Meet the author

Patricia Bell-Scott has written a fascinating book, “The Firebrand and the First Lady,” about the friendship between Pauli Murray and Eleanor Roosevelt. Murray was raised by her aunt and grandparents in Durham and graduated from Hillside High. She was a writer, civil rights activist and lawyer, who tried to attend UNC-Chapel Hill in 1938 when it was still for whites only. She was also the first African American woman to become an Episcopal priest. Bell-Scott goes beyond listing of triumphs to write about the complicated woman who earned them and the racial and gender prejudice she endured. Bell-Scott, a professor emerita of women’s studies at the University of Georgia, will be speaking and signing books at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Regulator Bookshop in Durham.

Some authors visiting Triangle book stores this week:

Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill:

6 p.m. Wednesday: William A. Frey, “Ease Into Freedom.”

7 p.m. Thursday: Ross Howell Jr., “Forsaken.”

Info: 919-942-7373 or

Regulator Bookshop, 720 Ninth St., Durham:

3 p.m. Sunday Feb. 21: Kenneth Janken, “The Wilmington Ten.”

7 p.m. Tuesday: Patricia Bell-Scott, “The Firebrand and the First Lady.”

7 p.m. Wednesday: Amber Tamblyn, “Dark Sparkler.”

Info: 919-286-2700 or

Quail Ridge Books, 3522 Wade Ave., Raleigh:

2 p.m. Sunday Feb. 21: Ross Howell Jr., “Forsaken.”

7 p.m. Friday: Robin Moore, “In Search of Lost Frogs.”

4 p.m. Saturday: Betty Adcock, John Balaban, and Kelly Michels, Jacar Press Poets

Info: 919-828-1588 or

Barnes & Noble, 760 S.E. Maynard St., Cary:

7 p.m. Wednesday: Katharine Ashe and Sarah MacLean, “The Rogue.”

Info: 919-467-3866 or