So & So Books To Host An Afternoon with Frank Harmon – a book signing event for ‘Native Places: Drawing as Way of Seeing”

Blueplate PR client: Frank Harmon, FAIA, author
FH_sm_by William MorganFRANK HARMON, FAIA (Photo by William Morgan)

 So & So Books, an independent bookstore in downtown Raleigh’s trendy Person Street commercial district, will host a book-signing event for architect/author Frank Harmon, FAIA, and his new book Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See on Saturday, December 1.

Beginning at 5 p.m., Harmon will discuss his book and his passion for hand sketching. After a Q&A with the audience, he will sign copies of Native Places, which will be available for purchase in So & So Books.

Frank Harmon book

Delight in Ordinary Places

Published by ORO Editions, Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See is a collection of 64 of Harmon’s watercolor sketches paired with brief essays he’s written about architecture, everyday objects and sites, and nature. The sketches convey the delight he finds in ordinary places. The short essays, inspired by the sketches, offer his fresh interpretations of what most take for granted.

Harmon’s goal for Native Places is, in fact, “to transform the way we see,” he says, and to promote his belief that hand drawing offers “an opportunity to develop a natural grace in the way we view the world and take part in it.” He will explain both concepts in his presentation.

Bookstore + design studio

So & So Books shares space with in situ studio. One of the studio’s founders, Erin Sterling Lewis, AIA, will introduce the author at the event. Sterling Lewis worked with Harmon in his multi-award-winning architecture firm for several years before he retired. She considers him her “greatest mentor,” she said recently, and “remains grateful every day for the opportunities he afforded me during my time at Frank Harmon Architect.”

Praise for Native Places

In her review of Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See,, author and entomologist Eleanor Spicer Rice, PhD., wrote, “Like a child picking up fistfuls of seemingly commonplace stones, Harmon gathers places in all their forms and meanings and thoughtfully lays them in his book, where the ordinary becomes extraordinary and everyday life takes on a new texture and meaning.”

In a letter to Harmon, Fred Chappell, former North Carolina Poet Laureate, offered, “Native Places…has afforded me happy pleasures, different from any that I have before derived from a book.”

Mike Welton, architecture critic for the News & Observer, called Harmon’s book “delightful” and suggested that it is “destined to change how we see this world.”

So & So Books is located at 704 North Person Street, Raleigh 27604 (919-426-9502). For more information, visit the store’s Facebook page.

For more details on Frank Harmon and Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See, visit the book’s website:

Pamlico Writers Group Welcomes Frank McNair for Workshop, Book Signing


The author of the award-winning new novel Life on the Line: Football, Rage, and Redemption will join the group on October 24th

The Pamlico Writers’ Group in Washington, NC, will welcome author Frank McNair of Winston-Salem and Bath, NC, as Featured Author on Tuesday, October 24, from 7 to 9 p.m.  McNair will read from his new, award-winning novel Life on the Line: Football, Rage, and Redemption, sign copies of the book, and conduct a mini-workshop on “Plotting and Keeping Up with Characters.”

Open to the public, the event will be held at historic Turnage Theater, 150 West Main Street, Washington, NC. 27889.

Set in the rural South in 1965, Life on the Line is the story of two middle school boys struggling to understand themselves and the world around them as they meet on the football field and immediately despise each other.

A former football player himself, McNair draws his readers into play-by-play action during grueling practices and often violent, bloody games as the boys lead their team towards an undefeated season — despite the tension and animosity that escalates between them.

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McNair’s novel is built around football, but it also contains themes of family and faith, love and loss, and how all of that leads the boys to hard-won reconciliation. Earlier this year, it was named “Best Book” in the Young Adult category for the Spring 2017 Pinnacle Book Achievement Awards.”

Frank McNair grew up in Laurinburg, NC, where he was a member of the Scotland County High School “Fighting Scots” football team. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Morehead Scholar, he received his MBA degree from Wake Forest University. He has published successful non-fiction business books but Life on the Line is his first venture into fiction. He is currently working on a second novel, this one exploring the life of Christian faith, entitled A Creeping Certainty.

McNair and his wife Laura are active members of their church community, where they teach and contribute in other ways. They live with their beloved lab, Buddy Brown, in a house overlooking the woods in Winston-Salem when they’re not in residence at their coastal home in Bath overlooking the Pamlico River.

The Pamlico Writers Group is affiliated with the Arts of the Pamlico and meets twice a month. Its mission is “to help other aspiring writers accomplish their goals in writing.” For more information on the October 24th book signing and workshop:

For more information on Life on the Line: Football, Rage, and Redemption, go to



WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL: “First-time novelist draws on experience as football player for coming-of-age story”


By Lisa O’Donnell 

Frank McNair’s debut novel, Life on the Line: Football, Rage, and Redemption, was 10 years in the making.


After lots of stops and starts, McNair fought through writer’s block and crafted a young adult novel set against the backdrop of something he knows well — football.


“I thought football was a good petri dish in which to tell a story about adolescence and coming of age,” said McNair, a native of Laurinburg. READ MORE…

YES!WEEKLY: “Summer Reading for Middle- and High-School Sports Fans – Gritty New Football Fiction by Triad Author Will Make Them Want to Read”

Adult readers have also expressed enthusiasm about the book, especially the realistic treatment of the football scenes. READ ARTICLE…


Award-winning Novelist Mark Spano Joins 2017 “Meet The Author” Series June 25th

NC Author, lNC Filmmaker

Chapel Hill novelist Mark Spano will read from his new book Midland Club. 

June 8, 2017 (Raleigh, NC) — As part of the Raleigh LGBT Center’s 2017 Sizzling Summer “Meet the Author” Series, novelist Mark Spano of Chapel Hill will read from his critically acclaimed and award-winning novel Midland Club on Sunday, June 25th, beginning at 1 p.m.

After the reading, Spano will sign copies of the 120-page book that critics have called “a dark and cynical tale that reads like a film noir classic,” “…a small jewel…melancholic, lyric, flawlessly smooth and realistic,” and “…more than just a murder mystery. It speaks to the human condition.” Most recently, reviewer Romualdo Dzemo praised the book as a “pure delight, composed of beautiful social commentaries and wonderful themes.”

Published by Thunderfoot Press, Midland Club has maintained a 4.2 (out of 5) rating on Amazon since it appeared there in December of 2016. Earlier this month, Midland Club received a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award from the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs (NABE), one of only two books honored for Winter 2017 in the Mystery category.

Set in a midwestern city in 1958, Midland Club has all the elements of a good mystery: vibrant characters, a familiar setting, and a plot in which the solution to the mystery is ultimately revealed. Beyond a good mystery, it also addresses the pain of one gay man, alone in a town that despises him. And if the reader is paying attention, that pain foreshadows the conclusion.

Midland Club is now part of the LGBT Center of Raleigh Library.

This and all other “Meet the Authors” events this summer are free and open to the public.

The LGBT Center of Raleigh is located 324 South Harrington Street in downtown Raleigh. For more information:

For more information on Mark Spano and Midland Club, go to

About The Author:

MARK SPANO is the author of five works of fiction and a memoir. As a filmmaker, his work includes The Quality of Light: A Biography of Claude Howell and the definitive documentary on Sicily, “Reimagining Sicily.” He holds advanced degrees from Marymount University of Virginia and the American University in Washington, D.C., and now resides in rural Orange County, North Carolina.


“Staying Crazy” Sponsors Anticipate Book Release

Cary author receives community support.

August 25, 2011 (Cary, NC) – As humor blogger and columnist Cris Cohen looks forward to the

Cris Cohen

publication of his first book “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane” in September, he has many businesses and individuals in the Cary, NC, community and beyond to thank for support.

In March of this year, Cohen announced that he was going to publish a collection of his humor columns – some written while he worked for several newspapers in California, others written since he and his wife, Michele, moved to Cary in 2008 – in book form as a means of raising money for a local baseball league for children with special needs, including his own son, Max. He announced that he would donate proceeds from sales of “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane” to the league, where he has been serving as a volunteer.

“We’ve gotten a lot from the League,” Cohen said. “It’s a place where Max gets to have some independence, to leave Mom and Dad in the stands and head out to the field. And we have made a lot of great friends, people who understand the challenges of being the parents of a special needs child and can offer advice, support, etc. After receiving all of that, Michele and I wanted to give something back.”

To offset the expense of publishing the book, he put out a call for sponsorships. And they came – from the Cary community to his native California and points in between.

The primary local sponsors for the book are: The Behavior Exchange, Raleigh; Anfield Inc., Raleigh; The Avilez Family in Iowa; Chambers Arts, Cary; Dr. Ben Schemmel, Cary; Hooper Law Firm PLLC, Raleigh; and The Garden Supply Company, Cary. Primary sponsors outside the Triangle are: Live A Little More Enterprises, Marylin Cooper, Digi-Q and Evantac of California; the Cannata Family of Georgia; the Sadler Family of Virginia; and Mommy and Me Are A Family of Texas.

A host of other individuals have contributed small sponsorships and Cary artist Darla Yancho created the cover art.

“The sponsors really made this book possible,” said Cohen. “Their contributions gave us the extra push we needed and also served as a wonderful vote of confidence.”

Cohen is publishing “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane” through his own small press, Tyrannosaurus Max Press, in early September. To learn more about the book and the baseball league for kids with special needs, visit

About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen of Cary, NC, is the author of the “Nothing In Particular” blog (, the humor columnist for Cary, and the author of the upcoming book “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane.” Cohen and his wife Michelle are co-owners of Tyrannosaurus Max Press and regular volunteers with the Miracle League of the Triangle. For more information on Cohen and his book, visit

NC’s Emerging Horror/Fantasy Author Featured at EyeCon Convention


T. Lyn Fletcher joins the cast and fans of “The Vampire Diaries” at Atlanta

"Twisted and Turned" author T. Lyn Fletcher


March 31, 2011 (Raleigh, NC) —  EyeCon Celebrity Autograph Conventions, best known for conventions geared towards the shows “True Blood” and “Supernatural” and the “Twilight” movies, added a new show and location this year: EyeCon Vampire Diaries Convention in Atlanta March 25-27, spotlighting the stars of the CW Network’s TV series.

T. Lyn Fletcher, North Carolina native and author of the upcoming supernatural book series Twisted and Turned, was invited to participate in the convention to promote the series, which she insists will take fans of supernatural and occult literature on a journey “unlike any they’ve experienced before – including The Vampire Diaries,’ ‘True Blood,’ and ‘Twilight.’”

If comments she received during EyeCon are indicators, she’s right.

Twisted and Turned is “a true love story of supernatural proportions,” Fletcher says. It begins with an archangel in heaven who falls so deeply in love with a human soul that she arranges to be born on earth in the same place where this soul will be born. The soul actually becomes twins – stunningly handsome twin vampires. Yet the archangel is destined to find and fall in love with one of the twins – even though her natural instinct is to destroy demons. She even bears children from this unlikely union.

“The archangel/vampire connection fascinated everyone,” Fletcher said. “Many people told me it was a fresh twist for the genre. Several people even asked me if this was going to be a TV series. They seemed really excited!”

Fletcher’s display booth for Twisted and Turned featured promotional posters designed by Cary artist Darla Yanko. Yanko is also creating cover art for each book in the series.

“It was an incredible experience,” Fletcher said. “I met so many wonderful people, from the staff and volunteers to the stars from ‘The Vampire Diaries.’  The exposure for Twisted and Turned was invaluable, and it was great to meet people who are so deeply interested in the genre. I was thrilled to hear so many people say that they can’t wait for the books to come out.”

The EyeCon weekend included panel discussions, celebrity Q&A events, and photo op and autograph sessions with the cast of “The Vampire Diaries,” along with a Cocktail Carnival and Banquet with the stars, and a Masquerade Ball on Saturday Evening.

T. Lyn Fletcher, a member of the well-known, philanthropic Fletcher family of Raleigh, NC and a medical software designer in her “other life,” as she puts it, expects to have the entire Twisted and Turned series completed this year. Requests for review copies are already coming in.

The T. Lyn Fletcher website,, will launch soon. In the meantime, she maintains a Facebook page (under T. Lyn Fletcher) and Twitter account to support the upcoming series and to connect with her future readers. For more information and to arrange interviews with the author, contact publicist Kim Weiss of Blueplate PR, at or 919-272-8615.

San Francisco Sponsors Support Cary Writer’s New Book

Cris Cohen’s upcoming humor book will raise money for kids with special needs.


March 25, 2011 (Cary, NC) – Humor writer and California native Cris Cohen has lived in Cary, NC, since 2008. But fans of his popular columns that ran in California newspapers for several years haven’t forgotten how much they enjoyed his work. They’re also eager to support his new fundraising effort for kids with special needs.

As a result, Cohen announced this week that TechProse, a technical writing, training and instructional design consulting service, and newspaper copywriter Marilyn Berg Cooper, both of the San Francisco Bay Area, have signed on as official sponsors for Cohen’s upcoming book, “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane.” Proceeds will go to a local baseball league for children with special needs, including his own son, nine-year-old Max.

“I had the pleasure of working with Cris on several projects and always really appreciated his sense of humor,” says Kathy Krumpe, Resource Manager at TechProse. “I’m so pleased that he is writing something that will give us a reason to laugh and at the same time help an organization like the special needs baseball league.”

Entitled “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane,” the book will be a collection of Cohen’s humor columns, some from his California career, others penned in Cary.

“I’ve been looking forward to this take-it-with-you collection of Cris Cohen’s offbeat musings,” said Marilyn Berg Cooper.

Cohen has been seeking sponsors to help defray the cost of self-publishing his book. They’re starting to come in, as are endorsements from the likes of Pulitzer Prize-winner humor writer Dave Barry and Pen/Faulkner Award-winning author T.C. Boyle.

“I am flattered that these people not only remember me, but have not pressed charges,” said Cohen.

For more information on “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane,” visit and the Facebook page:

Cohen is also the author of the humor blog “Nothing In Particular,” which can be found at


About Cris Cohen:

Cris Cohen

Cris Cohen, the author of the “Nothing In Particular” blog, 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 His first book, “Staying Crazy To Keep From Going Insane” is due out later this year.

NC Landscape Architect Dick Bell Publishes First Book

The Bridge Builders explores the evolution of a master designer.

January 3, 2011 (ATLANTIC BEACH, NC) – From growing up on North Carolina’s Outer Banks during the Great Depression and World War II, to watching as his immigrant father designed and built the first “Lost Colony” amphitheater, to a series of adventures that began when he won the coveted Prix de Rome in 1951, landscape architect Richard C. “Dick” Bell explores his evolution as a designer in his first book, The Bridge Builders.

Dick Bell is the Southern landscape architect who created such seminal landmarks as the North Carolina State University “Brickyard,” the City of Raleigh’s beloved Pullen Park, and the Meredith College Amphitheater in Raleigh, among 2000 other projects he has completed in his long career – projects that left a profound imprint on his profession and his state. Through The Bridge Builders, he explores the people, places, and educational experiences that made him the man and the designer he came to be.

Published by Vantage Press, The Bridge Builders begins with his paternal grandparents’ immigration from England to Canada in the early years of the 20th century, before his father hastened their relocation to North Carolina. As a young boy in the sea and sand of Manteo, NC, and as a son and grandson of avid gardeners, Bell developed an intense love of nature and conservation that would define his illustrious career. As the youngest recipient of the Prix de Rome, his travel abroad would forever influence how he designed outdoor spaces for human enjoyment.

The book concludes just as Bell is starting what would become one of his master works and a living laboratory for landscape architecture, the former Water Garden in Raleigh – the “Taliesin” of North Carolina.

Midwest Book Review says: “The Bridge Builders is a memoir from Richard Bell as he reflects on being an American who came to love art and architecture in Europe and did well in helping establish important work that earned him a place as town hero in Raleigh. The Bridge Builders is intriguing and thoughtful for those looking for a read that bridges art and architecture.”

The book includes a collection of photos from Bell’s life and travels along with original sketches and watercolors he made during his years at the American Academy in Rome.
Bell is planning to publish another book or white paper in the future that will include case studies of his major projects.

Click HERE to learn more about The Bridge Builders.

The order a copy of the book ($16.95), call by phone 24-hours a day: 877-736-5403, option 5; or fax an order to 212-736-2273.

Dick Bell in Pullen Park © f8 Photo Studios

About the author:

A multi-award-winning landscape architect, Richard C. Bell was educated at the North Carolina State University School of Design (now College of Design), graduating in 1950 as part of Dean Henry Kamphoefner’s first class. He apprenticed under Simonds & Simonds of Pittsburgh, PA, and Frederick B. Stresau of Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He received the Prix de Rome at age 21, which allowed him to travel and study in Europe for two years. He founded his first firm in Raleigh, NC, in 1955, introducing the practice of landscape architecture as a registered profession to the state. (He was the first person elected to the registration board.) He has been a member of the American Society of Landscape Architects since 1954 and was elected to Fellowship in 1980. He is also a Fellow of the American Academy in Rome. He was the first recipient of the ASLA NC’s Award for Distinguished Professional Achievement and inducted into the Raleigh Hall of Fame in 2008. He now lives in Atlantic Beach, NC, where he continues to work on select projects.