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Talking at the Table: Food Writing in the New SouthProminent southern food writers, cookbook authors and culinary instructors will gather to share favorite stories and insights into food traditions of the South February 15 in Chapel Hill. The public is invited.

The North Carolina Writers’ Network is sponsoring the event, which will also include live bluegrass music and southern dishes.

Tickets are $50, with proceeds going to support the work of the Writers’ Network. Register here.

The panel discussion will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Horace Williams House at 610 Rosemary St. in Chapel Hill. Speakers will include:

  • John Shelton Reed and Dale Volberg Reed, authors of Holy Smoke: The Big Book of North Carolina Barbecue.
  • Bill Smith, head chef at Crook’s Corner restaurant in Chapel Hill and author of Seasoned in the South.
  • Debbie Moose, former News & Observer food editor and author of Wings: More Than 50 High-Flying Recipes for America’s Favorite Snack.
  • Marcie Cohen Ferris, author of Matzoh Ball Gumbo: Culinary Tales of the Jewish South.
  • Sheri Castle, culinary instructor and contributor to Cornbread Nation 3.

The panel will be moderated by diet and health columnist Suzanne Havala Hobbs.

The authors will be available to sign books sold at the event.

Tickets are available at Market Street Books in Southern Village, Chapel Hill; by calling (919) 251-9140; or by visiting the North Carolina Writers’ Network online at

Discounted annual membership rates are available at the event to first-time NCWN members for $55, or $20 off the regular rate.

The nonprofit North Carolina Writers’ Network is our state’s oldest and largest literary arts services organization devoted to writers at all stages of development.

For additional information, visit

More than 250 writers, editors, and publishing agents will gather November 14 – 16 for the annual North Carolina Writers’ Network Fall Conference, one of the country’s largest conferences dedicated to the art and business of writing.

Registration for this year’s conference, to be held at the Hilton Raleigh-Durham Airport in Research Triangle Park, is now open at the Network’s website,

This year’s conference will feature a keynote address by North Carolina novelist and poet Ron Rash, author of the new novel Serena, as well as the award-winning One Foot in Eden and The World Made Straight.  The yet-to-be-named Piedmont Laureate, a new position for the Triangle area, will read at the Saturday luncheon.

More than 25 writers will lead workshops, master classes, and panel discussions in topics ranging from understanding how writers can use the Internet to understanding publishing contracts; from writing poems with presence to turning family stories into drama for the stage.

The conference will also again offer the popular Manuscript Mart, Critiquing Service, and Speed Pitching sessions, in which registrants can discuss their unpublished works with book professionals.

The conference faculty includes authors Paul Cuadros, Marjorie Hudson, Randall Kenan, Zelda Lockhart, and Travis Mulhauser; playwright Gary Carden; poets Stuart Dischell, John Amen, and Alex Grant; speculative fiction writer and N.C. State professor John Kessel; memoirist Melissa Delbridge; and mystery author Vicki Lane.

Agents and editors at the conference will include Emmanuelle Alspaugh of Judith Ehrlich Literary Management, Rita Rosencranz of Rita Rosencranz Literary Agency, Kathie Bennett of Magic Time Literary Agents, Stephen Kirk of John F. Blair, Publisher, Amy Rogers of Novello Festival Press, and Kevin Watson of Press53.

The annual banquet on Saturday night will precede the first Network Town Hall Meeting, a chance for members to share their thoughts on the direction and activities of the N.C. Writers’ Network.

“The Fall Conference represents the single most important mission of the North Carolina Writers’ Network: bringing our state’s many writers together to improve their craft, share their ideas, and join in the literary community,” executive director Ed Southern said.

Registration for the Fall Conference is not limited to members of the Network, or even to writers from North Carolina.  Anyone with an interest in writing can sign up online, or by calling the Network at (704) 246-6314 or (919) 251-9140.

The North Carolina Writers' Network is again pleased to offer our members the chance to show their books to 500 Southeastern booksellers - not to mention around 1500 book editors, publishers, authors, and other industry professionals - at the 2008 Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance Trade Show, September 26 - 28, in Mobile, Alabama.

The SIBA Trade Show is the only time of the year when this many booksellers and book businesspeople will be together in one place, looking for books to sell.

The cost is $50 per title, or $125 for three titles. You can send up to 12 copies of each book, along with promotional materials or order forms, or you can send only promotional materials to be displayed in place of books.

Please note that these books and/or materials will be given away - not sold - at the show, and no books or materials will be returned.

The Network's table at the trade show will be staffed by Executive Director Ed Southern and Board President Nicki Leone, both of whom have extensive experience working SIBA trade shows as exhibitors and booksellers.

To have your book(s) on the table, call the Network at 704.246.6314 or register online here:
(registration is now closed)

You must also fill out and return the SIBA table reservation form with your books here:
(registration is now closed)

All books and materials must be received by September 15, and space on the table is limited, so please sign up now to take advantage of this special opportunity.
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