Drew Perry

Perry teaches writing at Elon University. His first novel, This Is Just Exactly Like You, was a finalist for the Flaherty-Dunnan prize from the Center for Fiction, a Best-of-the-Year pick from The Atlanta Journal Constitution and a SIBA Okra pick. His second, Kids These Days, was an Amazon Best-of-the-Month pick and was named to Kirkus Reviews 'Winter's Best Bets' and 'Books So Funny You're Guaranteed to Laugh' lists.

Arts

Randolph Community College’s Top-Notch Photography Program

One of the top photography programs on the East Coast can be found at a small community college in Asheboro, where old-school film techniques prepare artists to work in the digital age.

Life

A Lesson in Patience from a Polaroid Camera

For two boys who’ve grown up in a world of instant digital connections, there’s still wonder in waiting for a Polaroid picture.

Life

Family Tradition: Home for the Holidays

Adventures across the state can wait. At Christmas, there’s nothing like the warmth and comfort of your own house.

Life

Family Tradition: The Swing of Things

Life lessons from a rope swing in Swannanoa: Sailing through the air is all about holding on, but watching from the ground means learning — if only a little — to let go.

Life

Family Tradition: Saturday Drive

The wind in your hair, the sun on your face: Adventure is easy when you’re cruising in a convertible. Especially when your destination is the Uwharrie National Forest.

Life

Family Tradition: Time Machine

How to create a family story that’ll last for generations: Build a cart of odds and ends. Add two brave boys. Head for the Piedmont hills, and ride.

Life

Family Tradition: Lost, or Not, at Sea

The Atlantic Ocean is vast, and The Wee is, well, wee. With his dad, the author, The Wee finds comfort and reassurance on the North Carolina coast.