Sherry Monahan of Holly Springs believes history is easier to digest if you can taste it. In “Frontier Fare” (TwoDot), she combines myths, nostalgia and legends with Western-themed recipes. Drawn from her ongoing column in True West magazine, the recipes are adapted for a modern cook’s kitchen.
Monahan attributes her love of the West to her father, who lived in New York but wore a Stetson hat and cowboy boots. A visit to Tombstone, Ariz., in the 1990s solidified the love affair.
Recently elected president of Western Writers of America, she will also be appearing in “Legends and Lies” on Fox News starting 8 p.m. April 12. She expects to be in at least five of the 10 episodes.
Monahan dreams of having her own TV show one day.
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“History never tasted so good,” she said.
Jim Pomeranz of Cary takes a look back at perhaps the best-ever NCSU men’s basketball team in “1973-74: Reliving the NC State Wolfpack’s Title Run” (CaryTown Press). Pomeranz, who was sports editor of the student newspaper in spring 1974, turns to the archives of The Technician for his account. Included is a postseason interview he conducted with David Thompson, then national college player of the year.
Mable Cox debuts with “Creations from the Heart” (Cox Consulting Group), a collection of poems and a short story. She says she draws inspiration from the stories told by her elders while she was growing up. Cox, a native North Carolinian who lives in Maryland, is a graduate of Shaw and N.C. Central universities.
The turmoil of a woman’s life intertwines with the issues of the women’s movement after the Civil War in Richard Beck’s “The Quality” (Amazon). Beck, a Durham resident, has written several books and had a play produced Off Broadway.
“The Orchardist’s Secret” (Amazon) is Ray Mathews’ 20th book. Mathews, 85, describes his latest novel as “a semi-Western with an orchardist theme.” The story “blends fruit-growers with the California gold rush, the gold prospectors, the Maidu Indians and the immediately popular Colt Baby Dragoon pistol,” he said. Mathews, who holds seven U.S. patents, lives in Raleigh.
David Fuller Cook of Durham has updated a previous work with “The New Piedmont Almanac” (Barefoot Press). A week-by-week review of the nature of the Piedmont, the book features core material and activities for students. It is available at Purple Crow Books in Hillsborough, Weaver Street Market in Chapel Hill and the Regulator Book Store in Durham.
“A Weird-Oh World: The Art of Bill Campbell” (Schiffer Publishing), by Mark Cantrell, examines the career of the colorful artist with witty prose and more than 700 photos. Cantrell, a seasoned author, lives in Wake Forest.
The current edition of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine features “Born Mean,” a short story by Ruth Moose of Pittsboro.
The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition is now open for one-poem submissions. See ncwriters.org for information.
Raleigh’s Quail Ridge Books celebrates self-published authors with a reading and book-signing at 3 p.m. Feb. 22. The local authors selected for their solid sales are: Ron Doggett, Gail Waters, Allen Stein, Thomas Harrelson and Tom Regan.
A Winter Writers’ Workshop will be held at Quail Ridge Books from 9 a.m. to noon Feb. 21. Journalist and publicist Bridgette Lacy will lead the hands-on workshop on how to launch a publicity campaign for a new book. Cost: $100. Contact Lacy at Bridgettelacy@att.net to reserve a seat.
Triangle-area authors: We want to hear about your new book. Send information to firstname.lastname@example.org. As space permits, we will mention self-published books by local authors that are for sale on commercial sites.