2 p.m. | McIntyre's Books
Lyn Fairchild Hawks and David Frauenfelder of True North Writers & Publishers Co-operative read from their latest books in tribute to their mentor, late UNC creative writing professor and Pittsboro resident Doris Betts. Fans of Doris are encouraged to bring their own Doris Betts memories, stories and quotations as we read from the fiction that she inspired, and celebrate her life and work.
How Wendy Redbird Dancing Survived the Dark Ages of Nought by Lyn Fairchild Hawks
At sixteen, Wendy Redbird Dancing is a scary-smart white girl with a hippie mom, a missing father, and a rarefied Michael Jackson obsession. It doesn’t help that her mother just uprooted them yet again, this time from California to North Carolina. Now Wendy has to survive a new school and fight bullies who rule this Southern roost.
But one black girl reaches out––Tanay––and she and Wendy forge a friendship to help her fight back. Even her mother’s new boyfriend, Shaye, looks to be a decent guy.
When Shaye starts flirting, Wendy is flattered, but confused. When things take a terrible turn, she must go underground, waiting for the day she can escape to London for Jackson’s final tour. All seems lost when the King of Pop dies. But Wendy suddenly hears his ethereal voice, offering guidance and sending her west. Is St. Michael now the only one she can trust?
Skater in a Strange Land by D.W. Frauenfelder
Sherm Reinhardt is an ice hockey player, first and last. So when he gets the chance to play the game professionally, he doesn’t care how far he has to skate to fulfill his dream.
Skater in a Strange Land takes Sherm to Borschland, a mythical country that’s half in this world, and half out. It’s a place lost in time where the locals drive horse-drawn carriages, fly in helium-filled airships, and are mad about their hockey. When Sherm arrives, he’s happy just to make the team. Then his game takes off and his team seems poised to breeze to a championship. But almost as quickly, Sherm is hip-deep in off-ice trouble: talking bears mixed up in political intrigue, the attractions of Rachael, a talented Borschic poetess, and a rumor that Sherm’s success has been fixed by higher-ups.
Is Sherm a pawn in a grander game? Finding the truth– even if it means losing Rachael– becomes Sherm’s ultimate goal.
Lyn Fairchild Hawks is a multi-published author, teacher and editor who has garnered many grants and awards for her fiction, including a James Jones First Novel Fellowship prize and an Elizabeth George Foundation grant; she has recently collected her short fiction in The Flat and Weightless Tang-Filled Future. As Lyn is married to local musician and frequent Fearrington player Greg Hawks, their Chapel Hill home hums with the soundtrack of clawhammer banjo and chattering computer keys.
D.W. Frauenfelder prefers to spend as much time as possible in fantasy worlds, but when here he teaches Latin and Greek and is a freelance writer. He is the author of the online course Growing up Heroic: Adventures in Greek Mythology as well as essays, book reviews, feature articles, columns, opinion pieces, and blogs. He resides in Durham with his wife, children, and a pet pygmy hippopotamus about which his seventh-grade paparazzi constantly ask, “Is he real?”