Founder of Raleigh’s Village Storytellers publishes fantasy yarn 20 years in the making

Author Charles Frazier will be on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 14.
Author Charles Frazier will be on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 14. AP

“Vrenessbith: Awakening” (Speurach Press) is the story of a faerie born to protect the Highlands before Scotland came to be. She teaches men and women how to preserve the hills and when these same men and women are drawn into a war they are told they cannot win, Vrenessbith fights by their side for four generations and ultimate victory.

“Vrenessbith: Awakening”

The saga is the creation of author E. Gale Buck, who says it is more than fantasy. “It is a story of passion, romance, struggles to survive, small victories, big defeats … ‘Vrenessbith’ is a story of life.”

Buck has played the Great Highland bagpipes for more nearly 50 years, beginning with the N.C. State University Pipes and Drums. “In 1998, I suffered a frozen shoulder and went to physical therapy at Duke University,” he says. “This was a painful and tedious process. I found relief from the agony of therapy by developing the story that later became ‘Vrenessbith.’ ” The story was re-awakened in 2010 when he joined a writers’ group and he spent six years developing “Vrenessbith.”

“I began writing stories in December 1987 when I had a problem with Christmas and my soon-to-be wife told me to get over it. That story led to another and another, now totaling over 200 stories.”

Buck lives in Raleigh. He is an accomplished storyteller and a founder of Raleigh’s Village Storytellers and Front Porch Stories. “Vrenessbith” will be released this month.

New titles

The second of author Thomas Kies’ Geneva Chase mysteries features a flawed but dedicated heroine who has managed to work her way down the journalism career ladder and is now a crime reporter at her hometown paper after stints at top news organizations. In “Darkness Lane” (Poisoned Pen Press), she is pulled into two crime stories while battling her own demons. Kies, president of the Carteret County Chamber of Commerce, lives in Morehead City.

Laurent Dubois
Laurent Dubois

Laurent Dubois, a professor of romance studies and history at Duke University, whose course “Soccer politics” is popular among students, has filled his new book with insights and stories about the world’s most popular sport. In “The Language of the Game: How to Understand Soccer” (Basic Books), Dubois describes how the game’s low scores, relentless motion and individual performances combine to turn each match into an unpredictable story.

For writers

The 2018 Squire Summer Writing Workshops (SW18) are three intensive workshops with accomplished instructors, plus group events such as readings and discussions, a chance to share work with other writers and an opportunity to bond with writers from across the state and beyond. SW18 will run from July 19 to July 22 at N.C. State University. Workshops in fiction, creative nonfiction and poetry are offered. For information and to register, visit


Author Charles Frazier talks about his best-selling novel, “Cold Mountain,” (Grove Press) on UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch at 5 p.m. Thursday, June 14. “Cold Mountain” marked the 20th anniversary of its publication last year. It has sold more than 3 million copies.

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