Greensboro NC Hotel

"Writers Meet Readers" O.Henry Book Fair

Saturday, February 21, 2015
1 until 3 PM
O.Henry Hotel
Supporting local authors in the Greensboro area

The second annual “Writers Meet Readers” O.Henry Book Fair will be held at the O.Henry Hotel on Saturday, February 21, from 1-3 PM. It will feature 20 local writers all with recently published books. Presented by the UNCG MFA Writing Program, the event will be hosted by O.Henry Magazine’s editor and New York Times best-selling author Jim Dodson. Each writer will be selling, signing and talking about their latest works.

The Book Fair is named for Greensboro’s most famous writer, William Sydney Porter (O.Henry), and sponsored by the hotel and magazine by the same name. There is no admission fee. For more information, call 336-334-5459.

A cash bar will be available. No reservations required to this "drop-in" event.

Sampling of the Authors & Their Works
By O.Henry Magazine

Martin Arnold: Earthquake Owner’s Manual
Martin Arnold’s work has been published in Best New Poets 2012, Verse Daily, Carolina Quarterly, Greensboro Review and elsewhere. The father of two young boys, he teaches in the English Department at Guilford College. Earthquake Owner’s Manual won the first annual Unicorn Press First Book Contest, based out of Greensboro. 

John Batchelor: Chefs of the Mountains
A retired school system superintendent, John Batchelor is a longtime News & Record restaurant reviewer.  Chefs of the Mountains and his upcoming Chefs of the Coast, to be published April 1, are combination cookbooks and travel guides, featuring North Carolina restaurants, chefs and their recipes.

MayCay Beeler: Buccaneer: The Provocative Odyssey of Jack Reed, Adventurer, Drug Smuggler and Pilot Extraordinaire
Greensboro resident MayCay Beeler is a record-breaking pilot, award-winning TV personality, veteran TV Host/Producer/Journalist, award-winning true-crime author, active FAA Certified Flight Instructor, world traveler and mom. As on-camera talent, MayCay has worked for every major network TV affiliate. Visit and

C. Michael Briggs: Guilford Under the Stars and Bars
A native of Greensboro and author of five books on the longrifles of North Carolina, C. Michael Briggs is a long-time student of local history. He led the effort to restore the vandalized Confederate Statue in Green Hill Cemetery and has erected a number of monuments and historical markers commemorating local Civil War events.

Fred Chappell: Familiars
Fred Chappell is the author of twenty-seven books of poetry, fiction and critical commentary. A native of Canton in the mountains of western North Carolina, he taught at UNCG from 1964 to 2004 and was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997 to 2002. He and his wife, Susan, live in Greensboro.

C. Craig Coleman: The Dragon Ring, The Crystal Legacy and The Crown of Yensupov
With an A.B. in Ancient and European History and an M.B.A., both from Chapel Hill, Greensboro resident C. Craig Coleman enjoyed a long career in textiles. After retiring, he began writing down a fantasy story that he'd been nurturing since youth. The result is a series: The Dragon Ring, The Crystal Legacy and The Crown of Yensupov. They've been awarded 5-stars by Readers' Favorite and The Midwest Book Review.

Jim Dodson: American Triumvirate 
Jim Dodson, Writer-in-Residence at The Pilot Newspaper in Southern Pines, has published a scad of books, four of which were New York Times bestsellers. Though he has written extensively about golf and, especially, celebrity golfers, some of his best work focuses on gardening, the human situation and his family. As editor of PineStraw, Salt and O.Henry, he pens a popular, monthly "Simple Life" column. 

Ellen Fischer: If An Armadillo Went to a Restaurant, illustrated by Laura Woods and Latke, the Lucky Dog, illustrated by Tiphanie Beeke
Ellen Fischer grew up in St. Louis, Missouri, but has been a Tar Heel for over thirty-five years. She loves to teach and write for children. She taught elementary age children for over twenty years. Ellen finds writing for children challenging but fun.  “Seeing an idea come to life as a story is exciting,” she says. “Making my readers laugh is even better.” 

Mary Flinn: Breaking Out
Mary Flinn, who lives in Summerfield, is a native North Carolinian who has used the state’s mountains and its coast as backdrops for a series of novels, including The One, Second Time’s a Charm, Three Gifts, A Forever Man and The Nest. With degrees from both UNCG and East Carolina, Flinn retired from her first career as a speech pathologist in 1981. Flinn has recently been the recipient of the Reader Views Literary Awards 2012 Reviewers’ Choice honorable mention in the romance category for A Forever Man.

Jamie Lisa Forbes: The Widow Smalls and Other Stories
Greensboro resident Jamie Lisa Forbes is originally from Laramie, Wyoming. After receiving her law degree from the UNC, she moved to Greensboro in 1993. By day, she practices law. The Widow Smalls and Other Stories is a collection of novellas and short stories, all centered on life in the West from the 1930s to the contemporary era.

Gary Furnas: The Niburian Sequence
After working as a furniture designer for twenty-five years, Greensboro resident Gary Furnas turned to freelance writing. Furnas says he honed his writing skills during his tenure in furniture manufacturing, where as vice-president of marketing and design, he was busy writing marketing plans and business plans.

John Hitchcock: Front Row, Section D
John Hitchcock is a Greensboro native, an artist, storyteller, sort-of wrestler, and owner of Parts Unknown The Comic Book Store for the last twenty five years. He was the first to hold up wacky signs at professional wrestling matches and gave The Four Horsemen their name. This book about Greensboro's professional wrestling scene is John's second book; his first, Dear John, The Alex Toth Doodle Book, was honored with an Eisner Award nomination in 2006.

J. Phillips L. Johnston: True South, Leadership Lessons From Polar Extremes
With an economics degree from Duke and a law degree from UNC, J. Phillips L. Johnston previously penned Success in Small Business Is a Laughing Matter and Biscuitville – The Recipe For Building A Sustainable Competitive Advantage. True South is the first book ever written about leadership of the two polar explorers, Amundsen and Scott. 

Billy Ingram: Hamburger²
Billy Ingram was a designer on some of the most successful Academy Award campaigns, film trailers, and movie posters of all time, for stars like Harrison Ford, Barbra Streisand, Tom Cruise, Steven Spielberg and many others. He launched in 1997 and it quickly became one of the internet’s hottest spots for entertainment and information, attracting millions of users a month. A frequent contributor to O. Henry magazine, Hamburger² is the 7th book Billy has written and/or produced, his previous release was the 2014 novel Reverend Buck Goes to College.

Valerie Nieman: Hotel Worthy, poems about love, loss, and survival
Greensboro resident Valerie Nieman teaches creative writing at N.C. A&T University and at John Campbell Folk School. Her poems have appeared widely and been collected in two chapbooks. She has also written three novels, with her most recent, Blood Clay, being honored with the Eric Hoffer Award.

Jacob Paul: Home for an Hour
An assistant professor of English at High Point University, Jacob Paul is the author of Sarah/Sara, which Poets & Writers called one of that season’s five best fiction debuts. His collaborative art book, Home for an Hour, debuted with a performance and gallery show at Phillips Gallery in Salt Lake City. His second novel, A Song of Ilan, will be out in March.

Ann Trueblood Raper: A Quaker Courtship
Ann Trueblood Raper was born into Clear Creek Meeting in Indiana and transferred to New Garden Friends Meeting in Greensboro, where she’s served as president of the North Carolina Friends Historical Society. Her book is a memoir composed of letters written during the 1922 courtship of her grandparents, Quakers from Indiana and Philadelphia.

Kevin Reid: Greensboro
Although born in Chicago, Kevin Reid moved to Greensboro when he was 1 year old. He graduated from Grimsley High School and Guilford College. A die-hard baseball fan, he collaborated with Hall of Fame outfielder Enos “Country” Slaughter on his autobiography, Country Hardball.

Charles Rodenbough: Separated at Birth and Settle: A Family Journey Through Slavery
After a long and varied career in real estate, insurance, textiles and running several travel agencies, Charles Rodenbough concentrated on writing, which he calls his avocation. He has previously published Governor Alexander Martin, History of a Dream Deferred and Pine House.

David Roderick: The Americans 
David Roderick teaches poetry and creative writing in the MFA Program in Writing at UNC Greensboro. The Americans documents American life by juxtaposing past and present, history and imagination. The book roams from place to place in order to dig into the messy, political, idealistic and ultimately inexplicable idea of American-ness.

Ann P. Saab: Bathsheba’s Book
A specialist in Middle Eastern history, Ann P. Saab taught at UNCG for many years. She originally wrote Bathsheba’s Book as part of a thesis for the MALS program. It is an account, in her “own” words, of Bathsheba's life from childhood, through her marriage to Uriah, her affair with King David, her marriage to him and her life in his harem.

Mark Smith-Soto: Time Pieces
Raised bilingually, Mark Smith-Soto says he’s fascinated by the practice and theory of translation. He has served as editor or associate editor of International Poetry Review at UNCG for over twenty years. He has written three full-length poetry collections and four prize-winning chapbooks

Lollie White: Play Music
A native of Greensboro, Laurie (Lollie) Lake White earned a Ph.D. in English at UNCG, where she taught for many years in the Honors College. She has published essays in various local papers and in The Christian Science MonitorPlay Music, her first novel, is based on the life of her piano teacher.

Lynn C. Willis: Wink of an Eye
Randleman resident Lynn C. Willis has worked in the corporate world, TV news, and founded and operated a biweekly community newspaper. She is currently the “granny nanny” to eight of her nine grandkids and writes fiction between diaper changes and naps. She is the first woman in ten years to win the 2013 St. Martin's Press/PWA Best 1st PI Novel Competition.

Lee Zacharias: The Only Sounds We Make
An Emerita Professor of English at UNCG, Lee Zacharias is the author of two novels, a collection of short stories and a collection of essays. Her work has received the Sir Walter Raleigh Award, the Theodore Hoepfner Christian Award, a Glenna Luschei Award, and been recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts and the N.C. Arts Council.


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