Katie Fennell

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That Old-Time Sound: July 2016 Book Picks

Our mountains and Foothills have inspired generations of Carolina-born and -bred folk musicians — who have, themselves, inspired generations of writers. Four books tell the stories behind the musical storytellers.

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May 2016 Book Picks & Music Review

A writer’s surroundings often influence his or her earliest work. A young Thomas Wolfe, for example, was famously inspired by his hometown, Asheville. Here, some of our state’s best-known writers show us where they started.

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The South, In Verse: April Book Picks

Four North Carolina poets reflect on our Southern landscape and its people, creating an ode to the everyday — a “blazing sensory world,” says James Applewhite — of the history, rhythms, and voices that mark our region.

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New Lullabies, Rooted in Nature

Three local artists, an author, song-writer, and illustrator, collaborate to write a new, positive spin on the classic nursery rhyme “Rock-a-bye Baby,” in the form of a children’s book and lullaby album.

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Reflecting on the Past: March Book Picks

They say that time heals all wounds, and for most of us, that’s true: Time obscures our views of a ragged past. For writers, however, memories are reflective lenses used to observe personal histories, providing stark recollections charged with truth, not mellowed by time.

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Traveling Musical Trails

The Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina preserves the songs and sounds of the western part of our state.

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Family Ties: February Book Picks

From Fred Chappell’s humorous look at the life of a boy growing up in the 1940s, to Wiley Cash’s harrowing tale of a father who will do anything to keep his children safe and by his side, four novels speak to the importance of family, and the trials of coming of age.

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Coastal Blues

The one type of winter blues we could use more of.

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