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Wednesday, 16 April 2014 00:00

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A tale of a haunted house

Author Sonja Condit will present her debut novel Starter House at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

The book is a story of a woman who falls in love with a dusty-rose colonial cottage. It’s the home she has been dreaming of for her and her family. Despite the history of the house, she and her husband eagerly move in. Soon though, she realizes there is something malevolent present — something only she can sense. or


Renowned author to present at Friends of the Library

Award-winning author Lee Smith will speak at the Friends of the Library annual meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville.

Smith is the author of 13 novels and four collections of short stories. She is a recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Literature, the North Carolina Award for Literature, and a Southern Book Critic Circle Award.  

Her newest novel Guests on Earth is set in 1913 at the Highlands Mental Hospital in Asheville. Other books by Smith include Fair and Tender Ladies, On Agate Hill and The Last Girls.

A dessert buffet will be served by Kanini’s. Tickets for the evening are $10 and are available for sale at all the library branches, Blue Ridge Books and Gallery 86. Tickets must be purchased by Friday, May 2. 

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JC Walkup presents her saga of Texas

Author JC Walkup will present her book Partners at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 19, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

The book is a gritty tale of post Civil War Texas. Violence and hardship take center stage as a young man from Scotland, Ian McPhelen, struggles to find a place in the world. Walkup is a graduate of the University of Texas. A native of Texas, she now lives in Haywood County and is one of the founders of the literary magazine, Fresh.   



World Book Night comes to Sylva

In celebration of William Shakespeare’s birthday and World Book Night there will be a special event April 23 at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

The bookstore is proud to be one of 2,300 bookstores and libraries across America supporting World Book Night 2014. 25,000 volunteers from Kodiak to Key West will give away half a million free books in more than 6,000 towns and cities across America.

World Book Night U.S. is an ambitious campaign to give thousands of free, specially-printed paperbacks to light or non-readers. Volunteer book givers help promote reading by going into our communities and handing out free copies to those without means or access to a printed book.

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