2004 Season

2004 Season

Lynn York
The Piano Teacher
With a bevy of characters who have their share of mistakes and losses haunting them, author Lynn York’s debut novel The Piano Teacher captures North Carolina small-town life with depth, quirky humor and intrigue. Sunday, January 9, at 5 PM, on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch, the native North Carolinian shares her fictional exploration of scandal in a Southern town with her first endeavor in the Swan’s Knob series. York reveals how she returned to the Tar Heel State to create a heroine that author Lee Smith called “Eudora Welty meets Miss Marple in this sweet, sexy Southern tour de force.”

John Dalton
Heaven Lake
Major novelists have already hailed Heaven Lake, the story of a young American’s journey across China in search of love and revelation, as an extraordinary debut from author John Dalton. This new talent shares his all-new exquisite narrative that arcs across the Chinese landscape as gracefully as it plumbs the human heart. The North Carolina resident reveals how his extraordinary debut about a modern-day missionary yields a profound and passionate exploration of the mysteries of love.

Chuck Stone
Squizzy the Black Squirrel: A Fabulous Fable of Friendship
Squizzy the Black Squirrel: A Fabulous Fable of Friendship is a tale of an unlikely friendship between a seven-year-old African American boy named Marcus and a black squirrel called Squizzy. Squizzy teaches Marcus that judging one's friend by the color of his skin is just plain silly. After all, color is only skin (or fur) deep. North Carolina Bookwatch features author and UNC-Chapel Hill Journalism professor Chuck Stone as he shares his first foray in the world of children’s books and the profound principles he imparts in every page.

Bart Ehrman
Lost Christianities: The Battle for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew
In his latest book Lost Christianities: The Battle for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew, author Bart D. Ehrman offers a fascinating look at the early forms of Christianity and shows how they came to be suppressed, reformed, or forgotten. Ehrman appears on UNC-TV’s literary series North Carolina Bookwatch to describe his in-depth examination of the battles that raged between 'proto-orthodox Christians'—those who eventually compiled the canonical books of the New Testament and standardized Christian belief—and the groups they denounced as heretics and ultimately overcame.

Sheila Kay AdamsAdams
My Old True Love
Author Sheila Kay Adams, a seventh-generation balladeer and native of Madison County, appears on UNC-TV’s weekly local literary series North Carolina Bookwatch to describe how she has turned the oral history of her family into a stunning debut novel. In Adam’s novel My Old True Love, the author yields a story inspired by her ancestors and ballads of the English, Scottish, and Irish. These long, sad stories of heartbreak and betrayal, violence and love, have been sung for generations by the descendents of those who settled the Appalachian Mountains in the 1700s. As they raised their children, the settlers taught them first to sing—as the songs seemed to tell the children everything they needed to know about life.

J. Peder Zane
Remarkable Reads: 34 Writers and Their Adventures in Reading
Headlining an all-new season of North Carolina Bookwatch, Raleigh News & Observer book reviewer J. Peder Zane presents his eye-opening anthology Remarkable Reads: 34 Writers and Their Adventures in Reading, in which acclaimed authors share their life-altering encounters with the world of books. Zane shares many of the personal stories behind his all-new collection of essays that read like short stories from acclaimed authors including Jonathan Lethem, Haven Kimmel, Charles Frazier, and Bebe Moore Campbell. Tapping classic works such as The Catcher in the Rye and The Cat in the Hat as well as obscure novels such as Karel Capek's The War of the Newts, this long-time editor reveals how literature has tempted, enchanted, and changed dozens of your favorite writers and the readers who delight in their works.

Bill Thompson
Sweet Tea, Fried Chicken & Lazy Dogs: Reflections on North Carolina Life
Bill Thompson's hilarious and often-insightful essays Sweet Tea, Fried Chicken, and Lazy Dogs: Reflections on North Carolina Life celebrate small-town and rural life in North Carolina. Thompson introduces his anthology of anecdotes that will resonate with native North Carolinians and those who have adopted the ways of the Old North State. From food and farming to family and neighbors, Thompson's down-home roots bring humor and common sense into this delightful collection of true Tar Heel stories.

Orrin Pilkey
How to Read a North Carolina Beach: Bubble Holes, Barking Sands, and Rippled Runnels
What makes sea foam? What are those tiny sand volcanoes along the waterline? You'll find the answers to these questions and dozens more in the all-new comprehensive field guide to the state's beaches, How to Read a North Carolina Beach: Bubble Holes, Barking Sands, and Rippled Runnels which shows visitors how to decipher the mysteries of the beach and interpret clues to an ever-changing geological story. Author Orrin Pilkey discusses the large-scale processes, such as the composition and interaction of wind, waves, and sand, as well as smaller features, such as bubble holes, drift lines, and black sands that make up our Tar Heel coast. Take a walk on the beach with this coastal expert as he reveals some of the secrets and the science of the North Carolina shoreline.

Orin StarnStarn
Ishi's Brain
In his compelling new book, anthropologist Orin Starn delves into Ishi's Brain, charting his way into the Indian's world, and reassessing the man at the center of a life obscured by mythmaking and folklore: "Ishi, the museum curiosity, the last of his tribe, the explorer of a new world unknown to him, the man whose real Indian name remains a mystery today." Intrigued by Ishi the man, and by the legend of Ishi, and drawn into the world of modern Indians searching for their own meanings in the story of the last "wild" Indian, Starn's research, interviews and travels have produced a fascinating portrait that is balanced, nuanced and insightful. In this episode, Starn leads viewers on a journey through the evolution of the field of anthropology, from the early, invasive students of other cultures to present-day anthropologists are torn by the dilemma of how to approach and study a culture without invading it or altering it.

Karen Barker
Sweet Stuff: Karen Barker's American Desserts
Drawing on years of professional experience as well as memories of cooking and baking from her New York childhood, in her all-new recipe book, Sweet Stuff, Karen Barker starts with the fundamentals, offering advice on selecting key ingredients, suggestions for essential kitchen equipment, and even tips on ways to fit dessert-making into the busiest of schedules. As the award-winning co-owner of Durham's acclaimed Magnolia Grill, Barker shares the tastiest tricks of the trade and tempts your taste buds. In this mouth-watering special episode of Bookwatch, Barker reveals how she creates some of the signature delights that make Magnolia Grill one of the best-known restaurants in the Carolinas-and Gourmet Magazine's 11th best restaurant in the country.

Dr. Gerald Bell
The Carolina Way: Leadership Lessons From a Life in Coaching
Play together. Play hard. Play smart. Those three goals, which Coach Dean Smith taught all of his teams, are among the mantras he shares in his new book, The Carolina Way: Leadership Lessons From a Life in Coaching. In this episode,co-author Dr. Gerald Bell appears on North Carolina Bookwatch, to explain the ins and outs of Smith's legendary coaching philosophy and how anyone can apply it to team building and leadership challenges in business and in their personal lives. The experienced speaker and adjunct professor at UNC's Kenan-Flagler Business School shares how this all-new account from college's winningest coach can create ambitious, energetic, and loyal team players in us all.

BJ Mountford
Bloodlines of Shackleford Banks
Bloodlines of Shackleford Banks is the latest murder mystery set on the southern end of our Outer Bank from author B.J. Mountford. Mountford's fiction is full of history, ecology, weather, the pressures of tourism and development, veterinary science, pathology and North Carolina politics all of which are key to solving the otherwise unexplainable killings that take place during the roundup the Shackleford Banks' signature wild horses. In this episode, the Emerald Isle resident reveals how she creatively weaves a murder mystery into a historical fiction surrounding the Outer Banks' equine inhabitants.

John Shelton Reed
Minding the South
For more than thirty years John Shelton Reed has been "minding" the South—watching over it, providing commentary upon it. He is the author or editor of thirteen books about the South, and Reed has read widely and in depth about the South. His primary focus is upon Southerners' present-day culture and consciousness, but he knows that one must approach the South historically in order to understand the place and its people. Reed celebrates the South with a discussion of his latest book Minding the South on North Carolina Bookwatch. In this special episode, the Chapel Hill resident shares his wit, wisdom and Southern charm, never afraid to speak his mind, even when it comes to taking his beloved South to task and reveals how he has become known as one of the best "South watchers" there is.

Steven Sherrill
Visits from the Drowned Girl
Steve Sherrill’s latest novel, Visits from the Drowned Girl, introduces the reader to protagonist Benny Poteat, a maintenance worker on high who spends much of his life suspended above the community he serves—a voyeur from a unique vantage point who witnesses an event that will change his life forever. In this Halloween episode of North Carolina Bookwatch, author Steven Sherrill shares the secrets of Benny and his down home friends as they maneuver through the trials and travails of love, sex, friendship, art and he secrets of death.

Carl Ernst
Following Muhammad
Unlike many "Islam 101" books published since September 11, 2001, Following Muhammad avoids the traps of sensational political exposé and specialized scholarly Orientalism. With translations of selections from Islamic texts, some appearing in English for the first time, Ernst offers access to Muslim voices and key themes, particularly the central role of the Prophet Muhammad. Carl Ernst introduces readers to the profound spiritual resources of Islam found in his new book, while clarifying diversity and debate within the tradition. The UNC-Chapel Hill professor shares the contemporary importance of Islam in both its traditional settings and its new locations and provides a context for understanding extremist movements like fundamentalism.

John May
Poe & Fanny
Poe & Fanny is historical fiction revolving around one of the most famous and tragic figures in American literature—Edgar Allan Poe. Author John May brings New York's giddy pre-Civil War social scene into brilliant focus in this perfectly imagined novel of a doomed man and the great love that sealed his fate. John May shares how he breathes new life into the history, and the mystery, of this literary icon. Through the eyes of this Greensboro resident reveals the drama of this historical icon acted out against the backdrop of nineteenth-century New York's vibrant arthouse swirl.

Walter TurnerTurner
Paving Tobacco Road: A Century of Progress by the North Carolina Department of Transportation
In Walter Turner's new book Paving Tobacco Road: A Century of Progress by the North Carolina Department of Transportation, the North Carolina Transportation Museum historian traces the development of the agency responsible for the state's highways from its beginnings in 1915 as the North Carolina State Highway Commission through the first years of the 21 st century. Turner reveals the historical twists and turns of how North Carolina has maintained a reputation as the "The Good Roads State" since the 1920s. From the building of the Interstate 40 to the erection of the Blue Ridge Parkway, the Spencer historian identifies many of the leaders, both political and professional. who helped to create North Carolina's entire transportation network, making the Tar Heel State home to one of the nation's largest highway systems.

Sharyn McCrumb
Ghost Riders
North Carolina Bookwatch presents critically-acclaimed author Sharyn McCrumb whose Civil War chronicles set in the Southern mountains in her latest novel Ghost Riders, shares an extraordinary tale of the war that was fought farm-to-farm, neighbor-to-neighbor in the part of the South that never wanted to leave the union. In this one-on-one interview, the New York Times bestselling author reveals how she captured the horrors of a war that tore families apart, turned neighbors into enemies, and left the survivors bitter long after the fighting was officially over. In the process, McCrumb introduces a fascinating narrative, rich in historical detail that once again highlights her gift for story-telling and her love of the mountain South.

Clyde Edgerton
Lunch at the Piccadilly
With a hint of Southern charm, a dash of distinctive dialogue, and a whole lot of humor, North Carolina’s own Clyde Edgerton spoons up a healthy helping of old-timer fun in his latest book Lunch at the Piccadilly. The best-selling author discusses his eighth deliciously funny novel with host D.G. Martin on North Carolina Bookwatch, UNC-TV’s weekly literary series. During this special episode, Edgerton shares his sensitivity and sympathy for the challenges of aging through the ups and downs of his new novel’s nursing home residents at the Rosehaven Convalescent Center. Through the eyes of his middle-aged main character Carl Turnage, and his eccentric aunt, Rosehaven’s lively octogenarian Lil Olive, Edgerton takes us to Lunch at the Piccadilly with savvy, style, and an unabashed sense of humor.

Jim Early
The Best Tar Heel Barbecue: From Manteo to Murphy
North Carolina native Jim Early traveled to over 200 restaurants, from Murphy to Manteo, to find the best barbecue that the Tar Heel State has to offer. His journey to all 100 North Carolina counties in search of the pinnacle of pork perfection is documented in his all-new book The Best Tar Heel Barbecue: From Manteo to Murphy. The author shares his behind-the-scenes look at Tar Heel barbecue on the latest edition of UNC-TV’s literary series, North Carolina Bookwatch. In this mouth-watering episode, Early explains how an attorney from Winston-Salem turned his passion for all things pig into what musician David Holt has called “the barbecue bible for country gourmets.”