North Carolina Bookwatch Premiers Farewell Season Nov 7 | Local
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – PBS North Carolina announces the return of North Carolina Bookwatch for its 23rd and final season at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, November 7.
The final season of North Carolina Bookwatch will feature a diverse set of North Carolina writers in four episodes, including:
• Barry Saunders, former columnist for The News & Observer and editor of the online news platform The Saunders Report
• Wiley Cash, author of the thriller When Ghosts Come Home
• Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, author of the first novel Even As We Breathe, the first novel published by a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians
• Clyde Edgerton, originally from Durham and accomplished author of twelve novels, including two film adaptations
• Bland Simpson, longtime Red Clay Ramblers, environmentalist and author of the new North Carolina: Land of Water, Land of Sky
The long-running literary series will conclude with a special prime-time retrospective at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, December 7 on PBS NC. “Longtime friend of the series,” Bland Simpson will join DG Martin for a loving look at the many books and authors who have shared the North Carolina Bookwatch set over the years.
“For more than two decades, the GM program has advanced our mission to educate, inform, entertain and inspire our audiences,” said Lindsay Bierman, CEO of PBS North Carolina. “He captivated his viewers with a constant love of reading and storytelling while introducing us to some of the most powerful voices and prolific writers in the country. DG’s legacy and contribution to our network will have archival significance and lasting impact.
North Carolina Bookwatch debuted in 1997 with original host Robin Minietta. After three seasons, Minietta left the anchor, opening the post to longtime civil servant and politician DG Martin in 1999.
Over the next 22 years, Martin filmed over 450 episodes and interviewed hundreds of state-connected writers, from literary giants Nicholas Sparks, John Grisham and Kathy Reichs to local celebrities Roy Williams, Vivian Howard. and North Carolina Poet Laureate Jaki Shelton Green.
“Hosting North Carolina Bookwatch has been a happy part of my life for over 20 years,” says host DG Martin. “I will always be grateful to PBS North Carolina for giving me the privilege and responsibility of hosting over 450 programs that have brought North Carolina writers into viewer homes statewide and beyond. “
Over its 23 seasons, North Carolina Bookwatch has filmed episodes primarily in its home studio located at PBS headquarters in North Carolina – the Joseph and Kathleen Bryan Communications Center in Research Triangle Park.
Over the years, however, the show has fulfilled its mission of bringing writers and viewers together by filming on location at literary festivals, colleges and universities, and local bookstores spanning statewide. As a tribute to the program’s unwavering support for local writers and booksellers, the final season of North Carolina Bookwatch was filmed at the independent Flyleaf Books, located in Chapel Hill.
“I will never forget the day I was chosen to be the producer / director of this show,” said Katy Loebrich, North Carolina Bookwatch producer for the past seven seasons. “I come from a long line of teachers, linguists and librarians and have been an avid reader since childhood, and working with DG, meeting writers and working on this show with our amazing team has been a dream for me.”
To commemorate the show and celebrate its beloved host, PBS North Carolina will host a virtual event at 7 p.m. on Thursday, November 18. The special online event will begin with a preview of the latest retrospective episode, followed by a discussion with DG Martin. and moderated by Lindsay Bierman, CEO of PBS North Carolina. The online event is free and open to the public. Additional information about the event and registration can be found on Eventbrite.
North Carolina Bookwatch airs Sundays at 3:30 p.m. and Tuesdays at 5 p.m. on PBS NC and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on North Carolina Channel. Full episodes are also available on request at video.pbsnc.org and through the PBS video app on iOS and Apple TV, Android TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Chromecast, and Samsung Smart TV.
DG Martin has hosted North Carolina Bookwatch since the series’ third season in 1999. A graduate of Yale Law School and a former Green Beret, Martin has been involved in public service and politics throughout his life, most notably as a Acting Vice-Chancellor for Development and University Affairs. both at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and at the University of Central North Carolina, work as the director of the Carolina Trust for Public Land and a fierce 1998 campaign for the Democratic nomination to the United States Senate against John Edwards.
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Thadd White is Group Editor for Bertie Ledger-Advance, Chowan Herald, Perquimans Weekly, The Enterprise & Eastern North Carolina Living. He can be contacted by email at [email protected]