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Events for readers and writers

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Love through the cockatoo’s eyes

Author Gwen Hyman Rubio will present her new novel Love and Ordinary Creatures at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

The book is told through the eyes of a cockatoo in love with his very human caretaker. Snatched in a net from his Australian homeland as a young parrot, Caruso has adapted to captivity and has learned the lessons of love from his previous owner, Theodore Pinter, who was obsessively fixated on his childhood sweetheart. Now in his new home with the beautiful and talented Clarissa, Caruso has found both love and happiness-until a handsome stranger arrives in town and sets his sights on Clarissa. Smart, passionate, and wildly inventive, Caruso strives to put his human rival in his place before he steals Clarissa away for good.

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Forstchen to discuss apocalyptic sequel

Author William R. Forstchen will present his new work One Year After at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

The book is the thrilling follow-up to the smash hit, One Second After. Months before publication, One Second After was cited on the floor of Congress as a book all Americans should read. The novel tells the story of Black Mountain in the time that immediately follows an attack against the United States by an electromagnetic pulse weapon.

One Year After picks up a year after One Second After ends, two years since the detonation of nuclear weapons above the United States brought America to its knees. After suffering starvation, war, and countless deaths, the survivors of Black Mountain are beginning to piece back together the technologies they had once taken for granted: electricity, radio communications, and medications. They cling to the hope that a new national government is finally emerging. 

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New work on veganism, pop culture

Head of the Department of English at Western Carolina University, Laura Wright will present her new book The Vegan Studies Project: Food, Animals and Gender in the Age of Terror at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 11, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

In the book, Wright examines the social and cultural discourses shaping society’s perceptions of veganism as an identity category and social practice. She discusses the frequent intersection of veganism and animal rights, and focuses on the depiction of the vegan body — both male and female — in contemporary works of literature, pop culture, advertising and new media, especially in light of what she terms “post-9/11 anxieties over American strength and virility.” 

A faculty member at WCU since 2005, Wright specializes in postcolonial literatures and theory, ecocriticism and animal studies. Her publications include Writing Out of All the Camps: J. M. Coetzee’s Narratives of Displacement and Wilderness into Civilized Shapes: Reading the Postcolonial Environment.


Pulp novel, soul dialogues at City Lights

Former Cullowhee resident Marly Youmans will read from her new novel Maze of Blood at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. In Conall Weaver, the mundane world and the wonders of the imagination collide and shoot out sparks. Inspired by the life of pulp writer Robert E. Howard, Maze of Blood explores the roots of story and the compulsions and conflicts of the heart in a Southern landscape.

Kelly Jones will present her book Akashic Records Soul Dialogues at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3, at City Lights. These dialogues occurred over the period of a year between Kelly and Doug and groups of 20-70 people who agreed to have their Records opened by these Masters. The questions ranged everywhere, from the truth of the economy to the nature of relationships ending and beginning, from the changes to the earth to ways to process the large and small challenges individuals and humanity are facing. Kelly is also a speaker, teacher and through many years of training with Chinese Masters, has learned to “divine the earth” with a special focus on the Flying Stars aspect of Compass School Feng Shui. This experience led her to an encounter with and entrance into the Halls of the Akashic Records where she learned to unearth the divine. 



Connecting libraries and Hispanic readers

The ribbon cutting for the new outreach program, “Las Bibliotequitas,” will be held at 4 p.m. Monday, Oct. 5, at the Vance Street Park in Waynesville.

Haywood County Public Library is leading the new initiative. Inspired by the Little Free Library movement, they will be installing two little libraries in Waynesville in an effort to spread a love of reading and advertise free services to the Hispanic community in Haywood County, a population the library would like to better serve. 

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