The weeks before Christmas and New Year’s are busy for book stores with last-minute shoppers, but not with visiting writers. Authors like a holiday, too. Just one is visiting this weeek. Be sure to check your favorite local bookstores for their holiday hours and to see if they have other special events planned.
Barnes & Noble, 8030 Renaissance Parkway, Durham:
1 p.m. Sunday Dec. 18: Dr. Brian King, “The Laughing Cure.”
Info: 919-806-1930 or barnesandnoble.com
Quail Ridge Books & Music, 4209-100 Lassiter Mill Rd., Raleigh:
2 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 18: Annie Hallinan, “The Sweetest Christmas Eve,” a holiday picture book for children ages 4 and up.
Info: 919-828-1588 or quailridgebooks.com