Storyteller’s Bookstore
158 S. White Street
Wake Forest, 27587
(919) 556-3903

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"EVERY STORY PAINTS A PICTURE, EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY"

Book Readings/Signings

We have two local author book readings scheduled 

Saturday, March 14th 1:00 pm

Join us for a reading by RJ McCarthy 

of Wilhelmina: An Imagined Memoir

The author summarizes his work as follows:

Wilhelmina Johnson Hamlin died in 1930, shortly after the birth of her sixth child.  She was 26 years old, remarkably unknown and ordinary.  Yet in her “ordinariness,” she was an extraordinary human being.  A woman of color, living at a tenuous, often harsh, time for African-Americans, she created a legacy of love in her brief life.

Her story unfolds as a series of linked chapters in which she explores the events that have shaped her life.  Through the prism of memory, moment and thought, she cherishes the good, willing herself to ponder, but not dwell upon, the less than memorable.  The majority of her formative years spent in an orphanage, she weighs its effects upon the primary issues that color her life including family, loss, the mysteries of the world, her mechanisms for sustaining happiness, and, shadowing everything, racism. 

 

Our Second Reading is by

Sonia Usatch-Kuhn and her book of poetry Regarding My Son

Saturday, April 11th 1:00pm

 

Sonia Usatch-Kuhn's memorable chapbook, Regarding My Son, is the odyssey of a mother and son through and beyond the "barren pit" of schizophrenia. The mother-speaker is habitually, often desperately, "frozen outside" of her beloved son's "blackened confusion," herself at every moment about to detonate. In prayerful language, at once poised at the brink of desperation and dogged hope – without a whit of sentimentality, cold-eyed, often fierce, always permeated with love – Usatch-Kuhn inches the reader ever closer to the stunning feat that only poetry can achieve – the ultimate triumph of recovery: "I open my eyes / caress your cheek / weave you whole again." These poems brave utterance in face of the direst odds. Such courage.

 

Joseph Bathanti

Poet Laureate of North Carolina


 

 

Shameless Commerce Section

    We know you love sales. Something is on sale everyday in the store. Might be fiction, might be cookbooks. Watch the board out front or call for information

 Book is Here !! Autographed Copies at Storytellers !

Your humble book store owner has launced his book, a memoir that follows my father's journey home from WWII to be part of my small town community of Hildebran, NC, between Hickory and Morganton, NC. 

I take his letters to my mother during his time in Italy and a few other places in 1944-5 and I weave them into the story of his efforts to help others in Hildebran begin a little league baseball program, a dozen years after the war.

The memoir is structured around his letters and an afternoon of baseball that he helped organize for boys in Hildebran, Henry River and Valdese. The book is titled The Second Greatest Baseball Game Ever Played. The game in question was played in 1957.

Those who love baseball, appreciate memoir about family and fathers and sons, and have an interest in WWII history should find the book rewarding. Release date around December 1st.

The rest of this will be of interest to my friends and family from Hildebran. In the story, the following boys and men are a part of the story one way or another.

Melvin Ruggles      Charlie Bridges       Mills Bridges      Tommy Keller      Louie Page

Billy Cline                 Druey Lambert      Ted Icard            Jerry Rudisill        Ray Childers

Tommy Parham      Roger Smith    Clayton Lowman   Jesse "Punk" Raby   Clyde Houston

Herb Livertt            Paul Fowler             Winston Yoder        Terry Smith   Norman Bess

Joe "Mickey" Lynn         Elliot "Red" Holloway       Gary Wilkerson      Joe Brown

Dale Abernathy      Francis Orders   Charlotte Yoder Bridges (my mother)

My Grandparents: Laura Ida Miller Yoder and Oliver Macmillan Yoder         Bobby Ledford

 

 

            

Saturday ALL DAY Parents Read to Children

EVERY Saturday at 10:30am

We are changing the nature of our Saturday morning storytime. Our attendees have turned out to be very young children who actually need to be in a lap, most appropriately the lap of mom or dad. Although we occasionally will have guest readers and storytellers for any older children, we believe this will work best as a time for parents to come and read to or read with their children.

So each Saturday we will set aside some recommended readings for parents to explore with children and if you like what you see here's a deal, 20% off your first purchase and 10% off any other selection you buy from us.

We have a fine selection of books for all ages and we are getting ready to stock the shelves with new books. Come see what we have!

 

The Northern Wake Storyteller’s Circle 

Next Story Circle March 15th, Sunday at 3PM

Whether we are sitting around the kitchen table or speaking at a conference, the world is filled with stories. The Storyteller's Book Store hosts The Northern Wake Storytelling Circle, an open group of storytellers, students and listeners, who love a good story. Facilitated by Claire Ramsey, The Northern Wake Storytelling Circle meets twice a month. For more information, contact Claire at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 919-556-3903.

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

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