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Wednesday, 19 October 2016 00:00

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A story of first love, letting go

Adam W. Jones will present his novel Fate Ball at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 29, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

The book is a Southern novel about first loves, growing up, and letting go, following the tragic love story of young Able and Ava. When Ava’s devil-may-care spirit comes to inject a destructive side into to their relationship, the youthful love story becomes Able’s determined quest to save his first love from herself.

Born in Raleigh, Jones has had children’s and travel stories published in a variety of local and regional magazines throughout the years, but this is his first novel. Early versions of Fate Ball sat on the shelf collecting dust for years until recently when he became determined to finish it. He now lives in Chapel Hill with his wife and two daughters.


‘Coffee with the Poet’ welcomes Whitaker

The “Coffee with the Poet” series will continue with Ray Whitaker at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva.

Whitaker has written two collections of poetry, Acknowledgement: Poems from the ‘Nam and 23, 18. Born in an Air Force family, he traveled with this family on this father’s assignments all over the world. He has been writing poetry since he was 17.

The series is co-sponsored by the NetWest program of the North Carolina Writers Network and gathers the third Thursday of each month. For questions about the series, call the bookstore at 828.586.9499.


Behind the badge in times of crisis

Asheville author Mike Krecioch will read and discuss his new book Convict Lake: Behind the Badge at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

At this time when law enforcement is being judged about every aspect of interaction with the public, wouldn’t it be interesting to know what is going on in the heads of police officers as they work? In Convict Lake, fellow officers share such information around a campfire while enjoying some leisure time on an annual fishing trip. 

Humor, murder, tenderness, decapitation, fire, sadness, indifference, anger, thievery, family disputes, stabbings, shootings, riots, serial killers and human stupidity is the world behind the badge. Journey with five LAPD veteran officers to California’s High Sierra as they discuss the politics, cases and eccentric personalities of the Los Angeles Police Department.

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City Lights story time 

Susie Bell will host a story time as she reads her book Oliver the Dragon Finds a Friend at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

Oliver is the youngest dragon in his family and he is very lonely. Join Oliver on an adventure as he explores the world looking for a friend, where he learns that sometimes friends can be found in the most unlikely of places. 

To reserve a copy of Oliver the Dragon Finds a Friend, call City Lights Bookstore at 828.586.9499.



• The N.C. Writers Network West will sponsor The Literary Hour, a program of poetry and prose reading featuring Mary Michelle Keller and Lucy Cole Gratton at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown.

• Author Dayo Olopade will discuss her journey of discovery and her perspectives as author of The Bright Continent at 7 p.m. Oct. 26 in the UC Grand Room at Western Carolina University. The talk will be followed by a reception and book-signing event. 

• Dr. Lisa Verges will host a book review at 10 a.m. Oct. 19 in the Harrell Center at Lake Junaluska. Verges, a geriatric psychiatrist and spiritual director, will review the book When Breath Becomes Air. Verges works at MemoryCare, a nonprofit clinic in Asheville and Waynesville, providing treatment for individuals with dementia and guidance for their families. She is also a spiritual director for those who seek meaning amidst the struggles of life. When Breath Becomes Air, by Paul Kalanithi, is a true story by a physician who faced one of the greatest struggles and challenges life can present. A gifted writer and a person of strength and insight, his story is a gripping one. 


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