The Friends of Chapel Hill Public Library welcome in authors and literary figures on a regular basis to read from their works, speak with members of the audience, and share refreshments. Usually on the third Thursday of the month and always in Meeting Room B.
Refreshments start at 3:30 and programs begin at 4:00 pm.

  • Talia Sherer - Macmillan Publishing
    August 25, 2016
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    - Talia Sherer is the Director of Library Marketing for Macmillan Publishing. She coordinates the library marketing activities of all Macmillan’s adult publishers, including St. Martin’s Press, Henry Holt, Tor/Forge, Minotaur, Picador, Farrar, Straus & Giroux, and Flatiron Books.
  • Bland & Ann Simpson - Author and Photographer
    September 15, 2016
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    - Bland Simpson, Kenan Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at UNC, is a man of many talents with a long and prolific career. He has a number of books to his credit often focused on the beauty of the North Carolina coastal plain and enhanced by the beautiful photographs taken by Ann Cary Simpson. The Simpsons will share from their most recent book, Little Rivers and Waterway Tales, published by the UNC Press.
  • D.G. Martin
    October 20, 2016
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    - Well known as the long time host of UNC-TV’s North Carolina Book Watch and WCHL’s Who’s Talking?, D.G. Martin is also the author of a new book titled North Carolina's Roadside Eateries that catalogs 100 notable places that serve good food and are fixtures in their communities.
  • Henry Petroski
    November 17, 2016
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    - Petroski's books detail the fascinating story of how everyday things work and why they sometimes fail. His most recent book, The Road Taken tells the story of our nation’s deteriorating infrastructure - its roads, bridges, water systems and public transit.
  • William Ferris
    December 15, 2016
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    - As a professor of history at UNC and author of ten published books, William Ferris is well known as a folklorist and scholar. His newest book, The South in Color: A Visual Journal, uses decades of photography to reveal the details of life in the South.
  • Carla Buckley
    January 19, 2017
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    - Meet the bestselling author of The Good Goodbye, The Deepest Secret, Invisible, and The Things That Keep Us Here, which was nominated for a Thriller Award as a best first novel and the Ohioana Book Award for fiction.
  • Warren Bingham
    February 16, 2017
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    - In time for President's Day, Warren Bingham, a writer, speaker and broadcaster with a deep interest in Southern history and lore, will read from his new book, George Washington’s 1791 Southern Tour. The book, part history and part guide, explores why President George Washington, in his third year of serving as the highest elected official of a new country, decided to undertake a tour of the Southern states, mainly Virginia, the Carolinas, and Georgia.
  • Tim Crothers
    April 20, 2017
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    - The former senior writer at Sports Illustrated and the author of The Man Watching, the biography of UNC head soccer coach Anson Dorrance, and co-author of Hard Work, the autobiography of UNC basketball coach Roy Williams, reads from his newest book, The Queen of Katwe, One Girl’s Triumphant Path to Becoming a Chess Champion.
  • Art Chansky
    May 7, 2017
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    - Note: new date

    Art Chansky is a well-known sports columnist and commentator who has written seven books on the history of UNC Basketball and Dean Smith, including March to the Top, The Dean’s List , Dean’s Domain, Blue Blood, Light Blue Reign, and The Blue Divide. He will read from his newest book Game Changers: Dean Smith, Charlie Scott, and the Era That Transformed a Southern College Town.
  • Bronwen Dickey
    June 15, 2017
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    - Bronwen Dickey is a contributing editor at The Oxford American and the author of Pit Bull: The Battle over an American Icon. The book shows a deep knowledge of the history and the misinformation surrounding the pit bull breed.
  • Danny Johnson
    March 16, 2017
    3:30 pm - 5:00 pm
    - Pushcart Prize nominee Danny Johnson is a Vietnam Veteran and recipient of the USAF Distinguished Flying Cross. His debut novel The Last Road Home has been called powerful and lyrical. The novel explores race relations between a white orphaned farm boy and a sharecropper’s daughter. It’s set in the late 50s and early 60s and moves back and forth among Chatham County, the city of Durham and the jungles of Vietnam.

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