By D.G. Martin D.G. Martin hosts “North Carolina Bookwatch,” which airs Sundays at noon and Thursdays at 5 p.m. on UNC-TV. For more information or to view prior programs visit
  • Seeing a sheriff’s real challenges through fiction

    September 28, 2015 at 11:40 am

    Just what does a North Carolina sheriff do these days? Retired District Court Judge Stanley Peele, writing about Orange County Sheriff Charles Blackwood, says that the concept of law enforcement officers has changed from “authority, power and prestige” to one of problem solving. Peele quotes Sheriff Blackwood, “When people are in distress, when they have […]

  • His most hopeful book, says Ron Rash

    September 23, 2015 at 9:32 am

    Ron Rash, Western Carolina professor and author of five previous novels including “Serena,” captures his beloved North Carolina mountains at their best. And their worst. In his new book, “Above the Waterfall,” his main characters, though possessing overwhelmingly positive qualities, have flaws that complicate our admiration for them. For instance, there are two narrators. One, […]

  • Not over until it’s over

    September 15, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Are the legislators really going home soon? Finally! Over the weekend at the UNC-Chapel Hill vs. N.C. A&T football game, House Speaker Tim Moore was all smiles as he confirmed news reports that legislative leaders had struck a budget deal that could lead to passage of a state budget this week. Getting a two-year budget […]

  • A baptism stirs memories, 135 years afterwards

    September 8, 2015 at 8:47 am

    When would a baptism in a small church in Wilmington be so important that it gets reported in the newspapers? It happened in 1880 at Fifth Street Methodist Church and again at the same church 135 years later on August 30, 2015. Here is the report from the November 7, 1880, Wilmington Star announcing an […]

  • Eating with the locals near the water

    September 1, 2015 at 9:28 am

    How do you find a home cooking restaurant that is both near an interstate highway and on or near the water? It is not easy. A couple of weeks ago I wrote about one of them, Holland’s Shelter Creek Restaurant near I-40 and adjoining a tributary of the Northeast Cape Fear River near Wilmington. There […]

  • Trump, Romney, and Terry Sanford

    August 25, 2015 at 9:16 am

    How did Donald Trump make Mitt Romney president in 2016? That is the question some pundits could be asking each other next November when they try to figure out how the president-elect, who had taken himself out of consideration for the Republican nomination in early 2015, became a winner. What will be the answer to […]

  • “Little Rivers” meets “Interstate Eateries”

    August 18, 2015 at 11:00 am

    How is Bland Simpson’s upcoming book, “Little Rivers and Waterway Tales: A Carolinian’s Eastern Streams,” helping me write my book about local eateries near interstate highways? I will tell you in a minute. But first a few words about the author and his book, which comes out next month. The multi-talented Simpson is a professor […]

  • Worrying About Trump

    August 10, 2015 at 10:24 am

    What did Hillary Clinton tell Donald Trump when he invited her to his wedding? She said, “I will come to the wedding if you promise to run for president.” This joke from Winston-Salem’s Steve Porter made me laugh, and it reminded me that we owe Donald Trump a thank you. Why? He has got us […]

  • Summer’s Final Reading Assignments

    August 4, 2015 at 9:06 am

    A classic love story full of mountain music from one of North Carolina’s greatest living balladeers, a loving portrait of a North Carolina beach by a modern prophet of coastal catastrophe, a fictional look into the recent past in small eastern North Carolina towns, and a novel that explains an old marker in a Beaufort […]

  • Hero on the Wrong Side of History

    July 28, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Can Atticus Finch still be our hero? After Harper Lee, who created the saintly Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” has now given disturbing details about him in her newly released book, “Go Set a Watchman”? We learned through the eyes of Jean Louise, his adoring eight-year-old daughter called Scout in “Mockingbird,” how Atticus stood […]

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