Meet the Author Tea – Lindsay Starck

Thursday, February 18, 2016
Refreshments: 3:30   Program: 4:00 – 5:00
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B
Free and open to the public

Lindsay Starck was born in Wisconsin and “raised in the Milwaukee Public Library.” She earned a BA in literature from Yale and a Masters’ in Fine Arts from Notre Dame University. She is working on a doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill studying transatlantic modernism with a focus on the formation of literary communities. She currently teaches Italian language courses and first-year composition and has led recitation sections in literature and film analysis.

Noah’s Winoahswifefe, Lindsay Starck’s debut novel is loosely based on the biblical story of Noah’s Ark. It is full of whimsy and gentle ironic humor, Noah’s Wife is a wise and poignant novel that draws upon the motifs of the biblical flood story to explore the true meaning of community, to examine the remarkable strength of the human spirit, and to ask whether hope can exist even where faith has been lost.

Just published in January 2016, the book has received many favorable reviews that cite beautiful writing, strong characters, humor and wisdom. One reviewer suggests we “read it while sitting under an umbrella.” Daniel Wallace, the author of Big Fish, and a recent Meet the Author guest says, “If I found out this book had been translated from French, I would learn French in order to be able to read it. I loved it.”

Kirkus Review says. ““Starck’s unusual, often charmingly phrased fable is constructed around the responses of a band of individuals to life’s unpredictable challenges. . . . Variously romantic, symbolic, philosophical, feminist, and fanciful, this is an atmospheric tale that meaLindsay Starcknders to a sweetly rousing conclusion. Forget the ark, forget the patriarch. It’s the women who tend to triumph in this modern take on an Old Testament parable.”

Mary McGarry Morris, internationally bestselling author tells us “Noah’s Wife may be a contemporary allegory, but Lindsay Starck is a classic storyteller dealing with human folly in the face of nature’s ungovernable force.  Her novel is an engrossing fusion of wisdom and beautiful writing.”

Lindsay Starck lives with her husband and their dog in Chapel Hill.

Meet the Author Tea – Piedmont Laureate Katy Munger

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

Katy Munger, a mystery fiction author, has been selected as the region’s 2016 Piedmont Laureate. In keeping with what is now an annual tradition of hosting the current laureate, Katy Munger will be our guest at the Friends of the Chapel Hill Public Library Meet the Author Tea on March 17.

Katy Munkaty_december-2014ger is a North Carolina-based author who has written 15 mystery novels since 1990 using several different pseudonyms. She is the author of the Dead Detective series, writing as Katy Munger and as Chaz McGee; the Casey Jones crime fiction series writing as Katy Munger; and the Hubbert & Lil mystery series, writing as Gallagher Gray. She is also a former book reviewer for The Washington Post and was a founding member of the mystery sub-genre known as Tart Noir.  Most recently, she helped found the Thalia Press Author’s Co-op, whose members just released a group novel entitled Beat, Slay, Love under the pseudonym Thalia Filbert.

Her mystery novels span the gamut of crime fiction from thoughtful with comic overtones, to humorous, semi-hardboiled to cozy with attitude approach.

Katy was born in Honolulu and comes from a large family – “six children, a live-in grandfather, dogs, birds and assorted parasites,” according to her website. She and her family moved to North Carolina in 1960 and lived for a while in Greensboro and then Raleigh. Her father was the longtime books editor at The News & Observer and her mother was an actress and political activist who took her children with her to protests and marches. Katy attended Broughton High School in Raleigh and graduated from the creative writing program at UNC-Chapel Hill. She lived in NYC for sixteen years beginning in 1980 where she worked on Wall Street and explored the night life in jazz bars and New Wave clubs. She began writing at age 30 under the pen name Gallagher Gray and hasn’t writing stopped since.

Katy moved back to North Carolina in 1996 and settled in Durham where she lives with her daughter, Zuzu Feller. She works at Duke as the Director of External Relations and Communications for the Duke University Talent Identification Program. She spends her spare time currently moving back and forth between fiction writing, political activism, spending time with her daughter and friends and traveling.

For more information about the Piedmont Laureate program, visit www.piedmontlaureate.com; Katy’s web site is www.katymunger.com

Meet the Author Tea – Damon Tweedy, M.D.

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

black_whiteDr. Damon Tweedy’s book, Black Man in a White Coat: A Doctor’s Reflections on Race and Medicine, is a New York Times bestseller and is on many “top ten” best book lists for 2015. It represents Dr. Tweedy’s passionate and profound memoir of his experience grappling with race, bias, and the unique health problems of black Americans.

Damon Tweedy attended a state college in Maryland because it offered the benefits of a full scholarship and an opportunity to play Division I basketball. He subsequently graduated from Duke Medical School and Yale Law School and has been in medical practice for 15 years.   He is an assistant professor of psychiatry at Duke University Medical Center and staff physician at the Durham VA Medical Center. He lives in the Raleigh-Durham area with his family.

The book follows his path from a working-class, church-going, abstinence-preaching family in Maryland to his entry as a medical student on scholarship at Duke where he feels underprepared in comparison to the privileged graduates of schools like Harvard and Yale.

The tone of the book is thoughtful and self-probing. He points out some statistics showing that blacks are more likely than other groups to suffer from heart disease, diabetes, stroke, kidney failure and cancer and his thoughts about what these facts mean in the challenges of everyday life. Damon Tweedy tells moving stories of the patients he meets and their reactions.

Dr. Tweedy has published articles about race and medicine in the Journal of the American Medical Association and the Annals of Internal Medicine as well as columns and opinion pieces in The New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Raleigh News & Observer, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.