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Wednesday, 26 November 2014 00:00

Events for readers and writers

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Hollifield to hold Robbinsville signing

Writer Mary Ann Hollifield will host a book signing and discussion on her new work Listen — God is Still Speaking from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at the Graham County Library in Robbinsville.

The book is a collection of poetry and prose inspired by her love of God and the world. Hollifield was born and raised in the hills of southern Ohio, where through loving parents and grandparents she learned a deep appreciation for nature and all of God’s creations.  She spent many hours walking the woods with her staff forester dad and listening to her Grandpa Stewart explain the different cloud formations and what they might produce. She often spent several days with her dad’s parents where she learned of farm life and the interesting history and genealogy of her family.

Refreshments will be served at the book signing. 



Learn about publishing

Writer Janet Morrison, author of the book The Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, will discuss the publishing process at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 1, at the Canton Public Library. 

Morrison’s new book features 200 vintage postcards, and highlights Haywood County in two of its chapters. The book was published by Arcadia Publishing as part of its Postcard History Series. As a newly published writer, Morrison’s presentation on getting her book published will include her experience working with editors and sales personnel, learning how to publicize her book, and more. Morrison’s presentation should be of special interest to writers trying to get their books published for the first time.



City Lights Holiday Giving Tree

The 16th annual Giving Tree program is now underway at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.  

The business has partnered with local service agencies who have offered anonymous lists of children in need this holiday season. You can help by providing that child with the gift of a good read. Come by the store and select an ornament from the Giving Tree and match-up a book for the age, gender and language listed. The store will collect all the books and give them to the agencies in time for the children to receive books for Christmas. All Giving Tree purchases will receive a 20% discount.   



Cox to present new work

Chris Cox will be reading from his new book The Way We Say Goodbye at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

In addition to being an English instructor at Southwestern Community College in Sylva, Cox has been a newspaper columnist in the area for many years. Like his first book, Waking Up in a Cornfield, the new book is a collection of his essays.

Cox began writing columns for the local upstart newspaper, The Blue Ridge Sun, and except for a couple of brief stop-outs, he has been writing columns for newspapers ever since, including gigs with the Watauga Democrat, The Asheville-Citizen Times, The Waynesville Enterprise-Mountaineer, and The Smoky Mountain News, for whom he still writes a bi-weekly column. He has won numerous press awards on both the state and national level.

Like the first book, the new book is a mix of sweet and sorrowful stories, running the gamut from grade-school crushes and a Halloween prank gone terribly, terribly wrong to the eulogy he wrote and delivered for his father’s funeral.


Used book sale in Sylva

The Jackson County Friends of the Library Used Bookstore sale will begin on Friday, Nov. 28, at 536 West Main St. in Sylva.

All T-shirts, note cards and ornaments are priced at $5 while supplies last. Additionally, the bookstore has been donated a generous supply of language arts materials suitable for high school or college students. The Friends Used Bookstore is a nonprofit with all proceeds benefiting the Jackson County Public Library.


Holiday story time with Ruff at City Lights

Zeata Ruff will be a special guest for holiday story time at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 29, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.  

Ruff will read from her book, The Gumdrop Tree: A Christmas Story. During the early 1930s through the 1970s, it was tradition in the Southern Appalachian Mountains for families to find a thorn bush when they went into the mountains to cut their Christmas tree. They would decorate the sharp spires with colorful gumdrops for the children to enjoy. 

The Gumdrop Tree is the story of a young girl who wanted to find the tallest, fattest, most beautiful Christmas tree of anyone in her town. It had to be very special. In this tale, Susie takes a long time to pick out the perfect tree for her family. After the tree stands in the corner with its shiny decorations, her mother sends her next door with a food basket for an elderly neighbor. Susie is very reluctant to leave her beautiful tree. Upon arriving at the neighbor’s house, Susie discovers the scraggly branch that that Miss Martha calls her Christmas tree. On her way home, she tries to figure out what she can do so that the elderly lady can have a colorful tree. 


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