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
  • Summer’s Final Reading Assignments

    August 4, 2015 at 9:06 am

    A classic love story full of mountain music from one of North Carolina’s greatest living balladeers, a loving portrait of a North Carolina beach by a modern prophet of coastal catastrophe, a fictional look into the recent past in small eastern North Carolina towns, and a novel that explains an old marker in a Beaufort […]

  • Hero on the Wrong Side of History

    July 28, 2015 at 10:09 am

    Can Atticus Finch still be our hero? After Harper Lee, who created the saintly Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” has now given disturbing details about him in her newly released book, “Go Set a Watchman”? We learned through the eyes of Jean Louise, his adoring eight-year-old daughter called Scout in “Mockingbird,” how Atticus stood […]

  • Finding Food and Human Fellowship at the Haymont Grill

    July 21, 2015 at 4:31 pm

    What is more important than politics and books? These two are often the topics of my weekly column, but many things are more important. Including food, and the human fellowship that accompanies it. These two topics will be central to this column. Earlier this year I wrote about my search for old-time, locally owned, restaurants […]

  • Trump and Buncombe

    July 14, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    Would North Carolinians ever vote to elect Donald Trump or somebody like him? We did once. When we did, we proved that North Carolinians, like voters across America, can be attracted to tough-talking candidates who challenge the establishment, bark out simple solutions to the most complicated problems, inexplicably advocate programs far out of the mainstream, […]

  • Major Golsteyn and General Noriega: In Headlines and Vacation Books

    July 6, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Headline news stories in recent few days reported the U.S. Army’s disciplining of Maj. Mathew Golsteyn, who was once seen as a hero for his service with the Special Forces in Afghanistan. Golsteyn was accused of killing an Afghani bomb-making suspect and forced out of the army. Another news story reported that the 81-year-old former […]

  • The Biggest News For Me

    June 30, 2015 at 10:16 am

    The biggest news for me this year? Not ISIS, not Obamacare, not gay marriage, and not even the earth-shaking tragedy in Charleston. This year’s big news is that there are no more peaches at the Auman farm in West End near Pinehurst. Along with thousands of other North Carolinians, including the late UNC president William […]

  • Memories on the Fault Lines of Race

    June 23, 2015 at 9:25 am

    Two people who wanted to be something else have grabbed our attention recently: Rachel Dolezal, the former NAACP chapter president in Spokane, Wash., and Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner, the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion. Dolezal, who grew up white, wanted to be black. She took every step she could think of to be a black person. […]

  • Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars

    June 17, 2015 at 10:19 am

    “I am a United States Army general, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism.” These are the opening lines of retired U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Daniel P. Bolger’s book, “Why We Lost: A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.” Bolger teaches military history at N.C. State. “No U.S. general has criticized […]

  • A Test on Noted North Carolina Authors

    June 9, 2015 at 2:07 pm

    Let’s see how well you are keeping up with recent books by North Carolina authors. See how many new books and authors you can identify from the following clues. Two “non-poetry” books by a former North Carolina poet laureate. A memoir of growing up in the changing South by the author of a best-selling book […]

  • North Carolina’s “Only in America” Story

    June 1, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    He was the most famous North Carolinian in the country, for a moment back in the late 1950s and 1960s. Today, you rarely hear his name. My children, who grew up in the 1970s a few blocks from where Harry Golden worked, do not remember him. How and why Golden became so famous and how […]

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