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Wednesday, 27 August 2014 00:00

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Muth to present fantasy novel

Jackson County writer Timm Muth will read from his new fantasy novel at 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.  

Disciple of the Flames chronicles the story of Darn, whose life as a herder’s son was hard, dirty and not in the least adventurous. Fate intervenes when on a journey with his father, a stranger saves Darn from a near fatal rousting by local bullies, eventually leading to Darn’s induction into a powerful religious and military order: The Disciple of Flames.

Muth lives near Sylva and spends a lot of time hiking, biking and looking for shiny rocks all over Cowee Mountain. Disciple of Flames is his first novel. 




Sealy to read new gothic noir 

Writer Jon Sealy will read from his southern gothic noir novel The Whiskey Baron at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Late one night at the end of a scorching summer, a phone call rouses Sheriff Furman Chambers out of bed. Two men have been shot dead on Highway 9 in front of the Hillside Inn, a one-time boardinghouse that is now just a front for Larthan Tull’s liquor business. When Sheriff Chambers arrives to investigate, witnesses say a person named Mary Jane Hopewell walked into the tavern, dragged two of Tull’s runners into the street, and laid them out with a shotgun. Sheriff Chambers’s investigation leads him into the Bell village, where Mary Jane’s family lives a quiet, hardscrabble life of working in the cotton mill. While the weary sheriff digs into the mystery and confronts the county’s underground liquor operation, the whiskey baron himself is looking for vengeance. Mary Jane has gotten in the way of his business, and you don’t do that to Larthan Tull and get away with it.


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