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Wednesday, 03 February 2016 00:00

Events for readers and writers

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Howell to present debut novel

Greensboro author Ross Howell Jr. will discuss his debut book Forsaken at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

In Forsaken, young Charlie tells the story of the trial of Virginia Christian and its aftermath. Woven into his narrative are actual court records, letters, newspaper stories, and personal accounts, reflecting the true arc of history in characters large and small, in events local and global.



Harry Potter night in Franklin

 The second annual Harry Potter Book Night will be at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 

On Harry Potter Book Night, all in attendance will be sharing the wonder of J.K. Rowling’s unforgettable stories and introducing the next generation of readers to the unparalleled magic of Harry Potter. Young wizards, witches and Muggles will be treated to an evening of games, activities, magic tricks and light refreshments. They are also encouraged to dress up as a Harry Potter book character for our costume contest. The venue will be decorated and serving up snacks inspired by some of the scrumptious wizard foods in the books, from Bertie Botts Every Flavour Beans to Pumpkin Pasties.

You can find out more about Harry Potter Book Night and download images including the official logo at or 828.524.3600.


New Singleton story collection 

George Singleton will present his new collection of stories at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Calloustown, Singleton’s seventh collection, finds the author at the top of his game as he traces the unlikely inhabitants of the fictional Calloustown in all their humanity. Whether exploring family, religion, politics, or the true meaning of home, these stories range from deeply affecting to wildly absurd and back again in the blink of an eye. 

Tom Franklin, author of Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter, said, “If you read only one book this year, make it Calloustown. George Singleton is the best kind of genius, a mad one, and while his stories are acts of mad genius, they are also acts of great skill, acts of great compassion, acts of great intelligence. These are stories not to be missed.”


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