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Write a novel this November

 November is National Novel Writing Month and there will be a writing group meeting from 3:30 to 6 p.m. every Monday starting Nov. 10 at the Canton Public Library.

Every November, millions of writers around the country unite in a single purpose: to write a novel of at least 50,000 words in 30 days. Whether you’ve been planning the perfect historical romance or crime novel, National Novel Writing Month may be the push you need to start putting that idea on paper. 

The library will be opening up its spacious meeting room at every possible opportunity to writers who want a quiet space to write, or who like knowing they’re not the only ones going through the process, and want to share the joys and hardships of writing with others in the community. Interested writers can pick up schedules at the library of when the meeting room will be available in November. 

To celebrate everyone’s accomplishments, there will be a Nation Novel Writing Month Wrap Party from 4:30 to 6 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 1 at the library. or 828.648.2924.


Rash to speak in Waynesville

Bestselling Appalachian author Ron Rash will present his new book Something Rich and Strange: Selected Stories at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 8 at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. 

Rash is the author of the 2009 PEN/Faulkner finalist and New York Times bestselling novel Serena, in addition to four other prizewinning novels, including The Cove, One Foot in Eden, Saints at the River, and The World Made Straight; four collections of poems; and five collections of stories, among them Burning Bright, which won the 2010 Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, and Chemistry and Other Stories, which was a finalist for the 2007 PEN/Faulkner Award. Twice the recipient of the O. Henry Prize, he teaches at Western Carolina University. Something Rich and Strange contains thirty-four of Rash's finest short stories, collected in one volume.

828.456.6000 or

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