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illustration by Dare Coulter

A project of The North Carolina African American Heritage Commission published by UNC Press, the new alphabet book introduces kids to Durham’s Black Wall Street, civil rights advocate Charlotte Hawkins Brown, and more. Read more

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Submissions for the Cary-based poetry prize are open until January 10, 2020. Read more

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The poetry collection covers a lot of ground—psychogenic disorders, ghosts, a nuclear meltdown—but it centers on Jungleland, a now-defunct zoo for Hollywood show animals. Read more

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This week: William Page from downtown Durham’s Letters Bookshop. Read more

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“The story grabbed me,” Charlies Frazier, the judge for this year’s event, said of the novel. “The subject matter could not have been more of the moment.” Read more

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Katz's new book, “Build: The Power of Hip Hop Diplomacy in a Divided World,” is a soul-searching account of his time leading the U.S. Department of State’s Next Level program. Read more

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Durham letterpress printer Horse & Buggy Press and Duke University partnered to produce a book of Gurganus's nativity story, committing an oral tradition to print at long last. Read more

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Algonquin's new collection of the late, great fiction writer's stories will be read by a distinguished panel at Flyleaf Books. Read more

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The revitalized literary festival mixes top local authors with timely national visitors such as the poet Jericho Brown and the novelist Katya Apekina. Read more

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photo by Hannah Ensor

If so, and you live in Durham, the itinerant poet Mathias Svalina has you covered for November. Of course, nightmares cost a little extra. Read more

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“Dance in Durham is a lot wider and more diverse than many people think it is.” Read more

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From a reading by experimental essayist Leslie Jamison to a lecture from Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, here's five talks and readings we don't want to miss. Read more

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Journalist Casey Cep's fascinating book picks up a true-crime story that the "To Kill a Mockingbird" author left unfinished, upending cliches about her in the process. Read more

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"N.C. ranks third in the U.S. in hurricane landfalls. Though we often focus on landfalls on our coast, it’s important to note that all one hundred counties of our state are vulnerable." Read more

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For writers with a desk-drawer novel and a dream deferred, Arshia Simkin and Emily Cataneo's Redbud Writing Project offers a new way forward. Read more

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"On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous" explores generational trauma, war violence, queer masculinity, and the precarious of immigrant experience via letters to Vuong's mother. Read more

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The backdrop of psychiatry allows Joanna Pearson to explore the fault lines that underlie personal and professional identity in contemporary America. Read more

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Since her first collection of darkly humorous fiction in 1985, Hempel has been changing the short-story form—often, by abbreviating it. Read more

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Taking note of new books and reading events by Jonathan Farmer, Alan Shapiro, Belle Boggs, and other local authors. Read more

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