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Book 'Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair is coming up this Saturday, February 23!


I'm asking you to please help us get the word out by forwarding this email to anyone you believe might be interested in attending.


With more than 75 authors, publishers, literary agents and book promoters converging in Lumberton, North Carolina from coast to coast, we know we have something for everyone - from the youngest child to the oldest adult. So please forward this email to your friends, your fans, your readers, your family, civic organizations, book clubs, listservs and your co-workers. At our last event, we had attendees from as far away as New Jersey and Florida. This year we know of people chartering buses to attend the event and folks coming from as far away as Michigan and Illinois, so please encourage everyone to come to Lumberton!
If you have any specific questions, you can always reach me at



Trish Terrell



DATE: February 23, 2013


TIME: 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM


PLACE: Robeson Community College, Lumberton, North Carolina




New York Times Bestselling Author Mary Alice Monroe Headlines Book 'Em North Carolina!


Mary Alice MonroeNew York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe will headline the Book 'Em North Carolina 2013 event scheduled for February 23, 2013.


She says she found her true calling in environmental fiction when she moved to coastal South Carolina.  Already a successful author, she was captivated by the beauty and fragility of her new home. Her experiences living in the midst of a habitat that was quickly changing gave her a strong and important focus for her books.


Mary Alice Monroe's novels are published worldwide. She has achieved many bestseller lists, including the New York Times, USA Today and SIBA


Beach House MemoriesShe has received numerous awards, including several Readers' Choice Awards, RT Lifetime Achievement Award, the 2008 South Carolina Center for the Book Award for Writing and was featured at the National Festival of the Book.  In 2011 The Butterfly's Daughter won the International Book Award for Green Fiction.  It has also been selected as a finalist for the 2012 SIBA Book of the Year by the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance (SIBA).


Mary Alice is an active conservationist and serves on the Board of the South Carolina Aquarium, The Leatherback Trust, and Charleston Literacy Volunteers.  She is a frequent speaker at book festivals, conferences, and private events.

Monroe lives with her family on a barrier island outside Charleston, South Carolina.  Her new novel, a current New York Times bestseller, Beach House Memories (May 2012), is the prequel to her bestsellers The Beach House and Swimming Lessons.  Its release completes her first trilogy.
Beach House Memories
Beach House Memories


Hollywood Comes to Book 'Em!


Chuck Williams 01Hollywood Producer-Director-Actor Chuck Williams will join us at Book 'Em North Carolina on Saturday, February 23, 2013 to speak about the process used in turning books into movies. If you've ever wanted your book to be made into a movie for the big or small screen or turned into a television series, you won't want to miss this talk!
Chuck Williams has worked as an assistant director to such Hollywood heavyweights as James Cameron, Rob Cohen, Kathryn Bigelow, John Badham, Penelope Spheeris and others. He has produced films for the Sundance Channel, HBO, Showtime and the Syfy Channel. He also produced Jeff Burr's critically acclaimed World War II movie, Straight Into Darkness, released by Universal Studios.  


Chuck Williams PiratesHe is also an actor, appearing on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, on Showtimes' Californication, Bubba Ho-Tep, The Carbon Copy and John Dies at the End.


He performed lead roles on Groom Lake, Soultaker, Up Against the Eight Ball, Double Blast as well as countless other films and television series, including The Young and the Restless.


PLEASE MAKE PLANS TO JOIN US on Saturday evening, February 23, 2013 at the Carolina Civic Center's Historic Theatre in downtown Lumberton for a very special showing of the critically acclaimed World War II movie, Straight Into Darkness. It begins at 7:00 PM and includes an introduction by Chuck Williams, who produced the movie. Details will follow this fall. Tickets are only $5 each!



Straight Into Darkness trailer
Straight Into Darkness trailer



CCC Historic TheatrePresented and sponsored by the Carolina Civic Center Historic Theater, which first opened in 1928 and recently was renovated, this film is presented on the theater's 25- by 13-foot big screen. The Civic Center's theater organ will be playing before the screening, and fresh popcorn and other refreshments will be available for purchase. Richard Sceiford, the Carolina Civic Center Foundation's executive director, will welcome attendees and give a brief background about the theater prior to Chuck Williams' presentation.


Paul Green and Southern Literature


Dr. James Clark  Dr. James Clark, Professor Emeritus North Carolina State English Department, will present a special talk on Paul Green and his contributions to Southern Literature.


Paul Green was born in 1894 in Harnett County on a cotton/tobacco farm where he taught himself to play the violin, (he'd ordered from Sears Roebuck), while he plowed the fields.  At 22 he finally had enough money to go to Chapel Hill in 1916 to study philosophy.


Paul Green After one year, he joined WWI allied forces in the trenches in French returning to UNC in 1919 where he found a folk drama course had begun under Frederick Koch.  Fellow students in the class were Thomas Wolfe and his future wife, Elizabeth Lay.  The first play Paul ever saw on a stage was one he wrote at UNC. Paul had begun writing poetry during the war to be witness to the tragedy of war.


He continued to write poems, plays, novels, stories, essays and Hollywood films starring: Will Rogers, Robert Young, Janet Gaynor, Bette Davis and others. He taught philosophy and drama at UNC.  In 1927 he received the Pulitzer Prize in Drama for In Abraham's Bosom which led Richard Wright to seek him out to write the stage play for his Native Son.


In 1937 he created the genre "symphonic outdoor drama" (The Lost Colony) and wrote 16 more.  Paul Green was named Dramatist Laureate of North Carolina.

Paul Green's Awards include:

Belasco Cup
two Guggenheims Fellowships
membership in the National Institute of Arts and Letters
Freedom Foundation Medals for two of his outdoor dramas
Albert Schweitzer Medal for Artistry
Broadway's Theatre Hall of Fame
and nine honorary doctorates.

Representing Paul Green at his table are Marsha Warren, Director of the Paul Green Foundation. And presenting a special talk on the life and contributions of Paul Green to Southern Literature is Dr. James Clark, Professor Emeritus, North Carolina State English Department.


More Than 75 Authors Under One Roof!



Authors, publishers, literary agents and book promoters are coming from all over the United States for this one-day event in Lumberton. We have authors from Delaware to Florida, from Colorado to California, and all points in between, converging on Lumberton for one day only. More than 75 authors will join us under one roof for this innovative Writers Conference and Book Fair. They join 5 publishers, 2 literary agents, book promoters and one awesome Hollywood producer - and it's all completely FREE.

BENC2012 Lobby Doors open to the public at 9:30 AM. Panel discussions begin at 10:00 am. Four discussions each hour will take place through 3:00 pm. Whether you like to read or write romance, mysteries, non-fiction, fantasies, historical, thrillers or other genres, you will find a discussion that will interest you.
If you've ever wondered how the publishing industry works, you'll enjoy the panels on getting published, the team needed to be a successful author, how to promote your books, what publishers and literary agents are looking for - and much, much more.
And if you've ever wondered about the path to the bestseller list, you'll enjoy attending New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe's talk at 11:00 AM. If you've wondered how books are made into movies, you'll enjoy Hollywood Producer Chuck Williams' talk at 1:00 PM.
ALL OF THESE TALKS ARE FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.  To view the complete Talks Schedule, go to and click on "Talks Schedule" right on the Home Page!
In between panel discussions and talks, feel free to wander two floors filled with authors who are ready and anxious to speak to you one-on-one. Visit with publishers and agents and pitch your books. Or meet the book editors and promoters and ask them questions that will help you if you've ever wanted to become a successful author.
And if you purchase a book, the publishers and authors have agreed to donate a minimum of 40% to literacy campaigns in Robeson County, North Carolina. The money will go to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library of Robeson County (via United Way); Communities In Schools of Robeson County; and Friends of the Robeson County Public Library.


Children's Corner



The Book 'Em North Carolina Writers Conference and Book Fair isn't just for adults!

BENC 2012 Jelly Bean We have a very special Children's Corner with activities planned all day long - from readings by authors to face painting, crafts and lots more. 
Discover the true story of Jelly Bean, the lamb. Stretch your imagination with Johnny Knew! Journey to another world with North Carolina's youngest author, Ryan Jakubsen!
Learn all about pirates with Pirate Jackie Laroo. And meet all of Ferol's Rainbow Forest Friends!  
face painting Find out all about the true story of Lucky the Dog, who is truly lucky indeed. And you won't want to miss Kat Littleturtle's special story-telling time.
Everything is FREE. And while you're listening to stories, making crafts and having your face painted, you might be surprised to find real storybook characters walking through!

Hotel Sponsors



We are pleased to report that Comfort InnCountry Inn and Suites and Best Western will be our official host hotels again!

They are all located just one mile from Robeson Community College, the site of Book 'Em North Carolina. 
To view information on the Comfort Inn, follow this link.
To view information on the Country Inn & Suites, follow this link
To view information on the pet-friendly Best Western, follow this link.
Be sure to tell them you are with Book 'Em North Carolina to qualify for our special conference price of $69.95 per night. BUT MAKE YOUR RESERVATIONS SOON - SOME HOTELS ARE ALREADY FULL!
Food All Day!


Lumberton Golden Corral Thanks to Good Neighbor Golden Corral of Lumberton Buffet & Catering, you won't have to leave the event when you get hungry. Right outside our front doors (at the Lewis Auditorium) you'll find plenty of food for sale - whether you come extra early or arrive around lunch time.   

Make Plans to Join Us!


Books 2We hope you will make plans to join us for Book 'Em North Carolina 2013 - to be held on Saturday, February 23, 2013 at Robeson Community College from 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM in beautiful Lumberton, North Carolina! Directions and lots of information is at our website at  
Remember, this event raises money to increase literacy in our communities. Proceeds will go to the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for ages 1 through 5; Communities In Schools for all grade levels; and Friends of the Robeson County Public Library for citizens of all ages.
Feel free to forward this newsletter to anyone you think might be interested in Book 'Em North Carolina! Remember, you can now sign up to receive this newsletter on our website at Follow us on Twitter @BookEmNC and on Facebook under Book 'Em NC Writers Conference. Thank you for your support!
- Trish Terrell