Wednesday, November 07, 2007

Exclusive movie screening "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead"

Charlotte Weekly and Ballantyne Village Theatre will host a special advanced screening of Sidney Lumet's "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Ethan Hawke and Marisa Tomei. The movie is garnering great Oscar buzz and our screening will be held Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 7:15 p.m. at Ballantyne Village Theatre in Charlotte.

Seating is limited and you must R.S.V.P. to attend. Please e-mail your tiquet requests as soon as possible to Sean O'Connell at, Be sure to include the film's title in the subject line, and the number of people who will be attending the screeing in the body of your e-mail.
The screening will be a first-come, first-served affair, and all winners will be notified by e-mail.

Hope to see you there!

Check out the "Atonement" trailer

The movie is already garnering Oscar buzz as a potential Best Picture nomination. Check back here to find out the date and location for an exclusive showing of the movie.

CW Book Club Pick for Holiday season 2007: Atonement by Ian McKewan

This month, we're reading "Atonement" by Ian McKewan.

We're working on securing a date. Most likely it will be in early December. We're also working on securing a date for an exclusive movie preview. But in the meantime, I know a lot of readers are eager to start reading our pick.

Ian McEwan's symphonic novel of love and war, childhood and class, guilt and forgiveness provides all the satisfaction of a brilliant narrative and the provocation we have come to expect from this master of English prose.

On a hot summer day in 1935, thirteen-year-old Briony Tallis witnesses a moment's flirtation between her older sister, Cecilia, and Robbie Turner, the son of a servant and Cecilia ' s childhood friend. But Briony's incomplete grasp of adult motives - together with her precocious literary gifts - brings about a crime that will change all their lives.

As it follows that crime' s repercussions through the chaos and carnage of World War II and into the close of the twentieth century, Atonement engages the reader on every conceivable level, with an ease and authority that mark it as a genuine masterpiece.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Charlotte book events for November

With tons of great events this month, it's hard to choose which ones to go to. Circle your calendars and try to make as many as you can!

At Joseph-Beth Booksellers, SouthPark, 4345 Barclay Downs Dr., (704) 602-9800

Thursday, November 8 at 6:00 P.M
International Bestselling AuthorPATRICIA SCHULTZ discusses and signs 1,000 Places to See in the USA & Canada Before You Die . Join us for the latest installment of this very popular book. Mann Travel will be here to present brochures and information. We will also have Sharon Luggage here to give us some packing demonstrations. Join us for a wonderful time that will make you want to catch the next plane to...well, you will just have to wait and see the destinations that are covered. The demos begin at 6pm and Patricia Schultz will join us at 7pm.

Wednesday, November 14 at 11:30 a.m.
Discusses and signs Soby’s New South Cuisine Cookbook
Rodney Freidank is a transplanted New Yorker whose first job, at age 16, was at a Long Island delicatessen. He later headed south to help out at a family-owned restaurant in Wilmington, North Carolina. Then he moved to Greenville to take a job at The 858 Restaurant, where he displayed his talent for bold flavors and his insistence on topnotch ingredients. He worked at the highly rated Occasionally Blues before signing on as chef de cuisine at Soby's. Check out this great cookbook highlighting Soby’s talented chefs.

Saturday, November 17 at 1:00 P.M.
Charlotte AuthorCURTIS CHISHOLM signs Balloons Filled with Water Balloons
Filled With Water is a reflective and engaging poetry collection which captures the pleasant and unpleasant experiences of life. The collection is made even more inviting as the author effectively blends information and imagination that make the work accessible for the novice and entertaining for the more seasoned poetry reader.

Tuesday, November 20 at 7:00 P.M.
Charlotte Writer’s Club host Novello Press Winner MIRIAM HERIN discusses and signs Absolution
Absolution is the story of Maggie Delaney, an idealistic wife and mother whose world implodes when her husband is murdered in a seemingly random act. When Maggie attempts to find out what really happened, her search leads her back to her Carolina roots and through the streets of modern-day Boston. In the jungles of Southeast Asia, she uncovers a legacy of secrets about the man she thought she knew – and the troubled world they shared as they came of age together.

Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 P.M.
North Carolina AuthorNANCY SMITH THOMAS discusses and signs Moravian Christmas in the South
This inviting book explores the Christmas celebrations of the Moravian Church in the South, whose members were marking the holiday as early as the 1780s in ways recognizable to modern Americans. This abundantly illustrated volume explores the many facets of traditional Moravian Christmas celebrations, including decorations, food and beverages, gifts, services, and music. Thomas discusses how these traditions evolved over time, within and outside the Moravian communities, as well as how certain non-Moravian Christmas traditions were incorporated into the Moravian customs.
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At Park Road Books, 4139 Park Rd. (704) 525-9239

November 8th Thursday 7 pm
Notes From A Classroom: Refections on Teaching Charlotte Observer community columnist Kay McSpadden will be here to sign copies of her fascinating accounts of teaching school for over 30 years in South Carolina.

November 9th Friday 6 pm
Perils and Promises Francis Seymour will be here to sign copies of her book. Perils and Promises is a moving account of the spiritual calamity faced outside one's one's comfort zone.

November 10th Saturday 1pm
Cooking: First Presbyterian Church Recipes and Reflections from the Heart of Charlotte Come by and have some samples from this beautiful cookbook.

November 12th Monday 6 pm
Boone: A Biography Robert Morgan, bestselling author of Gap Creek & Brave Enemies, will be here to talk about and sign copies of his new biography of the American scout.

November 17th Saturday 2pm
Broken Hearts Pamela Miller will be here to sign her book.

November 18th Sunday 2 pm
Prince of War: Billy Graham’s Crusade for a Wholly Christian Empire Cecil Bothwell will be here to sign books.

November 23rd Friday 2 pm
Jack’s Christmas J. Paige Straley of Charlotte will be here to sign copies of his new Christmas classic.

November 24th Saturday 11:30- 1:15
The Care & Feeding of an Athlete and The Care & Feeding of a Dancer Toni Branner will be here to talk about and sign copies of her books.

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