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City Lights holds writer open mic 

The NetWest program of the North Carolina Writers Network will host an open mic night at 7 p.m. Friday, May 27, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Folks are encouraged to bring their poetry or short pieces to share. 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. or 828.586.9499.


Carden to spin Appalachian yarns

Storyteller, playwright, author and artist Gary Carden will host “An Evening of Stories” at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 2, at the Swain County Genealogical & Historical Society Library in Bryson City. 

Carden is an award-winning Appalachian author, playwright and folklorist. He was written several books, including the Appalachian Bestiary, which details some of the creatures featured in Appalachian lore, and Outlander, which tells the story of Horace Kephart. 

In recent years, Carden also received the North Carolina Award for Literature, the state’s highest honor, for his body of work, which includes poetry, short stories and plays.

The presentation is free and open to the public.



• The Sylva Friends of the Library annual meeting will be at 5 p.m. June 2 at the home of Polly Davis. President Patricia Cowan will pass the gavel to Allison Tomas during the short election. Bring your spouse and a dish, if you’d like. 910.476.2544 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 

• Western North Carolina writer Monica Collier just released her new book, Unbecoming, a military romance fiction. There will be a party for the new book from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 1, at Books Unlimited in Franklin. 

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