Announcing the 2016 North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame Inductees

On Sunday, October 16, at 2:00 pm, the North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame will induct three new members. Clyde Edgerton, Margaret Maron, and Carl Sandburg will join the fifty-seven inductees currently enshrined, in a ceremony at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities in Southern Pines. The North Carolina Literary Hall of Fame […]

Elisabeth Aiken

Elisabeth Aiken is Assistant Professor of English at Saint Leo University. She holds a Ph.D. from Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and has degrees from James Madison University and Western Carolina University. Elisabeth considers the mountains of western North Carolina her home, and her favorite literature has a distinctly Southern flavor.

“The Land Breakers,” by John Ehle

Reviewed by Donna Meredith John Ehle’s The Land Breakers transports readers to the mountains of North Carolina in 1779, when settlers first breach the virgin forests and wrestle a primitive life from the land. More completely and accurately than any other author, Ehle conveys the struggle involved in settling this rugged territory by immersing us […]

March Read of the Month: “A Cuban in Mayberry,” by Gustavo Pérez Firmat

Reviewed by Miles Smith IV When Gustavo Pérez Firmat told a fellow Cubano he planned to write a work on The Andy Griffith Show, his friend lamented that this was an americanada project, meaning that it was typically Anglo-American and beneath a cultured Cubano scholar. Firmat’s project became more than a simple exploration of mid-twentieth […]

“The Ice Garden,” by Moira Crone

Reviewed by Lynn Braxton Moira Crone’s novel, The Ice Garden, set in the town of Fayton, North Carolina, in the early 1960’s, contradicts the prevailing belief that all children are naturally born into a world of blue skies and butterflies where everything is soft and warm. Ten year old Claire McKenzie, the narrator of this […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Robert J. Ernst, author of “The Inside War”

APM: Thanks for taking the time to sit down for this interview, Bob. Your novel The Inside War is about an Appalachian mountain family during the Civil War. How long have you been interested in the Civil War? RJE: I have had an interest in the Civil War for many years. Specifically, the effect of […]

“Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good,” by Jan Karon

Reviewed by Claire Hamner Matturro Jan Karon’s Somewhere Safe with Somebody Good is as charming and bright as any book in her Mitford/Father Tim series, and a welcome return to Mitford after Karon’s nine-year hiatus. As with the previous Mitford books, I delighted in every page and found Somewhere Safe a hard to put down. […]

Allen Mendenhall Interviews Barbara Davis, Author of “The Wishing Tide”

APM:  Through my fault.             Through my fault.             Through my most grievous fault. So opens your novel The Wishing Tide. This refrain is repeated elsewhere in the novel in chapters attributed to the character Mary. It’s a rhythmic reminder, I think, of the crashing and retreating tides of love and life. What about this […]