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White Gloves And Collards

Jun 9, 2014

In her new memoir, White Gloves and Collards, Helen Kaufmann recounts her coming-of-age story during a time of dramatic social change. She started questioning segregation long before others in her idyllic Southern hometown. Kaufmann went on to become a community liaison for desegregation and wrote and edited for the infamous MLK papers at Stanford University. 

Professional authors and writers face many challenges and a lot of competition these days. Writing has shifted from a craft previously conducted with pen and paper, to an industry open to almost anyone with a keyboard. So how do we identify the good writers, the talented authors and how does one get published? What resources are available to help local writers hone their craft? And what else do writers do to make ends meet? We talk about all of that and more with three local authors.

Bob Inman’s second career, as a writer, is shaping up to be just as successful as his first career, as a journalist. His fifth book, The Governor’s Lady is out and has gained wide appeal from audiences around the South. We’ll talk with Bob Inman about his books, his plays and screenplays, and his thoughts on everything from the strong women featured in his book, to independent booksellers, to the writing process, and more.

Southern author Cassandra King has been spinning stories about women in the South for over a decade. Her latest novel, Moonrise, was inspired by Daphne du Maurier's Rebecca, a favorite of King's as a youth. Cassandra King will join us to talk about her love of reading and writing, the development of her characters and using her experience as a southern woman in her writing, and her marriage to fellow southern author Pat Conroy.

Girls Of Atomic City (Rebroadcast)

Sep 6, 2013

The world is at war and you want to help fight it. So you board a train to a secret town in Tennessee that doesn't appear on any map, to work on a project that you will never truly know about. And, yet, this project will end the war. That was the fascinating story for the thousands of woman who toiled to help build a bomb without really knowing that's what they were doing. Frequent guest Denise Kiernan chronicles this mystery in her latest book, The Girls of Atomic City. Kiernan uses exhaustive research and interviews with living war veterans to uncover how the Army managed to keep the project secret from its own workers and she highlights the stories of some of the women who worked there. She'll share her story with us when Charlotte Talks Friday, Sept. 6.

The world is at war and you want to help fight it. So you board a train to a secret town in Tennessee that doesn't appear on any map, to work on a project that you will never truly know about. And, yet, this project will end the war. That was the fascinating story for the thousands of woman who toiled to help build a bomb without really knowing that's what they were doing. Frequent guest Denise Kiernan chronicles this mystery in her latest book, The Girls of Atomic City. Kiernan uses exhaustive research and interviews with living war veterans to uncover how the Army managed to keep the project secret from its own workers and she highlights the stories of some of the women who worked there. She'll share her story with us when Charlotte Talks.

Part One: Ron Rash. Poet, short story writer and novelist Ron Rash is having a busy year - his latest book of short stories Nothing Gold Can Stay, set in Appalachia with stories that span from the Civil War to present day - was released in February. And his novel Serena is being made into a movie with Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. It's set to hit theaters in December. North Carolina native Ron Rash is in town for CPCC's Sensoria Festival, and while he's here, we'll talk about his writing process, the different genres of writing that he works in, and about the experience of having one of his books made into a movie, when Charlotte Talks.

Wikipedia Commons

Almost 300 years ago, Blackbeard the Pirate ran aground off the coast of North Carolina and, to this day, treasure hunters believe there is a rich trove of pirate's booty hidden somewhere in the state. Historian and author Kevin Duffus believes he has found Blackbeard's treasure, but it's not the form of riches you might imagine and you won't find it in history books. Duffus will join us to paint a detailed picture of Blackbeard's impact on the state, the real treasure he sought and a glimpse into a pirate's life that may surprise you.

Author Kevin Duffus On The Real Blackbeard

Oct 2, 2012
Wikipedia Commons

Almost 300 years ago, Blackbeard the Pirate ran aground off the coast of North Carolina and, to this day, treasure hunters believe there is a rich trove of pirate's booty hidden somewhere in the state. Historian and author Kevin Duffus believes he has found Blackbeard's treasure, but it's not the form of riches you might imagine and you won't find it in history books. Duffus will join us to paint a detailed picture of Blackbeard's impact on the state, the real treasure he sought and a glimpse into a pirate's life that may surprise you.

Nicholas Carr On The Internet And Our Brains

Sep 28, 2012
Erin Sutton

Like television before it, the Internet has been credited with being an influence on all sorts of things since it became a mainstream part of our lives - good and bad. Our guest this hour has been writing about technology, including the Internet, for years, and his latest book addresses what the Internet may be doing to our brains - re-mapping, re-programming, changing the way we think and learn!

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