Chatham students get the gift of reading

Chatham County school children received a special gift thanks to McIntyre’s Books in Fearrington Village.

On Giving Tuesday in November, the store kicked off its Reindeer Readers program, raising money to provide beginning reader books for local students.

“The gift of literacy is irreplaceable and benefits us all,” said Keebe Fitch, McIntyre’s manager. “Sarah Carr, our children’s book buyer, and I have been tinkering with the idea of how to get books into the hands of younger students in Chatham County. As Sarah always says, literacy is the best gift one can give.”

The program received enough donations to buy 1,228 books – one for each kindergarten and first-grade student in the Chatham County public schools to take home.

“Donors have been so excited about the prospect of sharing books with Chatham’s youngest students that we are considering doing this again before school lets out,” Fitch said.

“Looks like we might have to change the program’s name!”

New titles

In “Metaphors Be With You” (Harper), quotation anthologist Mardy Grothe has created a collection of history’s greatest metaphorical quotations. The book is a best-seller on Amazon and is on The Wall Street Journal’s list of recommended reference books for the holidays. Grothe, a retired psychologist and author of six “word and language” books, lives in Southern Pines.

Author James W. Dean grew up hearing tales about his beloved Appalachian Mountains. His “Mountain Mysteries” (Outskirts Press) is a compilation of 13 short stories based on mysterious legends that have taken on lives of their own. Dean lives in Lucama in Wilson County.

“The Worlds of Isaiah” (CreateSpace) by Pryce Baldwin Jr. is a series of picture books intended for African-American boys. Baldwin, retired from the Wake County Public Schools, led a mentoring program for African-American boys in elementary and middle school toward the end of his career. Baldwin, who lives in Garner, says his grandson is the focus of the series.

From 1946 to 1950, the Lumberton Auctioneers, the Rockingham Eagles, the Warsaw Red Sox, the Sanford Spinners were among the minor league teams that made up the Tobacco State League, a short-lived team that brought baseball and normalcy back to the state at the end of World War II. In “The Tobacco State League: A North Carolina Baseball History” (McFarland), Durham photographer and copywriter Chris Holaday tells the story of those teams – the players and managers – and the communities that supported them. The book includes bios, stats and archival photos of the teams.

For writers

The 2017 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize is now open for submissions. The N.C. Writers’ Network awards the prize to a short story of 3,000 words or less. The winner receives $1,000 and possible publication in “The Thomas Wolfe Review.” For information, visit

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