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Wednesday, 25 February 2015 00:00

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Joy presents new Appalachian tale

Webster author David Joy will present his new novel Where All Light Tends to Go at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.  

The book is set in Jackson County and tells the story of Jacob McNeely, a young man who is in a fight against his fate. 

“A savage and moving account of a young man’s attempt to transcend his family’s legacy of violence. Where All Light Tends to Go’is an outstanding debut and a fine addition to the country-noir vein of southern literature,” said acclaimed Southern Appalachian author Ron Rash. 

To help celebrate, Innovation Brewing has brewed a special “Where All Light Tends to Go” Stout. There will be free samples available during the reading at the bookstore and following there will be an after-party at Innovation to continue the celebration. Joy’s stories and creative nonfiction have appeared in Drafthorse Literary Journal, Smoky Mountain Living, Wilderness House Literary Review, Pisgah Review, and Flycatcher, and he is also the author of the memoir Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman’s Journey.


Sylva library celebrates Dr. Seuss

 There will be a celebration of Dr. Seuss at 4:30 p.m. March 3 at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. 

There will be games, crafts, snacks, and more fun for all ages. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. or 828.586.2016.


‘Picking Cotton’ authors to give lecture

 The co-authors of the New York Times bestseller Picking Cotton will give a public lecture at 7 p.m. Monday, March 2, in the Grandroom at the A.K. Hinds University Center at Western Carolina University.

The book is the joint memoir of Jennifer Thompson, a native of North Carolina who was brutally raped as a college student in 1994, and of Ronald Cotton, a man who was exonerated of the rape through DNA evidence 11 years after his conviction. In their presentation, the authors will explore themes of race, gender, rape and its aftermath, justice, forensic science and forgiveness.

Thompson and Cotton are now advocates for judicial reform, the need to combat sexual violence, abolition of the death penalty, the fallibility of eyewitness testimony and the healing power of forgiveness. Together, they have successfully lobbied state legislators to change compensation laws for the wrongly convicted, to abolish the death penalty and to revise police eyewitness line-up procedures.

The presentation is associated with WCU’s interdisciplinary learning theme for the academic year, “North Carolina: Our State, Our Time.” Programs and initiatives across campus are exploring the state’s history, culture and impact.

A question-and-answer session with the audience will be from 8 to 8:30 p.m. The authors will sign copies of their book from 8:30 to 9 p.m. Free.

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.227.3615.


Canton library holds tech fair

There will be a technology fair from 3 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 4, at the Canton Public Library.

The library now offers access to iPads, a Wii gaming cart and other new technology that is being used to teach important literacy and digital skills to children. There are currently five iPads that are preloaded with educational and learning apps that have been mounted throughout the children’s room. Children enjoy sitting down at the iPads and playing educational games and testing out the new technology. A Wii gaming cart is also now available in the children’s room.

Patrons can play retro video games courtesy of The Retro Gamer, create digital art, discover new apps on the iPads, and more. Plus, have fun with a QR code scavenger hunt; winners will receive prizes.

The new technology was supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the federal Library Services and Technology Act as administered by the State Library of NC, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.



WCU welcomes Delpit

Western Carolina University Department of Human Services will present writer Lisa Delpit for a one-on-one interview at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at the Killian Building in Cullowhee.

Author of Other People’s Children: Cultural Conflict in the Classroom, Delpit is currently the Felton G. Clark Distinguished Professor of Education at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was formerly executive director of the Center for Urban Education and Innovation at Florida International University in Miami, Florida.

The interview will be conducted by John Bryant, senior director of human resources for Henderson County public schools and a WCU doctoral student.

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