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Wednesday, 18 November 2015 00:00

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Book examines rural landscape transformation

Professor and cyclist Jimmy Guignard will present his book, Pedaling the Sacrifice Zone, at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Living on seven acres above the Marcellus Shale (an active gas play in Pennsylvania), Guignard has witnessed the gradual transformation of the rural landscape his family calls home into an industrial sacrifice zone. In his new book Pedaling the Sacrifice Zone: Teaching, Writing, and Living above the Marcellus Shale, the English professor and experienced cyclist grapples with the meaning of place and the power of words. 



Farwell, Nicholas to discuss Appalachia speech

Hal Farwell and Karl Nicholas as the talk about the making of their book, Smoky Mountain Voices: A Lexicon of Southern Appalachian Speech Based on the Research of Horace Kephart, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva.

Smokey Mountain Voices is a dictionary of Southern Appalachian speech based on Kephart’s journals and publications; it is also a compendium of mountain lore. The authors have compiled not only quaint and peculiar words, but jokes and comic exchanges. Many of the “ordinary” words that comprised an important part of the language of the mountaineers are preserved here thanks to Kephart’s meticulous collecting.

Farwell and Nicholas are both retired English professors from Western Carolina University and are now renowned as ringers on the pub trivia circuit.


Singleton’s new short story collection

George Singleton will present his new collection of stories at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Calloustown, Singleton’s seventh collection, finds the author at the top of his game as he traces the unlikely inhabitants of the fictional Calloustown in all their humanity. Whether exploring family, religion, politics, or the true meaning of home, these stories range from deeply affecting to wildly absurd and back again in the blink of an eye. 



Story time with Browning

Anna Browning will host a special story time at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at City Light Bookstore in Sylva. 

She is the author of Tanner Turbeyfill and the Moon Rocks. Tanner has always wanted his own moon rocks. One night, while documenting a full moon from his tree house observatory, Tanner notices the moon starting to brighten into a blue color. What will this mysterious light do? Find out how Tanner gets to the moon and back, and see if Tanner is able to finally collect the moon rocks he has always desired. 




• New York Times bestselling writer Kate Alcott will present her book A Touch of Stardust at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. From the author of The Dressmaker comes a novel that takes you behind the scenes of the filming of “Gone with the Wind,” while turning the spotlight on the passionate romance between its dashing leading man, Clark Gable, and the blithe, free-spirited actress Carole Lombard.

• A poetry night will be held at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 24 at The Rathskeller Coffee Haus & Pub in Franklin. Open-mic. All welcome to share original or favorite works. 

• Author Tiffany Ehnes will discuss her work I am Soulshine from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 21, at Books Unlimited in Franklin. Writer Debra Jenkins will present her book In the Midst from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28.

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