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Coffee with the Poet welcomes Whitley
The Coffee with the Poet series continues with J. Robin Whitley at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.
Whitley reads from her collection More Than Knowing. Poet, painter and musician, she is also the author of In a Southern Closet, a collection of essays and poetry about the challenges of being a lesbian of faith. With her reading she will play some music and explore the idea of musical lyrics as an inspiration for poetry. She also happens to be a bookseller at City Lights Bookstore.
The Coffee with the Poet series gathers the third Thursday of the month and is co-sponsored by the NetWest chapter of the North Carolina Writer’s Network.
N.C. Poet Laureate to read at Blue Ridge
Former North Carolina Poet Laureate Fred Chappell will read from his new collection Familiars: Poems at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 24, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.
Chappell earned graduate and undergraduate degrees at Duke University and taught in the department of English at UNC Greensboro for 40 years from 1964 to 2004. He served as the N.C. Poet Laureate from 1997 until 2002. Chappell is the author of more than two dozen books of poetry, fiction and literary criticism. His work has been translated into many languages, including Finnish, Arabic, Hindi, Chinese and Farsi.
Powell to present new novel
Writer Mark Powell will present his new novel The Sheltering at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.
Powell’s work has been given high praise including Ron Rash calling him “the best Appalachian novelist of his generation.” Pat Conroy had this to say in the foreword he wrote for Powell’s new novel: “The Sheltering is at once haunting and an act of pure grace. What you notice first when you come to Mark Powell’s fourth novel is his remarkable gift for language, the bleeding edges around his dialogue, the starch and vigor of his sense of place, the sharp delineation of his characters, and a stylishness all his own. He is that rarity among male writers of fiction in that his female characters are as strongly presented as any of his troubled, endangered males.”
The author of four novels, Powell has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Breadloaf Writers’ Conference, the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, the Collegeville Center for Ecumenical Research, and the Vaclav Havel Fellowship in Playwriting to the Prague Summer Program. An Associate Professor of English at Stetson University in Florida, he will spend the coming academic year as a Fulbright Fellow in Slovakia.
Joyce presents Cherokee findings
Local author and seasoned researcher Mary A. Joyce will present her newest book Cherokee Little People Were Real at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, in the Waynesville Library Auditorium.
Her book contains oral transcript information originally published in 2001 but also includes photographs, maps and completely new chapters with previously unpublished material. Joyce has also written Tangible Evidence of Jesus, which looks at the wealth of information discovered about Jesus not recorded in Christian Bibles.