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Verse & Vino Season!

The start of summer means Verse & Vino is in sight! The committee began planning almost as soon as last year’s wine bottles were cleared, and the annual Book Expo America marks the start of one of the most important components: the search for the magical mix of five New York Times best-selling authors to headline the evening. This year presenting sponsor PNC Bank joined Foundation staff to meet publishers and hear from hundreds of authors releasing books this year. Be the first to hear about our 2019 author lineup by following us on Facebook! 

What's Mark West Reading?

Mark I. West, PhD is a professor and scholar in Children's Literature and Chair of the Department of English at UNC-Charlotte. He believes children's literature is defined by its audience - and the Library keeps him in touch with young readers. Since his arrival in Charlotte in 1984, Mark has brought stories, insight, scholarship - and puppetry! - to Library programs and events, and he is a key member of  the EpicFest literary festival planning committee. Last month Mark was awarded the University's Bonnie E. Cone Professorship in Civic Engagement Award.

Bigger, Better, Together

When The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas was chosen as the featured title for Community Read 2019, Outreach Channel Leader and project manager Meryle Leonard saw an opportunity. “The themes in this book are so relevant and timely, we knew we’d need partners with different experiences and expertise. It was a natural opportunity to position the Library system as a convener and a platform for programs and dialogue that may be facilitated by others,” Meryle explains.

What's Sky Dudley Reading?

What does a poet read? Sky is one of 20 local poets inspiring customers at Main Library with his words during National Poetry Month. He shared the books that inspire him.  Harry Potter, by J.K. Rowling. The entire series. It was the first series that completely wrapped me in and absorbed me. The first and only book I’ve waited in line for. Ishmael, by Daniel Quinn. It’s a book about a gorilla learning philosophy. It’s a deep and inspiring book that can change the way you think.