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Wednesday, 11 October 2017 00:00

Events for readers and writers

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City Lights open mic

The NetWest program of the North Carolina Writers Network will host an open mic night at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 13, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Folks are encouraged to bring their poetry or short pieces to share. Sign-ups begin at 6:45 p.m. for 10-minute reading session. The North Carolina Writers’ Network connects, promotes, and serves the writers of this state. They provide education in the craft and business of writing, opportunities for recognition and critique of literary work, resources for writers at all stages of development, support for and advocacy of the literary heritage of North Carolina, and a community for those who write.

828.586.9499 or www.ncwriters.org.


Folk School ‘Literary Hour’

The “Literary Hour” will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 19, in the Keith House at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown.

Poets and writers Mary Michelle Keller and Lucy Cole Gratton will be the featured readers.

Keller is a musician, artist and photographer. Her poem, As The Deer, published in the anthology, Echoes Across the Blue Ridge, was inspired by an old hymn by the same name that she plays on the dulcimer.

• Gratton poems include various topics but predominantly center around her concern for the environments and her home in the woods of Lake Apalachia. Her writing has been published in a variety of venues but she writes predominantly for the love of writing, sharing it with family and friends.

The event is free and open to the public.


Bestselling author luncheon in Waynesville

New York Times bestselling author Wiley Cash will present his new work, The Last Ballad, during a special luncheon at noon Thursday, Oct. 12, at The Classic Wineseller in Waynesville.

Partnering with Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville, the Wineseller will host a special occasion literature luncheon, where Cash will discuss the book as soups and salads are served.

Cash returns with a new novel, set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events. A chronicle of a single mother’s struggle for her rights in a textile mill, The Last Ballad is a moving tale of courage in the face of oppression. Lyrical, heartbreaking, and haunting, this eloquent novel confirms Cash’s place among our nation’s finest writers.

Cash is the award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of  A Land More Kind Than Home. A native of North Carolina, he has held residency positions at Yaddo and The MacDowell Colony and teaches in the low-residency MFA program at Southern New Hampshire University. He and his wife live in Wilmington.

For tickets to the event, or to purchase/reserve a signed copy of The Last Ballad, call 828.456.6000 or visit www.blueridgebooksnc.com.


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