Kate Betterton‘s first novel, Where the Lake Becomes the River — set largely in Mississippi during the Civil Rights Era — won the 2008 Novello Literary Award and was published in October. Now, the Chapel Hill, NC psychotherapist and novelist is in the midst of a tour of North Carolina bookstores, having visited Raleigh’s Quail Ridge Books just last week and making her next stop on Wednesday, December 17, at 7:30 p.m. at the Barnes & Noble, New Hope Commons, Durham.
An interview with Betterton will appear on this website on Monday, December 15. Mark your calendars now for that talk and to see her in person in Durham two days later.
Several events from the Triangle to the coast stand out as noteworthy this week. First up is Food Network sensation Rachael Ray with a return visit to the Cary Barnes & Noble. Ray talks about her latest cookbook, Rachael Ray’s Big Orange Book, on Friday, December 12, at 3 p.m.
Capturing the holiday spirit, Dickens scholar Elliott Engel discusses “Dickens and Christmas” and signs his latest book, A Christmas Carol Keepsake, on Sunday afternoon, December 14, at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh.
And humorist Celia Rivenbark, author of Belle Weather, appears Wednesday evening, December 17, at 7 p.m. at Pomegranate Books in Wilmington.
Northern Virginia, D.C. and Maryland
Two events of particular note this week — both in D.C.
On Thursday, December 11, at 7 p.m. Calvin Trillin samples his new book, Deciding the Next Decider: The 2008 Presidential Race in Rhyme, hosted by Politics & Prose at the Wesley United Methodist Church at 5312 Connecticut Ave. NW.
Then on Saturday, December 13, at 2 p.m., Alan Cheuse, author of To Catch the Lightning: A Novel of American Dreaming, and Colin Sargent, author of Museum of Human Beings, read from their works at the National Museum of the American Indian, Fourth Street & Independence Ave., S.W. (Rooms 4018-19, on the 4th level).