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
  • Eastern North Carolina Eating, The Literary Way

    April 25, 2013 at 7:50 am

    There are hundreds of reasons to celebrate Georgann Eubanks’ third and last in her “Literary Trails of the North Carolina” series. Follow her travels in the just released “Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina,” and you will have the most enjoyable and efficient survey of authors and literary connections in that region.

  • North Korea, North Carolina, and a Pulitzer Prize Winning Book

    April 18, 2013 at 9:28 am

    The Pulitzer Prize for fiction was awarded this week to Adam Johnson for “The Orphan Master’s Son” set in North Korea. It is a very timely selection, given our interest in, puzzlement about, and fear of that country. I have revised and updated a column I wrote last year about the book and North Carolina’s […]

  • Two Iron Ladies Showed the Way

    April 16, 2013 at 7:12 am

    The recent death of Margaret Thatcher led to much discussion of her career.

  • Hard Facts and Hard Heads on the Outer Banks

    April 8, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Every week we read another news story about access to our coastal islands. Last year Hurricane Sandy and two other storms pushed water across Highway 12, cutting the road to shreds one more time. The channel across Hatteras Inlet filled up, forcing the ferry between Hatteras and Ocracoke to close down. Bonner Bridge, which crosses […]

  • Political Power Grabs in 1875 and 2013

    April 2, 2013 at 9:03 am

    “We could use your help in the Republican Party. We need more moderate voices.” One of my longtime friends was tempting me, noting that his political party was in charge now. If I wanted to participate in the new regime in North Carolina, I should change my registration. “And,” he said, “we could use some […]

  • Life According To Jill McCorkle

    March 26, 2013 at 1:24 pm

    Is there really “Life after Life”? People asking me that question are not talking about survival of the soul. They are teasing me about my excitement about popular writer Jill McCorkle’s first novel in 17 years. The book was officially released this week. So it is time to evaluate the results. The novel is set […]

  • Remembering Reynolds Price at his 80th Birthday

    March 22, 2013 at 8:51 am

    If Reynolds Price has not died two years ago he would have celebrated his 80th birthday last month. Why am I thinking about Price today? I noticed that next Wednesday morning one of UNC-TV’s cable-only channels is re-airing a 10-year-old Bookwatch program featuring Price talking about one of his most provocative books, “A Serious Way […]

  • North Carolina Writers Serve Up Spring Reading Options

    March 19, 2013 at 9:13 am

    Ready or not, spring is here and it is time for a seasonal update on new books important to North Carolinians. This month’s most important literary news is the release of “Life After Life,” popular author Jill McCorkle’s first novel in 17 years. McCorkle fills a southeastern North Carolina retirement facility with quirky residents, staff, […]

  • Lottery and Drones Bring Bipartisan Divisiveness

    March 13, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Are you tired of the partisan divisiveness that is poisoning the political environment of our state and nation? Do you wish that the politicians from the two parties would work together more often on issues of common concern? Me too. Maybe we are getting what we wished for, thanks to the North Carolina lottery and […]

  • Good Results From Virtual Education Won't Come Cheap

    March 5, 2013 at 10:10 am

    Mention on-line education around some of my friends and you will get an emotional reaction. Some senior university faculty members teach classes filled with several hundred students and they worry that famous on-line lecturers could take their places. Others wonder if they can transfer their talents to the on-line market and, if so, how much […]

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