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Idol Talk


In the midst of acne, social anxiety and training bras are the teen idols that make adolescent life a little more bearable. Whether their cutouts are plastered on bedroom walls or hidden behind locker doors, there is no denying the impact of these stars on young women.
This collection of new essays explores with tenderness and humor the teen crushes of the past 50 years—from Elvis to John Lennon to Diana Ross—who have influenced the choices of women, romantically or otherwise, well into adulthood. Join Idol Talk contributors Judy Goldman, Lisa Kline, Amy Rogers, and Tamra Wilson at Main Street Books for a fun trip down memory lane hosted in partnership with Charlotte Writers' Club.


Judy Goldman is the author of a memoir, Losing My Sister; two novels, Early Leaving and The Slow Way Back; and two poetry collections, Wanting to Know the End and Holding Back Winter. Her work has appeared in Real SimpleThe Southern Review, Kenyon Review, Gettysburg Review, Ohio Review, Prairie Schooner, Shenandoah and Best Creative Nonfiction of the South. She not only saw Elvis live, she also saw The Beatles in Shea Stadium.

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Lisa Kline wanted to become a writer ever since second grade, when she wrote and illustrated The Adventures of Little Horse and Little Lamb on large-lined paper. It’s still in her bedroom closet at her parents’ house. A graduate of Duke University, she is now the author of eight novels for young people, including Eleanor Hill, winner of the North Carolina Juvenile Literature Award, and the five-book Sisters in All Seasons series.


Amy Rogers is a writer for NPR station WFAE in Charlotte, where she is contributing editor for the online food magazine, “WFAEats: All Things Food and Culture.” She has been featured in Cornbread Nation 1: The Best of Southern Food Writing and many other publications. As an editor, writing coach and workshop presenter, she has worked with hundreds of people to hone their skills and find satisfaction in their writing. Visit her at


Tamra Wilson, author of Dining with Robert Redford & Other Stories, is a Road Scholar for the North Carolina Humanities Council and a local columnist. Her work has appeared in storySouth, North Carolina Literary Review, Epiphany, The New Guard, and elsewhere. She won the Jesse Stuart Prize for Young Adult Fiction, a Blumenthal Award and was a two-time finalist for the Press 53 Novella Award. In 2017, she received her second Regional Artist Project grant funded by the North Carolina Arts Council and other local councils.

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