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Wednesday, 13 December 2017 00:00

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New book features African-American elders

A celebration of the publication of Lift Every Voice! African American History in Haywood County: Volume 1 will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

The public is invited to join people whose interviews appear in the book to hear first-hand recollections of lives spent in this area.

A project of the Pigeon Center Multicultural Development Center, Lift Every Voice! is part of an effort to collect the history of the black community in this county. This work began in 2012 with panel discussions on education, civic life, and on the two historic Pigeon Street churches, Mt. Olive Baptist and Jones Temple AME Zion. The discussions featured members of the community from both Waynesville and Canton and were videotaped by the Historical Society.

Lift Every Voice! began in 2014 with interviewing the oldest members of local black families. In the book, the history, culture, and contributions of African Americans in our county are vividly portrayed in eighteen interviews. Along with personal reminiscences of how things were the book contains a wealth of old photographs.

Partnering with the Pigeon Center in preserving these materials are the History Collection of the county library as well as the Mountain Heritage Center at Western Carolina University.

This event is the first in a series of sharing the stories from the book at the new location of Blue Ridge Books on 428 Hazelwood Avenue.


City Lights open mic

The NetWest program of the North Carolina Writers Network will host an open mic night at 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 15, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Folks are encouraged to bring their poetry or short pieces to share. Sign-ups begin at 6:45 p.m. for 10-minute reading session. 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.

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Storytime with Deanna Klingel

Author Deanna Klingel will host a special children’s storytime at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

She will read from her new book, Spirit The Tiny White Reindeer. In the book, readers will discover that friendship can be found in the most unlikely of places, especially when Christmas spirit is guiding you. Personifying true Christmas spirit, the tiny reindeer will warm your heart and become a wonderful addition to each family’s holiday traditions.

Suitable for children of all ages, this book will help to keep the Christmas spirit alive all year round. To reserve copies of the book, call City Lights Bookstore at 828.586.9499.

• City Lights Bookstore (Sylva) 19th annual “Giving Tree” program is now underway. They have 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. They 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 percent discount. For more details, call 828.586.9499.

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