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Summer Sonnets: Poetry by Mimi Herman

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The Friends of the Orange County Public Library are pleased to host 2017 Piedmont Laureate Mimi Herman for a reading of her poetry followed by a brief reception on August 30, 2017, from 6-7:30 p.m., in the meeting room of the main branch of the Library.

Mimi Herman is the 2017 Piedmont Laureate, a Kennedy Center teaching artist, and the author of Logophilia and The Art of Learning. Her writing has appeared in Michigan Quarterly Review, Shenandoah, Crab Orchard Review, The Carolina Quarterly, The Hollins Critic, and other journals. She has performed her poetry and fiction at venues ranging from Why There Are Words in Sausalito, California, to Symphony Space in New York City. With her partner, John Yewell, she offers Writeaways retreats for writers in France, Italy, and North Carolina. Mimi does her own carpentry and plumbing, and can milk a cow and a goat, though not at the same time.

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Summer Learning: The Best of Nonfiction

Local author panel: Monday, June 12, 6:30-7:30 p.m., in the Meeting Room of the Main Library

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A lot of people associate summer reading with romances and thrillers. But what if your idea of a good summer read is a nonfiction book on science, history, or culture? Join a panel of five local authors for a discussion of their picks for the best nonfiction books to take along on a vacation.

About the authors:

James Maxey: A Piedmont Laureate Emeritus, James is the author of numerous science fiction and fantasy novels, including the bestselling Bitterwood series.

Suzanne Adair: Award-winning novelist Suzanne Adair is a Florida native who lives in North Carolina. Her mysteries transport readers to the Southern theater of the American Revolution, where she brings historic towns, battles, and people to life. She fuels her creativity with Revolutionary War reenacting and visits to historic sites. When she’s not writing, she enjoys cooking, dancing, and hiking.

Elizabeth Hein: Elizabeth writes women’s fiction with a bit of an edge. Her novels explore the role of friendship in the lives of adult women and issues of identity. Her novel, How To Climb The Eiffel Tower, explores the role of friendship in one woman’s journey through cancer. Overlook and Escape Plan explore how friendship can lift a woman up, as well as hold her down.

F. A. Fisher: A Michigan native, F. A. Fisher has lived in Greensboro, NC, for the past thirty-two years. He has been employed as a library assistant, legal copy editor, and software designer, but has recently started to work more seriously on his writing, publishing two books: Cloaks and its sequel, Pandir Decloaked. A third book in the series is in progress.

Gray Rinehart: Gray is the only person to have commanded an Air Force satellite tracking station, written speeches for presidential appointees, and had music on the Dr. Demento Show. His short fiction has appeared in Analog Science Fiction & Fact, Asimov’s Science Fiction, and other venues; his first novel is forthcoming from WordFire Press. In addition, he is a contributing editor (the “Slushmaster General”) for Baen Books and a singer-songwriter with two albums of mostly science fiction- and fantasy-inspired music.

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Summer Learning at the Orange County Public Library

Summer Learning 1 pagerSummer is fast approaching, and that means it’s time for Summer Learning at the Orange County Public Library! This year’s theme is “Build a Better World,” and the Friends are proud to sponsor many fun and engaging activities at the Library over the summer, for learners of all ages. It all kicks off Saturday, June 3, beginning with a 5K walk and fun run on the Riverwalk at 8 a.m. Then head over to the library from 9 a.m. to noon for a sign-up registration party, with activities for kids, folk music, snoballs, and more.

Over the summer, you can enjoy local author panels, family yoga, an ice cream social, and National Dance Day. Read great books, of course, and find out how you can make a difference in your community and library by volunteering. For more information, visit the library’s website.

The Friends will sponsor two author panels over the summer, so mark your calendars:

  • Monday, June 12, 6:30 p.m. — Summer Learning Discussion: A panel of local authors recommend nonfiction favorites to rev up your summer learning.
  •  Saturday, July 8, 1:00 p.m. — Summer Loving Discussion: A panel of local authors share their best-loved stories just in time for vacation reading.

Stay tuned for other exciting events that the Friends have planned for the summer! And thank you for being a Friend.

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Book Launch Party: Change of Life by Samantha Bryant

The Friends is happy to sponsor the launch party for local author Samantha Bryant’s new novel, Change of Life, on May 1 at 3 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the main branch of the Orange County Public Library. Change of Life is the second installment in Samantha’s Menopausal Superhero trilogy.

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With great power comes…great frustration.
Several months after the events of Going Through the Change, retired corporate vice president (and occasional lizard-woman) Patricia O’Neill is embroiled in a search for the mad scientist who brought the “change” upon them all .

Meanwhile, Flygirl Jessica Roark and gender-bending strongman Linda/Leonel Alvarez have joined a mysterious covert agency known only as The Department. They’re training hard, in hopes of using their newfound powers for the greater good.

Patricia thinks they’re being used. Cut off from the other menopausal heroes, she’s alone. And her search has hit a serious dead end.

Then Patricia disappears, and all the clues point to a dead man. It’s up to her friends and The Department to find her and bring her home.

Please join us!

 

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Writers for Readers Book & Author Event

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Tuesday, April 5, 7:00 p.m., The Friday Center, Chapel Hill

This year the Writers for Readers Book and Author Event, sponsored by Orange Literacy, features mystery writers Sandra Brown (author of Friction), Tim Johnston (author of Descent), Julia Dahl (author of Run You Down), and Michael Malone (author of Handling Sin). The event is moderated by Daniel Wallace. 

Event tickets  $20 and  VIP tickets are $125. The VIP ticket includes the Meet the Author reception and main event, a copy of one of the author’s books, and priority seating at the event. Visit OrangeLiteracy.org to purchase tickets.

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Spring Book Sale Weekend

FEBRUARY 25-28, 2016 ~ SPRING BOOK SALE WEEKEND

*Special Friends Discount*

Wed, Feb. 24, 5:30 – 7:30 pm | Friends members receive 15% off
Antonia’s Restaurant, 101 N. Churton St., Hillsborough NC 27278

Thursday, Feb. 25, 5:30 – 7:30 pm | Kick-Off Reception                
Early bird shopping for Friends members! Light appetizers and music.

Friday, Feb. 26, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm | Open to the Public Book Sale
Hardbacks – $2 | Paperbacks, DVDs, Media – $1 | Children’s books – 50¢                            

Saturday, Feb. 27, 9:30 am – 5:30 pm | Open to the Public Book Sale
Hardbacks – $2 | Paperbacks, DVDs, Media – $1 | Children’s books – 50¢

Local Author Panel | 2:00 – 3:00 pm
Thrifty Lit: Homage to Library Book Sales
Hosted by James Maxey, author of Bitterwood and several other novels; Samantha Bryant, author of the Menopausal Superhero series; and Katy Munger, 2016 Piedmont Laureate. Upstairs in the Library Living Room.

Sunday, Feb. 28, Noon – 4:00 pm | Open To the Public Book Sale
Bag Sale: $5

Local Author Reading | 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Rosetta Austin Moore
Author of The Impact of Slavery on the Education of Blacks in Orange County, North Carolina. Upstairs in the Library Living Room

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Spring Book Sale!

6a00d8341fdff053ef014e872b9959970d-800wiSave the date! The Friends of the Orange County Public Library’s Spring Book Sale will be held February 26, 2016 to February 28, 2016.

This year we will have a special kick-off reception for Friends members only on Thursday, February 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Early bird shopping, appetizers, music, and socializing.

We will also host two local author events during the book sale. Stay tuned for more details.

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