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N.C. Events: Dessen, Holmstedt & Carter

July 24, 2009

Just a quick look at what’s on tap over the next few days on the N.C. lit scene. 

First up, one of my favorite writers, Sarah Dessen, reads from her latest book, Along for the Ride, at McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village on Saturday, July 25, at 11 a.m. I was just talking two days ago about Dessen’s novels with a friend who’s now reading one of her earlier books, and we both agreed in our appreciation of her skill at crafting characters and pulling us into a story. While I’ve been waylaid in my own reading of the new book, Along for the Ride was recently named one of Good Morning America‘s Picks for Teen Summer Reading. Check it out.

Also on Saturday, Kirsten Holmstedt reads discusses her new book, The Girls Come Marching Home: The Saga of Women Returning From the War  in Iraq, a follow-up to her Band of Sisters, at the Fayetteville Barnes & Noble; that event begins at 2 p.m. The New York Post recently featured the new book in its Required Reading column, and closer to home, the Wilmington Star-News published a nice profile of both the book and the author earlier this month. 

Finally, Durham’s Regulator Bookshop welcome Stephen L. Carter on Tuesday evening, July 28, to discuss his new book, Jericho’s Fall. Check out the Washington Post review here, which called the book an “odd but readable mixture of spy thriller, literary novel and haunted-house mystery” and ultimately complained that the climax was “too exciting.” Despite the review’s fine points, however, “too exciting” might very possibly be just what some readers are looking for in an action thriller this time of year.

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