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
  • A voice like Sheriff Andy

    July 5, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    Who is going to take the place of Andy Griffith as North Carolina’s modest, aw’shucks, good-old-boy, mountain-accented celebrity? My nominee: Ron Rash. Maybe you don’t know about him yet. But this time next year, when the movie based on his best-selling novel “Serena” is playing in theaters across the country, you will be beaming with […]

  • Who was that candidate who went to the wrong Rockingham?

    July 1, 2012 at 7:24 am

    A few years ago I wrote a column about a mythic U.S. Senate candidate who showed up in the city of Rockingham, instead of Rockingham County where he was supposed to be campaigning. Lots of people have asked me, “Who was that candidate?” Well, I am now prepared to tell you who it was…but only […]

  • Seven new books every North Carolinian should know about

    June 26, 2012 at 6:12 pm

    There is no way to read them all. No, and we cannot even know about all of the more than 1,000 books about our state or by authors with North Carolina connections. But every year there are a few books that, for one reason or another, are so important or interesting that we should know […]

  • Clyde Edgerton: Translating memories into fiction

    June 20, 2012 at 4:56 pm

    Is he just writing about himself? The many fans of Wilmington-based author Clyde Edgerton often ask this question when they are reading his books a they come to parts that are just too real to be made up. As Edgerton explains on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch Sunday afternoon at 5:00 p.m., his latest book, “Night […]

  • How to save a mountain

    June 18, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    There were lots of reasons some people in Avery County wanted to stop a rock mining operation on the beautiful Belview mountainside. *Tracy and her Aunt Ollie, because preliminary blasting operations had cracked the foundation of their house. *Faye Williams, whose home adjoined the mine site, because of the unbearable noise and dust; and *Jay […]

  • How To Write A Best-Selling Book: An Expert's Advice

    June 15, 2012 at 7:56 pm

    How would you like for Nicholas Sparks to teach you how to write a best-selling book? The author of New York Times #1 bestselling books will tell us how it is done on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch this (Sunday) afternoon at 5:00 p.m. Sparks says that he does not start writing until he has a […]

  • Back In Time, Jill McCorkle's Timelessness

    June 12, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    About Jill McCorkle’s upcoming new novel, Lee Smith says it is McCorkle’s “best ever.” Wow! This news will stir up the enthusiastic fans that McCorkle earned with her novels (“The Cheer Leader,” “July 7th,” “Tending to Virginia,” “Ferris Beach,” “Carolina Moon” and “Tending to Virginia”) and collections of short stories (Final Vinyl Days,” “Creatures of […]

  • Who’s cleaning up for the convention company coming?

    June 11, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    “Working with a bunch of orthopedic surgeons.” This was Dr. Dan Murrey’s answer to my question about why he thought he could handle a task that seems so unmanageable. Murrey is the executive director of Charlotte’s host committee for the National Democratic National Convention in early September. He manages an effort to raise $36 million, […]

  • Phillip Manning and Andrea Reusing on Wednesday's Bookwatch

    June 5, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Good news for book fans! Two authors, Phillip Manning and Andrea Reusing, will be featured this week on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch. Manning and Reusing will appear Wednesday, June 6, on UNC-TV’s MX channel, which is available on Time-Warner Cable digital channels #172 or 4.4. Phillip Manning’s “Islands of Hope: Lessons from North America’s Great […]

  • "Aftermathing" the Edwards trial

    June 2, 2012 at 5:31 am

    I wish Jimmy Johnson had given, and John Edwards had heeded, the same warning Johnson gave me when I first ran for political office almost 30 years ago. Johnson, a successful businessman, helped Bob Scott win the governor’s election in 1968. He knew North Carolina politics inside and out. Here is what he told me […]

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