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The Coffee with the Poet series continues on Thursday, July 21st at 10:30 a.m. at City Lights Bookstore. The May gathering will feature former WCU English professor and poet, Newton Smith and he will share some of his recent poetry.
The Coffee with the Poet series is co-sponsored by the NetWest program of the North Carolina Writers Network and gathers the third Thursday of each month. For question about Coffee with the Poet please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499
J.R. Thorton will present his first book, Beautiful Country, at City Lights Bookstore on Friday, July 22nd at 6:30pm. Beautiful Country follows the story of 14-year-old Chase Robertson who is forced to move to Beijing after the death of his older brother. In China, he trains every day with the Beijing junior national tennis team and quickly learns of the cut-throat world of Chinese sport. Chase is caught up in secrets and must fight to protect his bond with his new friend while negotiating the complex rules of a new country.
J.R. Thornton graduated from Harvard in 2014 where he studied History, English, and Chinese. As a 14-year- old, he spent a year living in Beijing studying the Chinese language and training with the Beijing junior tennis team. An internationally ranked tennis player as a junior, he later competed for the Harvard men’s team and on the professional circuit.
Tyler Cook will present the first book of his new fantasy series, Aluria, at City Lights Bookstore. This event will be held on Saturday, July 23rd at 3 p.m. Aluria tells a story about heroism, love and hope when teenager Jason Conner allows an extra-terrestrial spirit to inhabit his body. Follow Jason on his journey to protect the innocent and hunt down the guilty, and avenging those that were taken from him.
Cook continues to write in his hometown of Franklin, working on the next installment in The Aluria Adventures.