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The luckiest thing that happened to me in 2014 was being invited back onto the book beat, where I feel so at home I’m often tempted to break into song.

I bragged too soon.

The world falls into two holiday camps: those who love receiving books as gifts; those who do not. Most of my friends (many of them inveterate book clubbers), are thrilled with such a gift.

Western Carolina University prof Ron Rash’s just-released “Something Rich and Strange” includes 34 stories, all set in Appalachia.

November nights are perfect for reading. A good chair. A fire. An hour or two or three.

Tommy Tomlinson’s ESPN article about Jared Lorenzen provided the impetus to question America’s obsession with food.

Davidson College grad’s “Flesh and Blood” will be in bookstores Nov. 11. Patricia Cornwell cut her journalistic teeth as a reporter for the Observer who wouldn’t take no for an answer.

Check out these notable books from North Carolina authors. And more.

Her 17th Temperance Brennan novel, “Bones Never Lie,” opens with a gripping scene in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department.

Rutherford County native Tony Earley, who wrote the best-selling novel “Jim the Boy,” is back with “Mr. Tall,” his first collection of short stories in 20 years.

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Dannye Romine Powell
Dannye Romine Powell has published three collections of poetry (University of Arkansas Press) and a non-fiction book, "Parting the Curtains: Interviews with Southern Writers" (John Blair).
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