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Wednesday, 28 September 2016 00:00

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City Lights joint reading

Darnell Arnoult and Keith Stewart will host a joint reading at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Arnoult has written two collections of poetry, including her most recent, Galaxie Wagon, the novel Sufficient Grace and was featured in the short story anthology, Appalachia Now. She teaches at Lincoln Memorial University in Tennessee.

Stewart will present his collection of essays, Bernadette Peters Hates Me: True Tales of a Delusional Man. He was nominated for a Pushcart Prize and featured in the journals Kudzu and Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel. His strange adventures usually occur near his Appalachian hometown of Hyden, Kentucky.


Rash to present new novel

Renowned Southern Appalachian writer Ron Rash will be hosting a book reading and signing for this latest novel, The Risen, at 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 2, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Rash demonstrates his superb narrative skills in this suspenseful and evocative tale of two brothers whose lives are altered irrevocably by the events of one long-ago summer — and one bewitching young woman — and the secrets that could destroy their lives. To reserve copies, call City Lights Bookstore at 828.586.9499.

The author of New York Times Bestsellers Serena and The Cove, Rash is the Western Carolina University Parris Distinguished Professor of Appalachian Culture. A two-time finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, he also has received the Frank O’Conner International Short Story Award. 



• 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 Oct. 7, with the theme “supernatural/paranormal.” 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. 

• Tim Barnwell follows up his popular book, Blue Ridge Parkway Vistas, with Great Smoky Mountains Vistas, which will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. In the new release, Barnwell combines panoramic photographs from overlooks in and around the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, aerial photographs of western North Carolina and eastern Tennessee, and articles on popular area attractions and activities to create this unique and comprehensive guidebook.

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