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Wednesday, 04 March 2015 00:00

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Joy presents new Appalachian tale

Webster author David Joy will present his new novel Where All Light Tends to Go at 6:30 p.m. Friday, March 6, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.  

The book is set in Jackson County and tells the story of Jacob McNeely, a young man who is in a fight against his fate. 

“A savage and moving account of a young man’s attempt to transcend his family’s legacy of violence. Where All Light Tends to Go’is an outstanding debut and a fine addition to the country-noir vein of southern literature,” said acclaimed Southern Appalachian author Ron Rash. 

To help celebrate, Innovation Brewing has brewed a special “Where All Light Tends to Go” Stout. There will be free samples available during the reading at the bookstore and following there will be an after-party at Innovation to continue the celebration. Joy’s stories and creative nonfiction have appeared in Drafthorse Literary Journal, Smoky Mountain Living, Wilderness House Literary Review, Pisgah Review, and Flycatcher, and he is also the author of the memoir Growing Gills: A Fly Fisherman’s Journey.


Sylva environmental advocate to read from debut novel

Avram Friedman, executive director of The Canary Coalition, will read from his debut novel at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 7, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

The Silver Maple Conspiracy follows the journey of man born in the mid-20th century, his relationship with nature and the evolution of human consciousness toward the environment that he witnessed over his lifetime. The story is a vehicle for deep introspection into the plight of humankind and the planet it inhabits. The novel takes in the streets of New York City during the Vietnam War, the Woodstock Music and Arts Festival, the first Earth Day celebration, the back-to-the-land movement in the Pacific Northwest and, lastly, the Great Smoky Mountains of Western North Carolina. 

Since 2000, Friedman’s work as executive director of The Canary Coalition, based in Sylva but operating on a statewide level, has revolved around issues of environmental, social, political and economic justice. 

City Lights Bookstore, 828.586.9499.


Keller to hold energy medicine presentation

Betsy Keller will present Donna Eden and David Feinstein’s books on energy medicine and talk about complementary medicine at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 5, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

This event is part of a weekend workshop that Eden and Feinstein will be holding in Asheville March 20-22. Award-winning authors, the couple works together to spread the word of energy medicine, which is based on the understanding that any physical, mental, or behavioral problem has a counterpart in the body’s energies and can be treated at that level. Every conceivable health problem, psychological challenge, or dysfunctional habit can be improved if not overcome by intelligently shifting the energies in the body. 

Their books include Energies of Love, Energy Medicine, The Little Book of Energy Medicine, Energy Medicine for Women, Promise of Energy Psychology and Energy Psychology for the Energy Medicine Practitioner.


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