Books

Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Tue June 17, 2014

Reading, Publishing & Summer Book Picks

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A dispute at Amazon over e-book pricing has some authors encouraging readers to ditch the retail giant and head to their local independent bookseller. Major brick and mortar bookstores continue to struggle. Self-publishing is on the rise. E-books and e-readers are pervasive as ever, but their sales are starting to level off. Meanwhile, the American Booksellers Association has reported a fifth straight year of membership increases for indie bookstores, once considered doomed with the advent of the digital age. Books are a rapidly changing business, so we'll check in on the state of the publishing and bookselling industry. And summer is almost here, a time when many people catch up on their reading so we'll get some book recommendations.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Local Author Roundtable

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.

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Charlotte Talks
9:00 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Girls Of Atomic City (Rebroadcast)

Denise Kiernan, Author of The Girls of Atomic City

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.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu May 2, 2013

The Girls Of Atomic City

Denise Kiernan, Author of The Girls of Atomic City

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.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Wed April 17, 2013

Poet Ron Rash And NC Science Festival

Ron Rash

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.

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WFAEats
12:00 am
Thu November 29, 2012

Meals And Memories: The Power Of Remembering

Joanne Caras

They’re billed as "the most important cookbooks you’ll ever own," and it’s hard to disagree. 

Joanne Caras and her family collected recipes and remembrances from Holocaust survivors around the world, and then performed a series of small wonders. Caras created two elegant books, first, "The Holocaust Survivor Cookbook" and now a new volume, "Miracles and Meals." Both celebrate how human dignity can - and does - flourish under the most horrific circumstances.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu November 22, 2012

Author Kevin Duffus On The Real Blackbeard (Rebroadcast)

Blackbeard (c. 1736 engraving used to illustrate Johnson's General History)
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.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Tue October 2, 2012

Author Kevin Duffus On The Real Blackbeard

Blackbeard (c. 1736 engraving used to illustrate Johnson's General History)
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.

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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Fri September 28, 2012

Nicholas Carr On The Internet And Our Brains

Mike Collins and Nicholas Carr on stage at Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory, where the conversation was recorded in front of a live audience.
Erin Sutton
  • Our full conversation with Nicholas Carr from Lenoir Rhyne University in Hickory.
  • Post-show conversation with Nicholas Carr, includes more questions from the audience and Mike.

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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Charlotte Talks
12:00 am
Thu September 27, 2012

The History Of Davidson (Rebroadcast)

Davidson, North Carolina
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Charlotte is more than just one city, it is a region comprised of many cities and towns and one of them, Davidson, is now the subject of a book chronicling the history of the town. One Town, Many Voices is the work of Davidson College Professor of History, Ralph Levering, and college Archivist Jan Blodgett and incorporates the experiences and voices of a wide range of people. The authors share what they've learned about Davidson - from its beginnings.

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