May 13, 2015
“Surprising heroes in a long struggle for justice”
“Why does a moderate, progressive journalist write a book that makes a hero of Republican U.S. Senator Thom Tillis?Let me explain…”
May 8, 2015
“By now you probably know that I am revising and updating a book for UNC Press, an expended version of an earlier one i wrote several years ago, about North Carolina family-owned, home-cooking restaurants, where local people gather, but still near enough to big highways for travelers to visit without loosing too much.”
May 5, 2015
“150 years ago Chapel Hill was occupied by the enemy–by Union troops, and for a long time after the war there was talk about how one young Chapel Hill woman “too quickly” made friends with the enemy general in charge of the occupying forces.She was Ella Swain, daughter of former governor and University of North Carolina President David Swain. Ella met Union General Smith Atkins when he made an official visit to the President’s home to call on the president.”
May 1, 2015
If you are like me a big fan of home cooking restaurants, local places, not fancy, but meat and threes and fish camps and barbecues like the old days. If you treasure those kinds of places, too, I have got some bad news for you.
Maybe you remember, a few weeks ago I mentioned that I was working on an update of my “Interstate Eateries” book that surveyed old time eateries along the major highways in North Carolina.
April 29, 2015“N.C. and the U.S. – Mexico border”“What does the 1,969-mile border between the United States and Mexico have to do with North Carolina?Charles D. Thompson, Jr., a Chatham County blueberry farmer turned author, filmmaker, activist, and Duke professor, explains in his new book, ‘Border Odyssey: Travels along the U.S./Mexico Divide’…”
April 24, 2015
“Just in case you missed it last Saturday, it’s not too early to be planning for their 101st birthday in late April next year. I’m talking about last Saturday’s wonderful celebration of the 100th birthday of Barbara Stiles and Bernice Wade.”
April 22, 2015“Is the Civil War over?”“One hundred and fifty years later, is the Civil War finally over?…On Saturday we mark the 150th anniversary of the April 26, 1865 final surrender by Confederate Gen. Joseph E. Johnston of approximately 90,000 troops to Gen. William T. Sherman, effectively ending the hostilities of the nation’s Civil War…”
April 17, 2015
When UNC-Chapel Hill Professor Emeritus Bill Powell died last week at the age of 95, North Carolina lost its dean of history. With constant help and support from his wife Virginia, he authored countless books and articles including the preeminent history of our state, “North Carolina Through Four Centuries,” all 670 pages of it.
April 15, 2015
“Five new NC Books to read”“Here are five recent books by North Carolina authors to put on your bedside reading table, starting with a novel featuring a thinly disguised Jesse Helms…”
April 10, 2015“Casey’s Soul Food”“Maybe you have heard that I’m working on a new book about old-time home cooking places to eat in North Carolina–mostly near enough the big highways so travelers can get a taste of what the locals eat and where they eat…”