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See John Hart again or join a writers’ group

Plot or characters? Which is the key to great fiction? John Hart and John Grisham challenge each other about their different views in a conversation with D.G. Martin at a special event that launched Hart’s latest book, “The Hush” and supported the NC Museum of Natural Sciences. It was filmed in front of a live audience at Meymandi Hall in Raleigh.

The discussion is also available at:

https://video.unctv.org/video/an-evening-with-john-hart-john-grisham-ppppji/

It will be broadcast today at 1 p.m. on UNC-TV.

Martin’s talk with Salisbury’s John Hart will be rebroadcast on Thursday, Aug. 9, at 11 a.m., and Sunday, Aug. 12 at 11 a.m.

They will discuss Hart’s most recent book, “The Hush,” on “North Carolina Bookwatch.”

Martin writes: “Many longtime fans will rejoice when they see that the new book’s main character is Johnny Merrimon, the lead charter in Hart’s earlier book, ‘The Last Child.’ Johnny is 10 years older. He now lives alone on an isolated 6,000-acre tract near a Salisbury-like city near the Yadkin River. His ownership of the family land is being challenged. He has almost run out of money. And the land is full of mystery, danger, and a touch of magic that Johnny must face and conquer.”

New writers’ group

Calling adult writers and poets to create an inspiring , supportive atmosphere, analytical thinking, sounding board and  camaraderie. A new club is on the horizon. If interested, call Peggy Barnhardt at 704-433-7390.

Bookmarks planned for Sept. 6-9

WINSTON-SALEM — The 14th annual Bookmarks Festival of Book and Authors, the largest book festival in the Carolinas, hosted in downtown Winston-Salem, is coming up Sept. 6-9.

The four-day event is packed with panel discussions, eat-and-greet learning sessions, writing workshops, and a day-long festival on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Meet and mingle with opening night keynote speaker and bestselling author, Zinzi Clemmons (“What We Lose”), along with more than 50 other award-winning authors from across the country.

Beloved children’s author Dav Pilkey (“Captain Underpants”) brings joy and laughter to kids (and parents, too) Friday, Sept. 7.

Authors scheduled include children’s authors, young adult, adult in every genre, from fantasy to non-fiction.

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