WHQR and StarNews Present "Prologue"

Join Ben Steelman of StarNews to discuss notable works by local and regional authors. Meetings are open to the public and held in the WHQR gallery space at 7:00 p.m. Unless otherwise noted, the authors will join us! WHQR is located at 254 N. Front Street, downtown Wilmington, take the elevator to the 3rd floor.

Prologue: "Virginia's Ring" by Lynn Seldon

Mar 19, 2015

Join Ben Steelman of the StarNews on Monday, May 11 at 7 PM  in the MC Erny Gallery as he chats with worldwide traveler and photographer, Lynn Seldon about one of his life's greatest challenges, his recent novel Virginia's Ring. 

Monday, May 11 at 7 PM

MC Erny Gallery, 254 N. Front Street, 3rd Floor

Prologue: "Refund" by Karen E. Bender

Mar 18, 2015
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Join Ben Steelman of the StarNews and one of our most widely known local literary legends, Karen E. Bender, to discuss her recent, extremely well received short story collection Refund

Praise for Refund

"Bender probes the depths people will sink to for love and money in this poignant, absorbing collection of finance-themed tales. Worth investing time in." 

- People Magazine

"One of Ten Titles to Pick Up Right Now."

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Prologue: "The Fire This Time" by Randall Kenan

Jan 22, 2015

Join Ben Steelman of the StarNews and one of the most distinguished African American authors of today, Randall Kenan, to discuss his most recent achievement, a collection of his essays titled The Fire This Time, which includes a tribute to legend James Baldwin. 

Praise for The Fire This Time

Join Ben Steelman of the Star News and one of the South's best up-and-coming fiction writers, Taylor Brown, to talk about Brown's debut novel Fallen Land, as well as his recently published collection of short stories, In the Season of Blood and Gold

Monday, January 12, 7 PM
MC Erny Gallery, 254 N. Front Street, 3rd Floor

Prologue: "The Silent Sister" by Diane Chamberlain

Nov 7, 2014

Join Ben Steelman of the Star News and local author Diane Chamberlain to talk about her most recent novel "The Silent Sister."

"The Silent Sister is a powerful and thrilling novel. This tautly paced and emotionally driven novel will engross Chamberlain's many fans as well as those that read Sandra Brown and Carla Buckley." - Booklist

"Chamberlain has written an excellent novel with well-thought-out plot lines that never lose the suspense lover's interest for one solitary second." - Suspense Magazine 

Join Ben Steelman of the StarNews as he chats it up with lauded author Karen Pullen, editor of the new steamy collection "Carolina Crimes: Nineteen Tales of Lust, Love and Longing." 

"From sweet to sassy...and beyond. Whether you devour these luscious crimes tales all at once or dole them out to savor the nuances, you're in for a treat." - Kaye George, author of Death in the Time of Ice

Monday, December 8 at 7pm

MC Erny Gallery, 254 N. Front Street, 3rd Floor

Join Ben Steelman of the Star News and local author and history librarian, Beverly Tetterton to talk about her two recent publications "Maritime Wilmington" and "Wilmington, Lost But Not Forgotten."

Monday, October 13 at 7 pm

MC Erny Gallery, 254 N. Front Street, 3rd Floor

Join Ben Steelman of Star News and local author Debbie Moose to talk about her upcoming holiday cookbook, as well as the many food blogs and columns she maintains.

“Smart, informative and funny...Full of old favorites as well as new and unusual choices, this little volume will be of much use to home cooks even as it documents our regional culture.” - Bill Smith, cookbook author and James Beard Award-winning chef at Crook's Corner, Chapel Hill, N.C on Buttermilk by Debbie Moose.  

Monday, November 10 at 7 pm

Retired Judge Stuart Namm joined us in June to speak about his memoir, A Whistle Blower's Lament: The Perverted Pursuit of Justice in the State of New York. Namm spoke candidly with us about his experience as a judge in Suffolk County, New York,  the impetus for his book, and the plot of his real-life political thriller.

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Join Ben Steelman of Star News with local author Rebecca Petruck to talk about her debut novel Steering Toward Normal.

"In Petruck’s capable hands, raising a steer—caring for it, loving it, and eventually letting it go—becomes a keen metaphor for the loss of a loved one." -Booklist

September 8th, 7 - 8pm 
in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery
254 N. Front Street, Third Floor

Prologue Recap: "Hunting Che" by Kevin Maurer

Jun 5, 2014
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New York Times Bestselling nonfiction author Kevin Maurer joined us in May to speak about his most recent book, Hunting Che, about a U.S. Special Forces mission that lead to the capture of Ernesto Che Guevara in Bolivia. He spoke about his writing process, and what it's like to make a small factual error in a book:

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Join Ben Steelman of Star News with local creative and author Anne Russell to talk about her book Tropical Depression.

August 11th, 7 - 8pm
in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery
254 N. Front Street, Third Floor

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Join Ben Steelman of Star News with local authors Daniel Ray Norris and Halyn Prusa for a lively book talk! Britt’s Donuts - Forever Sweet traces the humble origins and growth of this most beloved family business. Behind the scenes donut making secrets are finally revealed! Never before published photos illustrate its history and interviews with current and past employees showcase the enduring impact that Britt’s Donuts has had on people’s lives. Don't miss this tasty talk with two local authors!

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I had the opportunity to interview author Kevin Maurer about his book Hunting Che. Maurer spoke about his writing process, his intentions for the book, and the challenges of research. Maurer will be in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR on Monday, May 12th for a Prologue discussion with Ben Steelman of Star News. Learn more about Maurer and his work on his author website.

If you enjoyed this interview, check out the links below for previous author interviews.

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Guest interviewer Jason Hess spoke with Judge Stuart Namm (Ret.) about his memoir A Whistleblower's Lament: The Perverted Pursuit of Justice in the State of New York. Namm spoke about his experience as a judge in Suffolk County, New York and the tribulations he encountered in his attempts to expose and reform certain aspects of the justice system during his 16 years as a judge. 

The Author

Join Ben Steelman of Star News with retired Judge Stuart Namm for a lively discussion of his memoir A Whistleblower’s Lament. 

June 9th, 7 - 8pm
in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery
254 N. Front Street, Third Floor
This is a free event

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Novelist Wiley Cash joined us on March 17th in the MC Erny Gallery for a lively Prologue book discussion moderated by Ben Steelman of Star News. Cash spoke at length about the work that has gone into his latest novel, This Dark Road to Mercy, as well as about a future novel he is currently working on. Below is one minute long highlight clip:

The Publisher

Join Ben Steelman of Star News with bestselling author and former Star News staffer Kevin Maurer to discuss his nonfiction books Hunting Che and No Hero (forthcoming). Expect a lively discussion on the content of the books, Maurer's writing process, and other literary topics.

May 12th, 7 - 8pm
in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery
254 N. Front Street, Third Floor

We hope you enjoy this clip from the April 14th Prologue discussion. Listen to Celia Rivenbark telling Ben Steelman and audience members about how good manners helped her get the inside story as a reporter at the high profile funeral of James Jordan senior:

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Join Ben Steelman of Star News with author Celia Rivenbark for a lively discussion of the humorous, unique etiquette book Rude Bitches Make Me Tired. 

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WHQR graduate fellow Jason Hess interviewed Carole K. Fink about her book Cold War. They spoke about the writing and research processes involved with nonfiction writing, and the importance Fink puts on sharing history as a teacher. Carole is our featured author for Prologue with Ben Steelman this coming Monday at 7 in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR.

Full details on Carole K. Fink's Prologue event is available here.

The Author

Join Ben Steelman of Star News with bestselling author Wiley Cash for a lively discussion of This Dark Road to Mercy. 

March 17th, 7 - 8pm
in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery
254 N. Front Street, Third Floor

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Recap: Enjoy this audio clip from the discussion with Rebecca Lee and Ben Steelman. The two writers offer unique, informed insights into the award winning book The Things They Carried. They Draw connections to other prominent works of literature and help put the work into literary and social perspective:

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Prologue: "Cold War" by Carole Fink

Oct 4, 2013
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Join Ben Steelman of StarNews and WHQR with historian and writer Carole Fink for light refreshments and a discussion of her new book Cold War.

February 10th, 7 - 8pm

in The MC Erny Gallery at WHQR
254 N. Front Street, Third Floor
Wilmington, NC 28401

Indie Bound

Join Ben Steelman of StarNews and WHQR with North Carolina writer Clyde Edgerton for light refreshments and a discussion of the author's new book Papadaddy's Book for New Fathers.

December 9th, 7 - 8pm

in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery
254 N. Front Street, Third Floor

Prologue Recap: "Bobcat" by Rebecca Lee

Sep 12, 2013

Listen to two clips from the evening Prologue discussion with author Rebecca Lee. Hear the award winning writer respond two two questions from the audience.

The following question concerns coming to know what a particular story is about:

An audience member questions Lee on her use and understanding of a sense place in her stories:

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Prologue: "The Returned" by Jason Mott

Aug 15, 2013

Join Ben Steelman of StarNews and WHQR with North Carolina writer Jason Mott for light refreshments and a discussion of the author's new book The Returned.

October 14th, 7 - 8pm

in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery
254 N. Front Street, Third Floor

About the author:

"Necessary Lies" by Diane Chamberlain

Aug 9, 2013
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Update: Listen to Diane Chamberlain speak with Ben Steelman about why the eugenics program in North Carolina interested her as a subject to engage in her latest novel. She also speaks in this clip about the process of bringing her concept to her publisher. It's an interesting insight into Chamberlain's writing process:

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Join Ben Steelman of StarNews, WHQR, and Diane Chamerlain for light refreshments and a discussion of the author's new book Necessary Lies.

Update: Listen to award winning North Carolina author Philip Gerard speak about the Cape Fear River, his writing process, and  his adventures writing Down the Wild Cape Fear. The below clip includes Gerard's interesting definition of a river:  

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Join Ben Steelman of StarNews and WHQR Commentator Philip Gerard for light refreshments and a discussion of the author's new book Down the Wild Cape Fear. 

Prologue: Award Winning Author Jill McCorkle

Jul 9, 2013

 Join Ben Steelman of StarNews for light refreshments and a special discussion with Lumberton native Jill McCorkle, who’ll be talking about her first novel in 17 years, Life After Life.
 

July 15, 7 - 8pm
in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery
254 N. Front Street, Third Floor

Join Ben Steelman of StarNews and science fiction author David Macinnis Gill for light refreshments and a discussion of the author's new book Shadow on the Sun

July 8, 7 - 8pm
in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery
254 N. Front Street, Third Floor

About the Author:
UNCW Education Professor David Macinnis Gill lives with his family in Wilmington, North Carolina. He is the author of Black Hole Sun, Invisible Sun, and Shadow on the Sun, as well as Soul Enchilada.

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