Events for readers and writersWritten by Admin
Haywood celebrates ‘Children’s Book Week’
The Haywood County Public Library is planning two special events for this year’s Children’s Book Week.
• “Fun Family Reading Night” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16, at the Waynesville Library. The event features author, illustrator and performer Chris Rumble, who has inspired kids all across the country. The evening will begin with an introductory presentation by local author Anna Browning and illustrator Josh Crawford.
• An “Authors Fair” will be held at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, at the Canton Library. Meet local authors and illustrators Anna Browning, Josh Crawford and Haley Wolfe. Also attending will be Dawn Cusick, author of several nonfiction books for kids, including Get the Scoop on Animal Poop, a finalist for the Children’s Choice Book Award for “Book of the Year.”
Doors prizes and refreshments will be offered at each event.
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WCU dean’s novel to raise money for mission trip
Brian Railsback, dean of Western Carolina University’s Honors College, has released his new novel, A Going Concern.
Railsback is directing proceeds from the sale to his daughter’s upcoming mission trip through the World Race organization.
A fan of post-apocalyptic movies and literature, Railsback was inspired to write the book after pondering what would happen if most of the human population were finished but the rest of the world was fine. He had put the writing project aside until his daughter, Cadence, shared her interest in participating in the “World Race.” Adventures in Missions, a Christian organization, sends “World Racers” in squads to 11 countries in 11 months. To participate, his daughter will need to raise at least $15,000.
Railsback’s previous works include the novel The Darkest Clearing. Awards for his writing include the Prose for Papa (Hemingway) award, which was bestowed in 2006 for his short story “Clean Break.”
Novel overtakes Barrier Islands
Author Dershie McDevitt will read from her book, Just Holler Bloody Murder, at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.
Vacationing often to the South Carolina coast, McDevitt draws her story from her love for Charleston’s Barrier Islands. Set on an island, the novel takes the reader to a world where murder, mystery and romance mix to create an entertaining and quirky read.
Author presents inspirational book on power of God
Writer Ann Melton will discuss her book, I Will Lift Up My Eyes, at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.
“In this book you will read true stories of God’s unlimited power, which is beyond imagining,” Melton said. “You can see that He is able to do immeasurably more than we can ask or dream.”
For more than 50 years, Melton kept a journal of the things God has done in her life and the lives of family and friends alike.
“Some of the stories in the book are stories that I and others would rather have forgotten, but I believe that it is in our mistakes, heartaches, sorrows, and victories that we learn some of our most valuable lessons,” Melton said.