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Wednesday, 20 September 2017 00:00

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Wolfe ‘Student Writing Competition’

In anticipation of Thomas Wolfe’s 117th birthday celebration in October, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial is inviting students and teachers to participate in the 2017 “Telling Our Tales” Student Writing Competition.

Thomas Wolfe, while best known for his novels, also wrote many short stories for magazines. In this competition, students will submit their own work of fiction inspired by Thomas Wolfe and his story “Polyphemus.” The story first appeared in the North American Review June 1935. In this fable a Spanish explorer and crew are obsessed with finding legendary cities of gold in North Carolina. Their single-minded quest results in their failure to find the richness in the land itself.

First, second, and third place winners will be chosen from three age groups: Grades 4-5, 6-8, and 9-12. Submissions may be hand delivered, postmarked or emailed by 5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23. Winners will be invited to present their stories and accept their awards at a program at the Thomas Wolfe Memorial’s visitor center at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21. Cash awards are given in each age group.

Find the story, competition guidelines, submission form and ideas for writing on our website with the links;

For more information about the event contact Thomas Wolfe Memorial, 52 North Market Street, Asheville, N.C., 28801, call 828.253.8304 or visit


‘Coffee with the Poet’

The “Coffee with the Poet” series will continue with Kelly Lenox at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Lenox will present her collection The Brightest Rock. Her poetry has been featured in Kakalak and Cave Region Review. The series gathers the third Thursday of the month and is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Writer’s Network.

For more information on the series or to reserve copies of The Brightest Rock, please call City Lights Bookstore at 828.586.9499.


Family world travel, on a budget

Doug Woodward will present his new work You Took Your Kids Where? at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 22, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

The book poses the question must adventure disappear from your life as children enter? The answer: not at all. It can be the best learning experience your family will ever encounter.

Your family can, too, with Woodward’s stories and planning guides. Bringing with him expertise from another lifetime — working with teens to build boats in his basement workshop and planning odysseys to rivers of the West in an old-school bus — Woodward easily adapted these skills and his engineering background to family life on the mountain, as well as the adventures to which he and Trish would introduce their children.

To reserve copies of You Took Your Kids Where?, please call City Lights Bookstore at 828.586.9499.


‘Homegrown Author Fair’ is Sept. 23

The “Homegrown Author Fair” will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 23, at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville.

Support local authors and discover new books, many with local interest. The fair will take place in the gym of the First United Methodist Church, where there will be readings by authors and meet-the-author tables with books available for signing and purchase.

Almost 30 authors will be participating, and a wide variety of genres will be represented, such as mystery, historical fiction, satire and thrillers, in addition to nonfiction titles that span topics from self-help to African-American History in the mountains. Plus, there will be several memoirs, featuring lives lived on the front line of the Vietnam War, as well as depictions of lives lived in Western North Carolina’s mountains. Books for children, from picture books to books on science, will also be available.

The schedule of author readings is as follows: 1:30 p.m. Children’s author Dawn Cusick (most recent book is Animals That Make Me Say Look Out!); 2 p.m. Historical Fiction author and workshop presenter Christine Simolke (Children of Italy); 2:30 p.m. Nonfiction historical author Carroll C. Jones (25th North Carolina Troops in the Civil War, Rooted Deep in Pigeon Valley and many more); 3 p.m. Local African-American History author Ann Miller Woodford (When All God’s Children Get Together); and 3:30 p.m. Mystery author and workshop presenter Michael Havelin (Ben Bones Series, Bloody-Minded Fiction Series, Holy Heists and many more).

Refreshments will be served. This event is free to attend thanks to the Friends of the Library. For more information, call 828.356.2507.

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