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Wednesday, 27 July 2016 00:00

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Bryson pens political novel

Before he became a candidate for Congress from WNC’s 11th District, Frederick E. (Rick) Bryson was a writer, having published over 1,000 technical articles and three novels. His latest novel The Jefferson Legion, is unusual in that it contains parallels to his campaign for Congress.

“This book is about what would happen in the United States if the people lost faith in government, because it served only big business and special interests,” Bryson said, citing the fact that 93 percent of the American people believe that our present Congress is doing a poor job.  

The setting is in Southern Appalachia, primarily the Nantahala National Forest of Western North Carolina. The principal character, William Campbell, is a Jefferson-quoting fugitive who has formed a militia group (The Legion) to undermine the federal government by a number of creative, but nonviolent means, mostly via the Internet. Eventually, the group takes on a Robin Hood-esque nature, stealing from the Federal Reserve and helping disabled people up and down Appalachia.  

At the same time, the legion targets the federal capital for special mischief, shutting down computers, sending out false letters to fire high-ranking military personnel, and scaring the daylights out of the government with a commandeered drone.

The Jefferson Legion is published as an ebook, from Ex-L-Ence Publishing, Website: It is also available on Amazon.


Appalachian Storyteller in a Feed Sack Dress

Author Amy Ammons Garza will host a book signing for her work, Appalachian Storyteller in a Feed Sack Dress, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

“To tell your own story, it takes courage, a sense of humor and hope,” Garza said. “In this book, I’m telling the story of my life as I lived it, in storytelling fashion. Each chapter is a story in itself.”

Born and raised in Western North Carolina with a grandfather who impressed upon her to save family stories, Garza realized early on how important it was to save heritage. Therefore, when she began to write, she had a purpose. The books she has written before this, books that make up the story of her extended family, took years to accumulate, and while she was busy writing, her whole life changed, almost in between the words. Here is a compelling story of a mountain girl who found the courage she needed in her own life as she listened and then retold the stories of her family and her heritage, becoming the storyteller. 

Refreshments provided. City Lights Bookstore at 828.586.9499.



• The NetWest program of the North Carolina Writers Network will host an open mic night at 7 p.m. Friday, July 29, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. Folks are encouraged to bring their poetry or short pieces to share. or 828.586.9499.

• Writer Martha Lemasters will host a book signing and discussion on her work The Step at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 5, at the Hudson Library in Highlands. The story is about one woman’s Journey to finding her own happiness and success during the Apollo Space Program. 828.526.3031. 

• Author Kim DeLozier will hold a discussion on her new book Bear in the Back Seat: Adventures of a Wildlife Ranger from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 29 at the Swain County Visitor Center in Bryson City. 

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