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New Plott Hound book

Author Bob Plott will present his new book Plott Hound Tales at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Plott Hound Tales reveals the fascinating people and places that have shaped the history of the Plott hound. Plott is the great-grandson of George Plott who first brought Plott bear hounds to America. He is also the author of Strike and Stay: The Story of the Plott Hound, A History of Hunting in the Great Smoky Mountains, Legendary Hunters of the Southern Highlands, and Colorful Characters of the Great Smoky Mountains. Plott and his family continue to raise the family Plott hounds at their Plott Ridge Kennels near Eufola.

To reserve copies of Plott Hound Tales, call City Lights Bookstore at 828.586.9499.


Beadle presents poetry collection

Poet and former Haywood County journalist and teacher Michael Beadle will be reading from his latest poetry collection, Primer, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

The book features poems about childhood and family, discovery and disappointment, triumph and heartbreak. Primer was a national finalist in the 2016 Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest, sponsored by Main Street Rag.

Bowers, a former NC Poet Laureate who served as the judge for the contest, writes, “With courage and a kid’s heart, Michael Beadle brings to life the rites of passage of a small-town boy inching toward the threshold of adulthood.”

Beadle is the author or co-author of four books on Haywood County history, including the local history Arcadia series books Waynesville, Haywood County and Canton. A former reporter with The Smoky Mountain News and The Mountaineer, Beadle was active in the Haywood County arts community for nearly two decades, performing poetry at downtown Waynesville festivals, acting on stage at Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, emceeing events at Folkmoot festivals, and teaching creative writing courses through Haywood Community College.

As a writer-in-residence based in Raleigh, he teaches poetry and creative writing workshops throughout the state and serves as the director of the NC Poetry Society’s student contests and the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series. or 828.456.6000.


New bluegrass book

Diving into the rich, vibrant and controversial history of bluegrass music, If You Can’t Play, Get Off the Stage: Bluegrass in Western North Carolina and Beyond is the debut work from Garret K. Woodward, arts/entertainment editor for The Smoky Mountain News.

Woodward will be holding a reading, bluegrass discussion and book signing at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at the Haywood County Arts Council’s Gallery & Gifts in downtown Waynesville. There will also be another reading at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24, in the Community Room at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Both events are free and open to the public.

The book features interviews, profiles, quotes and conversations with the biggest names in bluegrass, mountain and string music, including: Balsam Range, Bobby Osborne, Claire Lynch, David Grisman, David Holt, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, Jesse McReynolds, John Cowan, Larry Sparks, Marty Stuart, Peter Rowan, Raymond Fairchild, Rhiannon Giddens, Rhonda Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien, and many more.

For more information on the book and where to purchase it, visit

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