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‘Bookwatch’ features N.C. authors

UNC-TVís ěNorth Carolina Bookwatchî continues a new season today at 5 p.m. The show aired its first episode Friday night.
My editors let me share with you my reading suggestions. They know that the suggestions parallel exactly upcoming ěBookwatchî shows.
The new series opens tonight with one of North Carolinaís most respected authors, UNC-Greensboroís Michael Parker. He discusses ěThe Watery Part Of The World,î an imaginative story that blends coastal history and legends with race and other complexities to make a gripping and lovely story.
In ěAerotropolis: The Way Weíll Live Next,î John D. Karsarda, director of the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise at UNC-Chapel Hill, explains why efficient, well-designed airports attract economic development and will be the central cities of the future. He discusses the challenges and opportunities that face North Carolinaís major airports. (Aug. 12, 14)
Can a retired professor of religious studies write a successful science fiction novel? David Halperinís ěJournal of a UFO Investigator, î proves that UFOs, science fiction and religion can come together to make compelling fiction in a most unusual way. (Aug. 19, 21)
Sara Fosterís ěSouthern Kitchen: Soulful, Traditional, Seasonalî will be the first of several food-related books featured on ěBookwatchî this season. Foster, who once worked with Martha Stewart, generously shares favorite recipes from her family and from her market. (Aug. 26, 28)
Best-selling author Steve Berryís many visits to eastern North Carolina led him to set much of his newest adventure novel, ěThe Jefferson Key,î in and around the town of Bath, where fictional modern-day pirates live in palatial estates. (Sept. 2, 4)
Rosecrans Baldwinís first novel, ěYou Lost Me Thereî is set in Maine, and Baldwin has only recently settled in North Carolina. But when the book was named one of National Public Radio’s Best Books of 2010, a Best Book of Summer 2010 by Time and Entertainment Weekly, and a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, I knew ěBookwatchî viewers would want to learn about Baldwin and his highly praised book. (Sept. 9, 11)
Watauga County native Sheri Castleís ěThe New Southern Garden Cookbook: Enjoying the Best from Homegrown Gardens, Farmersí Markets, Roadside Stands, and CSA Farm Boxesî is a guide to finding the best seasonal foods in our region. She organizes her recipes into about 40 chapters, each featuring a different vegetables or fruit. (Sept. 16, 18)
Where do you get these seasonal foods? Diane Danielís ěFarm Fresh North Carolina: The Go-To Guide to Great Farmersí Markets, Farm Stands, Farms, Apple Orchards, U-Picks, Kidsí Activities, Lodging, Dining, Choose-and-Cut Christmas Trees, Vineyards and Wineries, and More.î Durhamís Danielís great travel writing skills describe where doors are open for us to learn how the best North Carolina foods are grown and raised. (Sept. 23, 25)
Check back for future episodes.
Marjorie Hudsonís ěAccidental Birds of the Carolinas: Stories about newcomers and natives, and the healing power of the rural Southî is a collection of fiction that gives a true look at how rural North Carolina is changing and staying the same. (Sept. 30, Oct. 2)
ěButterflyís Childî by former N.C. State writing teacher Angela Davis-Gardner, is a sequel to Pucciniís opera. It answers fictionally the question, ěWhat ever happened to Madam Butterflyís son after she committed suicide when her American lover came back to Japan with his American wife?î (Oct. 7, 9)
Morehead Scholar and Rhodes Scholar Robyn Hadley used her experience in counseling students in the Alamance-Burlington school system to write a book for students planning for college. The book is ěWithin View, Within Reach: Navigating the College-Bound Journey.î Hadleyís good advice might be even more important for parents of prospective college students. (Oct. 12, 14)

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