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Wednesday, 19 November 2014 00:00

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Chappell to hold poetry read in Sylva

Former N.C. Poet Laureate Fred Chappell and poet Dana Wildsmith will offer a joint reading at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 21, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.  

Chappell will present his new poetry collection, Familiars, a salute to literary cats including cats that have appeared in his own work. Chappell is an award-winning author of 26 books of poetry, fiction and critical commentary. His most recent collection was Shadow Box. A native of Canton in the mountains of western North Carolina, he taught at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 1964 to 2004 and was the Poet Laureate of North Carolina from 1997 to 2002. 

Wildsmith will share poems from her book, Christmas in Bethlehem. This collection brings the reader back once more to Wildsmith’s family farm in Bethlehem, Ga., a farm introduced through Wildsmith’s earlier poetry collection, One Good Hand, and her environmental memoir, Back to Abnormal. Wildsmith is the author of four collections of poetry and a novel. She teaches English Literacy through Lanier Technical College.



Ellison to present Kephart classic

Acclaimed Appalachian writer and historian George Ellison will be promoting the new 3rd edition of Horace Kephart’s classic work Our Southern Highlanders from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Nov. 28 at the Swain County Visitor Center in Bryson City. 

Ellison wrote the 55-page introduction in the book about the life and times of Kephart. Copies of the new edition will be available for purchase, with Ellison on-hand to sign copies of his many other books as well.


The destiny of the honeybee

Robbinsville author Ray Carpenter will present his book Beesch at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Having learned from his grandfather at an early age to respect the honey bee, Carpenter made a promise to his grandfather to one day write about honey bees. This promise drove him to research bees his entire life. The result, Beesch, published by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, is the story of Allie and Callie, identical twin female worker honey bees — a story that is interlaced with a narrator storyteller who shares the story of the honey bee, its hive, and its environment. The illustrator for the book is Doreyl Ammons Cain, nature and mural artist from Tuckasegee. Within this book, readers will understand some of the reasons the honeybee is mysteriously disappearing — a “mystery” that has provoked much human thought and concern.



New novel by Maggie author

Maggie Valley writer S.S. McCurdy has released her new fantasy novel, The Temple of Sapience. 

In the book, a child is taken from his mother during the war of The Great Dividing. Without any memory of his past, the child is transformed into a changeling and is trapped alone in the Black Forest. More than a thousand years later, Sapience is dying. While an unlikely band of heroes sets out on a quest to find out why, the dark elves also summon the changeling to help them appease a powerful magic their people have unknowingly disturbed. Will the changeling succeed in his quest? Will Sapience’s magic be restored, or will it be consumed by the Black Forest? 

Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at or by visiting or


History of Pisgah National Forest 

Writer Marci Spencer will discuss her book Pisgah National Forest: A History at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 22 at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

When George Vanderbilt constructed the Biltmore House, he hired forester Gifford Pinchot and, later, Dr. Carl A. Schenck to manage his forests. Over 80,000 of his woodland acres became the home of America’s first forestry school and the heart of the East’s first national forest formed under the Weeks Act. Now comprising more than 500,000 acres, Pisgah National Forest holds a vast history and breathtaking natural scenery.

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