Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Come to my reading: 27 Views of Durham: The Bull City in Prose & Poetry

On Thursday I will read from my contribution to the tome 27 Views of Durham: The Bull City in Prose & Poetry.
An anthology of Durham writers writing about their hometown, 27 Views of Durham creates a literary montage of the Bull City. In essays, poems, short stories, and anthem, the collection creates a sense of place, present and past. Contributors include Ariel Dorfman, Jim Wise, Barry Yeoman, Pierce Freelon, Pam Spaulding, Clyde Edgerton, poet James Applewhite, historian Jean Bradley Anderson, song writer Rebecca Newton, with an introduction by Steve Schewel. This is the latest book in Eno Publishers's 27 Views series that includes local anthologies of North Carolina towns: Hillsborough, Chapel Hill, and Asheville.
My chapter touches on two bits of Durham history and charm:

  • The rise and fall of South Square Mall and how it represented change and growth in the Bull City  -- Boom and Bust;
  • Working near a downtown "landmark" of sorts -- the train trestle that is regularly assaulted by oversized box trucks that slam into it, captured on video -- Film at 11'8".

If you're in town and have some free time, drop by! The 411:
Steve Schewel, Pam Spaulding, John Valentine and Jim Wise read their views from this anthology of the city known for tobacco, sports, and grit.  Come join in for a lively discussion.
Thursday, June 6, 2013 @ 7 PM
Regulator Bookshop
720 Ninth St.
Durham, NC 27705
http://www.regulatorbookshop.com/Contact: Laurin Penland: regulatorevents@gmail.com 
The start time (7 PM) is almost past my bedtime these days; hopefully my health meter won't be on empty. Fingers crossed!

Here's a sample of one of those crashes at Pettigrew and Gregson via Juergen Henn:

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