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Wednesday, 20 July 2016 00:00

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Debut novel by Thorton

J.R. Thorton will present his first book Beautiful Country at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 22, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Beautiful Country follows the story of 14-year-old Chase Robertson who is forced to move to Beijing after the death of his older brother. In China, he trains every day with the Beijing junior national tennis team and quickly learns of the cutthroat world of Chinese sport. Chase is caught up in secrets and must fight to protect his bond with his new friend while negotiating the complex rules of a new country.

Thornton graduated from Harvard in 2014 where he studied history, English and Chinese. As a 14-year-old, he spent a year living in Beijing studying the Chinese language and training with the Beijing junior tennis team. An internationally ranked tennis player as a junior, he later competed for the Harvard men’s team and on the professional circuit. 

To reserve copies, call City Lights Bookstore at 828.586.9499.


City Lights open mic 

The NetWest program of the North Carolina Writers Network will host an open mic night at 7 p.m. Friday, July 29, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Folks are encouraged to bring their poetry or short pieces to share. The North Carolina Writers’ Network connects, promotes, and serves the writers of this state. They provide education in the craft and business of writing, opportunities for recognition and critique of literary work, resources for writers at all stages of development, support for and advocacy of the literary heritage of North Carolina, and a community for those who write. or 828.586.9499.


Cook releases new fantasy

Tyler Cook will present the first book of his new fantasy series Aluria at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 23, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

Aluria tells a story about heroism, love and hope, when teenager Jason Conner allows an extra-terrestrial spirit to inhabit his body. Follow Jason on his journey to protect the innocent and hunt down the guilty, and avenging those that were taken from him.

Cook continues to write in his hometown of Franklin, working on the next installment in The Aluria Adventures. To reserve copies, call City Lights Bookstore at 828.586.9499.


Friends of the Library book sale

The Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale will be held at 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. July 28, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 29 and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 30 at the Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville. 

The sale includes children’s books, adult selections, literary classics, vinyl records, cassettes, CDs, books on tape, and more. The Friends of the Library invite nonprofit groups to contact them about books they might like for their causes. All stock will be out the first day of the sale. Volunteers will be needed again for the sale to help cashier, floor walk, help customers, and clean up at end of sale.  



Book group to discuss ‘novel gone film’ 

The Jackson County Public Library Book Group will be present The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman at 6 p.m. July 26 at the library in Sylva.

This book will be a blockbuster movie coming out this September. There is no registration for this group. The library has extra copies of each book and participants are welcome to bring their own paper copies as well as e-books. Library staffer Tiz Duve will lead the discussion of the first book. The library will provide light snacks, but the public is welcome to bring any snacks they like. This group will be informal, fun, and hopefully, people will learn something also. 

This program is free and open to the public. The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. 

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• Local author R.P. Foster will be signing issues of his recently published comic Collapse at 3 p.m. July 23 at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Foster is an up-and-coming writer and a resident of Haywood County of more than 20 years. Collapse is a post-apocalyptic survival story, one that follows a group of survivors who live in a bunker, while those outside have become mutants. Collapse is an independent comic published by Rising Sun Comics.

• Bob Mustin will present his new book Collateral Damage and Stories at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. The stories in this collection examine the ways we use imagination to set aside human anguish and move on with our lives. Quirky, richly imagined characters populate these stories, inviting readers to measure them against their own lives and to want to read these stories again and again. Mustin has been an instructor in writing and has served as a mentor. He continues to write and publish novels, short fiction, and nonfiction. 

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