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Journalist releases debut novel

Set amid the windswept prairies of Wyoming and rounded mountains of southwest Virginia, Shadows of Flowers is a debut novel about love, loss and the power of place from award-winning Smoky Mountain News journalist Holly Kays. 

Kays will host a reading at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 15, at the Jackson County Public Library in Sylva. Copies of the book will be available for purchase at the reading. 

It follows the story of Virginia native Dana Stullman, whose world turns upside down when her boyfriend dies in a car accident. At 22, she finds herself moving across the country to escape reminders of the tragedy and the life that preceded it. Becoming lonelier than she could have imagined, Dana finds solace in an unexpected friendship, but her life remains paralyzed until a crisis in the wind-swept Wyoming wilderness forces her to confront the past and choose her path into the future.   

Shadows of Flowers retails for $12 and is available online at for a $16 payment that includes shipping.


• The Haywood County Public Library Staff would like to invite the public to a reception welcoming our new Library Director Kathy Vossler. The reception will be held upstairs at the Waynesville Library from 5 to 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 21. Light refreshments will be provided by the Library Foundation. 

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