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Wednesday, 20 May 2015 00:00

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Novel discusses historical discrimination 

Meta Commerse will present her work The Mending Time at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

The book is an intergenerational, layered story of overcoming cycles and effects of violence and separation in the legacy of slavery. For three generations, the novel follows two families on the South Side of Chicago, taking an intricate look at the effects of historic discrimination, struggle, migration and urban life on these African descended people. Its nugget culminates inside the story, imagination and resilience of the child whose birth joins these two families. 

Commerse is a native Chicagoan, raised in the black arts movement. She is the daughter of two artists, award-winning author of six books and one play, all focused on family violence prevention and healing. She is certified wellness practitioner, and an adjunct professor of history and English in Asheville. She is also an instructor at Haywood Community College.


Fahey returns with new novel

Sapphire author Edward Fahey will present his third novel The Gardens of Ailana at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 22, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

The book explores the metaphysical, the idea that there are places on this planet not confined to the logic of men or limitations of science. In this modern-day fictional tale, four people with very different backgrounds, each scarred by a horrific childhood, meet at a place of healing where one’s most crippling darkness must be faced down. In the rubble of their lives and broken spirits they learn that in their weaknesses lie their most profound strengths. In their festering wounds they find hope. 

In The Gardens of Ailana we see through the souls of mystics, experience laying-on-of-hands from the healer’s point of view. Feel at home among wonders and magic. Novelist and teacher, Fahey spent his life hunting magic, seeking out the other sides of reality. His previous novels are Mourning After and Entertaining Naked People. 



Monroe to discuss Lowcountry Summer

New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe will present her trilogy The Lowcountry Summer at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 28, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

Set on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, Monroe captures the complex relationships between three half sisters scattered across the country and a grandmother determined to help them rediscover their family bonds. Her efforts to reconnect human nature with the natural world resonate with her readers. She is a bestselling author of 16 novels and two children’s books.


Special Forces inspired poetry

Writer Kirk Thomas will read from his new poetry collection Miscellaneous Musings and Other Odd Thoughts: The Desert Poem at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 23, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

The collection is inspired by his time in the Saudi Arabian desert when he worked as a military contractor. Before that, Thomas had served for many years in the U.S. Army Special Forces. He and his wife moved to a house between Sylva and Franklin in 2011. In addition to his poetry, he has written a number of essays and prose pieces and has, on occasion, rendered some of them into verse. 


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