NSSA plans second book festival

  • Posted: Sunday, March 10, 2013 12:01 a.m.

Former “Voice of the Tar Heels” Woody Durham and Boston Globe sports columnist Dan Shaughnessy are among the first three authors to commit to the Second Annual NSSA Sports Book Festival, to be held on Sunday, June 10, 1:30-4:30 p.m., as part of the 54th Annual National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association Awards Weekend.

Durham, who retired in 2011 after 40 years as the University of North Carolina’s radio play-by-play announcer for football and basketball, will sign his autobiography, “Woody Durham: A Tar Heel Voice,” written with Adam Lucas.


Shaughnessy, a veteran of more than 30 years at the Globe, will sign the latest of his 11 books, “Francona.” The book covers Cleveland Indians’ manager Terry Francona’s years as manager of the Boston Red Sox and debuted at No. 2 on the New York Times bestseller list.

Signing with Durham and Francona will be Ted Geltner, whose book on NSSA Hall of Famer Jim Murray, “Last King of the Sports Page: The Life and Career of Jim Murray,” was published in July 2012. Geltner is an award-winning writer, editor and journalism educator. He is an assistant professor of journalism at Valdosta State University.

In addition to authors signing their books, the NSSA Sports Book Festival will feature a display of Super Bowl championship rings, provided by Jostens.

The Second Annual NSSA Sports Book Festival is used to help promote literacy. It is free and open to the public and will be held at Literary Bookpost, 110 S. Main St. NSSA will announce more authors as they commit to the festival.

Writing your life

Rosie Molinary will do a workshop, Writing Your Life, on Saturday, March 23, at The Farm at Weathers Creek.

Self-reflection allows us a moment of inquiry, a moment to identify desire and potential. It also powerfully improves all of our writing. Journaling predisposes us to a more authentic embrace of our self and our choices and leads us more profoundly towards our possibilities. In this workshop, participants will engage in a range of journaling tools and practices and then explore how journaling can be a jumpstart into other writing.

Author, speaker and teacher Molinary, MFA, empowers women to embrace their authentic selves so they can live their passion and purpose and give their gifts to the world.

Workshop session fee is $75, which includes lunch. To reserve your seat, send a check for $40 (balance of $35 due day of workshop.) Workshops are limited to 14 participants. Gift certificates are available. All sessions will start promptly at 10 a.m. and end at approximately 3 p.m. To register, go to www.weatherscreek.net or email weatherscreek@aol.com.

Scribblers meet in Mooresville

The South Iredell Scribblers, a local writers’ critique group, has been meeting monthly and assisting members with their writing efforts for 10 years. The group welcomes published authors as well as novice writers. The Scribblers thoughtfully critique members’ submitted manuscripts in an endeavor to make each writer’s work acceptable for publication. The group meets the first Saturday of each month at 2 p.m. in the Saint James Episcopal Church parish hall at 851 Shinnville Road, Mooresville. Interested writers should contact Mike Shinn at 704-677-2662 or John Morrow at 704-663-3018.


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