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Julia Franks read from her novel on Saturday, June 25th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. In Over the Plain Houses, it's 1939, and the federal government has sent Virginia Furman, a USDA agent, into the North Carolina mountains to instruct families how to modernize their homes and farms. There she meets farm wife Irene Lambey, who is immediately drawn to the lady agent's self-possession. Already, cracks are emerging in Irene's fragile marriage to Brodis, an ex-logger turned fundamentalist preacher: she has taken to night ramblings through the woods to escape her husband's bed, storing strange keepsakes in a mountain crevice. To Brodis, these are all the signs that Irene, tiptoeing through the dark in her billowing white nightshirt has become a witch.
Julia Franks has roots in the Appalachian Mountains and has spent years kayaking the rivers and creeks of Tennessee, North Carolina, and West Virginia. She lives in Atlanta, where she teaches literature. To reserve copies of Over the Plain Houses please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
Curtis Blanton will present his new book Humdingers at City Lights Bookstore on Friday, July 8th, at 6:30 p.m. James Sellers, the book’s illustrator, will also be in attendance to sign copies. Humdingers tells the stories and tales shared from the people of Western North Carolina.
Blanton and Sellers have been best friends since the 3rd grade, and later joined the U.S. Air Force together. Following their retirement, Blanton and Sellers returned to the mountains to make their way through the trails of their ancestors of Western North Carolina. Blanton and Sellers have collaborated on two previous books titled Tales from the Porch and Fireside Tales. Blanton is also the author of the novel, My Mountains, My Home. To reserve copies of Humdingers please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.