2003 Season

2003 Season

Gwendoline FortuneFortune
Growing Up Nigger Rich
(Pelican Publishing Company; 2002)
Beyond the controversial title of Gwendoline Fortune's debut novel lies an intricately woven narrative, juxtaposing "old South" ideals with various visions of racial identity. The Saxapahaw, N.C. native joins host D.G. Martin to share the stories of her "mixed-blood" heritage and how it helped her to capture the voices and emotions of a simpler time in this refreshing novel about growing up and coming home.

Orson Scott Card
Shadow Puppets
(Tor Books; 2002)
In Shadow Puppets, author Orson Scott Card continues the storyline of his best-selling Ender series. His newest book following the exploits of the Battle School children, prodigies who have returned to an Earth thrown into chaos after the unifying force of the alien invasion they stopped in Ender's Game and Ender's Shadow has dissipated. This Greensboro novelist brings to life a new chapter in the saga of Ender's Earth on this episode, sharing the future of his Sci Fi storytelling.

Robert Durden
A Life of James B. Duke
(Carolina Academic Press; 2003)
Bold Entrepreneur: A Life of James B. Duke is the scholarly biography of James B. Duke, a man known as a creative entrepreneurial capitalist, one who, after a lifetime of big business successes, finally turned his talent toward investing in a unique plan for perpetual philanthropy in the Carolinas. In this episode, biographer Robert Durden tells the fascinating story of how Duke's great philanthropic actions have earned him a prominent place in history.

Haven Kimmel
The Solace of Leaving Early
(Anchor Books; 2003)
Using small-town life as a springboard to explore the loftiest of ideas, Haven Kimmel's irresistibly smart and generous first novel is at once a romance and a haunting meditation on grief and faith. This Durham native with the "Zippy" Nickname joins D.G. Martin to discuss her joyous new story about finding one's better self through accepting the shortcomings of others.

Catherine Bishir / Michael Southern
A Guide to the Historic Architecture of Piedmont North Carolina
(The University of North Carolina Press; 2003)
Central North Carolina boasts a rich and varied architectural landscape--from the early plantation houses and farms of its northeastern reaches, to the glamorous New South skyscrapers of downtown Charlotte. This richly illustrated guide offers a fascinating look at the Piedmont's historic architecture, covering more than 2,000 sites in 34 counties. Join authors Catherine Bishir and Michael Southern as the give a behind the scenes look at their indispensable guide for those who appreciate the past.

Carole Boston WeatherfordWeatherford
Princeville: 500 Year Flood
(Coastal Carolina Press; 2001)
Everyone knows that hurricanes bring devastating winds and rain, but what happens when the rain doesn't stop falling? As the author of more than a dozen books, Carole Boston Weatherford mines the past for family stories, fading traditions and forgotten struggles to answer this question and others in her newest book, Princeville: 500 Year Flood. Through the eyes of one Princeville family, the award-winning children's book writer shares the story of the eastern North Carolina floods that followed Hurricane Floyd's landfall in 1999 and the tough choice that followed of whether to stay and save their community or move to higher ground.

Pamela Duncan
Plant Life
(Delacorte Press; 2003)
Pamela Duncan's first novel, Moon Women, won the hearts of both readers and critics, who called it "richly textured...a pleasure to be savored by a writer to watch." Now, the Graham, N.C. resident Pamela Duncan returns to the rich landscape of the human heart with a lush, resonant novel about mothers and daughters, about family and friendship, about a woman at a turning point in her life and the extraordinary world she discovers in a place called home. In this episode Duncan shares with Host D.G. Martin how the seeds of storytelling were planted in her newest novel.

David Cecelski
The Waterman’s Song
(The University of North Carolina Press; 2003)
David Cecelski's The Waterman's Song, is the first major study of slavery in the maritime South, chronicling the world of slave and free black fishermen, pilots, rivermen, sailors, ferrymen, and other laborers who plied the vast inland waters of North Carolina from the Outer Banks to the upper reaches of tidewater rivers. Demonstrating the vitality and significance of this local African American maritime culture, the Durham resident intricately weaves its connections to the Afro-Caribbean, the relatively egalitarian work culture of seafaring men who visited nearby ports, and the revolutionary political tides that coursed throughout the black Atlantic. In this episode the native of the North Carolina coast shares how boatloads of slaves brought an insurgent, democratic vision into the political maelstrom of the Civil War and Reconstruction.

Anson Dorrance
The Vision of a Champion
(Ann Arbor Press Inc; 2002)
In Vision of A Champion, coaching legend Anson Dorrance teams with Gloria Averbuch, an accomplished heath and fitness writer, to create a passionate and inspiring formula for success in soccer, and in life. The University of North Carolina women's soccer coach joins host D.G. Martin to provide the tips and techniques of his newest book that have helped mold mere mortals into Mia Hamms.

Ron Rash
One Foot in Eden
(Novello Festival Press; 2002)
Winner of the 2002 Novello Literary Award, One Foot in Eden, a story of family, love, betrayal and murder nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, is the first novel from acclaimed poet and short-fiction writer Ron Rash. Ron Rash knows whereof he speaks. His family has called the southern Appalachian Mountains home since the mid-1700s, and it is this region that persistently weaves its way into his lyrical writing. This Boiling Springs, N.C. native kicks off the sixth season with a discussion of his fictional tribute to a time, place, and way of life slowly vanishing from the modern South.

Virginia Holman
Rescuing Patty Hearst 
(Simon & Schuster; 2003)
Virgina Holman's mother suffers from schizophrenia. Her mind is not beautiful. But Holman's new memoir Rescuing Patty Hearst, described as "hair-raisingly poignant," by Publishers Weekly, is a luminous account of a daughter forever marked by her mother's illness and one family's struggle to love and care for a desperately ill woman in a mental health care system more concerned with protecting a patient's "rights" rather than halting the course of her dangerous disease. Join the Durham resident as she shares the madness behind her memoir in this illuminating episode.

Timothy SilverSiver
Mount Mitchell & The Black Mountains:
An Environmental History of the Highest Peaks in Eastern America
(The University of North Carolina Press; 2003)
Thousands of tourists visit Mount Mitchell each year - the most prominent feature of North Carolina's Black Mountain range and the highest peak in the eastern United States. From Native Americans and early explorers to land speculators and conservationists, people have long been drawn to this rugged region. Author Timothy Silver shares the long and complicated history of the Black Mountains in this episode, drawing on both the historical record and his experience as a backpacker and fly fisherman to tell the tales of his latest book.

Anthony S. Abbott
Leaving Maggie Hope
(Novello Festival Press; 2003)
Winner of the 2003 Novello Literary Award, Leaving Maggie Hope is the first novel from Davidson College professor and reknowned poet Anthony Abbott. A story of one boy's struggles to adjust to a new life while overcoming his family's tragic history, Abbott's debut combines the elegant prose of his poetry with a fiction writer's deep and personal understanding of the young man's story. In this episode, Abbot discusses his award-winning debut novel-a coming-of-age odyssey that novelist Jill McCorkle calls "a beautiful story, a story of hope."

Reynolds Price
A Serious Way of Wondering
(Scribner; 2003)
Among Reynolds Price's thirty-five volumes of fiction, poetry, plays, essays and translations are many works of religious inquiry that explore topics at the forefront of theological debate. In his latest book, A Serious Way of Wondering, the self-described outlaw Christian interweaves imagined encounters with Jesus and lively analysis of Jesus' ethics. Join the Hillsborough resident as he offers a thought-provoking look at a subject that has occupied the minds of many great thinkers- the implications of Jesus' life and thought on modern notions of a humane community.

Isabel Zuber
(Picador USA; 2002)
Set in rural North Carolina, Isabel Zuber's debut novel Salt traces the joys and the sorrows of a passionate but troubled marriage in Appalachia at the turn of the last century. In this episode, the Winston Salem poet shares how she seasoned her first novel with her own experiences, the atmosphere of her native region and her familiar lyrical prose to create this heartwarming account of one woman's inner awakening.