Events for readers and writers

Author’s works come to life

The Touring Theater of North Carolina will present “Look Back the Maytime Days: From the pages of Fred Chappell” at 2 p.m. Nov. 15 in the Haywood Community College Auditorium.

Chappell was born in Canton and is the author of over two dozen books of poetry, fiction and criticism. He was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997-2002 and a N.C. Literary Hall of Fame inductee in 2006.

Audiences will meet wise, eccentric, playful and profound members of Fred Chappell’s fictional family as they converse, expound, and exaggerate. This production is an Appalachian rhapsody of voices taken from the ridges and hollows of the mountains of North Carolina and woven together with traditional mountain music. At the close of the event, Chappell will be on hand for a book signing.


Mississippi writer’s to discuss new works

Two Mississippi authors, Angela Jordan and Molly Walling, will be showcased at 3 p.m. Nov. 3 at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

The account of maverick governor Kirk Fordice and his family, Jordan’s We End in Joy: Memoirs of a First Daughter offers an perspective on public life in an intimate account from the daughter of a controversial Southern governor and a widely beloved first lady.

Walling, author of Death in the Delta: Uncovering a Mississippi Family Secret, is a non-fiction book about the shooting death of two returning black soldiers on the Mississippi Delta just after World War II. It also beings into light the suspected involvement of her own newspaper editor father, a returning bomber pilot, during a time of roiling change in the deep South.

Jordan now lives in Haywood County and Walling resides in Buncombe County. The event is free and open to the public.

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