Local Author Book Fair September 26-28

The Friends of the Orange County Public Library are proud to present our second annual

Saturday, September 28, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Orange County Public Library 
Our featured authors this year will be Jill McCorkle and A. J. Mayhew. Both authors will be signing books. We will also have readings by this year’s Piedmont Laureate David Menconi, Hillsborough Poet Laureate Dee Stribling, Stephen Petrow, Erika Shearin Karres, special children’s book readings, and many, many more!
All authors’ books will be available for purchase at the Fair. Thank you to Purple Crow Books for selling books at this event.

We will also be holding additional readings: 
Thursday evening, September 26, 6:30-8:00 p.m., at Yonder on King Street
Friday evening, September 27, 7:00-8:30 p.m., in the Library Meeting Room
We hope you will all plan to turn out and celebrate Orange County authors. A full schedule of readings follows.
Note: All times and authors subject to change.
Thursday 9-26 — “Noir at the Bar” event — Yonder on King Street — 6:30pm-8:00pm
The exact order of readings will be announced later. This is a recurring event at Yonder, and Book Fair authors will be featured along with some of their other readers: J. G. Heatherton, Suzanne Adair, Thomas Fenske, Eryk Pruitt, and James Maxey.
Friday 9-27 — Last Friday “Mystery & Wonder” readings — Library Meeting Room — 7:00pm-8:30pm
Melissa Bourbon / Winnie Archer
J. S. Emuakpor
Diane Kelly
James Maxey
Samantha Bryant
Celeste Shirecliffe
Saturday 9-28, Local Author Book Fair
10 AM
David Menconi, Piedmont Laureate  — No signing
10:30 AM
Dee Stribling, Hillsborough Poet Laureate
11 AM
Jill McCorkle  — Signing 11:30-12:30
11:30 AM
A. J. Mayhew  — Signing Noon-1:00
Steven Petrow  — Signing 12:30-1:30
12:30 PM
Erika Shearin Karres  — Signing 11-12
1:00 PM
Eryk Pruitt
1:20 PM
Donna D. Vitucci
1:40 PM 
Elizabeth Hein
2:00 PM
Peter Guzzardi
2:20 PM
Tamara J Aycock
2:40 PM
Alexis Thomas
3:00 PM
Emily Buehler
3:20 PM
Morrow Dowdle
3:40 PM
Bonnie Kirk
Children’s readings
Max Dowdle
Shannon Fitzgerald
Clay Carmichael

Hillsborough Local Book Fair Schedule of Events

The Friends of the Orange County Public Library present the Hillsborough Local Authors Book Fair on Saturday, November 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., hosted in the Main Branch of the Orange County Public Library. Shop “Small Business” Saturday and support our great local authors and bookstore. For more information, visit our Facebook Event page.

Here is the full list of readings that will be presented upstairs in the Library:

10 a.m. – 11 a.m.   Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green will give the keynote address.

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.   Barbara Claypole White, Morrow Dowdle, Carol Strickland, Samantha Bryant, Emily Beuhler, and Anne Anthony will read for 10 minutes each.

12 p.m. – 1 p.m.     Lee Smith will read for one hour.

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.       Anna Jean Mayhew will read for one hour.

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.       Laine Cunningham, Pam Baggett, Dori Anne Dupre, Elizabeth Hein, Harry Kavros, and Nancy Haines will read for 10 minutes each.

3 p.m. – 4 p.m.       2018 Piedmont Laureate Nancy Peacock will read for one hour.

These readings will be presented downstairs in the children’s area:

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.  Piedmont Laureate Emeritus John Claude Bemis

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.     Graphic novelist Max Dowdle

The Sales Area  (in the Meeting Room) will be open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The following special signings will be held in the Sales Area:

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Alan Gurganis

1 p.m. – 2 p.m.     Lee Smith

2 p.m. – 3 p.m.     Anna Jean Mayhew

Most other authors will be available all day for signings.

A reception will be held for authors and the general public from 4 p.m. – 5 p.m. in the meeting room. Light refreshments will be served.

Fall Events: Friends of Orange County Public Library

The Friends of the Orange County Public Library has an exciting slate of events planned for this fall. Please save the dates!

Real-Life Ghost Stories
Friday, October 26, 7 p.m. on the lawn of the Burwell School in Hillsborough
This is a continuation of our popular event from last year and will get you in a Halloween mood. Fun for kids! Bring a chair or blanket to sit on.
Fall Book Sale
We’re adding an extra day to the book sale! 
Friends members only preview: Wednesday, November 7, 4-7:30 p.m.
Public book sale: Thursday, November 8, to Sunday, November 11, open 1/2 hour after library opening, close 1/2 hour before library closing
We need volunteers to work the book sale! Look for a signup sheet to be posted soon or email focplnc@gmail.com if you’re interested.
NEW: Local Author Book Fair
Saturday, November 24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
This is a brand-new and very exciting event! Twenty-plus local authors will be on hand all day to do readings and sign books. “Shop Small Saturday” and stock up on books from local authors and Purple Crow Books for Christmas gifts.
Special author guests include:
  • North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green — keynote reading at 10 a.m. upstairs in the main branch of the library
  • Lee Smith
  • Alan Gurganis
  • A. J. Mayhew
  • John Claude Bemis
  • AND many more!
We need volunteers for this special event! Volunteers are needed to organize and plan this event, publicize the event, help set up and break down, introduce author readings, assist authors with readings and signings, assist Purple Crow Books with sales, recruit Friends members, and more. This is a great opportunity to meet local authors and help the Friends. If you can volunteer or if you have questions, please email focplnc@gmail.com.
Annual Meeting
Saturday, December 1, 10 a.m., Meeting Room of the Orange County Public Library
This will be a business meeting. We will review the year and elect a new Board of Directors. Initial 2019 Board meeting will immediately follow.

Friends of the Orange County Public Library Annual Garden Party

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You’re invited to join the Friends of the Orange County Public Library for their annual Garden Party Saturday, May 19, 3pm to 6pm.

Hosted by:
Harry & Peregrine Kavros, Hyacinth Farm
1311 Lawrence Road, Hillsborough, NC
This social event is free in appreciation of our Friends members, Orange County Public Library staff, and their families. We will have the guest local authors, refreshments, items for auction, and activities for the kids.

Reading and Reception for Nancy Peacock, Piedmont Laureate


The Friends of the Orange County Public Library welcomes Nancy Peacock, 2018 Piedmont Laureate. The public is invited to a reading and reception Monday, February 26, 7-8 p.m., in the meeting room of the Main Branch of the Orange County Public Library in Hillsborough, North Carolina.

Nancy Peacock has been writing since fourth grade. She is largely self-taught and well- mentored. She is the author of the novels Life Without Water (chosen as a New York Times Notable Book), Home Across the Road, and The Life and Times of Persimmon Wilson, as well as the memoir and “writing-in-the-real-world” guide A Broom of One’s Own: Words on Writing, Housecleaning, and Life.

Nancy runs writing workshops and retreats for women. Her free Prompt Writing Class has been active since 2003 and continues to gain in popularity. Nancy believes that telling stories, our own and those we invent, is a human right that we must all claim to heal our hurt world.

For more information about Nancy’s writing, visit her website: www.nancypeacockbooks.com.

Writers for Readers 2018: Dish–Exploring Life Through Food

Thursday, February 22, 2018
The Blue Zone at Kenan Stadium

Lively discussion featuring renowned food writers with appetizers and drinks.

Come and share the insights and recipes of leading chefs and renowned food writers as they explore how the production, preparation, and consumption of food bring meaning to our lives.

Local chefs Andrea Reusing of Lantern and Bill Smith of Crooks Corner will be joined by food memoirists Kim Sunée and Jessica Harris to discuss how food binds families, defines identities, and marks the milestones—happy and sad—of our lives.

Moderated by novelist and UNC Professor of English  and Comparative Literature Randall Kenan, the discussion will be lively and entertaining.

Tickets are $100 per person. Drinks and appetizers included. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit Orange Literacy.

Download the flyer (PDF).

October Discounts and Events

As an incentive for our members, we are pleased to announce two discounts at local merchants for Friends members only in October.

On Thursday evenings–October 5, 12, and 26–Antonia’s in downtown Hillsborough will offer a 10 percent discount to all diners who present a Friends membership card. And throughout the month, the Hillsborough Wine Company will offer a 15 percent discount on all items except sale items to customers with a Friends membership card. If you have joined or renewed your membership for 2017 but have not received your membership card, contact Susan Vreeland (susanvreeland@gmail.com). Please come out and support these great local businesses all month long.

Also on Friday, October 27, the Friends will host Real-Life Ghost Stories. This special event will be held on the front lawn of the Burwell School Historic Site, 319 N Churton St, Hillsborough, from 7-8 p.m. Local authors, including John Claude Bemis, James Maxey, and Samantha Bryant, will share their true spooky tales, and Gray Rinehart will sing some ghostly tunes. Don’t forget your lawn chair!

Summer Sonnets: Poetry by Mimi Herman


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.

Summer Loving: Discover the Greatest Love Stories to Read This Summer


Saturday, July 8, 1-2 pm, in the Meeting Room at the Main Library: A panel of local authors recommends the greatest love stories to read this summer at this event sponsored by the Friends of the Orange County Public Library.

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.

Samantha Bryant is a middle school Spanish teacher by day and a mom and novelist by night. That makes her a superhero all the time. Her secret super power is finding lost things. She’s the author of The Menopausal Superhero series and other feminist-leaning speculative fiction.

Barbara Claypole White writes hopeful family drama with a healthy dose of mental illness. Her debut, The Unfinished Garden, won the 2013 Golden Quill for Best First Book, The In-Between Hour was a 2014 Southern Independent Booksellers Okra Pick, The Perfect Son was a Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee for Best Fiction 2015, and Echoes of Family is a finalist in the Women’s Fiction Writers Association 2017 Star Award. Her latest book, The Promise Between Us, is set in the Triangle and has a publication date of January 2018. She is also an OCD Advocate for the A2A Alliance, a nonprofit group that promotes advocacy over adversity.

Anna Jean (A. J.) Mayhew’s first novel, The Dry Grass of August—now in its twelfth printing—won the Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction, and was a finalist for the Book Award from the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance. A Blackstone Audio book was followed by French, Italian, Turkish, Polish, Norwegian, and Flemish translations. Her second novel, Tomorrow’s Bread, will be published in spring of 2019. An excerpt is in 27 Views of Charlotte: The Queen City in Prose and Poetry.

Based in Durham, Nathan Kotecki is the author of the young adult novels The Suburban Strange and Pull Down the Night, both published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Currently he is enrolled in the Master of Fine Arts (Fiction) program at North Carolina State University. This summer he is teaching workshops for young writers at the Duke School and the Chapel Hill Public Library.

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


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.