a business – yet – but you’re committed to creating one and having it be profitable!

You’re going to walk away with:

Money Mogul Networking Strategies: You’ll learn how to network like a 7-figure sister AND you’ll go home with at least three new business connections with like-hearted sisters so you can grow your business using long-term, sustainable strategies. (Can we say LONG money and not just QUICK money!!!)

Deep Dive Into 7-Figure Success: A proven process about how to get on a proven path to your 1st million—starting EXACTLY where you are!!!!

Healing Circle: We’re going to start to heal historical and personal wounds—together—so that you leave transformed, alive, and ready to conquer the world.

Creating Your Business Website @ Durham Tech's Small Business Center
Apr 3 @ 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Planning to create a website for your business? Wondering what platform to use? Can you do it yourself? When should a website developer be used? What are the costs? Entrepreneurs and Business owners ponder these questions especially with social media being an important marketing tool. Come and learn basic information about website development including steps to development, hosting, drop & drag versus customization and other options. Taught by Jelissa Thomas

Elaine Neil Orr – Swimming Between Worlds @ McIntyre's Books
Apr 7 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

From the critically acclaimed writer of A Different Sun comes a Southern coming-of-age novel that sets three very different young people against the tumultuous years of the American civil rights movement…
Tacker Hart left his home in North Carolina as a local high school football hero, but returns in disgrace after being fired from a prestigious architectural assignment in West Africa. Yet the culture and people he grew to admire have left their mark on him. Adrift, he manages his father’s grocery store and becomes reacquainted with a girl he barely knew growing up.
Kate Monroe’s parents have died, leaving her the family home and the right connections in her Southern town. But a trove of disturbing letters sends her searching for the truth behind the comfortable life she’s been bequeathed.
On the same morning but at different moments, Tacker and Kate encounter a young African-American, Gaines Townson, and their stories converge with his. As Winston-Salem is pulled into the tumultuous 1960s, these three Americans find themselves at the center of the civil rights struggle, coming to terms with the legacies of their pasts as they search for an ennobling future.
Elaine Neil Orr will be in conversation with Margery Hudson, author of Accidental Birds of the Carolinas.

Praise for Swimming Between Worlds
“The struggle of [the novel’s] deftly-drawn young characters to navigate the monumental changes—cultural and personal— that the civil rights movement brought to the South is rich and compelling.”
Charles Frazier, New York Times bestselling author

Elaine Neil Orr is professor of English at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, where she teaches world literature and creative writing. She also serves on the faculty of the low-residency MFA in Writing program at Spalding University in Louisville. Author of A Different Sun, two scholarly books, and the memoir Gods of Noonday: A White Girl’s African Life, she has been a featured speaker and writer-in-residence at numerous universities and conferences and is a frequent fellow at the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She grew up in Nigeria.

Lisa See – The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane @ McIntyre's Books
Apr 7 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, “one of those special writers capable of delivering both poetry and plot” (The New York Times Book Review), a moving novel about tradition, tea farming, and the bonds between mothers and daughters.
In their remote mountain village, Li-yan and her family align their lives around the seasons and the farming of tea. For the Akha people, ensconced in ritual and routine, life goes on as it has for generations–until a stranger appears at the village gate in a jeep, the first automobile any of the villagers has ever seen.
The stranger’s arrival marks the first entrance of the modern world in the lives of the Akha people. Slowly, Li-yan, one of the few educated girls on her mountain, begins to reject the customs that shaped her early life. When she has a baby out of wedlock–conceived with a man her parents consider a poor choice–she rejects the tradition that would compel her to give the child over to be killed, and instead leaves her, wrapped in a blanket with a tea cake tucked in its folds, near an orphanage in a nearby city.
As Li-yan comes into herself, leaving her insular village for an education, a business, and city life, her daughter, Haley, is raised in California by loving adoptive parents. Despite her privileged childhood, Haley wonders about her origins. Across the ocean Li-yan longs for her lost daughter. Over the course of years, each searches for meaning in the study of Pu’er, the tea that has shaped their family’s destiny for centuries.
A powerful story about circumstances, culture, and distance, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane paints an unforgettable portrait of a little known region and its people and celebrates the bond of family.

Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls, and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. She is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family’s settlement in Los Angeles. See was honored as National Woman of the Year by the Organization of Chinese American Women in 2001 and was the recipient of the Chinese American Museum’s History Makers Award in fall 2003.

Three Keys to Growing Your Food Business @ Durham Tech's Small Business Center
Apr 9 @ 6:30 pm

Whether you’re just starting a food business or you’ve been a food entrepreneur for years, finding the right number of customers that can sustain your business has probably kept you up a night or two. Come and learn three of the most effective (and easy) marketing strategies to get your food business thriving! This workshop is designed for food companies of all stages, from pre-launch to seasoned food business owners. Taught by Jill Willett, Coaching for Cooks and Triangle Food Makers

Overcoming the Fear of Selling Your Product, Services, and Ideas @ Durham Tech @ RTP
Apr 12 @ 12:00 pm

Many entrepreneurs and business owners fear marketing or being a salesperson for their business or business idea. Too often they rely on paper and/or social media as the primary medium for getting new customers while many customers are gained through face-to-face communication. Come and learn ways to overcome the fear of being an effective salesperson for your business.

Taught by Warren Greshes, Speaking of Success.

Low Cost Marketing Ideas @ Durham Tech @ RTP
Apr 13 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Topic: Start-up Assistance
Learn how to create a marketing strategy that supports your business goals. This seminar will cover some of the best marketing tools that are free or at a very low-cost and explore creative ways to promote your business without breaking the bank or your budget.

Taught by Melissa Terrell, Women’s Business Center.

NOTE: The Frontier@RTP has a Food Truck Rodeo every Friday from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. So grab your lunch and bring it to the seminar

Bren McClain – One Good Mama Bone @ McIntyre's Books
Apr 14 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

SPOILER ALERT: Bren McClain is the first author that Pete invited back BEFORE her event ended, which was seconded by the lucky few in the audience. DO NOT MISS OUT! A novel of courageous parental love and the instructive, healing bonds that form between humans and animals.
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 on 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 fully committed to victory until she learns the winning steer’s ultimate fate. Will she stop at nothing, even if it means betraying her teacher?

Bren McClain was born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina, on a beef cattle and grain farm. She has a degree in English from Furman University; is an experienced media relations, radio, and television news professional; and currently works as a communications confidence coach. She is a two-time winner of the South Carolina Fiction Project and the recipient of the 2005 Fiction Fellowship by the South Carolina Arts Commission. McClain won the 2016 William Faulkner–William Wisdom Novel-in-Progress for “Took” and was a finalist in the 2012 Pirate’s Alley Faulkner Award for Novel-in-Progress for One Good Mama Bone. This is McClain’s first novel.

Cecile Richards – Make Trouble @ The Fearrington Barn
Apr 15 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm

McIntyre’s Books welcomes Cecile Richards on Sunday, April 15th at 2pm in her only planned North Carolina appearance for her new book, Make Trouble: Standing Up, Speaking Out, and Finding the Courage to Lead–My Life Story. She will be in conversation with Michele Tracy Berger, Associate Professor in the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies at UNC. Tickets are $30 and include a signed copy of Make Trouble. Space is limited – call the bookstore at 919.542.3030 or purchase your tickets online. Doors to the Fearrington Barn open at 1:30pm. Sorry, no book personalizations.

From Cecile Richards—president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Planned Parenthood Action Fund for more than a decade, daughter of the late Governor Ann Richards, featured speaker at the Women’s March on Washington, and a “heroine of the resistance” (Vogue)—comes a story about learning to lead and make change, based on a lifetime of fighting for women’s rights and social justice. Cecile Richards has been an activist since she was taken to the principal’s office in seventh grade for wearing an armband in protest of the Vietnam War. Richards had an extraordinary childhood in ultra-conservative Texas, where her civil rights attorney father and activist mother taught their kids to be troublemakers. In the Richards household, the “dinner table was never for eating—it was for sorting precinct lists.”

From the time Richards was a girl, she had a front-row seat to observe the rise of women in American politics. She watched her mother, Ann, transform from a housewife to an electrifying force in the Democratic party who made a name for herself as the straight-talking, truth-telling governor of Texas. But Richards also witnessed the pitfalls of public life that are unique to women. Her experiences paint a powerful portrait of the misogyny, sexism, fake news, and even the threat of violence confronting those who challenge authority. As a young woman, Richards worked as a labor organizer alongside women earning minimum wage, and learned that those in power don’t give it up without a fight. Now, after years of advocacy, resistance, and progressive leadership, she shares her story for the first time—from the joy and heartbreak of activism to the challenges of raising kids, having a life, and making change, all at the same time.

She shines a light on the people and lessons that have gotten her through good times and bad, and encourages readers to take risks, make mistakes, and make trouble along the way. Richards has dedicated her life to taking on injustice, and her memoir will inspire readers to hope and action.

Tickets are available online or by calling McIntyre’s Books at 919.542.3030.

How to Start a Spa and Salon @ Durham Tech's Small Business Center
Apr 16 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Topic: Start-up Assistance
Come and learn what it takes to start your own spa business from an experienced spa and salon entrepreneur. Taught by Miki Wright, Miki Wright Business Training

A Guide to Donor & Volunteer Engagement for Social Entrepreneurs @ Durham Tech's Small Business Center
Apr 17 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Topic: Start-up Assistance
Come and learn why it’s important to connect with and develop a long-term relationship with your donors and volunteers. Specifically, gain insight on how to cultivate and steward your donor base through year-round engagement opportunities, assess the value of donor recognition books, appreciation gifts, sponsored events, as well as if donor giving societies are a good fit for your organization. Lastly, learn how to cultivate these groups on a year-round basis, and how to create a vibrant volunteer program. Taught by Risha Bailey, Right Touch Consulting

Cathy Cleary – The Southern Harvest Cookbook @ McIntyre's Books
Apr 21 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

The southern garden produces delights in all four seasons, from asparagus to tomatoes, apples to collard greens. Make use of the bounty of your garden or farmers’ market with new twists on familiar favorites.

Recipes for Apple Radish Salad and Bacon Apple Burgers break up a fall parade of crisps and crumbles. Instead of roasting, make Whiskey Braised Sweet Potatoes or Sweet Potato Peanut Stew and add greens to Shrimp and Grits. Recipes for preserving herbs, pickling peaches and berry jams mean that your harvest will never go to waste. Let experienced gardener and cook Cathy Cleary walk you through fresh, flavorful cooking in The Southern Harvest Cookbook: Recipes Celebrating Four Seasons.

Cathy Cleary began cooking and baking at the ripe age of four. In 2000, she opened the West End Bakery Café in West Asheville, which quickly became an iconic eatery, and in 2014 published The West End Bakery and Café Cookbook to satisfy requests to share her recipes. Cathy and her husband own a small farm outside Asheville where they grow as much food as possible. Cathy is a contributor to The Carolina Table: North Carolina Writers on Food, and her website ( includes a blog of stories about her adventures in the kitchen and garden.

Finding Rockstar Customers who Support Your Food Business @ Durham Tech's Small Business Center
Apr 23 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Every food entrepreneur wants to have loyal customers who go out of their way to support their business. This workshop will focus on how to find more customers, share strategies that can turn them into rockstar-level advocates, and will include an exercise to implement those strategies directly into your own food business. This workshop is designed for food companies of all stages, from pre-launch to seasoned food business owners. Taught by Jill Willett, Coaching for Cooks and Triangle Food Makers