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
  • 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.

  • Apologize Sincerely, My Mom Told Me

    August 13, 2013 at 4:59 am

    Apologize, my mom told me. When you hurt somebody’s feelings, she said, apologize, even if they misunderstood or even if you didn’t mean it the way they took it.

  • Julius Chambers — Gratitude and Memories

    August 6, 2013 at 5:47 am

    The death of Charlotte civil rights lawyer Julius Chambers gives us the opportunity and the responsibility to reflect upon his importance as a public figure.

  • Egypt, Nazi Germany, and North Carolina

    July 30, 2013 at 5:09 am

    “What are the odds that Moral Monday protests or the like will deter North Carolina’s new right-wing politics?” asks Peirce.

  • Losing The Best Lobbyist

    July 23, 2013 at 5:21 am

    When Zeb Alley died earlier this month, lots of people in North Carolina thought they had lost one of their best friends.

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