NC Book Fair

‘Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See’ will be Featured in the NC Book Festival’s 2020 Book Fair Saturday, Feb. 22

NC Book Fair

Native  Places: Drawing as a Way to See will be one of the featured books in the 2020 Book Fair during this year’s North Carolina Book Festival. The Festival will take place from February 21-23 in the Contemporary Art Musem (CAM) in downtown Raleigh at 409 West Martin Street. The Book Fair will be held Saturday, Feb. 22. Doors open at 10 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.

The NC Book Festival is the state’s signature literary event. Co-directed by Jason Jefferies and Chris Tonelli, the Festival gives participants and attendees access to a diverse slate of local, national, and international writers and artists. Events include readings, panels, demonstrations, and lectures. The Festival showcases both traditional and non-traditional genres.

A core element of this year’s festival is the Book Fair, a bustling platform for local presses, NC authors, and other vendors to display their work before the thousands of people who attend the Fair.

Supported by publisher ORO Editions, Native Places will have its own table at the event where publicist Kim Weiss will display and sell copies fresh from the book’s third printing.* Author Frank Harmon will be on hand during mid-day hours to sign copies, as well.

“Frank and I can’t wait to experience the energy and enthusiasm for literature that the NC Book Festival generates,” Weiss said. “We’re so grateful to have the opportunity to introduce Native Places to such a diverse audience of book enthusiasts. It’s going to be a lot of fun!”

Click here for the current list of Book Fair participants.

Click here for more details on the 2020 NC Book Festival, including the schedule of presentations.

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*A special Thank You to ORO Editions’ Brooke Biro, Manager of Public Relations & Graphic Design Consultant, for providing all of the materials we need for the 2020 Book Fair. We couldn’t do it without her!  — Kim Weiss 






The Art of Native Places: FOUNDATION Hosts Opening Reception, Book Signing for Frank Harmon and Fall Exhibition

For almost a decade, the underground bar in downtown Raleigh called FOUNDATION (in all caps) has celebrated the wealth of artistic talent in the Triangle region by displaying local artists’ works on its walls beneath Fayetteville Street. The exhibitions change seasonally with one piece by the featured artist emblazoned on the cover of FOUNDATION’S menu during that season.

For its Fall 2018 exhibit, FOUNDATION will present a different type of show than usual. This one will feature a selection of hand-drawn sketches and the brief essays that accompany them in Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See, a new book by renowned Raleigh architect/author/artist/professor Frank Harmon, FAIA.

Free and open to the public, the opening reception/book signing will be held this Sunday, September 30, from 2-4 pm. (Anyone under 21 will have to leave promptly at 4 when the bar begins selling alcoholic beverages.) The exhibition will run through December.

During the reception, Harmon will give a brief talk about Native Places and the many benefits of sketching, then sign copies of his book. The book will be available for purchase from a bookseller representing Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh.

FOUNDATION is located downstairs from the “American Underground @ Raleigh” awning at 213 Fayetteville Street, Raleigh, NC 27601 (919-896-6016).

Native Places by Frank Harmon“To Change The Way We See”

Published by ORO Editions, Native Places: Drawing as a Way to See is a collection of 64 watercolor sketches paired with brief essays about architecture, landscape, everyday objects, and nature. The sketches convey the delight the author finds in ordinary places. The 200-word essays, inspired by the sketches, offer his fresh interpretations of what readers might have taken for granted.

“My goal has always been to change the way we see,” Harmon said, referring to his popular blog, which inspired the book. “I’d like to enable people to notice what’s in their backyards. And it’s satisfying to give people something quiet in their morning inbox amongst the deluge of emails.”

Native Places is currently available on Amazon and at Quail Ridge Books. For more information, visit and follow the Facebook page for future events and other news.