A modern twist on the ‘Christmas Carol’

Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is likely as familiar to Americans as any other story on the planet.

Rash takes care of business in ‘The Caretaker’

Ron Rash’s new novel “The Caretaker” (Doubleday, 2023, 252 pgs.) is much different than his previous novels.

The unfailing connection of a classic novel

I have always been a fan of old books. There’s a comfort I find in between the pages of a story written long ago, a sort of escape from my modern-day life.

‘The Other Dr. Gilmer’ book reading

Family physician Dr. Benjamin Gilmer will present his book “The Other Dr. Gilmer: Two Men, a Murder, and an Unlikely Fight for Justice” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

Crime fiction with a satisfying depth

People who don’t like crime fiction should try Tana French. That’s what I’d heard, so when a copy of “The Searcher” (Viking, 2020, 464 pages) came my way, and a free weekend came as well, the two were a natural fit. 

Soniat poetry reading

Katherine Soniat will present her eighth collection of poetry, “Polishing the Glass Storm,” at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

Local tales are well told in this book

If you’re looking for a fun, yet informative read, then I’ve got one for you. Jim Buchanan’s “Historic Tales of Sylva and Jackson County” (The History Press, 2020, 125pgs).

Book suggests pathways to a better life

Every once in a while, readers come across a book that by itself constitutes a small library. Anthologies of history, art, children’s stories, poetry: open up those hefty tomes, some of which might serve as doorstops or as weights for light lifting, and you’ve got a smorgasbord of information at your fingertips. 

A writer’s life: Ron Rash on his craft, career, new novel

On the campus of Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, in a building within earshot of the football stadium, there’s a small, unassuming office at the end of a quiet, dead-end hallway. 

A love story from a more innocent time

Every once in a while, a novel hits me with a punch I never saw coming, perhaps even one unintended by its author. 

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