Scuppernong Books Hosts Frank McNair, Author of “Life on the Line: Football, Rage, and Redemption”

Life-on-the-LineWinston-Salem-based author Frank McNair will appear at Scuppernong Books in Greensboro on Saturday, October 28, at 3 p.m. for a book signing to promote his new award-winning football novel Life on the Line: Football, Rage, and Redemption (featured in Yes!Weekly June 29, 2017)      

Published by Bagpiper Press, the novel was named Best Book in the Young Adult category during the Spring 2017 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards.

Frank McNair is a veteran author of business-oriented books but this is his first work of fiction.

The book revolves around two boys on the same middle school football team who despise each other as soon as they meet on the practice field. Their animosity simmers throughout the season until it finally boils over in a “dramatic confrontation” that Forsyth Family Magazine’s Vonda Henderson describes as “swift, surprising, and rattles and shocks them and those around them.” She adds: “The outcome illustrates well that stage between boy and man.”

As a former football player himself, McNair offers his readers authentic, play-by-play gridiron action. Yet Life on the Line is about much more than football

“I thought football was a good petri dish in which to tell a story about adolescence and coming of age,” McNair told the Winston-Salem Journal recently. “My book is a good yarn about two young men living regular lives in a small Southern town. The story looks like it’s about is. But it’s also about boys trying to figure out what it means to be authentically male. It is about class differences, religion, grief, and coming of age. And  ultimately it is about rage, reconciliation, and redemption.”

Intended for middle- and high-school readers, Life on the Line: Football, Rage, and Redemptionis receiving a steady stream of positive reviews among Amazon Customer Reviews from parents of teenagers. One wrote, “Outstanding! Don’t let your sons (or daughters) miss this gripping story of boys growing up in the world of football.” The mom of now-grown boys said, “I wish Frank had written the book 10 years earlier when my son and his friends were this age.”

After reading selections from the book, McNair will take questions and sign copies that will be available for purchase.

Scuppernong Books is located at 304 South Elm Street, Greensboro, NC 27401.  For more information and directions: www.scuppernongbooks.com.

For more information on Frank McNair and Life on the Line: Football, Rage, and Redemption, including sample chapters, visit www.lifeonethelinebook.com.

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Canadian Caricature Artist Wins Cary Author’s Illustration Contest

The winning illustration will be published in Cris Cohen’s upcoming

The winning illustration by Daryl Stephenson.

book.

May 15, 2011 (Cary, NC) – Cris Cohen of Cary, NC, the author of the upcoming humor book “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane,” has announced the winner of an illustration contest he recently conducted on the book’s website at www.stayingcrazy.com.

The winner is Daryl Stephenson, an up-and-coming caricature artist in Maple Ridge, British Columbia (30 miles east of Vancouver), who discovered the contest online. He told Cohen that he “recently gave up my job as a supervisor in a warehouse — with my wife’s permission — to become an artist. I’ve always wanted to be a full-time cartoonist.”

Cohen’s book is due out this fall with proceeds from sales going to a local baseball league for kids with special needs, including Cohen’s own son, nine-year-old Max. It will be a collection of humor columns he wrote for several newspapers when he lived in California, plus new ones he’s written since he and his family moved to Cary, NC, in 2008.

Stephenson's illlustration will be published in Cris Cohen's book.Cary in 2008.

Cohen, who also writes the humor blog “Nothing In Particular” and a humor column for CaryCitizen.com, invited artists and wanna-be artists to illustrate a particular column that will be in the book entitled “Charming.” In the column, Cohen makes fun of an experience he had at a not-so-charming hotel, which was, nonetheless, advertised as “charming.” The winning illustration will be published in the book alongside the column.

“I also look after special needs kids,” Stephenson noted after learning he’d won. “Have been doing so for the past eight years. It’s tough but rewarding work. I was happy to see where your proceeds are going.”

Cohen quipped: “We hope that Daryl wears this distinction as a badge of honor or, at least, a badge of mild pleasure.”

For more information on Cris Cohen and “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane, visit www.stayingcrazy.com.

For more information on the winning illustrator, visit www.darylstephenson.com.

Humor author Cris Cohen

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen, the author of the Nothing In Particular blog and a new humor column for CaryCitizen.com, was born in Buffalo, NY, and grew up in a suburb of Los Angeles, eventually graduating from the University of Southern California. After a stint in rock radio in Los Angeles and Santa Barbara, Cris started writing his humor column for a collection of California newspapers. He eventually gravitated toward the tech world and Silicon Valley, working for companies such as Netscape and Cisco Systems. Cris, his wife Michele, and their young son Max moved to Cary, North Carolina, in 2008. Cris’ blog is available at http://criscohen.typepad.com. His first book, “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane,” is due out in the fall of 2011 (www.stayingcrazy.com.)

Photographer/Director Allen Weiss Launches New Website, Blog

April 1, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) – After working as a director, cameraman and advertising

Allen Weiss

writer for television commercials and print campaigns for two decades, Allen Weiss of Raleigh, NC, has gone back to his roots and reintroduce still photography to his career. As a result, he has launched a new website, Allen Weiss: Works on Film & Paper, at www.allen-weiss.com.

Weiss began his career as a professional photographer in Raleigh and New York. In New York, he studied under and worked for world-renowned portrait photographer Arnold Newman. In the early ‘90s, his career veered into directing and shooting television commercials throughout the US, Canada and Europe.

He was recently inspired to reconsider still photography when Lee Hansley of Lee Hansley Gallery in Raleigh asked him to mount an exhibition of the North Carolina artists’ portraits that Weiss originally shot in 1988. When the exhibition “Black & White/Color & Light: Photographs by Allen Weiss with Works by His Subjects,” opened in March, he made the decision to “put still photography back in the mix,” he said. (The exhibit runs through April.)

The new website includes a limited sampling of TV commercials and public service announcements, on film and video, that Weiss has shot and directed. The samples range from Southern States and the NC Symphony to the Bank of Belgium. A link to Vimeo lets visitors view more spots.

The site also showcases Weiss’ still photography, including the artists images in the Hansley Gallery show and other photographic portraits (including a rare image of Arnold Newman and Robert Doisneau mugging for the camera together), along with motorsport images he’s shown at L’art et L’automobile in New York City. He will be adding other types of still photography in the future, include architectural and interior design.

The site also features a link to Weiss’ new blog under “news & words.” Among other subjects he intends to cover, he has begun by discussing “the good, the bad, and the downright ugly” among TV commercials, he said. A recent post entitled “Can Doesn’t Equal Should” offers: “Ad folk who think their work will change the world as we know it, and directors who throw hissies on set, need a serious look inward. We’re selling shoes here, ladies and gentlemen. If you want to create art be an artist. Advertising is artistic commerce at its best.”

For more information and to see Weiss’ new website, go to www.allen-weiss.com.

About Allen Weiss:

After 15 years as a professional photographer in Raleigh and New York, Allen Weiss turned his attention towards short films, public service announcements and television commercials, both regionally and internationally. Recently, he launched Allen Weiss: Works on Film & Paper to offer still photography of all varieties, film and video (director, cameraman), and freelance writing/branding. For more information visit www.allen-weiss.com.