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Wednesday, 30 July 2014 00:00

Events for readers and writers

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Reading with magic in Bryson City

The Summer Reading Program Carnival and Magic Show will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 1, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City.

Enjoy games like ring toss, beanbag toss, and squirt away. There will be lots of yummy snacks available. At 5 p.m., professional magician Caleb Ryan Sigmon will present his magic show in the library auditorium. This will be an all ages performance and the community is invited to attend and celebrate the magic of reading.

Born and raised in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains, Sigmon spent the majority of his childhood playing inside cardboard boxes, fighting dragons and playing cowboys and Indians in his backyard. He developed the ability to dream big at an early age. Now, he has made it his career. Sigmon will bring his small-town charm to the card table. 

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Owenby to share Appalachian stories

Nantahala native and Franklin resident Roy Owenby will share his stories about Appalachian life at 3 p.m. Saturday, August 2, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Blue Ridge Mountain Heritage is the culmination of thousands of miles of travel throughout the South in an effort to gather stories that portray the soul of Appalachia. These stories span past and present and offer a full spectrum of human emotion. A prolific writer, Owenby has written hundreds of articles and short stories. He is also the author of The Owl Knows, a mystery set on the Appalachian Trail.  



Tyson to hold discussion at Lake Junaluska 

  Dr. Timothy Tyson, professor of American Christianity and Southern Culture at Duke Divinity School and author of the book Blood Done Sign My Name, will speak at 3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, at the Bethea Welcome Center at Lake Junaluska.

Tyson’s book deals with the killing of a 23-year old black Vietnam vet by whites in Oxford in 1970. The book explores white supremacy and the racial history of North Carolina through a narrative that weaves together not only the story of the murder and the acquittal of the accused white men by an all-white jury and its aftermath, but also Tyson’s own family story — his father was the minister of the First United Methodist Church in Oxford at the time of the murder and was ultimately run out of the church for supporting civil rights. Blood Done Sign My Name won the Southern Book Award in 2005, the Grawemeyer Award in Religion, and has been adapted into a play as well as a movie, which was filmed in North Carolina and released in 2010.  

Junaluska Associates, Junaluskan Book Review and Haywood County NAACP are co-sponsoring the event.

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