Raleigh novelist Kim Church is always getting good news.
Her poignant 2014 novel, “Byrd,” won the prestigious Crooks Corner First Novel Prize (sponsored by the Chapel Hill restaurant of the same name) and, recently, Church learned that “Byrd” is a finalist for the Chaatauqua Prize, awarded by the Chautauqua Institute in Upstate New York. The latter means that Church gets to spend several weeks this summer in that gorgeous paradise teaching workshops in fiction.
On Sunday, at noon on UNC-TV on D.G. Martin’s N.C. Book Watch, you can meet Church and hear more about how she came to write “:Byrd,” which deals with longing and loss and the complicated entanglements of the heart.