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Classes are back in session at the nation’s oldest public university. And as football season gets under way, we’ve got a couple of books for fans:
Woody Durham: A Tar Heel Voice, a brand-new autobiography, tells of the author’s lifelong love for UNC and his 40 years in the broadcast booth–the players, the coaches, the games. From 1971 to his retirement in 2011, Woody Durham was the “voice of the Tar Heels,” the play-by-play radio announcer for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Woody Durham gives behind-the-scenes stories from his years in that role, which makes it as much a chronicle of Tar Heel sports history as it is an autobiography. For the first time, Woody provides unfiltered opinions on the games and people, like Michael Jordan and Dean Smith, he covered. (Be sure to check out Woody’s book signings across North Carolina.)
Daniel W. Barefoot’s Hark the Sound of Tar Heel Voices encompasses 220 years of UNC history, in the very words of the men and women who lived it. Decade by decade, campus icons such as Proff Koch, Frank Porter Graham, and William C. Friday have their say. So do illustrious alumni including Zeb Vance, Thomas Wolfe, Andy Griffith, and Phil Ford. So does even notorious UNC critic Jesse Helms. Perhaps most entertaining are the offbeat narratives from people like the early professor who tried to discipline students for stealing horses and hurling furniture at faculty, the cheerleader responsible for the embarrassing one-time basketball appearance of Rameses, and the future chancellor who didn’t graduate on time because he flunked the swimming test.
Together, the two books capture a university revered for its landmark campus, its high ranking, its distinguished alumni, and its championship athletic programs. And for a limited time, you can order both for a total of $35 plus free shipping. Check out our website for full details.
Two decades ago, Bob Garner set off on a statewide exploration of food and restaurants for UNC-TV. For years we relied on Garner to tell us where to eat, from mom-and-pop places to white-tablecloth restaurants all across North Carolina. Now’s your chance to go with him – in person.
Enter to win an evening with Our State’s favorite foodie! And don’t miss the 36-page feature on North Carolina barbecue in the September issue of Our State magazine, excerpted from Bob Garner’s Book of Barbecue.
Big congratulations to Valaida Fullwood and Charles W. Thomas, Jr. Their book, Giving Back: A Tribute to Generations of African American Philanthropists, won the 2012 Terry McAdam Book Award, recognizing it as the “most inspirational and useful new book for the nonprofit sector.”
Giving Back lifts up seldom-celebrated traditions of giving among Americans of African descent. Rarely acknowledged as philanthropy, these centuries-old cultural customs and beliefs nevertheless continue to have an impact on lives and communities. Images and narratives of more than 200 people commemorate the legacy of black philanthropists—from generous donors of wealth to ingenious givers carving a way out of no way.
In Giving Back, Valaida Fullwood poignantly chronicles the African American philanthropy experience. Intimate vignettes and candid reflections reveal a myriad of philanthropic practices grounded in faith, mutuality, and responsibility. Fullwood juxtaposes personal accounts from a cross-section of black philanthropists with fascinating quotes from givers and game-changers across cultures to illuminate transcendent truths and elicit new thinking about philanthropy.
Photographer Charles W. Thomas, Jr. beautifully captures images that portray the joy, aspirations, remembrance, and resilience that characterize black philanthropy. Pairing photographic portraiture and narrative, Thomas and Fullwood give readers over 160 artful page spreads that enliven the soul of philanthropy and honor the legacy of America’s black philanthropists.
Our distributed press, Canterbury House, will also exhibit. And at 12:45 p.m. tomorrow, two Canterbury authors — award-winning Julia Taylor Ebel and Smoky Mountain novelist Lin Stepp — will appear on the Mountain Voices panel, moderated by Joseph Bathanti. Authors Jenny Bennett and Carolyn Guy as well as Canterbury publisher Wendy Dingwall will also sign books.
For full details, check the High Country Festival site. See you there!