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Blue Ridge Books celebrates 10 years

In celebration of its 10th birthday, Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville will host an array of events throughout the month of July, including a special event with New York Times bestselling author and Western Carolina University Professor Ron Rash on July 25.

3 p.m. Wednesday, July 19: “An Afternoon with a Scientist!” Join children’s science author and college biology instructor, Dawn Cusick, for a time of science exploration for children.

1 to 4 p.m. Thursday, July 20: “Free Chess Lessons for All Ages and Levels of Players.” Every Thursday afternoon you’ll find members of the Smoky Mountain Chess Club playing in Blue Ridge Books meeting room — friendly games, rated games and sometimes tournament play.

11 a.m. Tuesday, July 25: “Ron Rash reading.” Rash will be at Blue Ridge Books to help celebrate its anniversary and also the release of his novel, The Risen, in paperback. Rash will read, answer your questions, and sign books.



‘Secrets of the Smokies’

The “Secrets of the Smokies” discussion with Ben Anderson will be held at several upcoming locations around Western North Carolina.

With more than 11 million visitors in 2016 despite a 10-day closure, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is hardly a secret. Yet, the 520,000-acre park still has many special places that are relatively little known and lightly visited. Smokies Chronicle author Ben Anderson has identified 12 such places — one for each month of the year — that in most cases don’t require an extreme amount of effort to reach. Join him on a jaunt through the distinct seasons of the nation’s most popular national park.

Anderson will be speaking at the following places: Wednesday, July 19, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin; 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, at the Albert Carlton Library in Cashiers; and 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, at the Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville.828.456.6000.


City Lights joint author reading

There will be a joint reading with Charles Dodd White, Gavin Dillard and David Dalton at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 22, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

The authors will all be on hand to share and talk about their respective work. White is the author of Sinners of Sanction County, Lambs of Men and A Shelter of Others. He teaches in the English Department of Pellissippi State Community College. Dillard is a poet and songwriter. He is the author of seven books of homoerotic poetry, two anthologies of poetry and several popular songs. His newest book, a June release, is called Graybeard Abbey. Dalton is the author of Fugue in Ursa Major and Oratorio in Ursa Major, the first two books of what will be an apocalyptic sci-fi trilogy.

To reserve copies of these books, call City Lights Bookstore at 828.586.9499.


‘Coffee with the Poet’

The “Coffee with the Poet” series continues with Sam Barbee at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 20, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Barbee’s poems have appeared Poetry South, Crucible, Asheville Poetry Review, The Southern Poetry Anthology VII: North Carolina, Potato Eyes, Georgia Journal, Main Street Rag, Iodine, and Pembroke Magazine, among others. His fiction has been recognized by the Norfolk Society for the Arts and published in Atlantis.

His second poetry collection, That Rain We Needed (Press 53), was published in April of 2016, and a nominee for the Roanoke-Chowan Award as one of North Carolina’s best poetry collections of 2016.

Barbee was awarded an “Emerging Artist’s Grant” from the Winston-Salem Arts Council to publish his first collection Changes of Venue (Mount Olive Press); has been a featured poet on the North Carolina Public Radio Station WFDD; received the 59th Poet Laureate Award from the North Carolina Poetry Society for his poem “The Blood Watch”; and is a Pushcart nominee.

Barbee is the 2017 President-Elect for the NC Poetry Society and Past-President of Winston-Salem Writers.

The “Coffee with the Poet” series gathers the third Thursday of each month and is co-sponsored by the North Carolina Writers Network. For more information, call City Lights Bookstore at 828.586.9499.


Ron Rash paperback launch

Celebrated New York Times bestselling author Ron Rash will hold a book discussion at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

The date marks the paperback release of his seventh novel, The Risen. Rash demonstrates his superb narrative skills in this suspenseful and evocative tale of two brothers whose lives are altered irrevocably by the events of one long-ago summer, one bewitching young woman — and the secrets that could destroy their lives.

To reserve copies of The Risen, call City Lights Bookstore at 828.586.9499.

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