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Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00

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Joint reading, discussion for LGBT History Month

In celebration of October being LGBT History Month, J. Robin Whitley and Paula Offutt will offer a discussion and reading at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 10, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

The authors will read from their work and discuss books that helped them come out. Whitley, artist, musician, author and bookseller at City Lights Bookstore, has written a compilation of poetry, reflections, and essays — In a Southern Closet — showing the challenges that the lesbian Christian faces in living an open life, while also seeking to live a life of faith. Her newest book, More Than Knowing, is a collection of poetry.

Offutt’s first novel, a romance titled Butch Girls Can Fix Anything, won a 2008 Golden Crown Literary Society’s award for Debut Author. The fictional town of High Pond is a cross between Hot Springs and Leicester with bits of Lick Skillet and Luck tossed in. Her second novel, To Sleep, Book One of the Soliloquy, was a finalist for the 2014 GCLS award in the Science Fiction/Fantasy category. To Dream, Book Two of the Soliloquy, will be released sometime in 2015.



Owenby to present Blue Ridge stories

Author Roy Owenby will share stories from his new book Blue Ridge Mountain Heritage — A Caricature of Southern Appalachian Life at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.

In this book of short stories, published by Catch the Spirit of Appalachia, Owenby takes you down the highways and byways of the Appalachian Mountains. The book offers insight from a man who has traveled thousands of miles throughout the South, collecting stories and committing them to paper. 

A Navy veteran, Owenby graduated from Appalachian State University at age 40. After 30 years in various supervisory and management positions, he is now retired. A prolific writer, he is a featured writer for the Burningtown News, an online newspaper. He has written more than 300 articles and short stories covering a variety of subjects. He has also published The Owl Knows, an Appalachian Trail mystery.


SCC instructor presents new book

Chris Cox, an English instructor at Southwestern Community College, will be reading from his new book The Way We Say Goodbye from 2 to 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 2, in the Burrell Building at Southwestern Community College in Sylva.

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.

Cox will also give a reading from 2 to 4 p.m. Oct. 21 at SCC’s Macon Campus in Franklin.

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