Ballantyne Magazine

Winter 2018

Ballantyne Magazine covers news, events, real estate, restaurants, shopping, health, schools and business in the upscale Ballantyne Area of Charlotte, NC.

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Zeitouni belongs to six local book clubs because she likes the variety of the groups. "Each has its own flavor," she says, noting that she has attended the Ballantyne Book Club since it started about 10 years ago. "We have a nice mix of working men and women who enjoy a glass of wine or beer and discussing a book," Zeitouni says. Shelly Johnson heads up the club and supplied a list of its 2018 titles (see page 66). "In December everyone makes suggestions for the next year and we vote," she says. "We tend to focus on award-winning books, not necessarily bestsellers." At the regional library, the Rea Road Readers Club has been around for 20 years. "Members prefer historical works, including historical and contemporary fiction," Bretz says. The branch also sponsors the Mystery Book Club and the Outlander Book Club, which is based on Diana Gabaldon's popular books made into a STARZ network TV series. At B&N in Pineville, readers can join the store's bimonthly evening Local Writer Buzz Other signs of the burgeoning literary scene in the Ballantyne area are Warren Publishing, a local business owned by Mindy Kuhn; book signings at Barnes & Noble (B&N) in Pineville; and an ongoing Adult Writing Group at the South County Regional Library. Although Kuhn publishes books by any author, the number penned by Ballantyne-area residents keeps growing, she says. Local author signings are also so popular that B&N in Pineville now holds monthly signings that feature five local authors at a time. The Adult Writing Group meets from 10 a.m. to noon the last Friday of the month in the library's conference room. Writers may bring up to three, single-spaced pages, or six, double-spaced pages of something they've written and receive feedback from other writers. The group is open to all skill levels and genres. For more information on these literary opportunities, go to, and 72471-adult-writing-group. Two literary trends in Ballantyne and beyond are socializing with friends in book clubs and reading books on digital devices. When discussing a Syrian novel this fall, Las Maris de Charlotte book club members prepared a spread of Middle Eastern foods. Ballantyne author Daines L. Reed wrote "Trust." BALLANTYNE WINTER 2018 - 2019 64 Feature

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