|PGB and Barb Goffman (Photo by Gloria Alden)|
Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Wednesday, October 21, 2015
Fayetteville Street, a major thoroughfare in Raleigh, NC, connects the old State Capitol with the Convention Center. It is recognized as the city’s ceremonial center, where parades and seasonal events occur. Oak trees line the street, shedding leaves on the plentiful benches, and reminding visitors that they are in the “City of Oaks.” Columns adorned with silver oak motifs are lighted in the evening. Because it takes place in Raleigh, this year’s Bouchercon has been designated as Murder Under the Oaks. Art Taylor’s edited an anthology, with the same title, featuring stories by the conference’s honored guests and selected contributors.
Thursday, October 15, 2015
Raleigh, NC, the state capital and second largest city, and Raleigh County, WV, are named after Sir Walter Raleigh (1554–1618), an English gentleman, writer, poet, soldier, politician, courtier, spy, and explorer. His mother was the niece of Elizabeth I’s governess. Without the Queen’s permission, he secretly married Elizabeth Throckmorton, a lady-in-waiting, and both were imprisoned in the Tower of London for the offense. Raleigh searched for a golden city of El Dorado in South America and sent others to establish Roanoke, which became known as “the Lost Colony.” While imprisoned for treason, he wrote a History of the World.