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Wednesday, 24 May 2017 00:00

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Author to discuss publishing process

Kentucky author Kim Michele Richardson will hold a discussion on the path to publication at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 27, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

Richardson is the author of two novels, Liar’s Bench and Godpretty in the Tobacco Field. She also has a new novel coming out in late November titled, The Sisters of Glass Ferry. She will discuss best practices in the publishing process and take questions. 

Richardson has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, building houses, and is an advocate for the prevention of child abuse and domestic violence, partnering with the U.S. Navy globally to bring awareness and education to the prevention of domestic violence. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post and writes for the New York Journal of Books. She is currently working on her fourth novel. 

To reserve copies of her books, call City Lights Bookstore at 828.586.9499.


New bluegrass book

Diving into the rich, vibrant and controversial history of bluegrass music, If You Can’t Play, Get Off the Stage: Bluegrass in Western North Carolina and Beyond is the debut work from Garret K. Woodward, arts/entertainment editor for The Smoky Mountain News. Woodward will be holding a reading, bluegrass discussion and book signing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, June 1, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

The book features interviews, profiles, quotes and conversations with the biggest names in bluegrass, mountain and string music, including: Balsam Range, Bobby Osborne, Claire Lynch, David Grisman, David Holt, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, Jesse McReynolds, John Cowan, Larry Sparks, Marty Stuart, Peter Rowan, Raymond Fairchild, Rhiannon Giddens, Rhonda Vincent, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien, and many more. 

In 2015, Woodward won first place in the North Carolina Press Association awards for “Arts & Entertainment Reporting” for his cover story “Bless Your Heart — The State of Women in
Bluegrass.” In 2016, Woodward was nominated for “Bluegrass Print/Media Person of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). The NCPA also recognized him with another first place in 2016 for “Lighter Columns” for his weekly column in The Smoky Mountain News, “This must be the place.” 

For more information on the book and where to purchase it, visit


Talk about creativity, writing

The Arts Council of Macon County will host an evening with author Cathryn Sill and wildlife artist John Sill at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 25, at the Macon County Public Library Meeting Room in Franklin.  

The Sills are co-creators of the About… series and About Habitats series of critically acclaimed children’s guides to the world of nature, launched in 1991 with About Birds: A Guide for Children. The Franklin couple will talk about the creative side of their work, and the highs and lows of the business of writing, illustrating, and getting published.

Admission is by donation; $5 is suggested. Light refreshments will be served. The handicap-accessible Macon County Public Library is at 149 Siler Farm Road adjacent to the Southwestern Community College Macon campus.  

This event is produced by the Arts Council of Macon County, supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.  

Contact the ACMC for details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.524.ARTS (2787).

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