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Pulitzer Prize-winning author Colson Whitehead, author of The Underground Railroad, will speak at the Fayetteville Public Library Friday, April 27 at 7 p.m.. Earlier this spring, we reached him for a brief conversation about his career.

Several southern cities continue to struggle with the fate of confederate monuments. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu discusses how his city made the decision to take them down. He writes about that and other matters in his new book In the Shadow of Statues: A White Southerner Confronts History.


Cities encouraging more walking and less driving might thrive in the coming century. Jeff Speck, author of "Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America One Step at a Time" will speak at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Fayetteville Town Center. He says making changes to a more walkable city can be done with less expense than other major infrastructure alterations like building new roads.

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Maeve Maddox has taught English both in classrooms and online. Her new book "Word Rage: How to Stop Worrying and Learn to Love Your Language" embraces the words we use. She says the word "rage" in the title isn't an indication of her strict allegiance, but of the disdain some others have toward certain words.

Oscar Wilde was a popular literary figure in the late 1800s. Late in his life, the Irish poet and playwright was convicted of gross indecency and sentenced to two years hard labor. What happened once he was released is the focus of John Vanderslice’s new novel, “The Last Days of Oscar Wilde.” The work is being released by Burlesque Press Jan. 15.