This page features links to the Durham Reads Together NextReads newsletters, which contain suggestions for further readings based on Margaret Maron's books and the various libary events held in conjuction with Durham Reads Together.
Durham Reads Together Newsletter #6 - Margaret Maron Roast & Toast
Join authors Bren Witchger, Diane Chamberlain and Katy Munger, members of Margaret Maron’s writing group, the Weymouth 7, on Sunday, October 7 at 2:30 p.m. at the Washington Duke Inn, as they roast and toast her. Maron’s new novel, Three-Day Town. In this issue, you will find bios of the authors attending the event, as well as information about their books.
Durham Reads Together Newsletter #5 - Family Farms or Urban Sprawl?
The “suburbanization” of farm land is a frequent subplot in the Judge Knott series. Join Steve and Martha Leonard Mobley, owners of Meadow Lane Farm and popular vendors at the Durham Farmers’ Market, on Sunday, September 30 at 3 p.m. at South Regional, for a discussion on the future of family farms and other land use issues in the Triangle. To read more about this issue, check out the suggest titles below.
Durham Reads Together Newsletter #4 - Southern Cooking
Food plays an important part in the culture of the South and in Maron’s novels. In Up Jumps the Devil, Deborah Knott says, “My family will drop every other subject to discuss food.” On Sunday, September 23 at 3 p.m. at Southwest Regional, join Bob Garner, television personality and food author, as he moderates a panel of leading proponents of Southern cooking, including Chefs Ben Barker of Magnolia Grill, Billy Cotter of Toast, Amy Tornquist of Watts Street Grocery and Iron Chef Walter Royal of the Angus Barn as they discuss Southern food cultures. You can also sink your teeth into one of these books about southern cooking.
Durham Reads Together Newsletter #3 - Race
Racial inequality in the judicial system was the main factor that led Deborah Knott to run for judge, and North Carolina’s complicated relationship with race is expertly woven into many of Maron's Judge Knott series novels. Join Dr. Sharon Holland, Associate Professor of English, African & African American Studies and Women's Studies at Duke University, on Saturday, September 22 at 3 p.m. at Main Library, for a discussion on how racial issues are explored in Maron’s books. You can read more about these issues by checking out the books in this issue.
Durham Reads Together Newsletter #2 - Bootlegging
At 3 p.m. on Sunday, September 16 at Main Library, local historian Todd Johnson will discuss the illegal liquor trade known as bootlegging. Be sure to read Margaret Maron's first Deborah Knott series book, Bootlegger's Daughter, and then learn more about the bootlegging practice by attending the event and reading other books on the subject. The second Durham Reads Together newsletter provides a list of bootlegging books to get your started.
Durham Reads Together Newsletter #1 - Judge Knott Series Books
To kick-off Durham Reads Together, the first newsletter provides a listing of all Margaret Maron's Deborah Knott series books. Choose one, or read them all. It's up to you!
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