Events for readers and writersWritten by Admin
WCU dean’s novel to raise money for mission trip
Brian Railsback, dean of Western Carolina University’s Honors College, has released his new novel, A Going Concern.
Railsback is directing proceeds from the sale to his daughter’s upcoming mission trip through the World Race organization.
A fan of post-apocalyptic movies and literature, Railsback was inspired to write the book after pondering what would happen if most of the human population were finished but the rest of the world was fine. He had put the writing project aside until his daughter, Cadence, shared her interest in participating in the “World Race.” Adventures in Missions, a Christian organization, sends “World Racers” in squads to 11 countries in 11 months. To participate, his daughter will need to raise at least $15,000.
Railsback’s previous works include the novel The Darkest Clearing. Awards for his writing include the Prose for Papa (Hemingway) award, which was bestowed in 2006 for his short story “Clean Break.”
Author to discuss healing tonal music in Sylva
Writer Dielle Ciesco will present her new work, The Unknown Mother: A Magical Walk with the Goddess of Sound, at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 25, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.
Ciesco will be reading selections from her book and perform tonal music for healing and inspiration. In her novel, the reader will find that it isn’t everyday that one meets a goddess, let alone a Matrika or a being that presides over the sounds of language. It is said such deities can bring us complete liberation. Will that prove true for a struggling vocalist named Wrenne when a mysterious woman appears and offers to help her find her true voice?
With more than 18 years experience as a performer, teacher and healing facilitator, Ciesco blends her experiences in vocal toning, sacred sound, meditation, Toltec & Bon shamanism, multidimensional music, Reiki Tummo and teaching to assist clients in discovering a deeper connection to their inner truth and wisdom.
Waynesville author releases debut children’s book
Writer Anna Browning will celebrate the release of her first picture book, Tanner Turbeyfill and the Moon Rocks, from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at The Vine on 188 Depot Street in Waynesville.
The party will include a book signing, coffee, desserts and live entertainment from His & Hers.
Tanner Turbeyfill and the Moon Rocks is a story about a young boy who has always wanted his own moon rocks. One night, while documenting a full moon from his tree house observatory, Tanner notices the moon starting to brighten into a blue color. What will this mysterious light do? The book was illustrated by Josh Crawford, who is the graphic designer for MedWest.
Browning grew up in Haywood County and is a recent college grad, with course work in children’s literature. In 2014, Anna’s second book, A Special Family, will be published. This book is being illustrated by local artist Gwen Clifford. In addition to being a children’s author, Anna works as an administrative support associate at WCU.