June in the Book Store

The Mystery Bag sale is officially over, and a new sale begins.  Thanks to all who stocked up!

In keeping with the theme of summer reading and travel and packing light, mass market paperbacks are 50 cents each and all soft covers are $2.00 each.  We have also brought in a cart of travel books to the Store.  These are in addition to the ones on the regular travel shelf (facing the outside window at the back of the Store).  Books are priced as marked unless they are soft cover which makes them $2.00.

There is still a display of gardening books on the credenza, priced as marked.

Meet the Author Tea — Diane Chamberlain

Thursday, May 19, 2016
Refreshments: 3:30   Program: 4:00 – 5:00
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B
Free and open to the public

Diane Chamberlain is the best-selling author of 24 novels published in more than 20 languages.  Her newest book, Pretending to Dance, was published in fall 2015.  The novel is about adopting a baby and having to confront a hidden past.  It’s set in North Carolina.

PretendingtoDancecover-thumbDiane grew up in Plainfield NJ and spent summers on the Jersey shore with her sister, who is seven years older and whom she regards as her hero and the inspiration for an important character in her new book.  She describes her childhood self as an insatiable reader who began writing early.  She had written a number of what she says were “truly terrible” novellas by the age of 12.

During all the time when she was going to school and working as a youth counselor in specialized agencies and in hospitals, she was writing.  She even took a short course in fiction writing but mostly she says she “learned by doing.”  She has written short stories, articles, and television scripts but her efforts have mostly focused on book-length fiction.  Her themes involve relationships – between men and women, parents and children, sisters and brothers.

For more information, see the author’s web site.

Meet the Author Tea — Allan Gurganus

Thursday, April 21, 2016
Refreshments: 3:30   Program: 4:00 – 5:00
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B
Free and open to the public

The Friends Annual Membership Meeting will be held from 2:45-3:30.

Allan Gurganus is well known locally, nationally and internationally.  He has been described as “the rightful heir to Faulkner and Welty,” and “one of our essential comic writers.”

p_allan_bioHis best known book, Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All, became an instant classic, spent eight months on the New York Times best seller list and has been translated into 12 languages selling over two million copies.  He received the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters for it.

He will be sharing with us his brand new novel in progress, The Erotic History of a Country Baptist Church, which is the second in his Falls Trilogy that started with Oldest Living Confederate Widow Tells All.

For more, see the author’s web site.

Banned Books Week 2015

Collect Banned Books Week Trading Cards

Have a set of 2015 or 2014 Banned Books Week Trading Cards (2013 cards are sold out) sent to your home. Cost is $7.00 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 27 – October 3, 2015, and the Chapel Hill Public Library has celebrated with the third 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.


This year the Library has received a grant from the Judith F. Krug Memorial Fund at the Freedom to Read Foundation which will allow it to take Banned Books statewide.  CHPL is one of only six libraries nationwide to receive an award this year, and the only one to win more than $1,000. The $1,500 grant allows CHPL to work with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Civic Education Consortium to develop a curriculum associated with Banned Books Week.  The Consortium will create the curriculum and make it available to educators; the Library has printed an additional 5,000 sets of trading cards and makes them freely available to classrooms across North Carolina.

The Banned Books Trading Cards receive annual support from the Friends of CHPL and the CHPL Foundation.