Thirty years ago Susan Southard heard Taniguchi Sumiteru, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Nagasaki, give a talk in Washington, D.C. The next day, as chance would have it, she was asked to be his interpreter.
If you’ve always promised yourself you’d attend a poetry reading some day, make Sunday that day. Patricia Hooper of Gastonia, whose fifth collection, “Separate Flights,” has won the Anita Claire Scharf Award from the University of Tampa Press, will be reading at 2 p.m. at Park Road Books.
Here are the best-sellers for the week that ended Sunday, Oct. 16, compiled from data from independent and chain bookstores, book wholesalers and independent distributors nationwide, powered by Nielsen BookScan (c) 2016, The Nielsen Co.
From Beth Macy, who brought us the national bestseller, “Factory Man,” here is the true story of two African-American brothers, kidnapped and displayed as circus freaks for more than 13 years, and of their mother, who risked her life to free them.
Ann Patchett always swore she would never write an autobiographical novel. "I get too distracted by the facts," she said in 2007. "No room left for the imagination." If she wrote about herself, "I would write the most boring book in the world."
With a book deal in place, Thomas Dolby went digging through his personal archives of diaries, PalmPilots and yellow notepads. The exercise was enlightening, and even a bit frustrating for the now 57-year-old Johns Hopkins University professor.
With the fluid, feisty and funny voice she cultivated as a feature writer before turning to novels, Jennifer Weiner's first nonfiction book could have been a punchy collection of essays and commentaries, and everyone would have gone home happy.
Four-time Olympian Shalane Flanagan, the top American marathon finisher in Rio, developed new cookbook “Run Fast, Eat Slow” with chef Elyse Kopecky, a 2000 graduate of Charlotte’s Providence Day School. Now the two former UNC Chapel Hill teammates are New York Times bestselling authors.