This month we're talkin' poverty, doctoring, preaching..and being Howard Fuller
In the coming weeks we bring to town authors talking about their lives--being poor, being a doctor, being a minister...and being Howard Fuller. See below for more on Linda Tirado, (Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America), Terrence Holt (Internal Medicine: A Doctor's Stories) and Jimmy Creech (Adam's Gift: A Memoir of a Pastor's Calling to Defy the Church's Persecution of Lesbians and Gays).

As for Howard Fuller, the photo below comes from 1968, when he was leading a march through downtown Durham in the aftermath of the assassination of Martin Luther King. Fuller is looking anxiously at some white men with rifles who are following the march from adjoining rooftops, unsure whether they were police or members of the klan. At the time, Howard Fuller was a community organizer and activist in Durham, and, as he says in the book, (without exaggeration, in my opinion) "one of the most hated Black men in North Carolina." I had a couple of conversations with Howard Fuller back then, and I remember that he was well worth listening to. I'm sure he still is. Come hear Howard Fuller talk about his memoir, No Struggle No Progress: A Warrior's Life From Black Power to Education Reform, Monday October 13th.

Upcoming Events:


Tuesday, October 7, 7:00 p.m.

From the author of the eye-opening and controversial essay on poverty read by millions on the Hand to Mouth Huffington Post ("This is Why Poor Peoples Bad Decisions Make Perfect Sense" ) comes Hand to Mouth: Living in Bootstrap America, the real-life Nickel and Dimed. In this memoir, Linda Tirado details life for the working poor in America.. Linda Tirado, in her brutally honest yet personable voice, takes all of our preconceived notions of poverty and smashes them to bits. She articulates not only what it is to be working poor in America (yes, you can be poor and live in a house and have a job, even two) but what poverty is truly like-on all levels. In her thought-provoking voice, Tirado discusses how she went from lower-middle class, to sometimes middle class, to poor and everything in between, and in doing so reveals why "poor people don't always behave the way middle-class America thinks they should."



Wednesday, October 8, 7p.m.

In Diane Chamberlain's "absorbing and haunting" novel The Silent Sister, Riley MacPherson has spent her entire life believing that her older sister Lisa committed suicide as a teenager (Booklist).  Now, over twenty years later, she's in New Bern, North Carolina cleaning out her recently deceased father's house when she finds evidence to the contrary. Lisa is alive. Alive and living under a new identity. As Riley works to uncover the truth, her discoveries will put into question everything she thought she knew about her family. Riley must decide what the past means for her present, and what she will do with her newfound reality, in this engrossing mystery from international bestselling author Diane Chamberlain. Diane Chamberlain is the international bestselling author of twenty-two novels. She lives in North Carolina with her partner, photographer John Pagliuca, and her shelties, Keeper and Cole.



Saturday, October 11, 11:00 a.m.

Join us for a special edition of storytime with children's book author and teacher Ellen Fischer. Ellen will read from her bookIf an Armadillo Went to a Restaurant. Would an armadillo order spaghetti and meatballs if she went to a restaurant? No way! She'd want a plate of ants and worms. Through a series of questions and answers, young readers learn about animals, where they live, and what they eat. This special storytime is geared towards children aged 2-6. Ellen Fischer lives in North Carolina.



Monday, October 13, 7:00 p.m.

Join us to welcome Dr. Howard Fuller, an important figure in the education reform debate, as Howard Fuller he shares his latest memoir, No Struggle No Progress: A Warrior's Life from Black Power to Education Reform. Dr. Fuller is the Distinguised Professor of Education and Founder/Director of the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University. The mission of the Institute is to support exemplary education options that transform learning for children, while empowering families, particularly low-income families, to choose the best options for their children. Immediately before his appointment at Marquette University, Dr. Fuller served as the Superintendent of Milwaukee Public Schools June 1991 - June 1995. In the mid and late 1960s Howard Fuller was a community organizer and activist in Durham.    




Tuesday, October 14, 7 p.m.

Intensely realized, gently ironic, heartfelt and heartbreaking, Terrence Holt's latest offering, Internal Medicine: A Doctor's Stories,is an account of what it means to be a doctor, to be mortal, and to be human. Out of the crucible of medical training, Holt shapes this Terrence Holt stunning account of residency, the years-long ordeal in which doctors are made. "Amid all the mess and squalor of the hospital, with its blind random unraveling of lives," Internal Medicinefinds the compassion from which doctors discover the strength to care. Holt's debut collection of short stories, In the Valley of the Kings, was praised by the New York Times Book Reviewas one of "those works of genius" that "will endure for as long as our hurt kind remains to require their truth." Now he returns with Internal Medicine-a work based on his own experiences as a physician- offering an insider's access to the long night of the hospital, where the intricacies of medical technology confront the mysteries of the human spirit. The "book illuminates human fragility in tales both lyrical and soul-wrenching" (The New York Times). Holt is an assistant professor of medicine at UNC- Chapel Hill.



Wednesday, October 15, 7p.m.

Join us for our fourth Young Adult Book Club meeting! Come for vibrant discussion of all things YA, stay for the delectable homemade brownies. This month we're reading Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas. Led by Katrina (of The Regulator) and Isabel (of Tween2Teen Books).



Wednesday, October 15, 7p.m.

Join us to welcome Jimmy Creech as he shares his memoirAdam's Gift: A Memoir of a Pastors Calling to Defy the Church's Persecution of Lesbians and Gays. In the book, Creech, then a United Methodist Minister, was visited by a parishioner who revealed he was gay and was leaving the church due to discrimination by the church against gay and lesbian members. Following his conversations with "Adam", Creech determined that the church was mistaken, that scriptural translations and interpretations had been dangerously distorted. As a Christian, Creech came to believe that discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people was morally wrong. This understanding compelled him to perform same-gender commitment ceremonies, in conflict with church directives. Creech was tried twice by The United Methodist Church, and, after the second trial, his ordination credentials were revoked. Adam's Giftis a moving story and an important chapter in the unfinished struggle for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender civil and human rights. Creech is now retired and lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.



Monday, October 20, 7 p.m.

Health blogger Jimmy Moore and researcher and internist Dr. Eric C. Westman join forces in Keto Clarity: Your Definitive Guide to the Benefits of a Low-Carb, High Fat Diet to explain the powerful therapeutic effects of a ketogenic diet-one that combines a customized carbohydrate restriction, moderation of protein intake, and real food-based fats. Moore and Westman clearly explain why ketosis is normal, how this nutritional approach is being used therapeutically by many medical professionals, a step-by-step guide to help you produce more ketones and track your progress, and success stories of people using a ketogenic diet. Eric C. Westman MD, MHS is Associate Professor of Medicine at Duke University School of Medicine and Director of the Duke Lifestyle Medicine Clinic Jimmy Moore is the personality behind the popular Livin' La Vida Low- Carbblog and host of one of the top-ranked iTunes health podcasts, The Livin' La Vida Low- Carb Show.



Tuesday, October 21, 7 p.m.

David Need, Duke Professor, offers a translation of the poet Rainer Maria Rilke's French language sequences in his book Roses: From the Late French Poetry of Ranier Maria Rilke. Written over the last four years of his life, the poems were a new beginning for Rilke following the completion of the Duino Elegies and The Sonnets to Orpheus. Less often translated than his other work and, in general brief, the work nevertheless carries forward the aesthetic project of his major work in German. The translation of the posthumously published sequence Les Roses is offered here alongside an accompanying set of pen and ink drawings by Clare Johnson. Also included is translator David Need's essay on the motif of the rose in Rilke's poetry, as well as a translation of numerous German language poems in which Rilke turns to and stages the figure of the rose-that thing that we are like that is both impossibly interior, and yet also thrown out into and at stake in the world.



Wednesday, October 22, 7:00 p.m.

Organizational Progeny: Why Governments are Losing Control over the Proliferating Structures of Global Governance

Countries rarely design international organizations alone. Instead, negotiations usually involve international bureaucrats employed in preexisting organizations. To unveil these overlooked but pivotal players,Organizational Progenyuses new data on nearly 200 intergovernmental organizations and detailed accounts of the origins of prominent and diverse institutions - the World Food Program, United Nations Development Program, International Energy Agency, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Financial Action Task Force, Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS. When international bureaucrats have a say, they often strive to insulate new institutions against the usual control mechanisms by which states steer, monitor, or reverse organizational activities. Tana Johnson is Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Political Science at Duke University's Sanford School of Public Policy.



Thursday, October 23, 7 p.m.

Scott Hilton Davis, publisher at Jewish Storyteller Press and former executive producer at UNC-TV, will be in the store to talk about Memories and Scenes: Shtetl, Childhood, Writers, for which he wrote the introduction. Memories and Scenesis the first English translation of eleven autobiographical short stories by 19th-century Yiddish writer Jacob Dinezon. In this collection, Dinezon recalls his childhood years in the shtetl, the unusual and memorable characters he encountered along the way, and the events that led to his passion for becoming a writer. Dinezon was a friend and mentor to almost every major Jewish literary figure of his day, including Sholem Abramovitsh (Mendele Moykher Sforim), I. L. Peretz, Sholem Aleichem, S. An-ski, and Abraham Goldfaden. He played a central role in the development of Yiddish as a modern literary language. Scott Davis's career spans more than 30 years in public broadcasting. He has worked as a producer and director for public television stations and networks in California, New York, Ohio, Maryland and North Carolina.


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