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Ellison releases natural history essays 

Beloved longtime natural history writer George Ellison has released his latest book, Literary Excursions in the Southern Highlands. He will be presenting his collection at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 

The essay collections focuses on the abundant wonders of the Southern Highlands in a series of humorous, scientific and literary pieces, with illustrations by artist Elizabeth Ellison. The couple lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina, in the shadow of the Great Smokies. Atop being a longtime contributor to The Smoky Mountain News and the Asheville Citizen-Times, he also conducts annual natural and human history workshops around the region. 

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‘Monsters in Appalachia’ reading

Winston-Salem author Sheryl Monks will present her short story collection Monsters in Appalachia at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

Robert Morgan, author of Gap Creek, said of her collection, “A fresh, new voice in contemporary fiction, in stories of teenage angst, bonds of family, motherhood, and contradictions of middle age. Always surprising, these stories conjure both sorrow and mystery with intimate, loving detail.”

Ron Rash, author of Serena also praised it by saying, “Monsters in Appalachia is wildly outrageous at times, but there is empathy in these stories as well. Humor and sadness achieve a delicate balance.” 

From gritty realism to the gothic, surreal and sometimes humorous, Monsters in Appalachia plumbs the hearts of a haunted landscape. 

 

Also:

• Author Thomas Thibeault will read and discuss his latest book Fake at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. Set in newly liberated Holland in 1945, Fake follows the fortunes of Hans van Meegeren, the wealthiest artist in the world at the time. Van Meegeren made his money faking the paintings of Vermeer and selling his forgeries to Herman Goering. 

• Beloved longtime natural history writer George Ellison has released his latest book, Literary Excursions in the Southern Highlands. He will be presenting his collection at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin. 

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