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Rash to present new work

Acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash will read and discuss his latest book The Risen at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

The author of New York Times Bestsellers Serena and The Cove, Rash is also the Western Carolina University Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Culture. A two-time finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, he also received the Frank O’Conner International Short Story Award. 

Seating is limited for this evening. Reserve two seats with an advance purchase of The Risen. 828.456.6000 or


Do you write from the heart?

Author Amy Ammons Garza will lead a class on “Writing from the Heart” from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, in Founder’s Hall at Southwestern Community College in Webster. 

The class, which runs through seven consecutive Tuesdays, will cover such topics as personal experience, essays and sketches, inspiration, nostalgia, and humor. Each class will also contain suggestions in powerful beginnings, purpose, plot, fact stranger than fiction, understanding “pacing,” persuading with power, and positive verses negative writing.

“In this creative writing class you will uncover ideas worth writing about,” Garza said. “Evoke a vivid sense of place and time, and support your story with strong organization and structure.”

All you will need for this class is paper and pen. The hope is that each writer will have a completed work by the end of the series. For more information or to register, call Jenny Williams in Continuing Education at 828.339.4497. 


Race relations of 1960s South

Danny Johnson will read from and sign his debut novel The Last Road Home at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 8, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.  

Ron Rash, author of Serena, said of the book, “In this intense and well-written debut novel, Danny Johnson probes deep into the cauldron of racial relations in the 1960s South. The Last Road Home introduces an exciting new voice in Southern Literature.”

Johnson’s writing follows the tradition of Southern authors, whose characters most often represent the disenfranchised in society, examining their struggles to overcome in a world that does not acknowledge them to be of value nor recognize their humanity. His work has appeared in Remembrances of Wars Past Anthology, South Writ Large, Sheepshead Review and Fox Chase Review.



• Regional thriller author Lawrence Thackstone will host a book signing from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. 

• Local author and homesteader Ashley English will host a “DIY Butter and Yogurt” presentation at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at the Waynesville Public Library. The program is free and open to the public. To signup, call 828.356.2507 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

• Storyteller Vicky Town will host a presentation at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6, at the Canton Public Library. The event is in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the Haywood County Public Library. 

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