Meet the Publisher – Eno Publishers

Thursday, March 15, 2018
Refreshments: 3:30    Program: 4:00 – 5:00pm
Chapel Hill Public Library, Room B
Free and open to the public

The Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library invites you to meet and learn about our nearby neighbors to the north.   Eno Publishers will be represented by Elizabeth Woodman, Laura Lacy, Callie Connor and Stewart Dunaway.  Located in Hillsborough, Eno is a nonprofit organization dedicated to producing high-quality books about the culture and history of the Carolinas and the South.

They will be talking about their newest book, Hidden Hillsborough; Historic Dependencies and Landscapes in a Small Southern Town.  The book began as a project of the Preservation Fund of Hillsborough.  It includes remarkable photographs by Elizabeth Matheson and maps by Stewart Dunaway, a researcher in North Carolina colonial and Revolutionary War history who photographs and transcribes original records from the State Archives and publishes them in book form.  He has published 203 titles.

Eno Publishers may be most familiar to Chapel Hill for the book  27 Views of Chapel Hill, A Southern University Town in Prose & Poetry.  This is one of a series which includes Wilmington, Greensboro, Charlotte, Raleigh, Durham, Asheville and Hillsborough.  The Chapel Hill book has an introduction by Daniel Wallace, who also did the cover art.

Eno Publishers has also produced three books about Elizabeth Hobbs Keckley, a former slave who became a successful seamstress, civil activist and author in Washington DC at the time of the civil war.  She was dressmaker, friend and confidant of Mary Todd Lincoln.  Keckley is quoted many times in the recent book, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.  Eno has also published books on rain gardening, trout fishing and Carolina cooking.

Eno incorporated as a 501(c)3 nonprofit in 2008.  Its location in Hillsborough is appropriate given the many celebrated authors who make their home there.  These include, to mention only a few, Lee Smith, Allan Gurganus, Jill McCorkle, David Payne.  The name of the publishing company comes from the beautiful Eno River, which winds through this colonial town settled more than 700 years ago.

Meet the Author Tea – Azadeh & Mark Perry

Chapel Hill Public Library Meeting Room B
Thursday March 29 5:00-6:15pm
Free and open to the public


It is one thing to read headlines about the horrors of what has gone on in Iran and what religious persecution means.  It is quite another to hear about it from someone who has been there and known the people who inspired those international headlines.  It is an eye and mind opening experience to learn how those headlines actually affected the people who were involved.

The authors of Our Friend Mona are a husband and wife who live in Chapel Hill and work at UNC.  Azadeh Rohanian Perry is the Business Services Coordinator in the UNC School of Dentistry in the Pediatric Department.  Her husband, Mark Perry, is a playwright who teaches in UNC’s Department of Dramatic Art.

Azadeh, a name meaning “freedom” in the Persian language (Farsi), was a close friend of Mona’s when both girls were growing up in Shiraz, one of the most beautiful cities in Iran.  Azadeh’s family moved when she was 16 and after that she dreamed repeatedly of people who suffered and died for their faith.

Our Friend Mona, is set in Iran and provides insight into the Bahá’í Faith and the campaign of persecution of this religion in Iran where the highest concentration of Bahá’í live.  Using interviews and Mona’s mother’s written account, Azadeh and Mark tell the story of the events in the short life of Mona.  The subtitle of the book is The Remarkable Life of a Young Martyr.  Mark is also the author of a play about Mona called A New Dress for Mona (Drama Circle, 2015).

The story of sixteen-year-old Mona takes place between 1979 and 1983 following the 1979 Islamic Revolution when Iran became an Islamic Republic.  During the aftermath of the revolution, Bahá’í leaders and whole families were arrested.  Mona’s father was executed; her mother, and she herself were imprisoned and charged with being international spies.  On June 18, 1983, ten women were executed after failing to recant their faith.  Mona was the youngest at 16.  News media around the world reported the ill-treatment, confiscation of property and executions.  Many governments including our own condemned Iran’s behavior.  The United Nations made a resolution in support of the Bahá’í.