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27 Views of Durham

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There are many people in Durham with their own ideas about their city, but 27 share their particular insight in the new book “27 Views of Durham: The Bull City in Prose & Poetry

(Eno Publishers/2012). Durham writers share their thoughts about the city in essays, fiction and even poetry. Host Frank Stasio is joined in the studio by contributors Katy Munger, a mystery writer with three different mystery series to her name, including the Casey Jones series; Steve Schewel, a Durham City Council member and the co-founder and former president of the Durham-based Independent Weekly; Carl Kenney, a pastor, novelist and columnist here in Durham; and 

, the author of many novels, including his most recent “The Night Train” (Back Bay Books/2012). He is also a creative writing professor in the MFA program at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

Alex Granados joined The State of Things in July 2010. He got his start in radio as an intern for the show in 2005 and loved it so much that after trying his hand as a government reporter, reader liaison, features, copy and editorial page editor at a small newspaper in Manassas, Virginia, he returned to WUNC. Born in Baltimore but raised in Morgantown, West Virginia, Alex moved to Raleigh in time to do third grade twice and adjust to public school after having spent years in the sheltered confines of a Christian elementary education. Alex received a degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also has a minor in philosophy, which basically means that he used to think he was really smart but realized he wasn’t in time to switch majors. Fishing, reading science fiction, watching crazy movies, writing bad short stories, and shooting pool are some of his favorite things to do. Alex still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up, but he is holding out for astronaut.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.