• Charlotte-based publishing house Main Street Rag has recently released Long Dead Lover ($14.95), a collection of short stories written by News 14 Carolina news anchor Robert Boisvert. This is Boisvert's debut novel, containing a trilogy of short stories titled "Love Upon Reflection." The tales chronicle the passion, loathing and heartbreak of a love triangle through the eyes of the people involved. Boisvert will be signing copies of Long Dead Lover at Barnes & Noble at The Arboretum from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 10. To purchase the book, or to find out about other local authors, visit www.mainstreetrag.com.
• North Carolina author Susan Woodring's latest collection of short stories, Springtime on Mars (Press 53; $14), strips away the veneer of normal everyday life. In this book of stories that range from the 1950s to the present, Woodring's characters go through the roller coaster of all of life's little surprises, struggling with issues of faith, love and despair. For more information, go to www.press53.com or www.susanwoodring.com.
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