Michael Signer, a lawyer in Charlottesville, Va., has lectured on governance and leadership at the University of Virginia and ran for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor of Virginia in 2009. But it will be as biographer that he comes to Chapel Hill this week. His “Becoming Madison: The Extraordinary Origins of the Least Likely Founding Father,” (PublicAffairs, 384 pages) focuses on James Madison, possibly the most overlooked of the founding fathers, before he turns 36 – long before he became the country’s fourth president. The Richmond Times Dispatch reviewer wrote, “Signer’s description of Madison’s defeat of Patrick Henry’s proposal for state support for churches teaches lessons regarding effective legislating. John Boehner and Nancy Pelosi ought to consult Madisonian precedents.” Signer will be at Flyleaf Books at 7 p.m. Thursday in Chapel Hill.
Other authors visiting Triangle bookstores this week:
Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill:
Tuesday at 7 p.m.: Katie Rose Guest Pryal, “Entanglement.”
Never miss a local story.
Wednesday at 7 p.m.: Pam Durban, “Soon: Stories.”
Info: 919-942-7373 or flyleafbooks.com
Quail Ridge Books & Music, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh:
Tuesday at 7 p.m.: Shane Heavner & Bryan King, “12 Bones Smokehouse.”
Wednesday at 7 p.m.: Kate Blackwell, “You Won’t Remember This: Stories” & Kelly Cherry, “Twelve Women in a Country Called America: Stories.”
Thursday at 7 p.m.: Mardy Grothe, “Oxymoronica.”
Friday at 7 p.m.: Dorothea Benton Frank, “All the Single Ladies.”
Info: 919-828-1588 or quailridgebooks.com
McIntyre’s Books, Fearrington Village Center near Pittsboro:
Saturday at 11 a.m.: Arnold Thackray, “Moore’s Law: The Life of Gordon Moore, Silicon Valley’s Quiet Revolutionary.”