Meet the Author — D. G. Martin

Thursday, October 20, 2016
Refreshments: 3:30   Program: 4:00 – 5:00
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B
Free and open to the public

D.G. Martin is well known to thousands of Tar Heels as the genial host of UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch which he has hosted since 1999.  He is the author of Interstate Eateries, a guide to restaurants in North Carolina.  His newest book, North Carolina Roadside Eatemartin_eateriesries, is a follow-up based on a personal tour of more than 100 notable eating spots in the state. These are not only places to eat but are fixtures of their communities.

D.G. (David Grier) Martin is a retired lawyer, politician, and university administrator. In addition to his weekly newspaper column, he writes for  He is a frequent contributor to Our State magazine and has participated in many other UNC-TV productions. He currently shares “A Page from D.G. Martin’s Notebook” on WCHL radio in Chapel Hill on a weekly basis.

He grew up in Davidson, NC where his father served as President of Davidson College.  D.G. attended Davidson and played on the basketball team.  He then served a stint in the US Army Special Forces as a Green Beret before completing a law degree at Yale and returning to the North Carolina to practice law and politics.dg_martin

He has been the Vice Chancellor for Development and University Affairs at UNC-Pembroke and at NC Central University.  He served as a Director for the Trust for Public Lands and the NC Clean Water Management Trust Fund.  He has held leadership roles at Davidson College, the YMCA, United Way, and the National Conference for Christians and Jews.

In the Book Store

Book sale–see below–good through October or while supplies last.

Also – Banned Book Trading Cards for 2016 are available for sale in the Book Store starting October 3 for $7 a deck.  Previous years’ cards are also available for $5 a deck.  It’s a great time to start a collection of these amazing mini-stories to share with everyone you know.


Banned Books Week 2016

Collect Banned Books Week Trading Cards

Have a set of 2016,  2015, or 2014 Banned Books Week Trading Cards (2013 cards are sold out) sent to your home. Cost is $5.00 plus $2.95 shipping. Use the order link below. Click Add to Cart.

Trading Cards

The cards are also available for purchase in the Friends Book Store.

Back and Bigger than Ever

Banned Books Week is September 25 – October 1, 2016, and the Chapel Hill Public Librharry-potterary has celebrated with the fourth set of Banned Books Week Trading Cards.

“The Banned Books Trading Cards project grows in popularity each year,” says Library Director Susan Brown.  “While the cards showcase great local artists, the message of the project – celebrating the freedom to read – is universal. We have shipped cards all over the county and the world and the project has been featured in local, state, and national media outlets.”

Once again artists from Orange, Durham, Wake, Chatham, and Alamance counties were encouraged to submit small scale works that are in some way inspired by a banned or challenged book or author. A jury selected seven pieces that were printed as a series of trading cards.  See the Library’s Banned Books Week page.

The Banned Books Trading Cards receives annual support from the Friends of CHPL.

Meet the Author — Henry Petroski

Thursday, November 17, 2016
Refreshments: 3:30   Program: 4:00 – 5:00
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B
Free and open to the public

Henry Petroski is the author of an impressive shelf of books, all of them engaging and enlightening.  His books detail the fascinating story of how everyday things work…and why they sometimes fail.

Dr. Petroski holds a chaired professorship of civil engineering from Duke with a secondary appointment as a professor of history.  His petroskidoctorate is from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  He was born in Brooklyn and received a bachelor’s degree from Manhattan College.  He writes a regular column for The American Scientist and occasional pieces for The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.  He lectures widely and is frequently interviewed on radio and television and recently appeared on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show.    He has received many academic honors including several honorary doctorates.

His most recent book, The Road Taken, tells the story of our nation’s roads, bridges, water systems and public transit.  Dr. Petroski provides a history of the humpetroski_roadan choices and negotiations that helped to form these in the shapes now familiar to us.  The book includes old photographs including one of a 1920s art deco-style traffic signal tower in New York City and many anecdotes.  The title comes from Robert Frost’s poem, The Road Not Taken and chapter headings include poem fragments.

His first book, To Engineer is Human: the Role of Failure in Successful Design, was a best seller when it came out in 1985.  Since that time, he has steadily produced books on topics as mundane as The Pencil and the Toothpick.   All of his books focus on the importance of good design, wise choices, and the role of engineers in creating our built environment.