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Ben Steelman


Wilmington, NC, United States

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Recent articles by Ben:

N.C. author's debut novel tells tale of surviving The South while The '20s roared

"The Girls in the Stilt House" by Kelly Mustian tells a story of women's resilience on the edge of a wilderness — with a dash of murder thrown in. → Read More

New biography of UNC President Frank Porter Graham profiles a titan of education in N.C.

Although Graham was considered progressive for his time, and promoted interracial understanding, he never seriously challenged segregation. → Read More

New novel 'The Vietri Project' from UNCW grad is a smart, sexy, globe-hopping mystery

"The Vietri Project" is the latest in a string of successes for the University of North Carolina Wilmington's Department of Creative Writing. → Read More

How did Banks Channel get its name?

The name “Banks Channel” appears on the J.C. Chase survey map of Wrightsville Beach as early as 1892. → Read More

The great North Carolina BBQ debate: Prologue book club welcomes 'On Barbecue' author

On Oct. 11, John Shelton Reed will be the guest of the monthly Prologue book club, co-sponsored by the StarNews and public radio station WHQR. → Read More

New Charles Todd murder mystery centers on 'An Irish Hostage,' English-country-house style

"Charles Todd" is the pen name of Charles and Caroline Todd, a mother-and-son writing team who have together composed nearly 40 mystery novels. → Read More

We want to believe: A different kind of UFO lands in Holden Beach writer's 'Azalea Bluff'

The thriller was adapted from a radio drama by Charlotte broadcaster Ed Galloway, who died before Hetzel's novel was finished. → Read More

New book looks into one of the most notorious unsolved murders in North Carolina history

The book also catches the atmosphere of old-time Manteo before the tourists took over totally and "artsy" actors mixed with the easygoing locals. → Read More

Wilmington-area author uses Black experience to pen 'Hell of a Book'

"I don't have much use for reality in my line of work," writes local author Jason Mott in his latest novel "Hell of a Book." Indeed, all three of Mott's novels to date -- "The Wonder of All Things," "The Crossing" and the New York Times best-selling "The Returned" -- have revolved around elements or fantasy, the supernatural or the paranormal. Yet reality has a way of creeping in. In "Hell of a… → Read More

New novel from N.C. author Lee Zacharias revisits '60s radicalism, darkroom photography

"What a Wonderful World It Could Be" takes a look back at youthful radicalism from the perspective of a woman approaching middle age. → Read More

Wilmington writer's work bound for HBO Max; StarNews book club announces latest guest

De Gramont's novel is "The Distance from Me to You." Plus, author Ann B. Ross of the "Miss Julia" books will join the Prologue book club June 14. → Read More

In new book 'Robert E. Lee and Me,' a Southern disciple loses faith in his former hero

Ty Seidule's "Robert E. Lee and Me" is a memoir of how America's past has been remembered, mis-remembered and, occasionally, deliberately clouded. → Read More

N.C. author's novel 'The Unwilling' mixes Vietnam with 'Silence of the Lambs'

It's hard not to mourn the less-sensational, more complex and greater novel that "The Unwilling" might have been. → Read More

WWII mystery writer Sarah Shaber will be guest of Prologue, book club of StarNews and WHQR

Shaber will talk about her latest book on Jan. 11 during Prologue, the monthly book club co-sponsored by the StarNews and public radio station WHQR. → Read More

David Sedaris: Christmas elves, Macy's and 'The Santaland Diaries'

Raleigh native David Sedaris continues his snarky and self-deprecating humor. → Read More

Wilmington read: Pandemic year affects area bookstores

In 2020, online dealers saw an uptick while local stores found it hard to stay open → Read More

Bladen County woman may have been one of the worst writers of all time

Peterson's infamy rests on "Little Pansy, a Novel and Other Miscellaneous Poetry," published in 1890 by Wilmington's Messenger Steam Printing Co. → Read More

N.C. author to discuss illicit sex and 'This Secret Thing' at StarNews, WHQR book club

Whalen will discuss her new book Dec. 14 as part of Prologue, the monthly book club co-sponsored by the StarNews and by public radio session WHQR. → Read More

'Beasts' and humans have stories to tell

Interconnected short tales come together "where the wannabes live" → Read More

Wilmington author writes 'Hell of a Book'

Marks fourth novel by New York Times and USA Today best seller. → Read More