• Discover a Classic: Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth
    Wonderland Book Club, co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network Discover a Classic: Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr., Ste. 106, Raleigh, NC Friday, November 16, 2018 Time: 10:00 a.m. to noon FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Following Book Club, we'll gather for lunch at Vivace at North Hills. RSVP HERE: http://meetup.com/wonderlandbookclub The House of Mirth (1905) tells the story of Lily Bart, a well-born but impoverished woman belonging to New York City’s high society around the turn of the last century. Wharton creates a portrait of a stunning beauty who, though raised and educated to marry well both socially and economically, is reaching her 29th year, an age when her youthful blush is drawing to a close and her marital prospects are becoming ever more limited. The House of Mirth traces Lily’s slow two-year social descent from privilege to a tragically lonely existence on the margins of society. In the words of one scholar, Wharton uses Lily as an attack on "an irresponsible, grasping and morally corrupt upper class." Before publication as a book on October 14, 1905, The House of Mirth was serialized in Scribner’s Magazine beginning in January 1905. It attracted a readership among housewives and businessmen alike. Charles Scribner wrote Wharton in November 1905 that the novel was showing "the most rapid sale of any book ever published by Scribner." By the end of December sales had reached 140,000 copies. Wharton's royalties were valued at more than half a million dollars in today's currency. The commercial and critical success of The House of Mirth solidified Wharton's reputation as a major novelist. About the Author: Edith Wharton ( born Edith Newbold Jones, as in "keeping up with the Joneses") (January 24, 1862 – August 11, 1937) was an American novelist, short story writer, and home interior designer. Wharton combined an insider's view of American aristocracy with a powerful prose style. Her novels and short stories realistically portrayed the lives and morals of the late nineteenth century, an era of decline and faded wealth. She won the Pulitzer Prize for Literature in 1921, the first woman to receive this honor. Wharton was acquainted with many of the well-known people of her day, both in America and in Europe, including President Theodore Roosevelt.

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  • Meet J. D. Cortese, The Sound of a Broken Chain, a novel
    Wonderland Book Club, co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network Meet J. D. (Jorge) Cortese, The Sound of a Broken Chain, a novel Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr., Ste. 106, Raleigh, NC Friday, October 26, 2018 Time: 10:00 a.m. to noon FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Following Book Club, we'll gather for lunch at Vivace at North Hills. RSVP HERE: http://meetup.com/wonderlandbookclub A fight that could break the chains of time... Two high schoolers become unlikely friends across the distance between their cultures. They are two Quixotes who are each other’s Sancho. Julian, an Argentine who’s a budding conspiracy theorist, would try to infiltrate a military dictatorship and expose its crimes. Edgar, a lonely American expat and science genius, would risk everything to rescue his idealistic Dulcinea from the claws of those same monsters. While fighting to find reason in a world that has lost it completely, they will both doubt their sanity in confronting a massive evil that builds deceptions to hide its nightmares. But as Edgar’s reality starts to unravel, he realizes that his quest might be impossible. Because he has received a message from the future, which poses an unsolvable question: what do you need to change to save humanity’s future? And the messenger was very clear about how important it is for him to solve this puzzle. Because if Edgar doesn’t, the man from the future would have to kill him. Set in Buenos Aires and against the background of the 1978 Soccer World Cup—with Argentina both suffering a bloodthirsty tyranny and cheering for a victory of their National Team—this is a story about fighting at all costs to alter the unfathomable mechanism of human history. **SPECIAL NOTE** The book’s release date is set for October 26, 2018. To allow Wonderland members to read the book before the meeting, a limited number of Advance Reader Copies (ARCs) have been obtained. Interested readers can request a paperback directly from the author. Please e-mail J.D. Cortese at [masked] with your street address, and he will mail you ASAP a printed ARC book. About the Author: J. D. (Jorge) Cortese is a scientist and educator by training, and a writer out of a passion for communication. He has written regularly for a widely-read scientific newspaper—The Scientist—and served as at-large editor for educational magazines and large publishing houses. Winner of awards for both science and teaching, he is also the 2015 recipient of the prestigious award of The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville for literary fiction. After extensively pinning a world map, the author and his itinerant wife have found a home in North Carolina’s Durham. His two children remain closer to New York, a city he misses as much as Buenos Aires, Shanghai, and Paris. All these places keep appearing in the dream worlds of his stories, as much in the now as in distant futures. When not at his desk writing, he feeds his two lifelong passions, photography and table tennis.

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  • Meet Author Nancy Young, Sensing Things (Something in the Dark)
    Wonderland Book Club, co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network Meet Author Nancy Young, Sensing Things (Something in the Dark) Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr., Ste. 106, Raleigh, NC Friday, September 28, 2018 Time: 10:00 a.m. to noon FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Following Book Club, we'll gather for lunch at Vivace at North Hills. RSVP HERE: http://meetup.com/wonderlandbookclub Mary Catherine has spent most of her life trying not to see ghosts, but now she can't stop. In desperation, she seeks relief by joining a paranormal support group. Then the real trouble starts. Her past exposed, she's confronted with shunning and death threats. Add her looming Valentine's Day wedding, her unexpected pregnancy, and family pressures, and she's ready to bolt from the stress. Her fiance Tony, the sexy tech support for the Paranormal Posse reality show, wants to ride to the rescue. But even he can't protect her from the spirit they encounter at a haunted hotel room--a presence only she detects. The more he tries to keep her safe, the more she insists on proving herself. But does she really sense things in the dark? Or it all in her mind? When the Posse investigates the reburial of a Revolutionary War hero, Mary Catherine's past returns to haunt her. Some things won't stay buried, and she has to face them to protect herself, her son, and her unborn baby. Will the dark win this time? About the Author: Nancy Young strives to entertain, whether cohosting poetry readings, supplying interesting aliases at restaurants, or storytelling at Renaissance fairs. Although she grew up on the Philadelphia Main Line, she now lives in North Carolina, where she never runs out of material to jumpstart her novels, short stories, plays, and poems. Her first publication was at age six, when her lion story was posted outside her first grade classroom. From then on, she was hooked, penning neighborhood dramas, improbable adventure tales, and Gothic romances through her youth. That love of the absurd and quirky never left her. It also served her well for most of her professional life. Nancy taught literature, film, and writing at various colleges, earning awards for her instruction. She also worked as a journalist, newspaper editor, choir director, and mother. She married her high school sweetheart, with whom she shares three sons, a daughter, and a daughter-in-law. She counts them as her most devoted fans.

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  • Triangle Book & Writer Conference: Digital & Print
    If you ever thought about writing a book, if you want to enhance your reputation, if you are working on a book, or if you’ve written one already and wonder what to do next, the Triangle Book & Writer Conference is for you! The conference includes a keynote speaker and 6 panels. Keynote: Leveraging your Personal Brand to Sell More Books Our panels are: • How to Start Your Book/Finish Your Book • Independent and Traditional Publishers • Top 10 Editing Mistakes to Avoid • Beyond Your Book (Film or Speaker) • Poetry and Song • Marketing Made Easier Discover more about the panelists, the topics and details at www.TriangleBWC.com Tickets at www.TriangleBWC.com/Register Get your special discount ticket at ½ off by using the code “TAFW” when registering on Eventbrite AND SUPPORT TAF! Join us this year and meet other authors, editors, and publishers. Learn how to use your book to launch a speaking career or transform it into a movie! Ask editors and publishers questions. Figure out what it takes to get your book written and published.

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  • Meet Author Dori Ann Dupre, Scout's Honor
    Wonderland Book Club, co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network Meet Author Dori Ann Dupre, Scout's Honor Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr., Ste. 106, Raleigh, NC Friday, August 31, 2018 Time: 10:00 a.m. to noon FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Following Book Club, we'll gather for lunch at Vivace at North Hills. RSVP HERE: http://meetup.com/wonderlandbookclub In Haddleboro, North Carolina, Scout Webb is a 14 year-old kind, spirited small town southern girl and a tomboy much like her namesake, the young narrator from her mother’s favorite book. With both her name and her Christian faith deeply woven into the fabric of her identity, Scout always felt like she had a lot to live up to - she was the kind of girl who made her parents proud. It's August 1983, and Scout is playing on a summer baseball team with Charlie Porter, her best friend since Kindergarten. More than anything, she is looking forward to her last few weeks at Camp Judah, a Christian camp near the Catawba River. She can’t wait to see her big crush “Brother Doug,” the thirty-two year old camp lifeguard who has watched her grow up each summer since she was seven years old. But after afateful few days and one catastrophic event during her last day at the camp, Scout will be changed forever. Written through multiple narrators over the course of twenty years, this story follows Scout’s personal struggles as a freshman away at college in Raleigh and later as an overworked single mother approaching middle age, where she is forced to confront the causes of her own quiet suffering, the consequences of her actions and why even the eternal love and devotion of just one true friend can’t save her. A story of a self, lost…a self, loathed…and a self, rediscovered…it examines the harsh and cruel ways in which otherwise well-intentioned and decent people treat each other…even those they claim to love, but even more so…ultimately, how we treat our own selves. About the Author: Dori is the author of the international award winning debut novel, Scout’s Honor, and Good Buddy, her second novel, to be released in 2018. She works in the legal field, is a veteran of the United States Army, and resides in Raleigh, North Carolina with her two dachshunds, Stretch and Slinky.

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  • No Wonderland Book Club Meeting Scheduled--Enjoy the month off!
    No Wonderland Book Club Meeting Scheduled--Enjoy the month off!

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  • Free movie: CRAZY RICH ASIANS on Wednesday, July 18 at 7:30 PM.
    Hi Everyone, We've been invited to view the Warner Bros.’ upcoming film, CRAZY RICH ASIANS, based on the best-selling novel by Kevin Kwan. The movie stars Constance Wu, Michelle Yeoh, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Awkwafina, Ken Jeong and Jimmy O. Yang. The film will open in theaters nationwide on August 15! Check out the exciting trailer here: http://www.crazyrichasiansmovie.com/ Details from the rep: We have an awesome opportunity for the members of the Wonderland Book Club. We are hosting an advance screening to see CRAZY RICH ASIANS on Wednesday, July 18 at 7:30 PM. The screening will take place at Regal Brier Creek. We would love if your book club members would come out to see and support the movie! Please follow this link: http://www.wbtickets.com/WfpfV07668 to download your free passes! CRAZY RICH ASIANS (Warner Bros.) Rating: PG-13 Release Date: August 15, 2018 Cast: Constance Wu, Henry Golding, Gemma Chan, Lisa Lu, Awkwafina, Sonoya Mizuno, Chris Pang, Jimmy O. Yang, Ronny Chieng, Remi Hii, Nico Santos, with Ken Jeong and Michelle Yeoh Romantic Comedy. “Crazy Rich Asians” follows New Yorker Rachel Chu (Constance Wu) as she accompanies her longtime boyfriend, Nick Young (Henry Golding), to his best friend’s wedding in Singapore. Excited about visiting Asia for the first time but nervous about meeting Nick’s family, Rachel is unprepared to learn that Nick has neglected to mention a few key details about his life. It turns out that he is not only the scion of one of the country’s wealthiest families but also one of its most sought-after bachelors. Being on Nick’s arm puts a target on Rachel’s back, with jealous socialites and, worse, Nick’s own disapproving mother (Michelle Yeoh) taking aim. And it soon becomes clear that while money can’t buy love, it can definitely complicate things. crazyrichasiansmovie.com

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  • Meet Author Shaun Assael, The Murder of Sonny Liston
    Wonderland Book Club, co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network Meet Author Shaun Assael, The Murder of Sonny Liston: Las Vegas, Heroin, and Heavyweights Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr., Ste. 106, Raleigh, NC Friday, June 22, 2018 Time: 10:00 a.m. to noon FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC Following Book Club, we'll gather for lunch at Vivace at North Hills. RSVP HERE: http://meetup.com/wonderlandbookclub A daring investigation into the mysterious death of Heavyweight Champion Sonny Liston, set against the dawn of the 1970s, when the mob was fighting to keep control of the Las Vegas Strip, Richard Nixon was launching America's first war on heroin, and boxing was in its glory days. On January 5, 1971, Sonny Liston was found dead in his home—of an apparent heroin overdose. But no one close to Liston believed that his death was acci­dental. Digging deep into a life that Liston tried hard to hide, investigative journalist Shaun Assael treats the boxer’s death as a cold case. The result is a page-turning who­dunit that evokes a glorious and grimy era of Las Vegas. Elvis Presley was playing two shows a night at the International. Howard Hughes was running his empire from the penthouse suite of the Desert Inn. And middle America was flocking to the Strip, transforming it from an exclusive playground for the mob to a mecca for corporate dollars. But the city was also rotting from within. Heroin was pouring over the border from Mexico, and the segregated Westside was on the cusp of a race war. The cops, brutally violent, were barely holding it together. Driving through town with the top of his pink Cadillac down, Sonny Liston was the one celebrity who was unafraid to bridge the two sides of Las Vegas. Cashing in on his fading notoriety in the casinos, he was dealing drugs, working for a crime syndicate, and trying to break into Hollywood—all with a boxer’s faith that he could duck any threat, slip any punch. Heroin addiction was the only knockout blow he didn’t see coming. The Murder of Sonny Liston takes a fresh look at the legendary boxer, the town he called home, and one of America’s most enduring mysteries. About the Author: Shaun Assael is one of the original staff members at ESPN Magazine and a member of the network’s Enterprise & Investigations Group. He is a regular contributor to ESPN's Outside the Lines and has looked into subjects as varied as the mysterious hanging of a black high school athlete in North Carolina, the FBI’s investigation into FIFA, professional tennis, NASCAR, World Wrestling Entertainment, and the myriad scandals involving performance enhancing drugs. Although he started out as a police reporter, Shaun has taken some wild rides in sports. He spent a season working as a member of three NASCAR teams for his book, "WIDE OPEN" (1998). He also chronicled the rags-to-riches story (with co-writer Mike Mooneyham) of America’s great showman, Vince McMahon, for the New York Times best-seller, "SEX, LIES, AND HEADLOCKS" (2002). And he put a decade’s worth of reporting on PED’s into STEROID NATION (2007), which the Guardian called “a rip roaring good rock’n’roll read” and “the classic American drug story.” His new book, "THE MURDER OF SONNY LISTON", is a four-year investigation into one of the sports’ world’s biggest mysteries. A native New Yorker, Shaun now makes his home in North Carolina.

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  • Meet Author Christine Simolke, Children of Italy
    Wonderland Book Club, co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network Meet Author Christine Simolke, Children of Italy Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr., Ste. 106, Raleigh, NC Friday, May 25, 2018 Time: 10:00 a.m. to noon FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC ***IMPORTANT*** Christine's book is no longer available on Amazon, so if you'd like a copy, please order it from her: Christine Simolke 319 Montevista Ave Marion, NC 28752 ***IMPORTANT*** Following Book Club, we'll gather for lunch at Vivace at North Hills. RSVP HERE: http://meetup.com/wonderlandbookclub In CHILDREN OF ITALY, a lonely man’s affair with an alluring woman threatens to de-stroy his beloved family. It’s 1924. Italian immigrant Luigi Falconi has been away from home for twelve years working as a coal miner in West Virginia to carve out what he hopes will be a better life for his family. After years of separation, his wife, Appollonia, and three daughters leave Italy to join him in America. Just before they arrive, Luigi breaks off an affair with his lover, Isolde. Though she knows from the beginning that Luigi will leave her when his family arrives, Isolde cannot accept his decision to aban-don her now that the time has come. While on board the SS Roma as it sails to Ellis Island, Luigi’s eldest daughter, Giovanna, begins her first romance with a member of the crew, Alessandro. When he immigrates to America a short time later, intent on finding her, she has disappeared. No one in the small town of Covel, West Virginia knows why the Falconi family slipped away under the cloak of darkness. Luigi’s jilted lover is also desperate to find them. Only Appollonia’s brother, Bernandino, knows where they’ve gone, and he, too, has a secret. As the Falconi family adjusts to being reunited and struggles to assimilate into life in a new country, Alessandro perseveres in his hunt for Giovanna, and his search intersects with the bitter Isolde’s efforts to win Luigi back, with heartbreaking and surprising consequences for all of them. About the Author: Christine Simolke is the granddaughter of Italian immigrants. She was inspired by her grandmother’s life story to write a novel of the immigrant experience. She has traveled to countries all over the world and is thankful that her ancestors chose to settle in the United States. She is a former language arts teacher and currently resides in North Carolina with her husband. They are the parents of two wonderful young men. When she is not writing, she's active in non-profit work. The idea for her book, Children of Italy was formed many years ago when she wrote a research paper in graduate school based on an inter-view with her grandmother, Giovanna and stories her great aunt, Evelina told her. Her grandmother and her family immigrated from Italy to America in the 1920's, and Christine and her family were always fascinated by the stories of their voyage to America and their early life in the United States. Their tale of hope, struggle, perseverance and love of family has been an inspiration to all of the generations after them. Our Upcoming Books[masked] May 25 Christine Simolke, Children of Italy (novel) June 22 Shaun Assael, The Murder of Sonny Liston (nonfiction) July NO BOOK—Enjoy the month off! August 31 Dori Ann Dupre, Scout’s Honor (novel) September 28 Nancy Young, Sensing Things (novel) October 26 Lucetta Zaytoun, It’s Already Tomorrow Here (memoir) November 16 Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth (novel—sorry, guys, Edith died in 1937, so she can’t make it) December 7 NO author book, Holiday Open House, the Great Wrapped Book Exchange January[masked] Denise Heinze, Sally St. Johns Friday, February 22, 2019 Jinny Batterson, Where the Great Wall Ends: A China Memoir March 29, 2019 Steve Mitchell, Cloud Diary, a novel April 2019 Barbara Claypole White, The Promise Between Us, a novel May 2019 Debbie Moose, Carolina Catch, a cookbook

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  • Write Now! 2018
    Write Now! 2018 will be held on Saturday, April 28 at The McKimmon Center in Raleigh. Our fiction guest of honor will be award-winning short story writer Megan Mayhew Bergman, and our nonfiction guest of honor will be National Magazine Award-winning journalist (and Esquire contributing editor) Mike Sager. Sessions include Character Development in Short Fiction, Children's Writing 101, Building a Better Article, An Insider's Advice on Landing an Agent, Writing and Selling Personal Essays, A Beginner's Guide to Writing Success, Creating a Profitable Online Brand and Introduction to Copyright. The fee is still $89; $75 for students, seniors 65+ and retired/active duty military personnel. To learn more, please visit https://tafnc.com/writenow/ There, you'll find our brochure as a PDF, bios of our presenters, and a link to register online.

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    1101 Gorman Street (27606) · Raleigh, NC

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