New Mystery

Local mystery author Judy Hogan announces the release of her 11th Penny Weaver mystery “Fatality at Angelika’s Eatery.

The mystery is set a local Greek restaurant in Riverdell (a fictional town similar to Pittsboro), and involves local farmers and activists, some of whom are suspected of the murder of the owner of a large farm to sell his fracking rights, when many farmers had already paid to join his land commune.

Since 2015, Hogan has seen the other 10 Penny Weaver mysteries into print. She says she hopes to publish all 17 “before she dies.”

The book is $15 in paperback and $2.99 as an e-book. It is available in local independent bookshops.

For information, contact Hogan at (919) 545-9932, or P.O. Box 253, Moncure, NC 27559.

Writing Workshops 

Free creative writing workshops will be held Oct. 15-17. The workshops are sponsored by the Central Carolina Community College Academic and Cultural Enrichment Series and the National Endowment for the Arts.

The workshops will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Oct. 15 at the Chatham Community Library in Pittsboro, Oct. 16 at the CCCC Lee Main Campus Library in Sanford, and Oct. 17 at the CCCC Harnett Main Campus Library in Lillington.

The workshops will be led by Christopher Massenburg, better known as Dasan Ahanu. A founder of Black Poetry Theatre, he is a writer, director, producer, and cast member. He is a resident artist with the St. Joseph’s Historic Foundation / Hayti Heritage Center in Durham, where he has developed poetry and spoken word programming for youth and adults. Ahanu has released three full-length books of poetry and multiple spoken word recordings.

Reservations are required. To register, or for more information, contact CCCC Social Sciences Lead Instructor Bianka Stumpf at bstumpf@cccc.eduor at (919) 718-7470 by Sept. 30.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit

To learn more about Central Carolina Community College, visit


The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville is hosting its 25th annual Writers’ Retreat at Folly Beach, S.C. (near Charleston), from Oct. 3-6.

It is open to a small group of beginning or experienced writers, and is an ideal place to relax, write and review participant’s work.  

Daily sessions in fiction, creative non-fiction, memoirs and self-editing will be led by The Writers’ Workshop instructors. Participants will share a beach house near the ocean. (There will be plenty of beach time.)

The all-inclusive rate (except for meals) is $525 for a private room, or $450 shared. The commuter rate is $55 per day.

The retreat is limited to only eight, people, so participants should register ASAP by emailing

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