Potato Peelings

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I’ll admit it. I am probably the last person in America to have read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. This 2008 blockbuster novel by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows has become the darling of book clubs everywhere for good reason. It’s a compelling historical novel (World War II era) in epistolary form. If you dislike novels …

Examining this life

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July 16 marks one year since I received my MFA degree. I’m not sure what I thought this first post-graduate year would be like. I assumed I’d whip out another book, write tons of essays and give a lot of readings for my first story collection that came out last August. I was half right. The book launch and promotion …

Farewell to Nora Ephron

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After learning that Nora Ephron has passed, I’m hesitant to write about any of my favorite writers. Twice now I’ve done that, and the writer has quickly passed. In January 2011, I paid tribute to Reynolds Price in one of my library columns and he died within a couple of weeks. Last week, my column about reading material for the …

Reading at “that certain age”

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I write a weekly column for Catawba County Library, where I spend my other half life. This week’s edition was so much fun to write, I want to share it here. One of this summer’s hot picks is the new Anna Quindlen memoir, Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake. Her quips and tell-it-like-it-is style will resonate with most women of …

Hotel manuscript, many stories

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So when’s your novel coming out? I’ve heard that question more times than I care to count. My answer: one step at a time. To write a novel is to run the marathon, devote countless hours slogging away through draft after draft, learning to live with characters you may or may not like, living in a place that may feel …

In search of nature’s trinkets

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I spent two years studying fiction and have spent the past year focused on essays. I’m “following my muse,” as they say, and for now, personal essays are center stage. Connecting dots, exploring themes, thinking hard about past events and how they relate to other events, people and places are bubbling to the surface. A few weeks ago, I visited …

Hats off to Goliath

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It’s not every day that a major New York press launches a book in Catawba County, so tomorrow may be a first. Novelist Susan Woodring of Drexel, NC, will unveil Goliath, from St. Martin’s Press at 6:30 p.m. April 24 at Conover Branch Library. Conover is part of the Catawba County Library system, where I work. I’m excited to introduce …

Among the “Road Scholars”

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It’s official. As of this week, the North Carolina Humanities Council has me listed on their speaker’s bureau website as one of their Road Scholars. I’m honored to be among the more than 70 North Carolinians who are able and willing to speak to nonprofit public groups about various aspects of the humanities–from literature to history, arts, drama, music and …

A full-circle tour

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Thanks to everyone to turned out at my readings and supported my first book tour to Virginia, Pennsylvania and Delaware. It was exciting to read as part of a short story panel at the Virginia Festival for the Book. This event, in its 18th year, is the largest in the region, drawing thousands of readers and select writers to share …