The new book is
: Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont: A Guidebook
by Georgann Eubanks (UNC Press, Oct. 15, 2010, 465 pages, many color photos, maps, hardcover $37.50, paperback $19.95).
"The focus of the book is writing about place," Eubanks says. Sites were chosen because of what writers have written about them.
Eubanks' first volume in her trio covered the N.C. mountains, ending in Allegheny County. The second volume begins with a tour of Winston-Salem, a short leap. Seventeen more tours follow.
In High Point, an excerpt from Margaret Maron's murder mystery, Killer Market,
surveys the bustle. A few pages later, Polecat Creek, O. Henry's birthplace, emerges. A photo shows a sculpture of Edward R. Murrow's head, part of a memorial in Polecat Creek, where, as a four-year old boy, he'd spoken a confession at the Centre Friends Meeting House.
It's that kind of fun, not as immersive as an anthology; but much more substantial than a traditional guidebook. The coated paper makes the book Smithsonian quality.