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
  • 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 […]

  • A character from Margaret Maron's past plays a new role

    July 16, 2012 at 1:59 pm

    Who is Sigrid Harald? She is Margaret Maron’s lead character in a popular series of mystery novels. “Wait a minute!” you are shouting. “I know Margaret Maron, and the lead character in her novels is Judge Deborah Knott, a good old North Carolina country girl from a rural county east of Raleigh, the daughter of […]

  • Carolina in my mind in Nantucket

    July 9, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    “Carolina in My Mind.” It was the closing hymn at my niece’s wedding a few days ago. Just before the benediction, an a capella group stood up in the rear of the church and sang: “In my mind I’m goin’ to Carolina. Can’t you see the sunshine? Can’t you just feel the moonshine…” “What is […]

  • 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 […]

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