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Wednesday, 26 April 2017 00:00

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Havelin to present works

Noted Asheville author Michael Havelin will be reading from his mystery novels and short stories at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville.

Havelin has written eight novels and is hard at work on another in his Ben Bones series. Over the course of his creative life, Havelin has been a solo blues performer and rhythm guitarist in a revival big band. He’s been a photographer of motorcycle road racing, has authored how-to photography manuals and articles, and has been the publisher/editor of two national magazines. Havelin has taught computers to the U.S. Army and nature photography and writing at the college level. He’s even practiced law for several years. 

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City Lights open mic

The NetWest program of the North Carolina Writers Network will host an open mic night at 7 p.m. Friday, May 5, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. 

Folks are encouraged to bring their poetry or short pieces to share. Sign-ups begin at 6:45 p.m. for 10-minute reading session. The North Carolina Writers’ Network connects, promotes, and serves the writers of this state. They provide education in the craft and business of writing, opportunities for recognition and critique of literary work, resources for writers at all stages of development, support for and advocacy of the literary heritage of North Carolina, and a community for those who write. 



• Writer Bren McClain will present her latest work One Good Mama Bone at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva. In the book, McClain tells the story of Sarah Creamer, a recently widowed and dirt-poor single mother struggling to survive in rural South Carolina in the 1950s. Sarah has been told by her own mother that she’ll never have “one good mama bone” in her, and Sarah believed it. But when she buys a steer for her son to enter into the local cattle show and sale, hoping it will help them with their money troubles, the calf’s mother follows and what Sarah needed to know about compassion and good mothering she learns from watching Mama Red.  

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