• 75°

Author of Shirley Temple book to visit Spencer

John Kasson, author of “The Little Girl Who Fought The Great Depression: Shirley Temple and 1930s America,” will be at the Spencer Doll and Toy Museum Saturday, Sept. 13, from 2-3 p.m.
Kasson, author and University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill professor, will discuss his new book. The museum’s collection of Shirley Temple dolls and collectibles is one of the largest on the East Coast and will be the back drop for this event. Admission to the book talk is free. Light refreshments served. Donations appreciated.
Literary Bookpost will be on site with copies of the books for sale, or they can be pre-ordered by calling 704-630-9788.
Kirkus Reviews calls Kasson’s book “informative and well-researched.”
Elizabeth Spencer talks about “Starting Over” on “North Carolina Bookwatch” today at noon and Thursday at 5 p.m.
Spencer is best known, perhaps, for her novella, “The Light in the Piazza,” written more than 50 years ago. That book still has legs. After being adapted into a popular movie in 1962, it was more recently the basis of a Broadway musical.
She published her first book, “Fire in the Morning,” in 1948, more than 65 years ago. Her latest book of stories, published earlier this year, “Starting Over,” shows a spirit that is totally in touch with modern times and the challenges and ironies of those who live in them.
Perhaps the title refers to the characters in several of the book’s stories in which changed circumstances require them to look at their lives in different ways. It could also be an assertion by Spencer of her willingness to keep on “starting over” for the rest of her life.
Writing about “Starting Over,” Los Angeles Time Book Critic, David Ulin, noting how productive Spencer continues to be even in her 90s, wrote, “As with the imagination, there is no limit to a writer’s longevity, that — in some cases at least — insight remains, or grows sharper, with age. For Spencer, that’s a key consideration, since so many of the stories here are timeless, or more accurately ageless, domestic dramas that unfold in a recognizable but subtle world. The setting is North Carolina, generally (Spencer lives in Chapel Hill), and the time the present, but it is a present largely stripped of noise and flash (consumerism, the Internet), where the most compelling dynamics unfold between parents and children, husbands and wives.”
On UNC MX (Time Warner 1276) Wednesday, Sept. 10 at 11 a.m.

Comments

Comments closed.

Crime

68-year-old woman identified as Jackson Street murder victim

Crime

Man arrested in Jacksonville for Salisbury murder

Local

Rowan-Salisbury Schools finalizes normal, five-day schedule for fall

Local

Council to vote on budget, consider permit for child care center near downtown

Landis

Landis adopts budget with reduction in residential electric rates, no tax increases

Local

Political Notebook: Budd campaign touts boost in voter support after Trump endorsement

Local

Seventh Dragon Boat Festival scheduled July 24

News

NC rights groups say GOP bills impede voting access

Local

Sgt. Shane Karriker’s funeral procession travels through downtown Salisbury

Crime

Blotter: June 14

Ask Us

Ask Us: When will front entrance to courthouse reopen?

Coronavirus

As COVID-19 cases wane, vaccine-lagging areas still at risk

Crime

Blotter: Man faces litany of charges for fleeing sheriff’s deputies

Granite Quarry

‘Race to the Dan’ brings Revolutionary War back to Rowan

Local

‘Unity in the Community’ event brings together Salisbury Police, NAACP

Crime

One killed, two others shot on South Jackson Street in Salisbury

Crime

State examining Davidson County emergency alert received in Rowan, other counties

Local

Cleveland Rodeo packs house for 10th year

News

Salisbury’s Jacques Belliveau talks mental health, filming during premiere of ‘Reggie: A Millennial Depression Comedy’

News

Sen. Ford backs new set of election-related bills

Business

Downtown Salisbury bullish on potential for more residential space

Business

Biz Roundup: Wine about Winter set for June 18

Business

Local artists draw in adventurous travelers with eclectic Airbnb rental downtown

Education

Commissioners discussing reviving joint capital project committee with school board