Found Objects

by Amy Kingsley

When I write about my boyfriend in this paper, I usually resort to gentle teasing. Mostly I do this because I don’t want to slather any sap on this paper. Not today. Today I am going to be sweet – sap be damned.

Having a boyfriend with his own bookstore has its benefits. Okay, one benefit. Free books. Like the copy of The Gang That Wouldn’t Write Straight, Marc Weingarten’s survey of new journalism, that Mark brought home for me a few weeks ago. He’s so considerate.

That book was my first good read of the summer and one that has inspired me to step up my game, journalistically speaking. Next up is Michael Herr’s Dispatches, a first-hand account of the Vietnam War that gets loads of praise in Weingarten’s book.

What about you? What are you reading this summer? John F. Saunders is the latest in a long list of local authors going public with new work – The Last Spartan, in this case – a crime thriller featuring the Southern equivalent of Hell’s Angels. He reads at the Greensboro Barnes & Noble at 7 p.m. on Thursday.

Not your style? Tony Craig, author of Country Stores in North Carolina, is at the Bob Timberlake Furniture Gallery in Lexington on Saturday. Relax in a wing chair and absorb the illustrator’s take on community grocers.

Here’s an idea: Use the summer to get a jump on writing your own novel. Register for the NC Writers’ Network Summer Residency at Queens University in Charlotte. The program runs from July 25-27 and the deadline for registration is July 9. You do not need to be a member of the network to register and scholarships are available. For more information visit

Bloody Blackbeard (see story), written by Preston Lane with music by Laurelyn Dossett, opens Thursday at Triad Stage.

Enchanted Sleeping Beauty: The Legend of Briar Rose, a presentation of Greensboro Children’s Theatre, runs this weekend at Weaver Academy. Tickets are only $7.

The Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem State University presents an exhibition of works by abstractionist Herbert Gentry that will bring more than 50 of the artist’s pieces to campus. The exhibit, The Man, The Master, The Magic, is free and open to the public. In fact, if you come on Friday night, they’ll even feed you. The show runs through mid-October. The food runs from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Sharp.