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Cook releases superhero sequel

Western Carolina University alumnus and author Tyler Cook will release his fourth book Vigilante at a special release party at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 4, at the Macon County Public Library in Franklin.

It’s been a year since Aluria appeared as the hero of Canton. He’s become a myth to many, a hero to some, and a threat to others. Among those who think he is an outlaw are those working at the Major Case Squad, who fear he will go too far and become the villain the vigilante hopes to rid the city of. 

This fear escalates when people are found murdered with a blade shaped like Aluria’s insignia. Could this new hero really be to blame, and if not, can he clear his name and find the person who is behind everything? 

Released in 2016, Aluria has been named the No. 1 bestselling superhero on multiple times, as well as reaching their overall bestseller list.  

In 2014, Cook released A Guide to Historic Dillsboro, now an award-winning book that celebrates the historic town of Dillsboro, as well as raising money for the Appalachian Women’s Museum. Later that year, he wrote The One, which was released in early 2015. 

For more information, contact Cook at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit


N.C. State Poetry Contest

Entries are currently being accepted for the 2017 North Carolina State University Poetry Contest. 

The contest is open only to residents of North Carolina (including out-of-state students who are enrolled in North Carolina universities). It remains one of the largest free-entry contests in the South. The Grand Prize winner will receive $500. The best N.C. State undergraduate entry will receive a $100 prize.

“Guest Judge” this year is Richard Garcia. At 7:30 p.m. April 13, there will be a presentation of awards and a reading from Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Sharon Olds at Titmus Theatre in Thompson Hall on N.C. State’s campus in Raleigh.

• The contest is open to all North Carolina residents except tenured/tenure-track professors in the University of North Carolina system; writing instructors teaching at N.C. State (but teaching assistants and graduate students are eligible); poets with a published book of poetry (if they can buy your book online or from a publisher or bookstore, they consider you published); and previous winners. Previous finalists must submit poems that have not been previously submitted.

• You may submit as many as three poems. The poems may not have appeared elsewhere in any publication, in print or online. There is no limit as to genre or length.

• All entries must be typed and titled. Do not put your name on the poem, so it may be judged anonymously. Put your name on a cover sheet along with your contact information, including phone, address, and email.

• No email submissions will be accepted. Submit all entries in hard copy to: NCSU Poetry Contest
Campus Box 8105
English Department
Raleigh, N.C. 27695-8105.

Postmark deadline is Monday, March 13. Due to volume, they cannot contact each contestant or return your poems afterward.

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