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Wonderland Book Club, co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network
Location: ZOOM registration
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Meet Author, Tracie Barton-Barrett, FINDING HER SPIRIT
Friday, September 24, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. to noon
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
ABOUT THE BOOK
Packing for college in 1991, horse-obsessed Maren Markey stumbles upon her old diary. Reliving moments from her past, she remembers weekend visits with her Daddy after her parents’ divorce, struggles with her new stepfamily, a new friendship, romantic interests, and a strong connection with a special horse. Through it all, Maren’s deep love for horses serves as a constant lifeline in her ever-changing life.
From the first time Tracie sat atop a horse as a child, her passion for horses was born, fueling a lifelong love that only deepened after watching The Black Stallion movie and learning about the incredible filly, Ruffian. As the author of Buried Deep in Our Hearts, as well as a speaker, counselor, and former psychology teacher, Tracie is committed to celebrating and honoring the human-animal bond. She also loves to support writers in their process and helps guide them on their writing journey. A Michigan native, she and her husband, Daniel, now live in North Carolina and are owned by two awesome cats, Rutherford Bubby and Oliver Monkey.
LENARD D. MOORE discusses his most recent poetry collection:
LONG RAIN: POETRY at Quail Ridge Books
Saturday, September 25,[masked] p.m.
Learn more HERE: https://www.wetcementpress.com/
A book of exquisite tanka poems, similar to haiku, and short prose haibun, organized around the elements: Earth, Wind, Fire, Water. Yes, these poems capture a series of detailed moments, primarily set in the American South, but they also employ an energetic fragmentary language to express the flow of experience in a way that gives the book a surprising sense of movement.
"Lenard D. Moore’s poems are intimate, sensuous, transporting you to the moment, making you a willing voyeur. The landscape of the south sprinkled with its people is stark and sensual, taste the apple, feel the rain on your eyelid, walk into this journey. These are delicious poems you will read over and over again, each time experiencing new vibrations."
—Opal Palmer Adisa
Lenard D. Moore is an internationally acclaimed poet and anthologist. His literary works have been published in more than sixteen countries and translated into more than twelve languages. His poems, essays, short stories and book reviews have appeared in many publications and anthologies. Moore is the author of The Geography Of Jazz, A Temple Looming, Desert Storm: A Brief History, Forever Home, and The Open Eye among other books. He is the editor of All The Songs We Sing; One Window's Light: A Collection of Haiku, (winner of the Haiku Society of America 2018 Merit Book Award). He has taught Creative Writing and African American Literature and has collaborated with poets, visual artists, musicians and dancers on several projects. He is the founder and executive director of the Carolina African American Writers' Collective and co-founder of the Washington Street Writers Group. He also is the longtime Executive Chairman of the North Carolina Haiku Society. He was the First African American President of the Haiku Society of America. And he is a U.S. Army veteran. Among his numerous awards are the North Carolina Award for Literature, Furious Flower Laureate Ring, Haiku Museum of Tokyo Award, Margaret Walker Creative Writing Award, Indies Arts Award, Cave Canem Fellowships, and a Soul Mountain Retreat Fellowship. He earned his Master of Arts in English and African American Literature from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and his Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies with a minor in English (Magna Cum Laude) from Shaw University.
Meet Bernie Brown, author of I NEVER TOLD YOU at Wonderland Book Club
co-sponsored by the NC Writers’ Network
Location: Quail Ridge Books,[masked] Lassiter Mill Rd · Raleigh, NC
Friday, October 29, 2021
Time: 10:00 a.m. to noon
FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC
ABOUT THE BOOK
Small-town dress shop owner Anna’s daughter Katya leaves home for art school in September 1965. After that, nothing in their loving and devoted relationship is ever quite the same.
Anna and her long-time lover Dave, who is married, first enjoy the freedom of Katya’s absence until some threatening exposures move Anna to initiate a break-up. Her biggest fear is that Katya will learn of the affair. Instead of offering the peace of mind Anna hoped the split would bring, the separation brings frightening and dangerous results.
Away at art school, Katya is both thrilled and distressed by her attraction to fellow art student Paulette. Nothing in her protected small-town childhood has prepared her for being attracted to another girl. When they get to know each other in irresistible and frightening ways, Katya’s biggest fear is that her mother will find out.
Inevitably, the worst happens and mother and daughter learn each other’s secrets. Both react with hurt and anger and a desire never to see each other again. Can they regain their former devotion to one another or are they doomed to live out their lives bitter and unforgiving?
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Bernie is an Iowa farm girl transplanted to Raleigh, North Carolina. Bernie’s Iowa childhood, her travels in the States and Europe, and her contemporary life in Raleigh influence her short stories and essays. She isn’t sure where the urge to write ghost stories comes from. Their source is a mystery. Bernie has Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in English from the University of Nebraska at Omaha. One of her stories was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, and another was among contest winners in an anthology by Grateful Steps Publishing. She is a writer-in-residence at the Weymouth Center for the Arts and Humanities and a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. Learn more about Bernie at berniebrownwriter.com.
WHAT THEY ARE SAYING
“This confection of a tale is spun with the technicolor dreams and nightmares of a teenaged girl named Katya on her way toward self-realization…The plot turns on many tantalizing events, expertly woven together and shot through with bright descriptive writing. Vivid characters quicken the plot and unwind the wraps on the mother/daughter secrets. I Never Told You is a lovely story of Katya and her mother.”—Mary Howard, author of Whiteout and The Girl with Wings.
“I Never Told You is a thought-provoking debut about betrayal, secrets, forgiveness, and forbidden identities. Set in the mid-1960s, and moving seamlessly between small-town culture and the flamboyance of Hollywood, it’s the story of a mother and a daughter struggling—despite themselves—to find acceptance and love.”—Barbara Claypole White, bestselling author of The Perfect Son and The Promise Between Us