North Carolina’s rich traditions in music, literature, crafts and performing arts are a great source of one-of-a-kind gifts for the holidays. Whether you’re looking for handmade works in clay, designer clothing and jewelry, or wood or metal furniture, artisans across our state have crafted unique works that reflect authentic North Carolina.
Show your creativity and support local artists with gifts that celebrate the rich cultural heritage of our state.
For book lovers and writers
Have an aspiring author in your family? Give the gift of membership to the North Carolina Writers Network. If there’s a reader on your shopping list you can check out the Book Buzz section on their website currently featuring: New River Breakdown by Terry L. Kennedy , The Road to Goshen Shoals by Paul W. Valentine, Saving Texas by Nancy Stancill and Coal River Road by Kathy Ackerman .
The N.C. Arts Council recommends our own recently published guidebooks — all available online at UNC Press. Use the promo code 01ARTCOUN at checkout to see a 40-percent discount. We have created three guidebooks to authentic travel experiences exploring the state’s literary heritage, traditional music of the mountains and the foothills and African American music in eastern Northern Carolina.
The guidebooks – perfect for the cultural traveler or the armchair traveler — include:
Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina by Georgann Eubanks (Paperback: $22 ISBN 978-1-4696-0702-3)
You can purchase the Literary Trails of North Carolina Three Volume set for $66. This includes Literary Trails of the North Carolina Mountains and Literary Trails of the North Carolina Piedmont, and the April 2013 release of Literary Trails of Eastern North Carolina. The series was written and researched by North Carolina writer Georgann Eubanks. Photography by Donna Campbell.
Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina by Fred Fussell with Steve Kruger. The book includes a CD with 20 music tracks (Paperback: $20 ISBN 978-1-4696-0821-1)
African American Music Trails of Eastern North Carolina by Sarah Bryan and Beverly Patterson, with Michelle Lanier and Titus Brook Higgins. The book includes a CD with 20 music tracks (Paperback: $19.95 ISBN 978-1-4696-1079-5)
For other ideas for the book lover visit: http://www.ncliterarytrails.org