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
  • Standing up a mountain, standing up themselves

    August 17, 2012 at 9:38 am

    What is it about Jay Leutze’s new book, “Stand Up That Mountain: The Battle to Save One Small Community in the Wilderness Along the Appalachian Trail,” that has created so much buzz? You can make your own judgment this weekend (Friday 9:30 p.m. and Sunday 5 p.m.), when Leutze is a guest on UNC-TV’s North […]

  • Searching for the real Black Beard and the real Jesus

    August 15, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    What does North Carolina coastal historian Kevin Dufuss have in common with New Testament scholar Bart Ehrman? If you asked them, each  might tell you he is a truth seeker about a man whose life is shrouded in myth. In his book, “The Last Days of Black Beard the Pirate,” Dufuss challenges some fundamental beliefs […]

  • How the ordinary becomes the extraordinary in Susan Woodring’s 'Goliath'

    August 10, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Susan Woodring’s new book, “Goliath,” establishes her place as one of North Carolina’s finest young writers. She will talk about “Goliath” on North Carolina Bookwatch this weekend (Friday at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday at 5 p.m.)  Goliath is the name of a small, seemingly ordinary, one-factory North Carolina furniture town, which Woodring begins to describe […]

  • Make room at the top of your book pile!

    August 6, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    The summer is fast coming to an end. And I bet there is a stack of books by your bed or somewhere in your house, ones that you meant to read this summer. But there were just too many other things you had to do. Watch out! Here comes another batch of new North Carolina […]

  • Wiley Cash's "A Land More Kind than Home" on North Carolina Bookwatch

    August 1, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    What is it about Madison County this year? At least three important North Carolina novels this year are set in that mountain county, which lies along the Tennessee line. Why all this literary attention to this isolated county, that is mostly known as the home of Mars Hill College, the site of the Civil War […]

  • This dad can finally brag about his son

    July 30, 2012 at 5:58 pm

    Maybe you did not notice. Last week the governor signed House Bill 799 (HR 799), a bill that makes it easier for military spouses to get the certification they need to work in North Carolina if they have been licensed for their occupation in another state. For service men and women who have been trained […]

  • What makes Miss Julia tick??

    July 27, 2012 at 3:23 pm

    Is popular North Carolina author Ann B. Ross the model for Miss Julia, “the main character in Ross’s popular series? Tune in to UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch to find out. It airs at 5:00 this Sunday afternoon. I will give you a big hint. Ross says that she is definitely not Miss Julia. But Miss […]

  • Where is church? Looking for an answer.

    July 24, 2012 at 10:21 am

    “Where is Church?” is the provocative title of a provocative new book by a former Presbyterian minister, former board chair and interim CEO of Habitat for Humanity, and former top level leader of the John Crosland and Centex real estate development and construction businesses. The author, Paul Leonard, is my longtime friend. I have admired […]

  • The Cézanne-like genius of Ben Fountain

    July 20, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Before you watch acclaimed author, North Carolina native Ben Fountain, on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch this weekend (Friday at 9:30 p.m. or Sunday at 5 p.m.), you should read Malcolm Gladwell’s 2008 New Yorker article titled “Late Bloomers: Why do we equate genius with precocity?” Have you already tossed that old magazine? Not to worry. […]

  • Separated by slavery, longing to reunite

    July 18, 2012 at 5:52 pm

    “Babies was snatched from their mothers’ breasts and sold to speculators. Children was separated from sisters and brothers and never saw each other again. Course they cry; you think they not cry when they was sold like cattle? I could tell you about it all day, but even then you couldn’t guess the awfulness of […]

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