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Lee Smith, Mark Ethridge III find inspiration in packets of letters.

The hero of this novel is Ella May Wiggins, the young mother of five who led overworked, underpaid co-workers to strike at Gastonia’s Loray Mill in 1929.

New books, and a couple of my faves, to take to the beach this vacation season. My recommendations include the true story “A House of Sky” and Elizabeth Gilbert’s novel, “The Signature of All Things.”

The remarkable author from Chapel Hill is 92. She won an award for her short stories.

Kudos to Gina Atkins, first place; Ryan Herrera, second; Leah Mell, third; Christina Jaquith, honorable mention. And special kudos to Marva Hutchinson.

Charlotte’s cigar-puffing Harry Golden promoted integration in the 1950s. A marker in the Elizabeth neighborhood of Charlotte ewill be unveiled Sunday.

Charlotte’s Linda Moneta owned a plus-size boutique for women and loved the theater. She regularly worked the box office at Theatre Charlotte.

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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