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.
  • Charles Frazier talks about Nightwoods (paperback June 12)

    May 26, 2012 at 11:00 am

    “No writer today crafts more exquisite sentences than Charles Frazier. The North Carolina native is famous for ‘Cold Mountain,’ his best-selling and critically acclaimed 1997 debut novel about the Civil War.… Frazier’s third novel, ‘Nightwoods.’ This one also burbles with achingly lovely descriptions of the Appalachian mountains, the history, the trees, the rich, multi-layered culture […]

  • Facing the college challenges: Getting in and paying for it

    May 24, 2012 at 10:45 am

    By pricing college out of reach to many American families and loading up students with burdensome debt, is our country breaking the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights? Article 26 of that Declaration provides in part “…higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.” Does the United States measure up? […]

  • 425 years apart, two real estate promoters pick the same spots

    May 21, 2012 at 4:37 pm

    What does a resort real estate sales brochure have to do with Sir Walter Raleigh and with the Lost Colony that disappeared from North Carolina’s coastland 425 years ago? The colorful brochure that was delivered to my house last week promoted “A Retreat from the Ordinary” at Scotch Hall Preserve, a 950-acre resort community in […]

  • Great reviews for Baldwin’s new book; brings back buzz for his first

    May 16, 2012 at 7:47 pm

    While we were getting ready for out primary elections last week, the people of France elected a new president. Out with Nicolas Sarkozy, in with the Socialist Francois Hollande. Who can explain to us what it means and why we should care? Maybe it could be done by Chapel Hill author Rosecrans Baldwin, whose latest […]

  • How did God vote on Amendment 1?

    May 14, 2012 at 4:12 pm

    Where was God in all this, really? North Carolinians heard God speaking in contradictory voices during the weeks leading up to the vote on May 8 when voters approved Amendment 1, which added to the state constitution a provision that “Marriage between one man and one woman is the only domestic legal union that shall […]

  • Ben Fountain's long wait brings us the "Catch-22" of the Iraq War

    May 8, 2012 at 2:20 pm

    What is really going on inside their minds when the soldiers come home? Before they can tell us, the call comes to go back to the Middle East for another long tour. In North Carolina, such brave soldiers and their families surround us. We try to honor them and show our appreciation for what they […]

  • The last three inhabitants of Yaupon Island

    May 3, 2012 at 11:00 am

    What do North Carolina pirates and the daughter of Thomas Jefferson’s vice president have in common? They are both an important part of North Carolina author Michael Parker’s recent book, “The Watery Part of the World.” Aaron Burr’s daughter, Theodosia was shipwrecked off the coast of North Carolina in 1812 and may have been taken […]

  • Amendment One to Obama's rescue

    April 30, 2012 at 8:23 pm

    Amendment One. Whether it wins or loses, the effort to defeat it could be a crucial factor in a successful outcome for the Obama campaign in North Carolina this fall. Prospects for the effort to defeat the proposed marriage amendment to the constitution are still uncertain, notwithstanding a well-organized and impressive effort on the part […]

  • Hillsborough author’s book is 'superior' to 'The Help'

    April 28, 2012 at 11:22 am

    “…‘The Dry Grass of August’ is a superior book to ‘The Help,’ even if it doesn’t sell three million copies.” So writes Christina Bucher in the North Carolina Literary Review about “The Dry Grass of August.” Hillsborough’s Anna Jean Mayhew takes us all the way back to the racially-segregated Charlotte of 1954 and a poignant […]

  • The pain of losing a town's only factory

    April 23, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    “You ain’t never going to understand until you’ve been through it.” Politicians from the president on down will hear this plaintive statement when they campaign in North Carolina this year. It will happen when they talk about jobs and their plans for economic recovery in towns that have lost the furniture factories or textile mills […]

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