D.G. Martin guest speaker for Friends event

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Author, columnist and UNC-TV host D.G. Martin will regale the audience with wit and wisdom, couched in his unique style of storytelling, as he joins the Barton College Friends of Hackney Library and the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library for the jointly-sponsored 2017 fall dinner and program on Tuesday, Oct. 3. The event will be held in Hardy Alumni Hall on the campus of Barton College.

The event will begin with a book signing and wine reception at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m., and the program immediately afterward.

Books by the author will be sold at the event during the book signing/wine reception prior to the program and following dinner; Martin will be on hand to sign books both times.

Admission to the event is $30 each for both Friends of Wilson County Public Library and Barton College Friends of Hackney Library members, and for Barton faculty/staff, students and spouses. For all other guests, admission is $35 each.

For more information about invitations for the dinner, contact Luann Clark at 252-399-6329, or email the Friends of Hackney Library at fohl@barton.edu. Space is limited, and reservations for the dinner must be received by Monday, Sept. 25.

David Grier “D.G.” Martin, Jr., was born in Atlanta but raised in Davidson, where his father served as president of Davidson College. Martin attended Davidson and played basketball under “Lefty” Driesell. After graduation, he joined the U.S. Army, eventually becoming a Green Beret. He attended Yale Law School after leaving active duty. Upon graduation, he returned to North Carolina to practice law in Charlotte.

Martin has been involved with public service and politics throughout his life. He has served as interim vice chancellor for development and university affairs at both UNC-Pembroke and North Carolina Central University, and as the Carolinas’ director of the trust for public land. He ran in two races for Congress in 1984 and 1986, as well as a hard-fought 1998 campaign for the Democratic nomination to the U.S. Senate against John Edwards. Martin also has served in leadership roles at Davidson College, the YMCA, the United Way, the National Conference of Christians and Jews, and the North Carolina Bar Association.

Since 1999, Martin has hosted UNC-TV’s “North Carolina Bookwatch,” the state’s premier literary television series featuring interviews with North Carolina authors. In addition, he has participated in other UNC-TV productions, including segments of the popular “Our State” series and the documentary, “The Search for Princess Charlotte.” Martin currently writes a weekly newspaper column, “One on One,” and is a frequent contributor to Our State magazine. In addition to his work in television and print, he is the host of “Who’s Talking,” a daily interview program on WCHL-1360, a Chapel Hill radio station.

Martin’s columns have appeared in The Wilson Times for many years.

Martin’s latest publishing endeavor is a book about the state’s local food joints, “North Carolina’s Roadside Eateries: A Traveler’s Guide to Local Restaurants, Diners, and Barbecue Joints” (UNC Press, October 2016). Martin, who spent years traveling the highways and byways of North Carolina, recounts more than 100 notable North Carolina eating establishments not far off the interstates, ranging from local barbecue joints to Mexican restaurants to Greek diners. He also introduces readers to the restaurants’ owners and the locals who frequent their establishments.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of Hackney Library and the Friends of the Wilson County Public Library; it is also sponsored in part by BB&T.