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.


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.


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

Barbara Bush

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:


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. 


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


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:


Prologue: "Cold War" by Carole Fink

Oct 4, 2013
Westview Press

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