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Poetry, prose to be presented Blue Ridge Books

North Carolina authors Janice Moore Fuller and Lee Zacharias will read from their new works at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

Fuller will present from her new collection of poetry On The Bevel, a collection that focuses on a range of subjects from growing up in North Carolina to writing at an art colony in Portugal. Fuller has published four poetry collections, including Séance from Iris Press, winner of the 2008 Oscar Arnold Young Award (for the North Carolina poetry book of the year).

Zacharias will present from her newest collection of essays, The Only Sound We Make. These deeply metaphorical essays are both intensely personal and vitally concerned with the larger world, including the kingdom beyond our ken. She is also the author of Lessons and At Random, in addition to a book of short stories entitled, Helping Muriel Make it Through the Night. 

828.456.6000 or www.blueridgebooksnc.com. 

 

Join the Canton Book Club 

A Canton Book Club get-together will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Canton Branch Library.

“Because a book club is a real asset to the life of a community, the Canton Branch Library is planning to sponsor such a club,” wrote Katherine Levine, the librarian of the Canton Branch Library, on a flyer typed on Haywood County Public Library stationary back in the mid-1970s.

Under the direction of Levine, members of the Canton Book Club met for several years to discuss books and listen to guest speakers. One of the members of the book club was Keneitha Bryson, a longtime library employee at the Canton Branch Library who recently retired. By the early 1980s, Levine had retired and the book club no longer met. Though Bryson herself may be retired now, she couldn’t stay away from the library for long. She will continue to coordinate the “new” Canton Book Club, which she started up again in August 2012. 

The Canton Book Club meets the third Thursday of the month at 3:30 p.m., and is an informal gathering of adults who love reading books. Those interested in joining are asked to bring excerpts from books they’ve read recently that they’ve enjoyed to share with the group. 

828.648.2924.

 

Pursuing a life of dance

Dancer Georganne Spruce will present her book Awakening to the Dance: A Journey to Wholeness at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Growing up in the 1950s and 1960s, a rebellious woman dares to dream of a different life, one where she, not society, defines who she is. Georganne Spruce chronicles that journey in her memoir. Now a resident of Asheville, she first visited the area in 1966 when she and her husband spent their honeymoon beneath the mountains. 

As she began that new life, there was no clear path for a woman who chose not to be a traditional wife and mother. Following her passion to be a modern dancer and later a writer, she created a life journey that empowered her to become her authentic self and live a life of peace, love, and joy.

828.586.9499.  

 

Former football coach, KGB member to present memoir at City Lights

Whittier author Tom Kelly will present his memoir Gridiron Diplomat’s Carolina Dacha at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Kelly’s book details his life, which was spent teaching and coaching American football in 40 countries including time in Soviet Russia, employed by the KGB. 

828.586.9499.  

 

Journal-making workshop

A journal-making workshop for beginners with Kent Stewart will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. 

A former downtown bookstore owner, Stewart will share his bookmaking skills. The workshop is intended for children ages 11 and up, and adults of all ages. Younger children should attend with a parent or responsible adult. Students will make a small, 48-page journal plus cover.

Limited to 10 students. Cost is $3, which includes materials. 

828.456.6000.

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