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Wonderland Book Club - AJ Mayhew, "Dry Grass of August" (novel)

Join us on the last Friday of every month from 10:00 am to 12:00 p.m. at Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Drive, Suite 106, Raleigh, NC 27609. It is just south of 440 off of Six Forks Road.

Join us for July’s Wonderland Book Club as Charlotte-born author A.J. (Anna Jean) Mayhew joins us for our discussion of her debut novel, The Dry Grass of August. On a scorching day in August 1954, thirteen-year-old Jubie Watts leaves Charlotte, North Carolina, with her family for a Florida vacation. Crammed into the Packard along with Jubie are her three siblings, her mother, and the family's black maid, Mary Luther. Jubie takes note of the anti-integration signs they pass and of the racial tension that builds as they journey further south. But she could never have predicted the shocking turn their trip will take. More information about ordering the book and book club discussion questions are at

Many of us read fiction like writers, so this group is especially attuned to aspiring writers who want to know more about the craft of writing. The books we chose are all available in paperback and can be found at the library in print or audio.

The Wonderland Book Club is sponsored by the North Carolina Writers' Network (NCWN)

You can find the book here:

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  • Jorge C.

    As usual, and more than that, a great meeting. Also, a unique opportunity to peek into the creative work of a sensitive writer--the rich life that permeates her book, the book's genesis, and the struggles trying to take it from vision to paperback. For those that have not yet managed to attend Wonderland, and have it in a To-Do list, don't miss future meetings. Please do come and join this wonderful group of sharing writers and visiting authors.

    1 · July 26, 2014

    • Alice Osborn, W.

      Thank you, Jorge--you are so eloquent about Wonderland--it keeps getting better and better. If you are an aspiring writer, this is the place to be--for just a two hour investment of your time! See you soon~Alice

      August 1, 2014

  • Sharon L. B.

    So sorry I wasn't able to attend. I really enjoyed A.J.'s book and would have liked to meet her. My car has a flat tire. Waiting to have it fixed.

    July 25, 2014

    • Alice Osborn, W.

      Hi Sharon, sorry about your tire, but these things happen! Hope to see you in August~Alice

      August 1, 2014

  • Alice Osborn, W.

    Thank you, A.J. Mayhew for your energy, enthusiasm and encouragement to writers at Wonderland this morning--I could listen to your wisdom all day.And thank you to our veterans and newcomers who communed and discussed THE DRY GRASS OF AUGUST--it was a magical meeting! See you next month when we host Elaine Neil Orr for her novel, A DIFFERENT SUN.

    July 25, 2014

  • Peggy W.

    So glad I can join you all again. Will be in Raleigh that week only! PEGGY

    1 · July 19, 2014

  • Julie V.

    Just learned of the group in last sunday's N&O. Getting the book to read, but unable to attend this month as I have a scheduling conflict. Looking forward to following meetings.

    1 · July 10, 2014

  • Marilyn P.

    I thought I was just joining. I can't make it on July 25th sorry to say.

    July 7, 2014

  • Denice J.

    I said, "Yes," for my response because I'm going to try to attend. However, I've got something else that day.

    July 4, 2014

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