Archives for March 2013

March Read of the Month: “The Books that Mattered,” by Frye Gaillard

Reviewed by Allen Mendenhall “My first encounters with books were disappointing.”  That’s a curious opening line for a memoir about reading inspirational books, but an apt one, too, because Frye Gaillard anticipates right away how he will treat reading: not as an activity undertaken in isolation or as an exercise liberating readers from the quotidian […]

“The Bequest of Big Daddy,” by Jo-Ann Costa

Reviewed by Andy Johnson “As I understand it, Big Daddy was born that way, unable to help himself when he acted ugly and equally unable to recognize right from wrong.” The opening line of The Bequest of Big Daddy exalts Horatio Janson, a.k.a. Ratio, a.k.a. Gage Johnson, a.k.a. Big Daddy, as the troubled but ultimately […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Lauren Clark

AM:  Lauren, thank you for doing this interview.  I’m glad to have the opportunity to ask you about Dancing Naked in Dixie.  Before I get to the book, though, I’d like to ask you about your transition from television to writing.  How did that transition take place? LC:  I loved working in TV news and […]

The North Carolina Writers’ Network’s Annual Spring Conference

The North Carolina Writers’ Network’s annual Spring Conference will bring its workshops, readings, and writerly camaraderie back to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro this year, but very little will look the same. The 2013 Spring Conference—scheduled for Saturday, April 13—will move into a new home in UNCG’s Moore Humanities and Research Administration (MHRA) […]