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.


Toad & Wee: Strike It Rich

Young prospectors head to Hiddenite hoping for gemstones. Yet the most priceless nugget they uncover may be the lesson that value is in the eye of the beholder.


Adventures with Toad & Wee: I, BookBot

The Hunt Library at NC State University has books, sure. Yet simply being in the soaring, futuristic building is enough to make your imagination take flight.


Gingerbread Boys

We like to think that the holidays are all sweetness and light. But sometimes, it takes a little Christmas magic and a lot of gingerbread to restore comfort and joy.


Family Tradition: Wee Scottish Lads

Young visitors to the annual Highland Games in Laurinburg discover bagpipes and sheepdogs, footraces and stone tosses — and their own Scottish roots.


City Portrait: Mebane

The “hellos” from neighbors are sincere, the murals are welcoming, and the downtown beckons with good books and even better food. In this Alamance County town, there’s a sense of belonging.