Monthly Archives: November 2013

Cucalorus 19

It’s time to get your tickets for Cucalorus 19, the annual international film festival that brings filmmakers from around the world to Wilmington each November. Cucalorus runs November 13-17 this year with screenings of over 200 films in venues downtown. The festival opens with Dance-a-lorus, a mix of local film and dance, on Thalian’s main stage on November 13 at 7:00 pm. Filmmakers and movie lovers alike will flock to the opening night party that night at 8:00 pm at the Bellamy Mansion. From that point on, each day will feature an extraordinary mix of work by new and established filmmakers, as well as master classes, special events, and the festival’s famous midnight brunch.

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Writers Week Comes to UNCW, November 4-8

It’s my favorite time of year in Wilmington: Writers Week. Each year the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington hosts visiting writers from across the nation for a week-long celebration of the written word. This year’s headliner is US Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway, who won the Pulitzer Prize for her Native Guard  in 2007. Tretheway reads this Thursday night, November 7, at 7:00 PM in Kenan Auditorium. Tretheway will answer questions at 3:30 that afternoon at the Azalea Coast Room. Other readers and panels include Rebecca Petruck, a UNCW MFA alumni whose  first novel, Steering Toward Normal, is an American Booksellers Association “New Voices” top ten children’s debut and will be released by Abrams/Amulet in May 2014; Kathy Pories, Senior Editor at Algonquin Books; poet and MFA alumni Emma Bolden and many, many more. Check out for a full list of writers and an event schedule.

Writers Week’s activities include workshops, panels, craft talks, and readings — all designed to inspire the writer in each of us. Dust off your manuscript and head out to UNCW for the week — you won’t regret it.