2014 Singer-Songwriter Contest

Can you write the next great ode to North Carolina? Enter this year’s singer-songwriter contest presented by the Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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Arts & Culture


Fudging on the Facts

In the end, fiction is simply the art of making things up, which is the opposite — not of truth — but of fact.
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Playing by Heart: The Story of Jim Avett

Jim Avett’s life is a song with many verses, but it always returns to the chorus — a hard-working father with a passion for music.
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Like Shining from Shook Foil by Cathy Smith Bowers

Cathy Smith Bowers’s new book, Like Shining from Shook Foil, is a collection of poems from her previous four collections and 19 uncollected poems.
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Small Town Gossip

Small Town Gossip by Small Town Gossip

The self-titled, debut album from Winston-Salem folk-pop trio Small Town Gossip tells stories of fleeting romance, enduring friendships, and hanging on to young adulthood.
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Month of Music

A Month of North Carolina Music

Explore North Carolina’s rich musical heritage with this special collection of Our State stories and video.
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In the Garden with Our State

As warmer weather arrives, the gardener’s to-do list grows.
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Matthew Lewis

The Great American Photographer

In the 1960s and ’70s, Pulitzer Prize winner Matthew Lewis watched one of our nation’s defining eras through his camera lens.
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Stories from the Bookmobile

Did a bookmobile visit your community? Share your stories here.
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The Outer Banks House by Diann Ducharme

Throughout the story, Ducharme weaves some of the darkest elements of our state’s postwar history into the characters’ lives.
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Peter Blum

North Carolina’s Tin Man

Like his dad and his granddad, Peter Blum III can turn a piece of tin into art or a tool, or even a life.
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