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Wonderland Book Club, co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network Meet Steve Mitchell, author of Cloud Diary, a novel Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr., Ste. 106, Raleigh, NC Friday, March 29, 2019 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 About the Novel: In the world lovers create for themselves, it's the simple images and quiet gestures that linger in memory. A silent moment together on a bench, a hand loose upon a table, a voice carried across a crowded room. Doug is quiet and aimless when he meets Sophie, an extravagant, excitable artist. They live together on box wine, ramen and peanut butter until their world is fractured by violence. Eight years later, they rediscover each other as Sophie approaches a startling decision. CLOUD DIARY is Doug's story about Sophie and the shattering, transformative nature of intimacy. In considering the ways our histories can both scar and rescue us, it reminds us that the past is never simply the past. About the Author: Steve Mitchell's fiction has been published in December, Southeast Review, and Contrary, among others. His short story collection, The Naming of Ghosts, is published by Press 53. He's co-owner of Scuppernong Books in Greensboro, NC.
Join us at Wonderland Book Club, co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network: Meet Barbara Claypole White, author of The Promise Between Us, a novel Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr., Ste. 106, Raleigh, NC Friday, April 26, 2019 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 ABOUT THE BOOK Metal artist Katie Mack is living a lie. Nine years ago she ran away from her family in Raleigh, North Carolina, consumed by the irrational fear that she would harm Maisie, her newborn daughter. Over time she’s come to grips with the mental illness that nearly destroyed her, and now funnels her pain into her art. Despite longing for Maisie, Katie honors an agreement with the husband she left behind—to change her name and never return. But when she and Maisie accidentally reunite, Katie can’t ignore the familiarity of her child’s compulsive behavior. Worse, Maisie worries obsessively about bad things happening to her pregnant stepmom. Katie has the power to help, but can she reconnect with the family she abandoned? To protect Maisie, Katie must face the fears that drove her from home, accept the possibility of love, and risk exposing her heart-wrenching secret. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Bestselling author Barbara Claypole White writes hopeful family drama with a healthy dose of mental illness. Originally from England, she writes and gardens in the forests of North Carolina, where she lives with her beloved OCD family. Her previous novels include The Unfinished Garden, The In-Between Hour, The Perfect Son, and Echoes of Family. She is also an OCD Advocate for the A2A Alliance, a nonprofit group that promotes advocacy over adversity. To connect with Barbara, please visit www.barbaraclaypolewhite.com or follow her on Facebook. She’s always on Facebook.
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Join us at Wonderland Book Club, co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network: Meet Debbie Moose, Carolina Catch, a cookbook Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr., Ste. 106, Raleigh, NC Friday, May 31, 2019 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 ABOUT THE BOOK Early in life, North Carolinian Debbie Moose encountered fish primarily in stick form, but once she experienced her first raw oyster and first fried soft-shell crab, their pure flavors switched her on to shellfish and fish forever. Moose has now written the cookbook that unlocks for everyone the fresh tastes of North Carolina grilled tuna, steamed shrimp, pan-seared mountain trout, fried catfish, and baked littleneck clams, to name just a few of the culinary treasures sourced from the waters of a state that stretches from the mountains to the sea. In ninety-six dishes, Moose shows how to prepare North Carolina fish and shellfish—freshwater, saltwater, wild-caught, and farmed—in both classic southern and inventive, contemporary ways. The book's Best Basics section provides a much needed one-stop resource for confident selection, preparation, and storage, and the Think Seasonal section offers a comprehensive list with descriptions and peak availability of North Carolina fish and shellfish. Recipes include suggestions for appropriate alternate fish or shellfish—the idea is to try new varieties in season and support local fisheries. And, as Moose explains, dock-to-door services and local seafood organizations are making sourcing easier for home cooks. ABOUT THE AUTHOR Cookbook author, editor, freelance writer and award-winning essayist Debbie Moose takes an omnivorous approach to life - try at least one bite of everything. She started out with a journalism degree and a love of newsrooms, but discovered that food writing could touch on all aspects of life and offer the greatest opportunity to bring people together. The only thing people like as much as eating food is talking about it – no doubt about that. Debbie was born and raised in North Carolina. Throughout her writing career, she has enjoyed discovering the state’s wonderful food, great cooks and traditions. She brings her knowledge of and passion for the Tar Heel State to others, with a large dollop of humor. http://www.debbiemoose.com/
Join us at Wonderland Book Club, co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network: Meet Ira David Wood III, author of The Russian Galatea Location: Center for Excellence, 3803-B Computer Dr., Ste. 106, Raleigh, NC Friday, June 28, 2019 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 ABOUT THE BOOK: On July 16, 1918, Nicholas Romanov, the last Tsar of Russia, and his entire family were supposedly murdered by Russian Bolsheviks in the basement of a house in Yekaterinburg, Siberia. One year later, Alexander Kolchak, the Supreme Commander of the White Army, appointed a legal investigator to prove, beyond any doubt, that all members of the Romanov family had indeed been executed. The investigator's name was Nicholas Sokolov. The Russian Galatea is a story based on Sokolov's investigation. It takes place in Siberia, 1919 - with the Russian Revolution as its background. The major thesis is fiction but woven around true historical facts. It is a detective story about one courageous investigator's obsession with finding out what really happened to Russian Tsar Nicholas II and his family. It is also a story about Sokolov's deep relationship with the girl in a faded photograph. Is she alive or dead? ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Ira David Wood III is an award-winning actor, director, and playwright. He is the founder and current Executive Director of Theatre in the Park, located in Raleigh, North Carolina. He is the proud father of three children: Ira David Wood IV, Evan Rachel Wood, and Thomas Miller Wood. He and his wife, Ashley, remain proud to call North Carolina "home."