Book briefs: New Jan McCanless book; poet coming to Concord

Published 12:00 am Thursday, December 19, 2019

Local author Jan McCanless has a new book coming out, a compilation of her humor columns and magazine articles. This third collection is titled Bizarre Brain Drippings of A Noted Sagitarrian, and, More Thoughts of Home, it is available now from Amazon, on Kindle, at Rowan Public Library, and gift shops and bookstores throughout the area.

Her publisher calls it very humorous and says, “The best selling author, speaker and keen observer of life in the new century  — Jan McCanless writes with humor, joy, nostalgia and hope, from keen insights she has gained in the last century. In Bizarre Brain Drippings, Jan uses a series of reminiscences, observations and editorial comments to marvelously chronicle the changes she has experienced. She describes the hilarious and the poignant, the outrageous and the sublime. An acute observer, she writes with self-deprecating wit and sharp awareness. Beware, when you have finished these many short pieces, compiled from years of thoughtful journaling, you will wish she had more thoughts to share.”

The 285-page book is published by a subsidiary of Indigo Sea Press and is her 16th book. She is also the author of the popular Beryl’s Cove and Brother Jerome mystery series.  

McCanless will be making appearances locally before beginning her next book tour.

North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green will be the featured speaker at the Concord Friends of the Library’s Annual Meeting, Saturday, Jan. 25, 2020 at 2 p.m. 

Green is a writer, poet and North Carolina native.  She is the first African American and third woman to be appointed as the North Carolina Poet Laureate.  

Please join us for this free event at the Concord Public Library located at 27 Union St. N., Concord.

Her publications include “Dead on Arrival,” “Dead on Arrival and New Poems,” “Masks,” “Conjure Blues,” “singing a tree into dance,” “breath of the song,” “Blue Opal” (a play), and “Feeding the Light.”