Our popular Meet-the-Author Teas provide the Chapel Hill community with an opportunity to hear published authors read from and discuss their works. Refreshments are served at 3:30; the program runs from 4:00 to 5:00.
Upcoming Meet-the-Author Teas:
- December 12th, 2013 3:30pm - 5:00pm Meeting Room B
- "The Dry Grass of August" by AJ Mayhew
Refreshments at 3:30, program at 4.
Infused with the intensity of a changing time, here is a story of hope and heartbreak, of love and courage, of a journey from wounded to indomitable. In August 1954, Jubie Watts, a white teenager, leaves Charlotte, NC, with her family and their black maid for a Florida vacation. Jubie notices the anti-integration signs they pass, and feels racial tension build as they journey further south. But she cannot predict the shocking turn their trip will take. In the wake of tragedy, Jubie confronts her parents’ failings, decides where her own convictions lie, and makes a leap to independence.[ Show Detail ]
- December 30th, 2013 4:00pm - 5:00pm CHPL Meeting Room A
- "Journey" by Aaron Becker
Refreshments at 3:30, program at 4. Program includes special activities for young children.
As a boy growing up in Baltimore, Aaron Becker knew a trick: when he drew pictures, he became all-powerful. “Drawing was a way of making sense of what life was about,” Becker says, “On a piece of paper I could make all the rules that I wanted to.”
This year, with the release of his debut children’s book, Journey, Becker has created a world that invites its audience to follow the spirit of that child of years ago. “Journey” features a girl who uses a magical pen to slip from her distracted family to a rich world of her own timbre. With not a single word of text, “Journey” unfolds over 40 pages of captivating illustrations, detailed but not busy.
The book has won widespread positive notice. Amazon included it among its “Best Books” for young readers in summer 2013 while the New York Times called it a “masterwork.” School Library Journal placed the book on its list of contenders for the Caldecott Medal, the most notable award for picture books.
Amazon page..citing reviews:
An imaginative adventure story whose elaborate illustrations inspire wonder, careful examination and multiple reads.
—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Wonder mixes with longing as the myriad possibilities offered by Becker’s stunning settings dwarf what actually happens in the story. Readers will be both dazzled and spurred on imagined travels of their own.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
...auspicious debut… [a] captivating wordless story… The strong visual narrative makes this an appealing choice for a wide range of ages. By the turn of the last page, children will immediately begin imagining the next adventure.
—School Library Journal (starred review)
First-time author Becker sweeps readers away on the very best kind of journey, allowing a complex color scheme, intricate fantasy environments, and a stirring sense of adventure to tell the story without a single word. ... Laudable for its adventuresome female protagonist, scope, and sense of fun, this title will draw girls and boys back to it again and again.
—Booklist (starred review)
We live in a time with a lot of flash and beep and tweets. Mr. Becker has made a beautiful reminder that there are times we need to turn it off. Sometimes we need a book, some quiet, and our imagination. It’s so well done.
—Erin Stead, 2011 Caldecott Medal Winner for A Sick Day for Amos McGee[ Show Detail ]
- January 16th, 2014 3:30pm - 5:00pm CHPL Meeting Room A
- "Leaving Tuscaloosa" by Walter Bennett
Refreshments at 3:30, program at 4.
Imagine Alabama, the sultry summer of 1962—the year before Bull Connor turned his fire hoses on civil rights protesters in Birmingham and the Klan bombed the 16th Street Baptist Church. Two young men, one black, one white, stumble into their destinies as the world erupts beneath their feet. Richeboux Branscomb’s journey begins with a stupid mistake one night in a rattle-trap Ford on a dusty road. Acee Waites begins with a missing brother and a ruthless sheriff s search party. Propelled along separate tracks through thirty-six hours of racial turmoil, these estranged boyhood friends encounter tenderness and cruelty, erotic passion and murderous rage. Then amid the spreading fires of racial violence, their paths converge in a terrible, riveting climax. This stunning debut novel from Southern-based writer Walter Bennett, “Leaving Tuscaloosa,” weaves in elegant prose the life-threads of two men segregated by race but alike in their familiarity with aspiration blunted by loss. “Leaving Tuscaloosa” has already earned praise from authors Lee Smith, Elizabeth Spencer, and Craig Nova (“The Good Son,” “Cruisers”...) who called the novel unstoppable. Compelling, important, and haunting. The work was a 2010 Finalist for the Bellwether Prize, a nation-wide competition founded and administered by Barbara Kingsolver for unpublished narratives that foreground issues of social change. — amazon.com[ Show Detail ]