Bland Simpson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at UNC, is a man of many talents with a long and prolific career. He has a number of books to his credit often focused on the beauty of the North Carolina coastal plain and enhanced by the beautiful photographs taken by Ann Cary Simpson. The Simpsons will join us and share material from their most recent book, Little Rivers and Waterway Tales, published by the UNC Press.
Bland Simpson is also known for his fine baritone voice, his skill in piano playing, and in the many songs he has written. He performs solo and also frequently appears with the Red Clay Ramblers, a Carolina string band that has been around for 44 years. Their performances include old time mountain music, bluegrass, country rock, New Orleans jazz, gospel and American musicals.
Ann Cary Simpson is a consultant with Moss and Ross of Durham, a company that assists non-profit organizations in a variety of ways. She has recently worked with NC Catch, a nonprofit group supporting fishermen and local seafood.
In the book, Little Rivers and Waterway Tales, Simpson with his wife and collaborator Ann tell the stories of the people and communities who live and work in North Carolina’s sound country where the web of rivers flow into the Atlantic Ocean. The book is a travelogue, a history lesson and a call for conservation. It includes nearly sixty of Ann Simpson’s stunning photographs and joins their two previous works, Into the Sound Country and The Inner Island in documenting eastern Carolina’s particular beauty. Little Rivers has been called “a love letter to North Carolina.”
The Friends’ book discussion group Books Sandwiched In is beginning a new season. The series is organized by Nancy Dixon, and a variety of participant volunteers lead specific discussions. The group meets on first Wednesdays from 12:30 to 1:30 usually in room C (check the Friends calendar for any changes). The Library has multiple copies of these books for borrowing. All are welcome–bring a sandwich if you wish.
Aug 3, 2016 – Being Mortal by Atul Gawande – Freshman Read
Sept 7 – Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson – Banned Books Week
Oct 5 – The Turner House by Angela Flournoy
Nov 2 – Yes, Chef: A Memoir by Marcus Samuelsson
Dec 7 – Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
Jan – No meeting
Feb 1, 2017 – The Little Red Guard: A Family Memoir by Wenguang Huang
Mar 1 – Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights: A Novel by Salman Rushdie
Apr 5 – The Little Girl Who Fought the Great Depression: Shirley Temple and the
1930’s America by John Kasson
May 3 – Some Luck by Jane Smiley
June 7 – The Wright Brothers by David McCullough
The events calendar listings have a brief summary for each book.
Thursday, August 25, 2016
Refreshments: 3:30 Program: 4:00 – 5:00
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B
Free and open to the public
Talia Sherer is the Director of Library Marketing for Macmillan and in this role coordinates the library marketing activities of all Macmillan’s adult publishers, which include St. Martin’s Press, Henry Holt, Tor/Forge, Minotaur, Picador, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, and Flatiron Books.
She will spend an hour talking about some of Macmillan’s forthcoming and recently published titles, even including some new picture books and middle grade and young adult books, although her emphasis will be on titles for adults.
Talia Ross Sherer joined Macmillan shortly after receiving her BA from Barnard College. She was named one of Publisher’s Weekly’s rising stars in 2008, the year she married John Sherer, who became Director of UNC Press in 2012. She was also named a 2010 Library Journal Mover and Shaker. In speaking about what makes her great at what she does – traveling around the United States reaching out to librarians at nationwide conferences and small-town library staff meetings – she spoke of her own delight in reading and her love of libraries where “everyone is welcome.”
Among the interesting facts about Macmillan, you may be interested to learn that it is the sole tenant of one of the most recognizable buildings in the world – the Flatiron Building in New York City.