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Wednesday, 01 July 2015 00:00

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Love, loneliness and rock-n-roll

Mountain Xpress arts section editor Alli Marshall will present her new book How to Talk to Rockstars at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

The novel is based in part with Marshall’s 14-or-so years spent interviewing artists of all genres, but especially touring musicians. The story follows wallflower-turned-journalist Bryn Thompson. She has a dream job: she interviews rockstars. Bryn’s professionalism keeps her on track, but also emotionally removed from the gritty world of backstage, bars and drugs that she writes about. That is, until she meets musician Jude Archer, whose songs haunt her. As an unlikely friendship grows out of Bryn’s obsession with Jude’s album, Bryn begins to rethink all of the carefully contrived rules that until now have helped her maintain a professional distance.

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Next installment of Secret Series

Carly Robbins (a.k.a Robbin Monteith) will present the next installment in the Secret Series at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

In Secrets of the Untold, Katelynn Anthony has always considered herself to be a plain little Southern girl living a boringly uneventful life. But now, nothing could be further from the truth. After Ms. Lera, the elderly lady who had been her surrogate grandmother, mentor, and benefactor passes away, Katelynn is swept away to Scotland to take care of her final arrangements. And as Ms. Lera’s heir, Katelynn finds herself caught up in a world of dazzling creatures and dangerous foes as she adjusts to her new title: Lord of Castle Go-Brath. Not only will Katelynn learn more about Ms. Lera’s adventurous past, but she will uncover secrets about herself and the world she thought she knew.



Madden to present Harper Lee bio

To celebrate the release of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman, Kerry Madden will present her biography on Lee at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, July 11, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Intended for ages 12 and up, Harper Lee looks at a down-to-earth Southern woman who has shunned publicity for a simpler life. Madden will also present her book on storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham who was a dear friend of Lee. Nothing Fancy About Kathryn and Charlie tells the story of an unlikely friendship between Windham and self-taught folk artist Tin Man Charlie Lucas. Lee is the world-renowned author of the literary classic To Kill a Mockingbird, with Go Set a Watchman due out July 14.

Madden is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Alabama-Birmingham and also teaches at Antioch University in Los Angeles and at the Sewanee Young Writers Conference in Tennessee.


Memoir depicts hippy activism, culture

Asheville author Cindy McMahon will read from her memoir Fresh Water from Old Wells at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 10, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Unplanned youngest daughter of activist hippies in the turbulent South, McMahon survived family violence, fire, flood, poisonous mushrooms, and an ice-cold outhouse. She wrote the work to tell those experiences and found forgiveness and peace in the process.


‘Lets Talk About It’ series

The “Lets Talk About It” book discussion series will continue at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at the Waynesville Public Library.

The book will be Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosely. Hollywood would say this is a story “ripped from the headlines” and in a way it is. This is the story “of an inherently good man fighting internal temptations and external injustices in a corrupt world...while adding plot twists, unrelenting racism and brutal murders” — a read in step with the times. 

This session will be led by Professor Emory Maiden of Appalachian State University. Refreshments will be provided.



Bass to discuss poetry

Author Ellen Bass will present her poetry collections Like a Beggar and The Human Line at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 9, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

She is also the author of The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse. It is an inspiring, comprehensive guide that offers hope and encouragement to every woman who was sexually abused as a child. Bass will also be leading a writing workshop at Cullowhee Mountain Arts from July 5-10. Registration is currently waitlisted. To be placed on the waitlist send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . 


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