• 63°

North Carolina blessed with writers and writings

By Dr. Betty Middleton
Rowan Public Library
We are blessed with a bounty of authors who are either from or write about North Carolina.
Rowan County’s own Kurt Corriher and John Hart are on that list. If you have not read their novels, why not add them to your list of books to read for the summer?
Mignon Ballard, who lives with her husband in Fort Mill, S.C., has written the Augusta Goodnight angel mystery series. “The Angel and the Jabberwocky Murders” is the newest in the series with “Hark! The Herald Angel Screamed” coming out in November.Jerry Bledsoe, who grew up in Thomasville, has been a newspaper journalist in Kannapolis, Greensboro, Charlotte, Louisville and with Esquire Magazine. His bestselling, true-crime books are about events that enveloped North Carolina families and communities. Some of his books, including “The Angel Doll,” “Before He Wakes,” “Bitter Blood” and “Blood Games,” have been made into movies.
Joan Medlicott, who lives in Barnardsville, is known for her Ladies of Covington series. This eight-volume series, beginning with “The Ladies of Covington Send Their Love,” follows the joy and tragedy in the lives of three older women from Covington.
Michael Malone, from Durham, has composed plays, screenplays, nonfiction and was an Emmy Award winner as head writer of the ABC-TV soap opera “One Life to Live.” Among the many genres he has conquered, his mysteries have received the most acclaim. “Uncivilized Seasons,” “Times Witness” and “First Lady” all take place in fictional Hillston.
Two police officers, Lt. Savile (black sheep of the town’s founding family and head of the homicide division) and Chief Mangum (Vietnam vet), are charged with investigating a murder in “Uncivilized Seasons” and pursuing the possibility of a serial killer in “First Lady.”
All titles listed are available at Rowan Public Library. Just as we were all excited at George Clooney’s filmmaking in Salisbury, it is equally exciting to read fiction or nonfiction which includes locations or implied locations, that are familiar to the southern side of us.
Children’s programs: Summer Reading Program, “Catch the Reading Bug!” continues at headquarters and East and South branches. Storyteller Willie Claflin comes in Monday through Wednesday.
Movies in June ó Heroic Tuesday Nights is the theme. “Batman Begins” showing Tuesday. All movies start at 6:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served.
Displays: Headquarters ó Price High School by Eleanor Qadirah; South ó Build-a-Bear by Diane Brideson.Literacy: Call the Rowan County Literacy Council at 704-216-8266 for more information on teaching or receiving literacy tutoring for English speakers or for those for whom English is a second language.
Web site: For a listing of all library programs at all library locations, www.rowanpubliclibrary .org.

Comments

Comments closed.

Business

‘It’s our big time’: Salisbury Farmers Market reopens Saturday

Education

Schools capital funding still frozen as RSS sends local budget to county

Business

Shields, Cheerwine Festival receive N.C. Main Street Awards

Kannapolis

Duke University launches kidney disease study in Kannapolis for people of African descent

Education

Horizons Unlimited will hold in-person summer camps

Education

Education briefs: Catawba planning for more in-person activities, free summer school tuition

Coronavirus

County’s full COVID-19 vaccinations top 22,600

High School

High school golf: With Merrell, Mustangs back on top

Local

Spencer investigating rat problem on South Iredell Street

News

Livingstone, Mission House Church to host national ‘Black Voters Matter’ listening session

Education

Shoutouts

Business

Groundbreaking on Pennant Square signals next phase in downtown Kannapolis revitalization

Nation/World

J&J vaccine to remain in limbo while officials seek evidence

Nation/World

Prosecutors: No charges for officer in Capitol riot shooting

Nation/World

Biden to pull US troops from Afghanistan, end ‘forever war’

Nation/World

Former Minnesota cop charged in shooting of Black motorist

Crime

Blotter: April 14

Elections

Former North Carolina Gov. McCrory enters US Senate race

Crime

Salisbury woman arrested in Myrtle Beach for abducting child

Health

County updates health director job description, will advertise for position

High School

High school tennis: East beats Carson, still hopes to share NPC title

Elections

Board of Elections to purchase upgraded voting equipment using federal grant

Kannapolis

Kyle Seager drives in winning run in first game as Mariners split doubleheader with Orioles

Local

City exhausts this year’s funds for Innes Street Improvements, Municipal Services District grant programs