Book examines ‘meanness’ in Christianity

The author of this book is a speech language psychologist and university educator. Now in his sixties, Billy has extensive experience…
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Characters and music star in The Music Shop

Can there be a sadder sight than a man in his sixties sitting in a garden with tears dribbling down…
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Judging a book by its cover

In Appalachia and the foothills and into the surrounding lands, we find log cabins — southern and rustic — constructed…
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Audio books a real pleasure when traveling

For 16 years, I have made several annual trips between Western North Carolina and Front Royal, Virginia, a town located…
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Maybe we’ll never know just what women want

“What do women want?” Sigmund Freud’s famous question crosses the lips of most men at one time or another. Goaded…
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Looking beyond headlines to where news originates

Every once in a great while, I come away from a book like some near-sighted fourth-grader who has just put…
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A poem for D-Day
 

A poem for D-Day

“Normandy Invasion” By Paul Willis Across the sands of Normandy They came up from the sea. For many days and…
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Crowe wins prestigious poetry award
 

Crowe wins prestigious poetry award

Tuckasegee poet Thomas Crowe won the George Scarborough Prize for Poetry during the recent Mountain Heritage Literary Festival at Lincoln…
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Half-price sale at Friends of the Library bookstore in Sylva
 

Half-price sale at Friends of the Library bookstore in Sylva

A half-price book sale will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19 and from noon to…
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Author to discuss AT journey
 

Author to discuss AT journey

Writer Amy Allen will discuss her journey along the Appalachian Trail as she presents her book, Summoning the Mountains: Pilgrimage…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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.…
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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.…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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.…
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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.…
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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…
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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…
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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…
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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.…
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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…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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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,…
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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…
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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…
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Big Haywood Friends book sale begins July 28
 

Big Haywood Friends book sale begins July 28

The Friends of the Haywood Library annual book sale begins at 9 a.m. on July 26 and runs through Saturday,…
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Mystery writer to appear at Shakespeare & Co.
 

Mystery writer to appear at Shakespeare & Co.

Frank Foster will sign copies of his recently published thriller, Catch a Falling Knife, at Shakespeare & Co. Books from…
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Poet to read from new collection
 

Poet to read from new collection

Local poet and artist Terry Michelsen will visit City Lights Bookstore in Sylva to read from her collection of poetry…
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The Highlands Biological Station releases naturalist’s guide
 

The Highlands Biological Station releases naturalist’s guide

The Highlands Biological Station has released Highlands Botanical Garden: A Naturalist’s Guide, a guide to the garden, with maps, historical…
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Book launch for Carden’s play
 

Book launch for Carden’s play

City Lights Bookstore and the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva will celebrate of the release of the book edition…
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Book discussion series ends with Austen’s ‘Persuasion’
 

Book discussion series ends with Austen’s ‘Persuasion’

The Friends of the Haywood County Library is hosting a discussion the last book in the Jane Austen “Let’s Talk…
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Ron Rash to be featured on ‘North Carolina Bookwatch’
 

Ron Rash to be featured on ‘North Carolina Bookwatch’

Ron Rash and his latest novel The Cove will be featured in the season premiere of “North Carolina Bookwatch” on…
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Civil War literature series continues in Waynesville
 

Civil War literature series continues in Waynesville

Friends of the Haywood County Library’s “Let’s Talk About It” series will continue with The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara…
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Retired Miami police detective to speak in Sylva
 

Retired Miami police detective to speak in Sylva

Author Marshall Frank will give a talk at the public library in Sylva at 7 p.m. on July 12 based…
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Ann Hite to speak in Sylva
 

Ann Hite to speak in Sylva

Novelist Ann Hite, author of the acclaimed debut novel Ghost on Black Mountain will speak at 7 p.m. June 28…
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