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Wednesday, 16 July 2014 00:00

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Poets, youth writers in Franklin

The Ridgeline Literary Alliance, Inc. and the N.C. Poetry Society will sponsor a reading at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at the Macon County Community Facilities Building in Franklin.

The event will feature the winners of the 2014 Young Writers of Western North Carolina Contest as well as Susan Lefler and Glenda Beall of the N.C. Poetry Society. Winners of the Young Writers Contest will be reading their winning poems and essays. 



Joyce to present Cherokee findings

Writer Mary Joyce will discuss her findings on the Cherokee Little People at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 18, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Her new book, Cherokee Little People Are Real, contains oral transcript information originally published in 2001 but also includes photographs, maps and completely new chapters with previously unpublished material. Joyce has also written, Tangible Evidence of Jesus, which looks at the wealth of information discovered about Jesus not recorded in Christian Bibles. 828.586.9499. 

Joyce will also do another presentation at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.


Cherokee stories in Sylva

 Cherokee Stories featuring renowned local storyteller Freeman Owle will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday July 22, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.

Owle is a member of the Eastern Band of Cherokees and a graduate of Western Carolina University. He holds a Master’s in education and has taught at many grade levels including university classes. Owle has lectured throughout the eastern United States on Cherokee stories and culture. He attended the Indian Schools operated by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and has been involved in the preservation of the culture for many years. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.

Free. 828.586.2016 or


Friends of the Library book sale 

The Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale will be held at 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 24, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 25 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 26 at the Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville. 

The sale includes children’s books, adult selections, literary classics, vinyl records, cassettes, CDs, books on tape, and more. The Friends of the Library invite nonprofit groups to contact them about books they might like for their causes. All stock will be out the first day of the sale. Volunteers will be needed again for the sale to help cashier, floor walk, help customers, and clean up at end of sale.  



Davis to present new memoir

Writer Tom Davis will discuss his new memoir, The Most Fun I Ever Had with My Clothes On at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 19, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

In his memoir, the author relates his experiences during the 31 years spent in the U.S. Army. Twenty of those years he served with US Army Special Forces (Green Berets). This book chronicles his time in three combat zones: Vietnam, Bosnia, and Iraq/Turkey, Thomas (Tom) Hoyt Davis, III (aka The Squid), entered the Army as a private and retired as a full colonel.   

828.456.6000 or


Writer’s workshop in Sylva

A writer’s workshop with local fantasy writer Donna Glee Williams will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.

Williams, author of The Braided Path, is the host of the workshop titled “Write What You Don’t Know.” In this workshop, Williams will lead a short adventure in creative writing, with writing prompts to get the group started. This workshop requires no previous creative writing experience, only a willingness to try new things and share thoughts and memories with a supportive community of fellow writers. 

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. Free. or 828.586.2016.

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