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Meet the Author Book Club

Have you ever read a book and wished you could talk to the author? Now you can! Once a month, the author of the book chosen for that month will be a special guest at our meeting. The author will talk about the writing process and answer your questions. This is an awesome opportunity for avid readers and inspiring writers.

Here’s our line-up for summer:

May 29Secrets

The Secret of the Nightingale Palace by Dana Sachs is a poignant story of an estranged grandmother and granddaughter and a secret that ties them together. Alternating between early 1940s San Francisco and the present day, it is about the enduring power of love and family.

Kirkus Reviews: “Sachs takes a conventional literary device—a road trip—and uses compassion, humor and good writing to transform the journey into a memorable story.”

Dana Sachs is the author of two novels and several books of non-fiction. She is originally from Tennessee, has lived in Viet Nam, and now calls Wilmington home. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from UNCW where she has also taught creative writing. Dana Sachs cropped






Visit to learn more about the author and her books.


June 26

SlightlyCrackedSlightly Cracked by Susan Whitfield introduces Sugar Babe Beanblossom and Daisy Marie Hazelhurst, lifelong friends sharing happy and sad times. When Daisy gets sick, Sugar Babe encourages and protects her friend, and Driving Miss Daisy takes on a whole new meaning.

Amazon reader review:  The beauty of this friendship and the story of Daisy’s and Mackie Sue’s life just held me in its warmth … but most of all made me cry for the joy of being best friends.

Susan Whitfield was born and raised in Atkinson, NC, and all her novels are set somewhere in North Carolina. She is a multi-genre writer with books of women’s fiction, mysteries, and even a cookbook. Susan’s work has been published both traditionally and through self-publishing. Visit for more information about the author and to order the book.

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July 24Steering Toward Normal

Steering Toward Normal by Rebecca Petruck is a YA novel about two boys who discover they are half-brothers, and, in the course of a year raising steers to compete at the Minnesota State Fair, go from just being related to being family. review: “This was an awesome and heartfelt story! Everyone needs to grab a copy and get to reading. Seriously. Read it yourself. Buy it for your kid. Mail it to your grandparents!!”

Rebecca Petruck is a Minnesota girl. Although she has lived in many places, she now calls North Carolina home. A former member of 4-H, she was also a Girl Scout, a cheerleader, and competed in MathCounts. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from UNC Wilmington.Rebecca Petruck

Steering Toward Normal is brand new and will be released in mid-May. When you register, ask for details about your special invitation from the author to attend the official book launch party . It will be held at Pomegranate Books in Wilmington on May 17.

Course Info:

The course will meet once a month on Thursday nights, May 29, June 26, and July 24, 6-8:30 p.m. in Room 103 at the CFCC Burgaw Center, 100 E. Industrial Drive, Burgaw. Light refreshments will be served at each meeting.

Be sure to read the book chosen for that month before the designated meeting date so that you’ll have your questions ready!

Registration fee  is $19.  You can register online through WebAdvisor at, by mail, or in person at the Burgaw Center. For more information, call the CFCC Burgaw Center at 910-362-7900.

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Wilmington, NC 28401

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4500 Blue Clay Road
Castle Hayne, NC 28429

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100 East Industrial Drive
Burgaw, NC 28425

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