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A number of murder-mystery writers make their home in the state. Raleigh's Sarah Shaber recently won St. Martin's Press' Malice Domestic award for best first novel in the traditional mystery style. The book, SIMON SAID, is set in Raleigh.
Born in Virginia in 1801, Thomas Day, a free African-American craftsman, came to Milton in 1825. He established a cabinetmaking business and created furniture that is as highly prized today as it was in its own time. He is considered the state's most famous cabinetmaker and furniture craftsman. That he survived and thrived in the early half of the 19th-century is even more remarkable. Among his clients were two governors and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Durham's West Village is one example of how to avoid adding to urban sprawl. The village is 243 loft-style apartments constructed using 45 different floor plans, and located downtown in Durham's historic tobacco district. The project is the dream of three former Duke basketball players and began five years ago. What was once a dying industrial district with empty buildings now offers living spaces within walking distance of shopping, dining, and entertainment.