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 unctv.org/ncbookwatch.
  • Autumn reading suggestions from North Carolina Bookwatch

    October 17, 2011 at 1:15 pm

    It is reading time again.   So, courtesy of UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch, I have some autumn reading (and early Christmas gift) suggestions for your consideration.   Charles Frazier’s new book “Nightwoods” will be on this Sunday’s New York Times best seller list for the second week in a row. “Nightwoods” may not be the […]

  • Sparks' new book is good news for the East

    October 10, 2011 at 3:32 pm

    The launch of a North Carolina author’s book this week will give economic development in eastern North Carolina a nice boost. New Bern’s Nicholas Sparks’s “The Best of Me” made its way on to the bestseller lists before its official October 11 release date. It is bound to be another blockbuster for Sparks, who has […]

  • A smaller glass, filled to the top

    October 3, 2011 at 9:54 pm

    Why does Cold Mountain’s Charles Frazier’s new book make me think about the joys of dining at a popular restaurant in Carrboro near Chapel Hill? Read on, and when I explain, you will understand why I think the new book, “Nightwoods,” is going to give Frazier a host of new readers, ones who never read […]

  • Is Perry 'Roast' in North Carolina?

    September 27, 2011 at 3:05 pm

    “After what he said about our barbecue, he is a dead duck in North Carolina.” A Democrat was celebrating the report that Texas Governor Rick Perry once made a disparaging remark about our favorite food. According to a news report that quoted one of my favorite books, “Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina […]

  • We got trouble right here in River City

    September 20, 2011 at 2:28 pm

    North Carolinians outside the Research Triangle region (“Triangle”) envy its economic success and cultural assets. But don’t get too jealous. The very success of the Triangle brings challenges that, if unmet, will topple the Triangle’s place as North Carolina’s capstone example of successful economic development. The Triangle’s dilemmas are the focus of “The Research Triangle: […]

  • Hard to find dirt on this politician

    September 13, 2011 at 6:13 pm

    Every politician is the object of critical, unfriendly, and just plain bad comments. That is the rule. But retired journalist and biographer Ned Cline may have found an exception. He had to look long and hard to find any dirt on the subject of his latest book, “The Man from Mount Gilead: Bob Jordan Helped […]

  • September 11: Remembering what we thought and wrote back then

    September 6, 2011 at 1:31 pm

    Ten years ago, what were we thinking? Here is what I wrote in September 2001: War. War. War. What is it about this word that excites us, that unifies us, that puts aside at least for a moment our selfish preoccupation with ourselves? The word brings with it a spirit of action that rises out […]

  • Basketball and the small cracks in the wall of segregation

    August 30, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    The best thing about the new movie and best-selling book, “The Help,” may be something other than the compelling story and the view into the relationships between white women and their black servants. So what is this “best thing?” “The Help” has us talking, thinking, remembering, reflecting, and reconsidering. It reminds us of friendships between […]

  • Dealing with “The Help”

    August 23, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    “You-all afraid if we take over we might treat y’all like you treated us. And you might be right.” It sounds like something Minny, one of the characters in “The Help” (either the book or the new movie), might say to one of the white women who treated their African American servants with such little […]

  • In the shadow of Cold Mountain, a real Inman

    August 16, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    Driving south on Lake Logan Road, in the Pigeon River Valley and the shadow of Cold Mountain, headed towards Inman’s Chapel the other day, I could not help wondering whether or not the Inman in Charles Frazier’s “Cold Mountain” was a real person. The dedication of a highway marker at Inman’s Chapel that day gave […]