Wednesday Oct. 27 | “The Fat Man” / UNC Charlotte Haiti Trip

October 25, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Posted in Coming Up | 4 Comments

Part One: Ken Harmon and The Fat Man
Charlottean Ken Harmon has always been a fan of hard-boiled detective novels, and when he had the idea to write a detective novel about one of Santa’s elves, he knew he’d found the right combination for his first book. Mr. Harmon joins us to talk about finally writing that first book, and his view on the holidays on the next Charlotte Talks.
Ken Harmon
– Local copywriter, occasional community theater actor and author of his first novel, The Fat Man: A Tale of North Pole Noir

Part Two: UNC Charlotte Haiti Trip
Earlier this summer we interviewed the head of a team of UNC-Charlotte students bound for Haiti. They traveled there as part of their model U.N. group to study the conditions in the aftermath of the devastating earthquake and to work among the people of Haiti. They returned a few weeks ago and now Professor Cindy Combs and one of her students revisits Charlotte Talks to tell us about their experiences.
Dr. Cindy Combs
– Professor Of Political Science at UNC Charlotte and Model UN Advisor
Matt Smither – President, Model U.N.

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  1. As a scientist I probably never would have started to read Harry Potter because “I have a lot of more serious thngs to read”. However when the first book had been out for awhile my grandson who was about ten gave me a copy with the following note “Grandpa, If you don’t “no” (know) any of the words in this book call me. That is what got me started. I have read and enjoyed every one. I appreciated your program with John Granger but I would say that you don’t want to read the books trying to understand all the deeper meanings. Just enjoy the great story and appreciate the imagination of the author. Mike I would challange you to read the first 20 pages of book one and you will probably be hooked.

    One time we were staying in a lodge in Alaska as part of a curise and I saw a man and woman sitting together reading the same book at the same time. He was reading one side of the page and he was reading the back side. I went over to see what they were reading and it was the last book of the Harry Potter series. Neither was willing to wait to a time when the other was not reading. I think that says it all about the Harry Potter books. The only way to understand is to read them yourself.

  2. I couldn’t be happier for my friend, Ken. Do you think the new niche market for publishing (zombie and vampire mash-up novels) helped sell the book? And what will be the appeal to a broader audience?

  3. LOVE this storyline, The Fatman. And Mike as far as a mix of gritty and humour, don’t forget the recently departed Hunter Thompson. Again, love this storyline and I may actually buy a new book for a change.

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