Readings at City Lights

City Lights will host several authors this weekend for a diverse selection of book readings.

At 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 12, retired WCU English professor Marilyn Jody will read from her new memoir titled Letter to Emily.

The book, dedicated to Emily Dickinson in honor of her poem, “This Is My Letter to the World,” tells Jody’s story of a lifetime of love for another woman. While teaching a class on gay and lesbian writers, she found she needed to search her own soul and openly tell her own story for the first time.

At 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 13, City Lights will host a joint reading celebrating the small farmer in America. The featured authors, who will each read from their books, are Jim Minick, author of The Blueberry Years: A Memoir of Farm and Family, and Dana Wildsmith, author of Back to Abnormal: Surviving on an Old Farm in the New South.

The Blueberry Years recounts Minick’s experiences as an organic blueberry farmer in southwest Virginia. The intertwined essays in Back to Abnormal spin out from author Wildsmith’s daily life on an old farm in the foothills of the north Georgia mountains, to the regional world of the ESL classes she teaches, to the national scope of her work as a writer and a teacher of creative writing.

For more information contact City Lights at 828.586.9499.

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