And the Winner Is….


Tuesday, October 21st showcased one of the perennial favorite events at Novello — Carolina Writers Night. This year’s event featured John Hart, author of Down River and King of Lies. A Salisbury, NC native, Mr. Hart talked about the sometimes challenging scenario of inventing characters in a story based in his home town. Everyone wants to guess who the real character is!

Kate Betterton introduces her debut novel

Kate Betterton with debut novel

Carolina Writers Night also featured Ann Wicker, editor of the Library’s Novello Festival Press publication Making Notes: Music of the Carolinas and a special reading & musical performance by Kevin Winchester. Kevin’s story “Catching Smoke” is featured in Making Notes.

The night wouldn’t be complete without the release of our latest Novello Festival Press (NFP) publication and 2008 Novello Literary Award winner, Where the Lake Becomes the River by Kate Betterton. Sure to become a favorite, this book is now available for check-out at your library, and is on sale in PLCMC library locations and area bookstores.

We also announced the 2009 Novello Literary Award-winning book, Cow Across America by Dale Neal. Chosen from among 86 recent manuscript submissions, Cow Across America will be published by the Library’s Novello Festival Press and released at next year’s Novello Festival of Reading.


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