b2ap3 large BookEmI will be joining a list of authors and other luminaries at Book 'Em North Carolina at Robeson Community College in Lumberton on 27 February 2016. I will be reading from my book Ma Ma Um Sweatin' and discussing with readers and visitors the impact of education on young lives.


The special guest speaker at the annual event will be North Carolina Poet Laureate Shelby Stevenson.

Stephenson grew up on a small farm near Benson and says that most of his poems come out of that background. I have written many poems about the mules we worked until I was in the seventh grade and, after that, the tractor. My early teachers were the thirty-five foxhounds my father hunted. The trees and streams, fields, the world of my childhood, all that folklore are my subjects.

Other speakers include TV writer and novelist Vik Rubenfeld, the creator of the 90s CBS TV series Early Edition and celebrity chef Curtis Aikens. The event raises money for literacy, so please consider attending. To date Book 'Em North Carolina has raised more than $34,000 for litereacy.

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