Events

Events

Jun
6
Tue
Children’s Storytime @ McIntyre's Books
Jun 6 @ 10:30 am

Join Children’s Book Buyer, Sarah, for storytime with our littlest readers — babies, toddlers and preschoolers are welcome! This week’s theme is My Day!

About Sarah Carr, Children’s Book Buyer
: With 30 years of experience selling books, including being a longtime employee at McIntyre’s, Sarah was an obvious choice to take over the role of Children’s Book Buyer. If you need assistance with selections for children, she is your go-to source. Sarah lives in Pittsboro with her husband and two sons.

Jun
10
Sat
David Goodrich – A Hole in the Wind @ McIntyre's Books
Jun 10 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

An epic bicycle journey across the American hinterland that explores the challenges of climate change alongside a diverse array of American voices.

After a distinguished career in climate science as the Director of the UN Global Climate Observing System in Geneva, David Goodrich returned home to the United States to find a nation and a people in denial. Concerned that the American people are willfully deluded by the misinformation about climate that dominates media and politics, David thought a little straight talk could set things right. As they say in Animal House, he decided that “this calls for a stupid and futile gesture on someone’s part, and I’m just the guy to do it.”
Starting on the beach in Delaware, David rode his bike 4,200 miles to Oregon, talking with the people he met on the ultimate road trip. Along the way he learned a great deal about why climate is a complicated issue for many Americans and even more about the country we all share. Climate change is the central environmental issue of our time. But ‘A Hole in the Wind’ is also about the people Dave met and the experiences he had along the way, like the toddler’s beauty pageant in Delaware, the tornado in Missouri, rust-belt towns and their relationship with fracking, and the mined-out uranium ghost town in Wyoming.

As he rides, David discusses the climate with audiences varying from laboratories to diners to elementary schools. Beautifully simple, direct, and honest, ‘A Hole in the Wind’ is a fresh, refreshing ride through a difficult and controversial topic and a rich read that makes you glad to be alive.

David Goodrich worked at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and served as the Director of the UN Global Climate Observing System in Geneva, Switzerland. He retired as head of NOAA’s Climate Observations and Monitoring Program. In addition to his cross-country bicycle trip, he has ridden down the Appalachians and across Montana, South Dakota, France and Spain. He lives in Maryland.

Jun
11
Sun
William Sommers – ‘Foreign Vistas: Stories From a Life in the Foreign Service’ @ McIntyre's Books
Jun 11 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

In the early 1960s, William Sommers left his position as a town manager in New Jersey and, taking a leap of faith, moved his growing family to Bangkok, Thailand. This was his first position as a Foreign Service Officer with the State Department’s newly created USAID.

One the first USAID officers in Thailand, he went on to build a career as a local development specialist that spanned 40 years, sending him on assignments around the world, including Thailand, Vietnam, the Philippines, Indonesia, Poland, Bosnia, Hungary and Egypt.

‘Foreign Vistas’ is a deeply-felt memoir of one writer/diplomat’s passionate engagement with the people and cultures where he lived and worked during the latter part of the 20th century, and it is that rare work that captures the essence of what it means to be at home in the world.

Born in Duluth, Minnesota, William Sommers is a graduate of Middlebury College and holds a masters degree in public administration from Harvard’s Littauer Center (now the John F. Kennedy School of Government). He is now retired and living in North Carolina.

Jun
13
Tue
Children’s Storytime @ McIntyre's Books
Jun 13 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Join Children’s Book Buyer, Sarah, for storytime with our littlest readers — babies, toddlers and preschoolers are welcome! This week’s theme is Dads, in celebration of Father’s Day! Contact the bookstore with any questions at 919.542.3030.

About Sarah Carr, Children’s Book Buyer: 
With 30 years of experience selling books, including being a longtime employee at McIntyre’s, Sarah was an obvious choice to take over the role of Children’s Book Buyer. If you need assistance with selections for children, she is your go-to source. Sarah lives in Pittsboro with her husband and two sons.

Jun
15
Thu
“200 Years of PERSUASION” @ Hampton Inn & Suites
Jun 15 – Jun 18 all-day

This year’s four day symposium will focus on Jane Austen’s last completed novel, PERSUASION. Participants will have the opportunity to hear expert speakers and participate in discussion groups, as well as join in a Regency ball, partake in an English tea, and visit special exhibits tailored to the conference. The Jane Austen Summer Program is designed to appeal to Austen fans, established scholars, K-12 teachers, graduate students, and undergraduate students—anyone with a passion for all things Austen is welcome and encouraged to attend!

For more program information, to see comments and photos from previous programs, or to register, please visit our website janeaustensummer.org.

Jun
17
Sat
Margaret Dardess – Brutal Silence @ McIntyre's Books
Jun 17 @ 11:00 am

Born and raised just outside of New York City, Margaret Dardess has lived and travelled across several continents, landing at last in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, where she probably should have been all along. She is the daughter of an artist and a poet who were determined to steer their only daughter away from a life in the arts.

For many years they were successful. Margaret returned to New York after graduating from Connecticut College to study Japanese history at Columbia University and, after a brief teaching career at the University of Illinois, went on to tackle the law. When she finally stopped going to school, she set off on a journey, masquerading as an international trade lawyer, a corporate communications executive and a university administrator until at last she cast her parents’ warnings to the wind and began to write.

‘Brutal Silence’ is Margaret’s debut thriller. After meeting a woman who escaped from human traffickers and hearing all that the poor woman endured, Margaret was so angry that she had to tell others about it. She chose to write an action-packed thriller as a way to make the issue of human trafficking come alive through fiction. ‘Brutal Silence’ is the story of Alex Harrington, a resilient and gutsy young Southern woman who takes on human traffickers in her North Carolina town and in Mexico.

Margaret lives with her husband and three cats in Chapel Hill and Wilmington, North Carolina. She is hard at work on a second book that will take Alex Harrington to Margaret’s own native New York City and back to Mexico where Alex tries to build a new life as an international relief worker only to find that those she trusts the most are motivated more by greed than by charity.

Jun
20
Tue
Children’s Storytime @ McIntyre's Books
Jun 20 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Join Children’s Book Buyer, Sarah, for storytime with our littlest readers — babies, toddlers and preschoolers are welcome! This week’s theme is Going To The Zoo!
Contact the bookstore with any questions at 919.542.3030.

About Sarah Carr, Children’s Book Buyer
: With 30 years of experience selling books, including being a longtime employee at McIntyre’s, Sarah was an obvious choice to take over the role of Children’s Book Buyer. If you need assistance with selections for children, she is your go-to source. Sarah lives in Pittsboro with her husband and two sons.

Jun
24
Sat
Daniel Wallace – Extraordinary Adventures: A Novel @ McIntyre's Books
Jun 24 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

One of PopSugar’s Best 2017 Spring Books for Women

A large-hearted and optimistic novel, ‘Extraordinary Adventures’ is the latest from the New York Times-bestselling Daniel Wallace.

Edsel Bronfman works as a junior executive shipping clerk for an importer of Korean flatware. He lives in a seedy neighborhood and spends his free time with his spirited mother. Things happen to other people, and Bronfman knows it. Until, that is, he gets a call from operator 61217 telling him that he’s won a free weekend at a beachfront condo in Destin, Florida. But there’s a catch: the offer is intended for a couple, and Bronfman has only seventy-nine days to find someone to take with him.

The phone call jolts Bronfman into motion, initiating a series of truly extraordinary adventures as he sets out to find a companion for his weekend getaway. Open at last to the possibilities of life, Bronfman now believes that anything can happen. And it does.

Daniel Wallace is the J. Ross MacDonald Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he directs the Creative Writing Program. He is the author of the novels ‘Big Fish’, ‘Ray in Reverse’, ‘The Watermelon King’, ‘Mr. Sebastian and the Negro Magician’ and ‘The Kings and Queens of Roam’.

Jun
25
Sun
June NCPS Reading Series @ McIntyre's Books
Jun 25 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

North Carolina Poetry Society reading with Kelly Lenox, Maureen Sherbondy and Terri Kirby Erickson.

Jun
27
Tue
Children’s Storytime @ McIntyre's Books
Jun 27 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Join Children’s Book Buyer, Sarah, for storytime with our littlest readers — babies, toddlers and preschoolers are welcome! This week’s theme is At The Ocean!
Contact the bookstore with any questions at 919.542.3030.

About Sarah Carr, Children’s Book Buyer
: With 30 years of experience selling books, including being a longtime employee at McIntyre’s, Sarah was an obvious choice to take over the role of Children’s Book Buyer. If you need assistance with selections for children, she is your go-to source. Sarah lives in Pittsboro with her husband and two sons.

Jul
8
Sat
Carlie Sorosiak – If Birds Fly Back @ McIntyre's Books
Jul 8 @ 11:00 am

A sparkling debut about love, family, and the mysteries of the universe, perfect for fans of Jandy Nelson, Rainbow Rowell and Nicola Yoon by one of our own—former McIntyre’s bookseller, Carlie Sorosiak. Come and celebrate with us!

Linny has kept a journal of famous disappearances ever since her sister Grace ran away in the middle of the night. Sebastian is an aspiring astrophysicist with a working theory for everything—but the one thing he can’t figure out is the identity of his birth father.
They haven’t met—yet—but Linny and Sebastian have one thing in common: an obsession with famous novelist and filmmaker Àlvaro Herrera, who who went missing three years ago and has just reappeared. As their lives converge around the mystery of Àlvaro, they begin to uncover the answers they’ve been looking for.

With humor and heart, debut author Carlie Sorosiak weaves a story of searching for those who leave—and loving those who stay.

“‘If Birds Fly Back’ feels like that last hazy, sun-drenched summer of high school, when you know you’ll need to find your place in the world, but you’re busy laughing and falling in love under starlit skies. It’s the rarest author who can pull off laugh-out-loud hilarious, profound, and breathlessly romantic, all in the most sparkling prose. That shortlist includes Rainbow Rowell, Nicola Yoon, and now, Carlie Sorosiak.” —Jeff Zentner, acclaimed author of ‘The Serpent King’ and ‘Goodbye Days’.

Jul
9
Sun
Sunday at the Farm: “Still & Barrel” Author Event @ Pleasant Green Farms
Jul 9 @ 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Please join us for our second “Sunday at the Farm” event at Pleasant Green Farms. John F. Trump, author of “Still & Barrel: Craft Spirits in the Old North State,” will be on-site to talk about the rising popularity of area distillers and share a few tastes. Purple Crow Books will be on hand with copies of the book, as will our friends from The Alliance for Historic Hillsborough. This event is free, but registration is required.

Jul
11
Tue
Kyle James discusses his travel memoir Not Afraid of the Fall @ Flyleaf Books
Jul 11 @ 6:30 pm

After purchasing one-way flights from New York City to Paris, Kyle James and his girlfriend Ashley quit their day jobs, planned futures, and their daily paradigms to see as much of the world as they could. In 114 days, they trekked across 15 countries and 38 cities with nothing but their backpacks, their smartphones, and each other. Not Afraid of the Fall is the unvarnished story of their off-the-cuff journey: From cliff-jumping on Croatia’s untouched coasts to bathing with rescued elephants in Thailand; from crashing mopeds on mountainous gravel roads in Santorini, to hitchhiking with strangers in rental cars in Hungary.

Part travelogue memoir, part love letter to those staring at the walls of a corporate cubicle, Not Afraid of the Fall is an inspiring book that captures both the sweet mysteries of life on the road as well as an empowering narrative for anyone who has ever uttered the words “maybe next year.”

Jul
15
Sat
J.C. Srasser- Gradle Bird @ McIntyre's Books
Jul 15 @ 11:00 am

Sixteen-year-old Gradle Bird has lived her entire life with her grandpa, Leonard, at a seedy motel and truck stop off Georgia’s I-16. But when Leonard moves her to a crumbling old house, rumored to be haunted by the ghost of Ms. Annalee Spivey, Gradle is plunged into a lush, magical world much stranger and more dangerous than from the one she came.

Here she meets Sonny Joe Stitch, a Siamese Fighting Fish connoisseur overdosed on testosterone, a crippled, Bible-thumping hobo named Ceif “Tadpole” Walker and the only true friend she will ever know, a schizophrenic genius, music-man and professional dumpster-diver, D-5 Delvis Miles.

As Gradle falls deeper into Delvis’ imaginary and fantastical world, unsettling dangers lurk, and when they surface Gradle discovers unforeseen depths in herself and the people she loves the most.

‘Gradle Bird’ is an unusual tale of self-discovery and redemption that explores the infirmities of fatherly love, the complexities of human cruelty and the consequences of guilt, proving they are possible to overcome no matter how dark and horrible the cause.
J.C. Sasser started her career at age twelve, working as a dishwasher, waitress, and cook at a truck stop off Georgia’s I-16. Over her life, she has worked as an envelope licker, tortoise tagger, lifeguard, Senate page, model, editor, water-polo coach, marine biologist, plant grower, software consultant and 6-Sigma Black Belt. ‘Gradle Bird’ was a short list finalist in the 2015 William Faulkner-William Wisdom novel competition, and her other writing credits include the short story and screenplay, ‘The Pigeon Catcher’ (Ceiba Productions 2002). She lives in a restored barn on Edisto Island, SC, with her husband, Thomas, along with their two sons, T.C. and Robert Esten, and two dogs, Cro and Blue Moon June. ‘Gradle Bird’ is her first novel.

Jul
17
Mon
Matthew Quick discusses his new novel The Reason You’re Alive @ Flyleaf Books
Jul 17 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

The New York Times bestselling author of The Silver Linings Playbook offers a timely novel featuring his most fascinating character yet, a Vietnam vet embarking on a quixotic crusade to track down his nemesis from the war.

After sixty-eight-year-old David Granger crashes his BMW, medical tests reveal a brain tumor that he readily attributes to his wartime Agent Orange exposure. He wakes up from surgery repeating a name no one in his civilian life has ever heard–that of a Native American soldier whom he was once ordered to discipline. David decides to return something precious he long ago stole from the man he now calls Clayton Fire Bear. It may be the only way to find closure in a world increasingly at odds with the one he served to protect. It may also help him to finally recover from his wife’s untimely demise.

As David confronts his past to salvage his present, a poignant portrait emerges: that of an opinionated and good-hearted American patriot fighting like hell to stay true to his red, white, and blue heart, even as the country he loves rapidly changes in ways he doesn’t always like or understand. Hanging in the balance are Granger’s distant art-dealing son, Hank; his adoring seven-year-old granddaughter, Ella; and his best friend, Sue, a Vietnamese American who respects David’s fearless sincerity.

Through the controversial, wrenching, and wildly honest David Granger, Matthew Quick offers a no-nonsense but ultimately hopeful view of America’s polarized psyche. By turns irascible and hilarious, insightful and inconvenient, David is a complex, wounded, honorable, and loving man. The Reason You’re Alive examines how the secrets and debts we carry from our past define us; it also challenges us to look beyond our own prejudices and search for the good in us all.

Jul
22
Sat
Jeff VanderMeer discusses his new sci-fi novel Borne in conversation with Ann VanderMeer @ Flyleaf Books
Jul 22 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Jeff VanderMeer, the bestselling author of the Southern Reach trilogy, discusses his new novel Borne, in conversation with his wife and acclaimed Tor.com editor Ann VanderMeer.

In Borne, a young woman named Rachel survives as a scavenger in a ruined city half destroyed by drought and conflict. The city is dangerous, littered with discarded experiments from the Company—a biotech firm now derelict—and punished by the unpredictable predations of a giant bear. Rachel ekes out an existence in the shelter of a run-down sanctuary she shares with her partner, Wick, who deals his own homegrown psychoactive biotech.

One day, Rachel finds Borne during a scavenging mission and takes him home. Borne as salvage is little more than a green lump—plant or animal?—but exudes a strange charisma. Borne reminds Rachel of the marine life from the island nation of her birth, now lost to rising seas. There is an attachment she resents: in this world any weakness can kill you. Yet, against her instincts—and definitely against Wick’s wishes—Rachel keeps Borne. She cannot help herself. Borne, learning to speak, learning about the world, is fun to be with, and in a world so broken that innocence is a precious thing. For Borne makes Rachel see beauty in the desolation around her. She begins to feel a protectiveness she can ill afford.

But as Borne grows, he begins to threaten the balance of power in the city and to put the security of her sanctuary with Wick at risk. For the Company, it seems, may not be truly dead, and new enemies are creeping in. What Borne will lay bare to Rachel as he changes is how precarious her existence has been, and how dependent on subterfuge and secrets. In the aftermath, nothing may ever be the same.

Jul
23
Sun
July NCPS Reading Series @ McIntyre's Books
Jul 23 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

North Carolina Poetry Society reading with Ricky Garni, Guiseppe Getto and Tina Barr.

Jul
25
Tue
Children’s Storytime @ McIntyre's Books
Jul 25 @ 10:30 am – 11:00 am

Join Children’s Book Buyer, Sarah, for storytime with our littlest readers — babies, toddlers and preschoolers are welcome! This week’s theme is On The Farm!
Contact the bookstore with any questions at 919.542.3030.
About Sarah Carr, Children’s Book Buyer
With 30 years of experience selling books, including being a longtime employee at McIntyre’s, Sarah was an obvious choice to take over the role of Children’s Book Buyer. If you need assistance with selections for children, she is your go-to source. Sarah lives in Pittsboro with her husband and two sons.

Dirty Birds Press presents a reading from the urban fantasy anthology “Undercities” @ Flyleaf Books
Jul 25 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Join Dirty Birds Press at Flyleaf Books on July 29 for an exclusive reading of selections from their urban fantasy anthology “Undercities.” Authors Magdalena Clark and Laura J. Moody will be reading and discussing selections from their short stories.

Dirty Birds Press is an indie publishing company that believes in elevating voices of marginalized creators and seeks to provide a platform for stories by and about people of marginalized identities. “Undercities,” Dirty Birds Press’ debut publication, is an urban fantasy anthology featuring stories by authors of color and queer authors.