Thanks for making my book a “mountain standout”

Great thanks to the Mountain Xpress and writer Jon Elliston for the recent feature about my new book, Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina [“Mountain Standouts,” Aug. 1 Xpress]. Since the article appeared, the book has been nominated for The North Carolina Literary and Historical Association's 2012 Ragan Old North State Award for Non-Fiction. The […]

Look homeward, Big Brother

Thomas Wolfe, Carl Sandburg, Terry Sanford, Charles Kuralt. Most North Carolinians probably wouldn’t find anything sinister in this list of some of the state’s favorite sons. Yet the FBI investigated and maintained secret files on all of these prominent people, whose names are written into both state and national history. These and similar files, declassified […]