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Wednesday, 27 April 2016 00:00

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‘Library-Con’ in Waynesville

The Waynesville Public Library will host a Comic-Con-type event titled “Library-Con” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the library.

Organized by Youth Services Librarian Lisa Hartzell, “Library-Con” will be a fun, family-friendly event for lovers of comic books and beyond. Comic-Cons aren’t just about comic books, but encompass all forms of fantasy and science fiction, as well as movies, TV shows, role playing games and even anime and manga.

There will be workshops about comic book history, drawing comics and how to cosplay (dress up in costumes), plus a video game tournament and obstacle course for kids. Perhaps the most exciting part of the day will be the visits from special costumed guests, including characters from Star Wars, Ghostbusters, Star Trek and Batman to name a few. There will also be costume and poster-drawing contests. Snacks will be provided, and there will be giveaways, such as free comic books. 

Everyone is invited to dress in costume, whether as a superhero or other character. As this will be a family-friendly event, please make sure costumes are along those lines — no swords, light sabers or any other kind of weapon (pretend or otherwise). or 828.356.2512.


Blue Ridge welcomes Lix, Ehrmam, Resor

Authors Courtney Lix, Dr. Bart Ehrman and Joy Resor will both be discussing their recent works at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

• Lix will read from her new book Women of the Smokies at 2 p.m. Friday, May 6. As told by Lix, who brings the 20th female voice in this compilation, we learn in three parts how each woman’s strength of character and accomplishments has contributed to the Smokies as we know them today.

• UNC Professor Ehrman will read from and discuss his new book Jesus Before the Gospels: How the Earliest Christians Remembered, Changed, and Invented Their Stories of the Savior at 12:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7.

• Resor will read from her book Go In Joy! An Alphabetical Adventure at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 7.  The book offers an authentic ride beyond inspiring, lyrical words. This engaging, relatable book of essays, poems and questions offers touchstones that deliver “ah-ha” moments.

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Cook to release latest book

Franklin native and Western Carolina University alumnus Tyler Cook will release his second novel Aluria at a special release party at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.

In order to save his teenage crush, Jason Conner allows an extra-terrestrial spirit, named Aluria, to inhabit his body. At that moment, Jason vowed to protect the innocent and hunt down the guilty, avenging those that were tragically taken from him.  But while Jason thought that his first enemy, Raiz, was long deceased, the evil sorcerer returns to Canton to obtain what Jason robbed him of — magical item that grants anyone who possesses, it infinite power. Aluria is the first in a series that tells a story about heroism, love and hope.

In 2014, Cook released A Guide to Historic Dillsboro, now an award-winning book that celebrates the historic town of Dillsboro, as well as raising money for the Appalachian Women’s Museum. Later that year, he wrote The One, which was released in early 2015. 

Books Unlimited will provide copies of Cook’s books at the event on May 7. Reservations can be made by calling 828.369.7942.

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Casada to discuss Swain ‘mountain characters’

Well-known outdoors writer and enthusiast Jim Casada will host the presentation “Profiles in Mountain Character: Memorable Swain County Folks” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 5, at the Swain County Genealogical and Historical Society library in Bryson City. 

Casada will be sharing stories of local people with “at least an underpinning of the hard truth, although it’s a mighty poor piece of cloth that can use no embroidery.” 

Some of these mountain characters were Mark Cathey, Frank Young, Britt McCracken, childhood neighbor Aunt Mag, Grandpa Joe, Granville Calhoun, Sam Hunnicutt, Mr. and Mrs. S. W. Black, Quill Rose, Granville Calhoun, and others. 

Casada, who calls himself a “son of the Smokies” is a native of Bryson City. After teaching at Withrop University for 25 years, he retired to devote all of his energies to writing. He is a long-time member of a number of outdoor writers’ groups and has served as president of several of those organizations. He was a founding board member of the Professional Outdoor Media Association. He has won upwards of 170 awards from regional and national organizations for his writing, photography and contributions to angling literature.  

Conversation and refreshments will follow the presentation. After the presentation, Casada will sign books and they will be available for purchase. Open to the public and no admission charge. 


WCU faculty book reception

There will be a reception for two WCU professors to celebrate the release of their recently published books at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 7, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Associate professor Justin Menickelli and Ryan Pickens wrote The Definitive Guide to Disc Golf. This book is much more than just a basic “how to” manual — it is a thoughtful, fascinating, and thoroughly enjoyable exploration of the history, nature, science, and skills of disc golf.

Jessie Swigger, director of WCU’s Public History Program, has written History is Bunk: Assembling the Past at Henry Ford’s Greenfield Village. This book examines the large outdoor museum Henry Ford established in 1929. Swigger analyzes the dialogue between museum administrators and their audiences by considering the many contexts that have shaped Greenfield Village. The result is a book that simultaneously provides the most complete extant history of the site and an intimate look at how the past is assembled and constructed at history museums.

There will be light refreshments served at the reception. To reserve copies of the book, call 828.586.9499.



• Author Kimberly York will read and discuss her book Broken from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the Better Bean Coffee House in Maggie Valley. Broken is the story of how our choices affect all that we are and all that we become. How had Caroline Johnson ended up homeless and alone on this bitterly cold night? Who was the kind stranger who offered her a warm cape and a sympathetic ear? Had she truly been broken by all her life experiences? Was she ready to allow God to work in her life? For more information, 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.. 

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