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Thursday, 04 November 2010 03:48

Photos, oral histories of Madison

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Award-winning photographer and writer Rob Amberg’s multimedia presentation “The New Road and Today’s Mountaineers” — set for 7 p.m. on…
Thursday, 04 November 2010 03:48

Charles White to read from new historical fiction

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Charles White, formerly of Cullowhee, will be at City Lights at 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 5, to read from…
Author Jane SpottedBird will discuss her new book, Still Here: Dancing to the Beat of My Own Drum on Saturday,…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:45

Secret Life of Bees to be discussed

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Sally Salyards will lead a discussion of The Secret Life of Bees at 7 p.m. on Nov. 4 in the…
Wednesday, 27 October 2010 20:44

City Lights book group meet and greet

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Are you in a book group? Do you want to be in one? Is your book group looking for good…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:12

‘Waynesville’ authors to make store appearance

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Authors Michael Beadle and Peter Yurko will discuss and sign copies of their new pictorial history book, Waynesville, from noon…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:11

Local author to hold book signing

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Author Barbara Dumas Ballew will be signing copies of her novel, George’s Creek to Georgia, on Oct. 23 at PumpkinFest…
Wednesday, 20 October 2010 20:11

Library’s “Puppy Tales” offers remedy for shy readers

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If you’ve got a young reader who has difficulty reading to parents or teachers, the Haywood County Public Library may…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:35

Young writers win recognition

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Western North Carolina students captured most of the prizes in the Student Laureate Awards sponsored by the North Carolina English…
Wednesday, 13 October 2010 20:34

Upcoming events at City Lights in Sylva

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David Watkins of Cullowhee will offer a free personal budgeting workshop at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva at 1 p.m.…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:24

Art and authors at Blue Ridge Books

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Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville is offering a full lineup of special events this month. For more information on any…
Wednesday, 06 October 2010 20:19

REACH gets help from local book author

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Mary J. Messer, author of Moonshiner’s Daughter, the recently published Haywood County based Appalachian memoir, presented a check to REACH…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:33

Fiction author to appear at Sylva

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Susan Gregg Gilmore, author of Looking for Salvation at the Dairy Queen, will read from her new novel, The Improper…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:32

Twenty regional authors at Blue Ridge Book Fest

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Blue Ridge Book Fest: A Regional Author Festival will take place from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. on Saturday, Oct.…
Wednesday, 29 September 2010 12:31

“Therapy Dog” sales to support animal shelters

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Dianna K. Klingel will be signing her book, Just for the Moment: The Remarkable Gift of the Therapy Dog, from…
The twenty-ninth Banned Books Week Sept. 25 through Oct. 2 celebrates not only the freedom to choose what to read…
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 20:22

First-ever Southeast Indian Writers Gathering lined up

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Native American writers from the Southeast are invited to participate in the first-ever Southeast Indian Writers Gathering, to be held…
Tuesday, 07 September 2010 20:21

First annual “Celebration of Books” in Highlands

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Twenty-eight Carolina authors will be selling and signing their books at the Celebration of Books from 9 a.m. to 3…
Lin Stepp will sign copies of Tell Me About Orchard Hollow from 2 to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18,…
Tuesday, 31 August 2010 20:14

WCU Authors Hal Herzog and Anna Fariello at City Lights

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Western Carolina University psychology professor Hal Herzog will celebrate his new book, Some We Love, Some We Hate, Some We…
Tuesday, 24 August 2010 19:41

New “Blue Ridge” Anthology features local authors

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A reading and book signing for the new anthology Echoes Across the Blue Ridge will take place from 1 to…
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 20:26

Coffee with poet Bill Everett

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Poet Bill Everett, author of Red Clay Blood River, will appear at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, as this month’s…
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 20:25

Authors release photographic history of Waynesville

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Michael Beadle and Peter Yurko have published a new photographic history of Waynesville in honor of the town’s bicentennial this…
Tuesday, 17 August 2010 20:25

Authors of two new mountain memoirs speak

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Jean Boone Benfield, of Asheville, will read from her new book, Mountain Born: A Recollection of Life and Language in…
Tuesday, 10 August 2010 20:36

‘Moonshiner’s Daughter’ author at Blue Ridge Books

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Mary J. Messer, author of the newly published Appalachian memoir Moonshiner’s Daughter, will be at Blue Ridge Books at 3…
Tuesday, 03 August 2010 20:13

Free writers workshops in Waynesville

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Upcoming free workshops at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville will offer writers behind-the-scenes tips on getting published and provide guidance…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:48

Storytime with puppets

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Jackson County resident Josie Williams will be guest storyteller at a special children’s storytime at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:47

An official Star Wars party

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Join the fun at a Star Wars party at 2 p.m on Saturday, July 31, at Blue Ridge Books. The…
Tuesday, 20 July 2010 20:47

All about the Carltons

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Dr. Barbara Carlton will autograph copies of her book, This Nearly Was Mine: A Journey Through Carlton Country at 2…
Tuesday, 06 July 2010 20:41

Shakespeare still valuable in space

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Muse of Fire by Dan Simmons. Subterranean Press, 2008. 105 page In recent years, it has become fashionable for writers…
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 15:27

O’Connor’s life and characters

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Two weeks ago, a friend and I traveled down into Central Georgia looking for Flannery O’Connor. My friend, whom I…
Wednesday, 30 June 2010 15:16

Government is in need of a little belt-tightening

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Most Americans are surely aware our economy is still in trouble. The downswing in the last year of the Bush…
Wednesday, 23 June 2010 14:32

Slow corruption

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The Death of Sweet Mister by Daniel Woodrell. Plume/Penguin Group, 2008. 196 pages. Several years ago, I read an amazing…
Wednesday, 16 June 2010 14:24

Holding on to an identity

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Someone Named Eva by Joan M. Wolf. Clarion Books, 2007. 208 pages. On May 27, 1942, resistance fighters who had…
Wednesday, 09 June 2010 13:28

Yearning for ancient ties

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The Memory of Gills by Catherine Carter. Louisiana State University Press, 2006. 59 pages. Recently, when Catherine Carter was asked…
Wednesday, 02 June 2010 20:17

Juggling through books

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In Spite of Myself: A Memoir by Christopher Plummer. Knopf, 2008. 656 pages. Like most readers, I usually have a…
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 12:34

Reading Nina Simone’s tragic life

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Princess Noire: The Tumultuous Reign of Nina Simone, by Nadine Cohodas. Pantheon Books, 2010. 449 pages. The first time I…
Wednesday, 26 May 2010 12:34

The tannery and the Green Fly

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During my first year at Western Carolina Teachers College (now Western Carolina University) in 1953, I managed to offend my…
Thursday, 20 May 2010 17:06

Bringing poetry back to life

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Once upon a time the queen of literature, poetry finds itself nowadays, like the tale of Cinderella run in reverse,…
Wednesday, 19 May 2010 13:19

Self-help without the sugar

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Seven Pleasures: Essays on Ordinary Happiness by William Spiegelman. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 2009. In Seven Pleasures: Essays on Ordinary…
Wednesday, 12 May 2010 15:18

Learning to play the Angel’s Game

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The Angel’s Game by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Doubleday, 2009. 470 pages.A few days after completing The Shadow of the Wind,…
Wednesday, 05 May 2010 15:14

In Next, life changes in a day

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Next by James Hynes. Reagan Arthur Books, 2010. 320 pages. In The Lecturer’s Tale, previously reviewed in The Smoky Mountain…
Wednesday, 28 April 2010 17:37

Taking readers down a deep spiral

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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Penguin Books, 2005. 487 pagesLet’s begin with a marvelous story —…
Wednesday, 21 April 2010 17:37

Bring poetry to the people

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“April is the cruelest of months, breeding/ lilacs out of the dead land” — so wrote T.S. Eliot in the…
Wednesday, 14 April 2010 17:37

A modern take on Chaucer’s classic

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eoffrey Chaucer’s The Canterbury Tales: a Retelling by Peter Ackroyd. Viking Press, 2009. 436 pages Being an old English teacher,…
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 17:37

Obsessing over grammar

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Twelve years ago, while teaching Latin at a local high school, I was discussing a point of grammar — I…
Readers will be in for a surprise when thumbing through the pages of the all-Cherokee issue of Appalachian Heritage literary…
Horns by Joe Hill. William Morrow Publishers, 2010. 370 pages. Ignatius William Perrish (“Iggy” to his friends) awoke one morning…