John and Betsey Anderson have plenty to discuss over dinner these days. Both have recently published books that are attracting attention.
“The Mediterranean Way of Eating” (CRC Press), by John J.B. Anderson and Marilyn C. Sparling, shows how a plant-based diet promotes health and reduces the risk of several chronic diseases. Sparling is a former student of Anderson’s, an adjunct professor at the UNC School of Public Health.
“My book with Marilyn took about three years to complete,” he said. “We tried to summarize in readable English the scientific findings related to how the nutrients found in common foods help prevent or delay the biological changes that contribute to the major chronic diseases, especially obesity and Type 2 diabetes. … Our book is designed for a lay audience.”
Betsey Anderson’s “Maggie Goes to Maine” (Maine Authors Publishing), was inspired by watching the real-life Maggie romp freely at the family’s summer camp in Maine after the pup slipped out the door when her people weren’t looking. The children’s book won the Dog Writers Association of American 2014 award.
The Andersons, who live in Chapel Hill, spend a month each summer at the camp in Maine, where John says their biggest issue is traveling 25 miles for groceries.
Dr. Hattie B. Stancil’s first book, “A Voice From All of Us” (CenterPeace Publishing), represents the voices of people who have been silenced by their circumstances. The collection of verse includes the voices of a homeless man, a person with Alzheimer’s, a widower and more. Stancil is the founder of Harvest Word Ministry, All in One Ministry of Truth Fellowship and Safe Haven Interdenominational Bible Training Institute. She lives in Spring Hope.
Dr. Mardy Grothe has added more than 130 turns of phrase to his original book, “Oxymoronica” (Harper), for a new paperback edition. His witty collection of contradictions includes such timeless saying as “less is more” and Dolly Parton’s “You’d be surprised how much it costs to look this cheap.” Grothe, a popular quotation anthologist who lives in Southern Pines, will hold a book signing at Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 18.
“Diary of a Fed Up Teacher” (Second Wind Publishing) by Chip Putnam is the fictional account of the teaching profession based on Putnam’s two decades as a public school teacher in North Carolina. According to Putnam: “The parent says, ‘My child is perfect, so it must be the teacher’s fault that he’s failing.’ The administrators say, ‘These tests are perfect, so it must be the teachers’ fault if the students are not performing.’ Our elected officials say, ‘The state is in a dire financial situation, so it must be the teachers’ fault.’ I say, ‘ENOUGH!’ ” Putnam, who lives in Winston-Salem, says that while the people and events are fictional, the reality of the teaching profession is real.
In “Dark Energy” (Penguin), poet Robert Morgan uses the North Carolina landscape of his boyhood as the impetus for his writing. The book’s poems are rooted in nature and science, unlocking unexpected images and connections.
Raleigh author Heather Blanton uses 1891 Wyoming as the backdrop for her latest novel, “Grace Be a Lady” (Rivulet Publishing). Weaving historical detail and romantic fiction, Blanton crafts a story of survival: If Grace Hendrick has to live in a man’s world, she’ll live as a man.
Architect Paul Hardin Kapp will discuss his book “The Architecture of William Nichols: Building the Antebellum South in North Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi” (University Press of Mississippi) at 2 p.m. June 14 in Hillsborough. The event will be in the Eagle Masonic Lodge No. 19, a building designed by Nichols and built in 1823.
Joseph Bathanti, former poet laureate of North Carolina, will talk about his latest books, “Half of What I Say is Meaningless” (Mercer University Press) and “The Life of the World to Come” (University of South Carolina Press) on UNC-TV’s Bookwatch at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 18.
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.