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Alexander releases Appalachian memoir
Born a city girl, Jane Alexander was tugged from a vibrant, culture-laden metropolitan life to a primitive woods camp in the Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Her latest work is a memoir titled The View from Tom’s Stand.
There on a little flat surrounded by towering oaks and hemlocks she spent six weeks every summer with her husband, Tom, and their two small children building a simple, old-timey log cabin with proper dovetail joints, mud chinking and hand-built stairs. With no roof over her head, no plumbing and no electricity, she eventually got into the rhythm of rustic living and the wilderness became part of her soul.
Hiking the Smokies, the Blue Ridge and beyond, she came to know more about the native Smoky Mountain plants than many of the locals. In her spare time she learned to cane chairs, to weave, to paint and to make haunting photographs of the gorgeous mountains around her. This came after a successful career as a journalist in New York and Washington. One of the few women of her era to hold a professional job, she rose to become senior editor at Time Life Books and Science 80-86.
Tooth fairy tale at Blue Ridge
Author Karla Wood will present her book, Riley’s Mission, at 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.
The tale answers the questions most children have about the tooth fairy and the ultimately practical one: Why should we bother to brush when our baby teeth are going to fall out anyway? It provides incentive for children to care for their teeth in a fun, fantastical way. Wood is a local practicing attorney who lives in Waynesville, with a lifelong passion for words and books. As part of her community service in her Army Officer’s Basic Course, she organized a group who told and read stories to children who lived on post.
828.456.6000 or www.blueridgebooksnc.com.
Sharing Christmas poems
The Coffee with the Poet Series continues at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 19, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.
Folks are encouraged to bring favorite Christmas poems to share with the group. Whether it is a poem personally penned or a well-loved classic, patrons are welcome to share. The Coffee with the Poet Series gathers every third Thursday of the month and is co-sponsored by the NetWest chapter of the North Carolina Writers Network.