The stuff of dreams: Important 20th century poet discovered in new book
 

The stuff of dreams: Important 20th century poet discovered in new book

As the poet Yvan Goll lay in a hospital in Paris dying of leukemia, a continuous line of some of…
Read More

Comment

Books for holiday gifts can be a risky business
 

Books for holiday gifts can be a risky business

Think of the times someone has said to you: “You’ll love this book!” This well-intentioned person then shoves a book…
Read More

Comment

Novel is both shocking and admirable
 

Novel is both shocking and admirable

Anyone who remembers Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby (1967) and the Roman Polanski film that came out about a year later,…
Read More

Comment

Diversity within unity — a book for the ages
 

Diversity within unity — a book for the ages

From the foothills of the Southern Appalachians, and in the tradition of such spiritual classics as Gurdjieff’s Meetings With Remarkable…
Read More

Comment

For the love of local bookstores
 

For the love of local bookstores

When I was a child living in Boonville, N.C., a town of 600 people, my mother would load us into…
Read More

Comment

Lahane scores with steamy suspense novel
 

Lahane scores with steamy suspense novel

I have been a Dennis Lehane fan for about two decades now, and after reading classics like Mystic River, Shutter…
Read More

Comment

Events for readers and writers
 

Events for readers and writers

Author’s works come to life The Touring Theater of North Carolina will present “Look Back the Maytime Days: From the…
Read More

Comment

News in brief for readers and writers
 

News in brief for readers and writers

Library showcases author for book discussion  Kimberly Brock will do a presentation based on her novel, The River Witch, at…
Read More

Comment

A flawed story that is still worthwhile
 

A flawed story that is still worthwhile

Mark Helprin drives me crazy. Helprin’s novels — he is the author of A Soldier of the Great War, Freddy…
Read More

Comment

Adult writing group to meet
 

Adult writing group to meet

A creative writing group for adults age 18 and over will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 23 at the…
Read More

Comment

Watkins to discuss Goll’s translation
 

Watkins to discuss Goll’s translation

Jackson County writer (author of the heralded travel memoir East Toward Dawn) and translator Nan Watkins will be giving a…
Read More

Comment

Author to speak about citizen empowerment
 

Author to speak about citizen empowerment

Paul Loeb, a writer who has spent more than 30 years researching citizen responsibility and empowerment, will deliver a lecture…
Read More

Comment

MacDonald may be innocent after all
 

MacDonald may be innocent after all

I always thought he was guilty. Any doubts that I might have felt vanished after I read Joe McGinniss’ Fatal…
Read More

Comment

Writer talks about memoir
 

Writer talks about memoir

Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host a book talk with Barbara Taylor Woodall on at 7 p.m. Oct.…
Read More

Comment

Burke again captures the essence of the Bayou
 

Burke again captures the essence of the Bayou

In Creole Belle (ISBN 978-1-4516-4813-3, $27.99), novelist James Lee Burke returns to a territory he now owns in the literary…
Read More

Comment

Star Wars family nights in Sylva
 

Star Wars family nights in Sylva

The Jackson County Public Library and City Lights Bookstore in Sylva will both host Star Wars Family Nights this week.…
Read More

Comment

Winter has come and Martin turns up the heat
 

Winter has come and Martin turns up the heat

Kind hearts, winter has come. That dire prediction that began over 4,000 pages ago with A Game of Thrones has…
Read More

Comment

A thoughtful examination of love and parenting
 

A thoughtful examination of love and parenting

A distracted mother off to the store forgets to shut the door from the kitchen to the garage, puts her…
Read More

Comment

Marianna Black Library celebrates freedom to read
 

Marianna Black Library celebrates freedom to read

In honor of National Banned Books Week and to celebrate the freedom to read, the Marianna Black Library in Bryson…
Read More

Comment

Tweens and teens to meet at library
 

Tweens and teens to meet at library

The “tween” writing group “Write On!” for 8- to 12-year-olds will meet at 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 at the Jackson…
Read More

Comment

Coffee with poet Katherine Soniat
 

Coffee with poet Katherine Soniat

Katherine Soniat will discuss her new collection, A Raft, A Boat, A Bridge, at City Lights Bookstore’s Coffee with the…
Read More

Comment

New book motivated by Washington, D.C.
 

New book motivated by Washington, D.C.

City Lights bookstore will host Macon County resident Jim Staggers reading from his book, Messages To My Descendents: Please Fix…
Read More

Comment

Author comes to Lake Junaluska
 

Author comes to Lake Junaluska

Author Bob Plott will be the speaker for the Lake Junaluska Live and Learn Committee at 2 p.m. Sept. 20…
Read More

Comment

Celebrate Bilbo Baggins’ birthday
 

Celebrate Bilbo Baggins’ birthday

City Lights Bookstore will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the publication of The Hobbit and character Bilbo’s birthday on Saturday,…
Read More

Comment

Real stories and lessons on how to tell them
 

Real stories and lessons on how to tell them

Here is a book about storytelling that strikes a responsive chord in my own heart. Not only is Mary Hamilton a gifted…
Read More

Comment

New book addresses Washington, D.C. gridlock
 

New book addresses Washington, D.C. gridlock

Author Jim Staggers will read from and discuss his book Messages To My Descendents — Please Fix Our Government from…
Read More

Comment

A meet, greet and eat with Johnnie Sue Myers
 

A meet, greet and eat with Johnnie Sue Myers

Johnnie Sue Myers, author of The Gathering Place, will visit City Lights Bookstore at 1 p.m. Sept. 16. The Gathering…
Read More

Comment

As fall nears, let’s clear the clutter
 

As fall nears, let’s clear the clutter

By early September in these mountains the markers of autumn are very much with us. The cool nights diminish the…
Read More

Comment

Author to share insight on touching environmental crusade
 

Author to share insight on touching environmental crusade

Jay Erskine Leutze will discuss his book, Stand Up That Mountain at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 7 at City Lights Bookstore…
Read More

Comment

An environmental saga and a mountain story
 

An environmental saga and a mountain story

By Brent Martin It is a rare event these days to come across a work of non-fiction dealing with any…
Read More

Comment

John York returns with new poetry collections
 

John York returns with new poetry collections

Poet John York, whose latest work, Cold Spring Rising, was reviewed in The Smoky Mountain New two months ago, will…
Read More

Comment

Maggie Valley innkeeper publishes cookbook
 

Maggie Valley innkeeper publishes cookbook

Ginger Shinn, owner of Smokey Shadows Lodge in Maggie Valley, released a new cookbook A Taste of Smokey Shadows Lodge.…
Read More

Comment

Finding kindred souls in the Wyoming backcountry
 

Finding kindred souls in the Wyoming backcountry

Let me begin by telling you that the book title above is misleading. Gerry Spence has more then a dozen published…
Read More

Comment

Notable authors to read from novels in progress
 

Notable authors to read from novels in progress

Two award-winning authors, Dawn Gilchrist-Young and Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, who are also English teachers at Swain County High School, will…
Read More

Comment

Discussion on Appalachian folk magic at Sylva bookstore
 

Discussion on Appalachian folk magic at Sylva bookstore

Byron Ballard will discuss her book, Staubs and Ditchwater, at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 31, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.…
Read More

Comment

Descendent tells haunting story of Bobby Dunbar
 

Descendent tells haunting story of Bobby Dunbar

Blue Ridge Books will host Margaret Dunbar Cutright, the co-author of A Case for Soloman: Bobby Dunbar and the Kidnapping…
Read More

Comment

A book a day keeps the bad grades away
 

A book a day keeps the bad grades away

It’s that time of year when yellow buses roll down country roads, when children disappear from the stores and streets…
Read More

Comment

Rare book harkens back to a different time
 

Rare book harkens back to a different time

Ramblin’ in Rabun is a reprint of a delightful book that was written down in Clayton, Ga., some 40 years…
Read More

Comment

Reading Room news briefs
 

Reading Room news briefs

Real-life mystery talks focus Margaret Dunbar Cutright, author of A Case for Soloman, will be at Blue Ridge Books in…
Read More

Comment

Book event includes Asian food tasting
 

Book event includes Asian food tasting

An author reading, book signing, and Vietnamese food tasting with Deanna Klingel, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug.…
Read More

Comment

Novelist to discuss local struggles
 

Novelist to discuss local struggles

Author Wayne Caldwell will discuss his novel Cataloochee at 6 p.m. on Aug. 9 in the Haywood County Public Library…
Read More

Comment

Crisp prose and humor keep novel moving
 

Crisp prose and humor keep novel moving

In her latest novel, Starting From Happy (ISBN 978-1-4391-02185, $24), Patricia Marx, author of Him Her Him Again The End…
Read More

Comment

New religions and powerful women aplenty
 

New religions and powerful women aplenty

Well, kind hearts, here we are in the fourth of a five-book series.  At the risk of being accused of…
Read More

Comment

Author to present her debut short story collection
 

Author to present her debut short story collection

Stephanie Powell Watts will read from her new collection of short stories, We Are Taking Only What We Need, at 6:30…
Read More

Comment

Appalachian authors to read from compilation book
 

Appalachian authors to read from compilation book

Contributors of the Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel Literary Journal will visit City Lights Bookstore at 6:30 p.m. on Friday,…
Read More

Comment

Bestselling author Kay Hooper to visit City Lights Bookstore
 

Bestselling author Kay Hooper to visit City Lights Bookstore

Rutherford County resident and New York Times bestselling author Kay Hooper will visit regional bookstores this week to read from…
Read More

Comment

Book sale goes into second week
 

Book sale goes into second week

The Haywood Friends of the Library‘s Annual Book Sale will go into the second week on Aug. 3-4. On Friday,…
Read More

Comment

Special children’s story time
 

Special children’s story time

Curtis Sikes and Sheena Kohlmeyer will present their new children’s book, The Heart of a King, at 11 a.m. on…
Read More

Comment

Medical thriller writer comes to library in Sylva
 

Medical thriller writer comes to library in Sylva

The Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will host author Dennis Murphy at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 31, for…
Read More

Comment

An erudite look into the cultural wars
 

An erudite look into the cultural wars

Some years ago, a local artist mounted a painting in a local art show in which he painted Christ with…
Read More

Comment

Smokey Mountain News Logo
SUPPORT THE SMOKY MOUNTAIN NEWS AND
INDEPENDENT, AWARD-WINNING JOURNALISM
Go to top
Payment Information

/

At our inception 20 years ago, we chose to be different. Unlike other news organizations, we made the decision to provide in-depth, regional reporting free to anyone who wanted access to it. We don’t plan to change that model. Support from our readers will help us maintain and strengthen the editorial independence that is crucial to our mission to help make Western North Carolina a better place to call home. If you are able, please support The Smoky Mountain News.

The Smoky Mountain News is a wholly private corporation. Reader contributions support the journalistic mission of SMN to remain independent. Your support of SMN does not constitute a charitable donation. If you have a question about contributing to SMN, please contact us.