2001 Season

2001 Season

Mangum, William
Carolina Preserves. William Mangum Fine Art (1999)
North Carolina's "watercolor artist for all seasons" gives his colorful commentary on the landscapes that make up his newest book and the influences of growing up as a Tar Heel. "[Mamers, NC] certainly holds some of my fondest memories that I share and I'm very proud of my background now. It 'well-rounds' me and gives me the ability to handle a lot of circumstances and challenges," says Mangum.

Sparks, Nicholas
The Rescue. Warner Books (2000 - 2002)
Since his debut in 1996 with "The Notebook," Nicholas Sparks has written two New York Times best-selling novels and still knows how to pluck our heartstrings with his singular romantic style. New Bern's own "modern master of fateful love stories," discusses his fourth novel, set in Edenton, North Carolina.

MaronMaron, Margaret
Storm Track. Warner Books (2000 - 2002)
Growing up on a farm in Raleigh, Margaret Maron realized early in life that there was "a connection between ordinary people and the printed page." This connection resonates in her Deborah Knott mysteries; and in this very special episode, Maron talks about her newest book and how North Carolina has influenced her work.

Wallace, Daniel
Ray in Reverse. Algonquin Books (2000 - 2002).
Wallace's new book traces Ray Williams life backwards through time from life after death to childhood and rehashes his life-long opportunities - both missed and realized. The Chapel Hill author's own life and successes are explored in this very special episode, revealing his professional influences, his life in the Tar Heel state and the inspiration behind his beautifully drawn window into both the comical and heartbreaking realities of living and dying.

Morgan, Robert
Gap Creek. Algonquin Books (1999)
What happens when talk show maven Oprah Winfrey picks you to be a featured author in her exclusive book club? "I told everyone who called that it was like heaven had burst loose," reveals Robert Morgan. The "Poet Laureate of Appalachia" takes a break from his newfound celebrity to open up about his "New York Times Notable Book" set in the mountains of Appalachia.

Gergen, David
Eyewitness to Power. Simon and Schuster (2000 - 2002)
Commentator, editor, teacher, public servant and advisor to Presidents - David Gergen has been at the forefront of American politics for a quarter of a century. In anticipation of the upcoming presidential inauguration, Gergen offers a vivid, behind-the-scenes account of the ups and downs of past presidential leadership and illustrates the lessons learned for future leaders.

Humphreys, JosephineHumphreys
Nowhere Else On Earth. Viking (2000 - 2002)
Known for her contemporary fiction set in South Carolina, Josephine Humphreys has switched gears with her new historical novel chronicling the lives of Lumbee Indians living in Robeson County during the Civil War. "It was a big change for me in writing.[but] my secret reason for writing anything is to learn about it," says Humphreys. The Duke graduate talks about her latest book and how the Native American experiences it contains made writing it a truly unique learning experience.

Munger, Katy
Bad to the Bone. Avon Twilight Books (2000 - 2002)
Durham resident Katy Munger began writing her Casey Jones series out of frustration over how female Private Investigators and mystery heroines were being portrayed in current literature. The Bull City writer talks openly about her newest book and a new turn for her gutsy Tar Heel heroine.

Crowther, Hal
Cathedral of Kudzu. Louisiana State University Press (2000 - 2002)
A journalist at heart, Hillsborough resident Hal Crowther's columns have originated locally in both the Raleigh's Spectator and The Independent Weekly in Durham with eloquent essays on culture, history, politics, religion, arts and literature that have established him as one of the most influential southern journalists of his generation. Crowther discusses his newest book, Cathedrals of Kudzu, illuminating his ambition to give thorough exploration to the South, its writers, politicians, geniuses, saints, villains and eccentric folkways.

McFee, Michael
This is Where We Live. University of North Carolina Press (2000 - 2002)
As readers across America know by now, North Carolina has produced a remarkable number of talented fiction writers in recent years. Michael McFee, editor of a new anthology featuring 25 short stories from some of the best of those writers, discusses the rising generation of local authors whose work reflects the fast-changing realities of the state's landscape, culture and people.

Spruill-Redford, Dorothy
Somerset Homecoming. Doubleday (1988)
What began as Dorothy Spruill-Redford's attempt to find her own family's origins led to a 10 year personal journey tracing the lives of Somerset Plantation's slaves and their descendants. "Until you get an African-American historian involved with the [process of investigating this topic] there's always that fear of being insulting and angering people. also, you tend to devalue the circumstances behind slavery when you choose to ignore it," argues Spruill-Redford. This first-time author discusses her search for a historical place in time for the descendants of slavery and her own ancestry.

Earley, TonyEarley
Jim the Boy. Little Brown & Company (2000 - 2002)
Selected as one of America's best young writers and featured in The New Yorker's best young fiction issue, Tony Earley gives us a luminous portrait of a ten-year-old boy growing up in the Depression-era town of Aliceville, North Carolina in his newest novel, Jim the Boy. Join Earley as he discusses how he captured the pleasures and fears of youth in a small, Tar Heel town.