• 54°

UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch – September 2016

UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch is the state’s premier literary series, bringing the Tar Heel State’s best and brightest Southern writers to the small screen. In every illuminating interview, host D.G. Martin sheds light on authors’ lives, books and the state’s indelible imprint on their works.


Thursday (Sept. 1) at 5 p.m.
Charles Blackburn talks about “Sweet Souls”

Charles Blackburn, author of “Sweet Souls,” grew up in Henderson and worked all over the Carolinas as a reporter and editor, bookstore owner, and publicist for a medical center and a national scientific fraternity. Those experiences gave him a rich source for his imaginative short stories set in the Carolinas and in venues in and out of the rest of the world from Palestine to Pakistan. My favorite though was “The Outlaw,” set in Anson County’s Lilesville, where the outlaw, “Fireball” Catlett, demands from the editor extra copies of his paper’s coverage of his gang’s exploits. The editor agrees on the condition that his newspaper will have exclusive coverage of Catlett’s planned surrender to authorities. Catlett asks only, “Will you take pictures?”

Two stories in the book, “The Golden Pine Cone,” and “Golf in Pakistan,” won Crucible Magazine‘s annual fiction contest, and the title story, “Sweet Souls,” won a literary fellowship from the N.C. Arts Council.

Video is available on line at http://video.unctv.org/video/2365581296/



Thursday (Sept. 8) at 5 p.m.
Katy Simpson Smith talks about “The Story of Land and Sea”

“The Story of Land and Sea,” Katy Simpson Smith’s debut novel, is set in the small coastal town of Beaufort around the time of the American Revolution.

The book follows generations of families under stress — fathers and daughters, mother and son, masters and slaves. There is war and piracy, kidnapping and escape and a challenge to religious faith in a God who presides over tragic loss. It is also a story that provides a fictional solution to the puzzle of a gravesite in Beaufort marked with “Little girl in a rum keg.”

In The New York Times Book Review, Marilyn Stasio wrote, “The grandiosity of this first novel’s title belies the wise and poignant understatement of the narrative’s language and form…Smith’s style is compressed yet contemplative, intensely lyrical in its descriptions of the 18th-century Southern cultural landscape.”

This interview from Bookwatch’s 2015 Season is available for viewing at:  http://www.pbs.org/video/2365581333/

Upcoming programs on North Carolina Bookwatch

September 11, noon, and  September 15, 5 p.m.; Konrad Jarausch, author of “Out of Ashes”

September 18, noon, and September 22, 5 p.m.; Warren Bingham, author of “George Washington’s 1791 Southern Tour”

September 25, noon, and September 29, 5 p.m.;  Ron Stodghill, author of “Where Everybody Looks Like Me”

October 2, noon, and October 6, 5 p.m.; Bart Ehrman, author of “Jesus Before the Gospels”

About Post Lifestyles

Visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SalPostLifestyle/ and Twitter @postlifestlyes for more content

email author More by Post



Salisbury man arrested for running from deputies in smoke shop, tossing gun under table


Blotter: Salisbury man charged with indecent liberties, first degree sex offense


Council to discuss potential changes to Downtown Revitalization Incentive grant program


Election 2021: Bowman challenging Taylor in Rockwell mayor’s race


Public safety, city manager, economy: Mayoral candidates Alexander, Heggins discuss city’s biggest issues


Political Notebook: Rowan Democratic Party makes endorsements for municipal races


Spencer looking for big impact from new storefront grants

Granite Quarry

Election 2021: Granite Quarry’s new mayor will be a veteran or a newcomer

Ask Us

Ask Us: If I received my vaccine in another county, is it recorded in Rowan?


Young entrepreneur raises $1,000 for Rowan County United Way with lemonade stand


Election 2021: Candidates in East Spencer hoping to continue moving town forward


Election 2021: Candidates detail their visions, goals if elected to Salisbury City Council

China Grove

Election 2021: China Grove Town Council candidates detail approaches to handling economic, residential growth


Election 2021: Four candidates competing for three seats in town of Cleveland


County hopes software will streamline foster home licensing process


Election 2021:Four vie for pair of seats on Granite Quarry board

High School

High school volleyball: Carson tops Mustangs again


Judge: No waiting on NC budget to act on school funding


2 more House Democrats retiring, underscoring 2022 obstacles


Man jailed for shooting at Davie detectives in Rowan County given $560,000 bond


County Commissioner Craig Pierce pleads guilty to driving while intoxicated


Overdose call turns into homicide investigation on Ted Lane


Court judgment requires occupants to vacate Gheen Road home, site of two murders


Blotter: Oct. 17