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‘We Hold These Truths’ Examines How Obama Influenced NC Politics

An image of the book cover for 'We Hold These Truths'
Project Z Books
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In 2008, writer David Mitchell watched with the rest of the country as Barack Obama became the first African-American elected president. While Mitchell’s friends were optimistic, he was skeptical. He saw the election as a historic movement but was wary of how it would change American politics.
 

Mitchell soon became personally involved in politics when his friend Ken Lewis ran for U.S. Senate in North Carolina in 2010. Lewis asked Mitchell to be the campaign manager. They ultimately lost the Democratic primary, but Mitchell used the experience on the campaign trail as the basis for a new novel, “We Hold These Truths” (Project Z Books/2017).

Host Frank Stasio talks with Mitchell and Lewis and their Senate race and the state of the Democratic party. Mitchell and Lewis speak at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 at the Beyu Caffe in Durham and at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 31 at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill.

Charlie Shelton-Ormond is a podcast producer for WUNC.
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.