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A tale of a haunted house

Author Sonja Condit will present her debut novel Starter House at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 25, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

The book is a story of a woman who falls in love with a dusty-rose colonial cottage. It’s the home she has been dreaming of for her and her family. Despite the history of the house, she and her husband eagerly move in. Soon though, she realizes there is something malevolent present — something only she can sense. or


Renowned author to present at Friends of the Library

Award-winning author Lee Smith will speak at the Friends of the Library annual meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 6, at the First United Methodist Church in Waynesville.

Smith is the author of 13 novels and four collections of short stories. She is a recipient of the Academy Award in Literature from the American Academy of Arts and Literature, the North Carolina Award for Literature, and a Southern Book Critic Circle Award.  

Her newest novel Guests on Earth is set in 1913 at the Highlands Mental Hospital in Asheville. Other books by Smith include Fair and Tender Ladies, On Agate Hill and The Last Girls.

A dessert buffet will be served by Kanini’s. Tickets for the evening are $10 and are available for sale at all the library branches, Blue Ridge Books and Gallery 86. Tickets must be purchased by Friday, May 2. 

828.456.5311 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  


Author to host depression program in Bryson City

Writer Patricia Jordan will hold an informative program, based on her book My Journey in Overcoming Chronic Dysthymic Depression, at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 26, at the Marianna Black Library in Bryson City.

After enduring years of listening to negative statements and mistruths about herself, Jordan realized that she was unable to fix herself without help. In her poignant memoir detailing her life before, during and after her diagnosis of dysthymic depression, Jordan offers a look into a childhood devoid of nurturing and continues chronologically through her life as she attempts to carry on a normal life, despite the mental haze that continued to monopolize her.

My Journey in Overcoming Chronic Dysthymic Depression shares the inspirational story of how one woman finally learned to release negative emotions and replace them with healthy emotions of forgiveness and love.

828.488.3030 or


Ehrman to present ‘How Jesus Became God’

Dr. Bart Ehrman will discuss his new book, How Jesus Became God, at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.  

In a book that took eight years to research and write, leading Bible scholar Ehrman explores how an apocalyptic prophet from the backwaters of rural Galilee crucified for crimes against the state came to be thought of as equal with the one God, almighty creator of all things.

828.456.6000 or


Greening Up the Mountains poetry contest reception

The reception for the inaugural Greening Up the Mountains Poetry Contest will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

The winning poets will share their poems and collect their prizes during the reception. Students from Jackson County submitted poems that celebrate our mountains and our connection to them in our everyday lives. 



Teen Poetry Fest in Franklin 

In celebration of National Poetry Month, there will be an open-mic event for teen poets at 6:30 p.m., April 28, at the Rathskeller Coffee Haus in Franklin.  

All high school-age poets and lovers of poetry are invited to participate by reading or reciting their original works, as well as sharing their favorite works by other poets. Family members and friends are welcome to attend.

This event is sponsored by the Arts Council of Macon County, part of its Youth Outreach Initiative.  The council is supported in part by the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.  

Free. or 828.524.7683.

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