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Tuesday, 28 June 2016 00:00

Events for readers and writers

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Owenby reading, bluegrass at Rickman Store

The Friends of the Rickman Store invite the community and visitors to a special program on Saturday, July 2, at the store on 259 Cowee Creek Road in Franklin.

Authors Roy and Nita Owenby will be presenting at 11 a.m. and a “Music Jam” of traditional mountain music and bluegrass will take place from noon to 4 p.m. The Owenbys will be presenting their newly released novels Rainbow of Hope and In Awe of America. 

• Rainbow of Hope, written by Nita, is the story of an Appalachian boy who left North Carolina in search of a new life and became a man in the Northern California gold fields. In order to survive, he had to learn how to differentiate between those who were his friends and those who were his enemies.

• The Awe of America, created by Roy, will take readers to a traveling experience where adventure never ends. Not since William Least-Heat Moon’s Blue Highways has a travel documentary been so dear to America’s heart. The writer travels the country on two long journeys 37 years apart. Maintaining journals on both trips, he provides intricate detail about the heart and soul of America. 

Doors open at 10 a.m. Additional parking is available at the Macon County Heritage Center at the Old Cowee School. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, call 828.369.5595 or visit “Friends of the Rickman Store” on Facebook.


The tales of WNC and its people

Curtis Blanton will present his new book Humdingers at 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. James Sellers, the book’s illustrator, will also be in attendance to sign copies. 

Humdingers tells the stories and tales shared from the people of Western North Carolina. Blanton and Sellers have been best friends since the third grade, and later joined the U.S. Air Force together. Following their retirement, Blanton and Sellers returned to the mountains to make their way through the trails of their ancestors of Western North Carolina. Blanton and Sellers have collaborated on two previous books titled Tales from the Porch and Fireside Tales. Blanton is also the author of the novel, My Mountains, My Home. 

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


Memoir chronicles cancer, faith

Author Susan Parris will discuss her work Cancer Mom: Hearing God in an Unknown Journey at 3 p.m. Saturday, July 2, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

The book is an inspirational memoir that is more than a cancer story. Parris was a young pastor’s wife living in an Appalachian coal mining community when she received a diagnosis that turned her life upside down. Her story would be different had she not been misdiagnosed for six months. Two days after Susan’s cancer diagnosis, God opened a door for her to become a patient at one of the most prestigious cancer centers in America. 

Parris traveled over 1,000 miles from home, leaving behind her two small children, friends and family to participate in a clinical trial at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. Drawing from her faith and sheer determination, she began a risky clinical trial that would go on to be considered one of the greatest advances in breast cancer in the past 20 years. 

Parris was born and raised in Waynesville and is a graduate of Tuscola High School and the University of Georgia. She is the daughter of Bruce and Peggy Briggs.  

828.456.6000 or 



•A “Theme Team Book Club” is now being offered by the Waynesville Public Library. The group meets quarterly from 2 to 4 p.m. on the first Friday of the month. The next meeting is July 1, with the theme “travel/adventure.” Pick any book you would like to read for the theme. Everyone gets a chance to discuss their book. 828.356.2507. Refreshments provided by the Friends of the Library. 


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