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Wednesday, 28 January 2015 00:00

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Book sale needs donations

The Haywood Friends of the Library Book Sale Committee need your books. During these cold January days when you are surveying the clutter, consider donating books from your personal library to the Book Sale, which is scheduled for July 23-25. Last year, people were especially interested in books from the academic and scientific collections. Members of the Book Sale Committee can pick up books at your home. 

Call Sandy Denman, chair of the committee, at 828.627.2370 to arrange a pickup. 


Lane to present poetry collection

Poet John Lane will read from his new collection The Old Rob Poems at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 31, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

From New Native Press, the collection features a character loosely based on a mountain neighbor of Lane’s. It is the poetic telling of a man transitioning from old mountain ways into the modern world.  

Lane is the author of over a dozen books of poetry and prose. His Abandoned Quarry: New & Selected Poems was released by Mercer University Press in 2012. The book includes much of Lane’s published poetry over the past 30 years, plus a selection of new poems. Abandoned Quarry won the SIBA (Southeastern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Poetry Book of the Year prize. 



McDonald reading to honor Black History Month

In celebration of Black History Month, there will be a reading of Victoria A. Casey McDonald’s last novel Living in the Shadow of Slavery by her daughter Faustine McDonald at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.   

In this posthumous publication, Casey continues the story of her great grandmother Amanda who is freed from slavery after the Civil War and has many choices to make as a free woman.

“This is a powerful book, written from the heart of one who cared about her African American history in Western North Carolina to the point of saving it with the written word for all eternity,” said Amy Ammons Garza from Catch the Spirit of Appalachia.

This event is sponsored by the Jackson County Arts Council with support from the NC Arts Council Grassroots Grant program.  

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New work about Cumberland Island

Journalist Will Harlan will read from his new biography Untamed: The Wildest Woman in America and the Fight for Cumberland Island at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 6, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

The book looks at the life of Carol Ruckdeschel, a self-taught scientist, who for 40 years studied and defended the sea turtles and the surrounding wilderness of Cumberland Island. This national park on the Georgia coast is the country’s largest and most biologically diverse barrier island. Untamed reveals the determined efforts of a woman to protect a wilderness she loves.

Harlan is the editor-in-chief of Blue Ridge Outdoor Magazine and an award-winning journalist. He has written for National Geographic Adventure and appeared in Sports Illustrated and on Oprah. He lives on a farm in the mountains of North Carolina. 


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