2002 Season

2002 Season

Michael Malone
Red Clay, Blue Cadillac: Stories of Twelve Southern Women
(Sourcebooks; 2002)
Known as the literate and compassionate voice of the New American South, award-winning author and Hillsborough resident Michael Malone kicks off the fifth season with his latest foray into Southern accents and Bible Belt sensibilities when the nine-time novelist discusses his new page-turner, Red Clay, Blue Cadillac: Stories of Twelve Southern Women. From fiery femme fatales to stubborn Southern socialites, Malone discusses the 12 bold and colorful short stories that reflect the heart and soul of the ever-original Southern woman.

Elizabeth SpencerSpencer
The Southern Woman
(Modern Library; 2001)
Since 1944, when she published her first story, Elizabeth Spencer has been acclaimed as a writer of short fiction in the great tradition of Welty, Chopin, and Mansfield. The Southern Woman: New and Selected Fiction, her first collection in almost fifteen years, restores to print the author's most masterful stories and novellas including "The Light in the Piazza" - and publishes more than ten new stories for the first time. This episode celebrates a six-decade career devoted to the art of the story and the novella - a literary event for the lover of short fiction and Southern fare.

Thomas Parramore
First to Fly: North Carolina and the Beginnings of Aviation
(The University of North Carolina Press; 2002)
In 2003, North Carolina will host the 100th anniversary celebration of the Wright Brothers' first powered flight at Kitty Hawk. Working with archival sources, newspapers, patent records, and personal accounts, Thomas C. Parramore's latest book recounts North Carolina's significant role in the early history of aviation. In the third episode of NC Bookwatch, the two-time author and professor of history at Meredith College traces how dreams of flight and a new technology became a reality in the Old North State.

Lucy Daniels
With a Woman's Voice: A Writer's Struggle for Emotional Development
(Madison Books; 2001)
Having written a bestselling book at 22, survived a harrowing battle with anorexia nervosa, and pursued a successful career as a clinical psychologist, Raleigh resident Lucy Daniels has led a remarkable life. Following the release of her first book in 40 years, Daniels shares the experience of overcoming her emotional hardships, the valuable insights she gained from them and the challenges of writing a memoir about both on the fourth episode of this season's NC Bookwatch.

Doug MarletteMarlette
The Bridge
(HarperCollins; 2001)
Pulitzer Prize-winning editorial cartoonist Doug Marlette is best known for his popular comic strip KUDZU and his incendiary political cartoons that canvas newspapers from The Charlotte Observer to Newsday. Now, in his literary debut, Marlette comes to NC Bookwatch to draw a detailed picture of the raging river of humor and heartbreak, love and betrayal, forbidden passions and buried family secrets in his new multi-generational epic - all water under The Bridge.

Kathy Reichs
Grave Secrets
(Scribner; 2002)
The New York Times bestselling author of Fatal Voyage returns with a new bone-chilling Tempe Brennan novel about a decades-old mass murder and a contemporary homicide. During this very special episode of NC Bookwatch, host D.G. Martin attempts to uncover the mysteries inside North Carolina forensic anthropologist and novelist Kathy Reichs' fifth Dr. Temperance Brennan thriller.

John Drescher
Triumph of Good Will: How Terry Sanford Beat a Champion of Segregation and Reshaped the South
(University Press of Mississipi; 2000 - 2002)
In the spring of 1960, North Carolina gubernatorial candidate Terry Sanford invented the modern way to win a southern election - emphasizing better schools, more economic development and, most dramatically, improved race relations. Longtime Charlotte Observer reporter and editor John Drescher talks openly about his book chronicling the successful campaign that shook North Carolina and changed southern politics forever.

Joan Medlicott
From the Heart of Covington
(Thomas Dunne Books; 2002)
In her third novel, Joan Medlicott revisits the fictional town of Covington, North Carolina to yet again bring to life her ragtag revue of retirees - Grace, Hannah, and Amelia. From the pages surrounding Amelia's fictional farmhouse home in the North Carolina Mountains, Tar Heel transplant Medlicott has penned another installment of the popular Covington series wherein the strong friendship between three older women reclaims them from the shadows of twilight to experience new journeys and inspiring lessons. Barnardsville, NC resident Joan Medlicott joins D.G. Martin to share her own journey to literary success and the challenges of writing a series on this edition of NC Bookwatch.

Mel LevineLevine
A Mind at a Time
(Simon and Schuster; 2002)
In his third book, Mel Levine, a pediatrician with 30 years of experience, offers a straightforward look at why some children struggle with learning and behavior. Considered one of America's top learning experts, this professor of pediatrics at the University of North Carolina Medical School visits North Carolina Bookwatch to diagnose the problems with one-size-fits-all education and give parents insights into how they can more easily understand and manage their children's scholastic performance.

Trudier Harris - Lopez
Saints, Sinners, Saviors: Strong Black Women in African American Literature
(Palgrave Macmillan; 2001)
In her newest book, Trudier Harris, the Carlyle Sitterson Professor of English at the University of North Carolina, illustrates how writers draw upon popular images of African American women in producing what they believe to be safe literary representations. On this edition of North Carolina Bookwatch, the Chapel Hill resident explores the idea of strength as a frequently contradictory and damaging trait for black women characters in major literary works of the 20th century.

Lee Smith
The Last Girls
(Algonquin Books, 2002)
Exactly thirty-six years ago, author Lee Smith traveled down the Mississippi River on a raft with fifteen other girls. Inspired by reading Huckleberry Finn in her American literature class at a women's college in Virginia, she launched her boat at Paducah, Kentucky, on June 9th, 1966, and headed nine hundred and fifty miles down the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers to New Orleans. In this episode of North Carolina Bookwatch, the Hillsborough resident discusses how she successfully transformed this experience into a new fictional novel, The Last Girls.

Bland Simpson
Ghost Ship of Diamond Shoals
(The University of North Carolina Press; 2002)
In the misty dawn of January 31, 1921, a Coast Guardsman on watch at the Cape Hatteras Life-Saving Station sighted a large schooner wrecked on the treacherous Diamond Shoals. Rescuers rushed to the ship, but they found the Carroll A. Deering deserted, with no trace of the captain or the crew. Bland Simpson, who teaches creative writing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, assembled the known facts into a compelling reconstruction of the Carol A. Deering's final voyage and its baffling aftermath. On this edition of North Carolina Bookwatch, Simpson uses contemporary sources to piece together a haunting story that provides an apt memorial to the ghost ship and its lost crew.