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 noon. 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: With Joan Leotta

Dec 30, 2015

Monday, January 11, 2016, 7 pm

WHQR's MC Erny Gallery

On Monday, January 11, 2016 Ben Steelman of the StarNews talks to writer and champion storyteller, Joan Leotta, about her historical fiction series Legacy of Honor and her new picture book Whoosh!. Join us for the conversation in WHQR's MC Erny Gallery on Monday, January 11, 2016 at 7 pm.

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Prologue: "The Last September" by Nina de Gramont

Nov 3, 2015

On  November 9th at Prologue, Ben Steelman of the StarNews talks to writer and professor in the UNCW Creative Writing Department, Nina de Gramont, about her novel The Last September. Join us for the conversation on Monday, November 9th at 7 pm in the MC Erny Gallery at WHQR.

Monday, November 9th, 7 pm

The MC Erny Gallery at WHQR, 254 N. Front Street, Suite 3

About the Author:

Friday Feedback for October 30, 2015

Oct 30, 2015

For those of you who are WHQR listeners and who are not Martians [blue], you know that we concluded our Fall 2015 drive this week. It was a success, going about $4,000 over our $140,000 goal, and ending on time. Here’s one of my favorite Feedbacks, from Kimberly Cook in Wilmington:

I love the station. It makes me feel like I’m part of this wonderful community.

Now for a couple of negative comments. John Sheehan said:

Do away with on-air pledge drives!

Prologue: "The End of Plenty" by Joel Bourne

Sep 11, 2015

Monday evening at Prologue, Ben Steelman of the StarNews talks to journalist and author, Joel Bourne about his new book The End of Plenty. Join us for the conversation on Monday, December 14th at 7 pm at WHQR's MC Erny Gallery.

Monday, December 14th, 7 pm

The Mc Erny Gallery at WHQR, 254 N. Front Street

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Prologue: "Shepherd's Crook" by Sheila Webster Boneham

Sep 9, 2015

Monday evening at Prologue, Ben Steelman of the StarNews talks to author Sheila Webster Boneham about her new novel Shepherd's Crook (An Animals in Focus Mystery) and her essay in the 2015 Best American Science and Nature Writing anthology. Join us for the conversation on Monday, October 12th at 7 pm at WHQR's MC Erny Gallery

Monday, October 12, 7 pm

MC Erny Gallery at WHQR, 254 N. Front Street, Suite 3

About the Author:

Prologue: "Travels in Vermeer" by Michael White

Sep 8, 2015

Monday evening at Prologue, Ben Steelman of the StarNews talks to writer, poet and chair of the UNCW Creative Writing Department, Michael White, about his memoir Travels in Vermeer. Join us for the conversation Monday at 7 pm at WHQR

Monday, September 14th, 7 pm

MC Erny Gallery at WHQR, 254 N. Front Street, Suite 3

About the Author:

Please join Ben Steelman of the StarNews on Monday, August 10th at 7 pm in the MC Erny Gallery for a discussion with New York Times bestselling author Daniel Ray Norris about his new thriller Cape Fear Blackwater Deep.

Monday, August 10th, 7 pm

MC Erny Gallery at WHQR, 254 N. Front Street

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Prologue: "The Idea of Love" by Patti Callahan Henry

Mar 20, 2015

Please join Ben Steelman of the StarNews on Monday, July 6 at 7 PM in the MC Erny Gallery for a discussion with New York Times bestselling author Patti Callahan Henry about her new novel "The Idea of Love." 

Monday, July 6 at 7 PM

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

Prologue: "To Forge a Thunderbolt" by Chris Fonvielle

Mar 19, 2015

Please join Ben Steelman of the StarNews on Monday, June 8 at 7 PM in the MC Erny Gallery for a discussion with Civil War buff and widely acclaimed author, Chris Fonvielle, about his newest novel "To Forge a Thunderbolt."

"Dr. Fonvielle is a most entertaining historian...he commands a truly encyclopedic knowledge of Wartime Wilmington. " - Kemp Burpeau, Civil War News

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."

O Magazine

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
WHQR Staff

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!

Staff

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.

Staff

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. 

Staff

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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