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Wednesday, 17 September 2014 00:00

Events for readers and writers

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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, Sept. 25, 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. With insight stemming 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. He writes for the Burningtown News, an online newspaper. He has written more than 300 articles and short stories covering a variety of subjects.


Hoover presents new work

Franklin author Emily Joanne Hoover will sign her new book Hold on to Your Panties and Have Fun at noon Saturday, Sept. 20, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Hoover has enjoyed success as a stand-up comedian, teacher and interior decorator. She is known for her quick wit, quick retort, and for finding fun with strangers in everyday places. 



Macon teen releases sci-fi book

Otto teenager Sarah Y. Westmoreland has released her newest science fiction work Najee: A Glimmer of Hope.

The book is the first in a series about an orphan girl named Akinia, whose unassuming life is turned upside-down when two Najee warriors bring her from the orphanage to an abandoned planet for training. She finds herself suddenly thrust into the middle of a galactic war that has been raging since before her birth. Akinia’s adventures will spark your imagination as you follow her journeys into multiple star systems within her galaxy.

Westmoreland has been writing since her notebook mostly covered her legs. She began outlining the Najee Series at 13, the same time that she began writing Najee: A Glimmer of Hope. Having graduated high school at 16, she devotes a part of each day to her writing. 

With college starting this month, Westmoreland, now 18, hopes to have a double major in Library Science and Fine Arts (with a focus in creative writing).

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Coffee with the Poet returns 

The Coffee with the Poet series continues with Teresa Robbins at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.   

Robbins will present her collection God Speaks. With her book, she hopes her poetry will penetrate the hearts of those who read them, causing them to fall deeper in love with the true scribe.



Join the Canton Book Club 

A Canton Book Club get-together will be at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the Canton Branch Library.

“Because a book club is a real asset to the life of a community, the Canton Branch Library is planning to sponsor such a club,” wrote Katherine Levine, the librarian of the Canton Branch Library, on a flyer typed on Haywood County Public Library stationary back in the mid-1970s.

Under the direction of Levine, members of the Canton Book Club met for several years to discuss books and listen to guest speakers. One of the members of the book club was Keneitha Bryson, a longtime library employee at the Canton Branch Library who recently retired. By the early 1980s, Levine had retired and the book club no longer met. Though Bryson herself may be retired now, she couldn’t stay away from the library for long. She will continue to coordinate the “new” Canton Book Club, which she started up again in August 2012. 

The Canton Book Club meets the third Thursday of the month at 3:30 p.m., and is an informal gathering of adults who love reading books. Those interested in joining are asked to bring excerpts from books they’ve read recently that they’ve enjoyed to share with the group. 



Former football coach, KGB member to present memoir at City Lights

Whittier author Tom Kelly will present his memoir Gridiron Diplomat’s Carolina Dacha at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 17, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Kelly’s book details his life, which was spent teaching and coaching American football in 40 countries including time in Soviet Russia, employed by the KGB. 



Journal-making workshop

A journal-making workshop for beginners with Kent Stewart will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville. 

A former downtown bookstore owner, Stewart will share his bookmaking skills. The workshop is intended for children ages 11 and up, and adults of all ages. Younger children should attend with a parent or responsible adult. Students will make a small, 48-page journal plus cover.

Limited to 10 students. Cost is $3, which includes materials. 


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