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
  • Always, Always, Follow The Money

    October 23, 2013 at 6:00 am

    What is the first rule of politics? “Follow the money,” says Mickey, a character in Robert Inman’s new book, “The Governor’s Lady.” It is a rule that we might overlook in a time when our politics seems to be defined by hard-line ideological differences. In fact, some of us would argue that following the money […]

  • Advice For The President from Pat Conroy’s Mom

    October 16, 2013 at 6:00 am

    What advice would author Pat Conroy’s late mother give President Obama in dealing with congressional Republicans over the government shutdown and debt ceiling crises? We get a clue in Conroy’s latest book, “The Death of Santini,” which comes out in a few days. Conroy describes his mother Peg’s likely reaction to a demand from Conroy’s […]

  • Some Things Worse Than A Government Shutdown

    October 9, 2013 at 6:00 am

    How could it be worse? We ask ourselves this question as our government’s ability to lead our country disintegrates and we are mostly helpless to keep it from happening. Funny, though, that this concern can evaporate in light of the challenges that face so many of us–loss of job, no prospects for a new one, […]

  • Obama and McCrory In The Same Box

    October 1, 2013 at 6:00 am

    President Barack Obama and Governor Pat McCrory are in the same box. Criticized by their opponents for being radical and divisive, they are, at the same time, dismissed by partisans in their own political parties as too moderate and too accommodating. Both came into office promising, and genuinely aspiring, to bring a new spirit of […]

  • Too Many Books, Not Enough Politics?

    September 25, 2013 at 6:00 am

    “Aren’t you writing about politics anymore?” a newspaper editor asked me the other day. I stuttered because I have been writing more about books than politics lately. The editor continued, “Are you a little gun-shy from that controversy about the column you wrote bringing Joseph Goebbels’s voice into North Carolina politics?” Maybe he has a […]

  • Allan Gurganus is Back… With a Bang

    September 17, 2013 at 6:08 am

    Say Gurganus’s name in a group of readers, and several may tell you that the Rocky Mount native’s “Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All” is their favorite novel.

  • The Making of a Southern Liberal

    September 11, 2013 at 5:23 am

    What is the dilemma that haunts every Southerner who confesses he or she is a liberal?

  • New Book, New Author, and MLK’s Dream

    September 4, 2013 at 5:38 am

    Last week while we were celebrating the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech, part of that dream came true.

  • A Good “Night” Book From Another North Carolina Author

    August 27, 2013 at 5:47 am

    Think for a minute about books by North Carolina’s best writers.

  • Why Maine?

    August 20, 2013 at 5:35 am

    Mountains and ocean coasts, all within reach.

    In North Carolina, we appreciate this blessing.

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