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Asheville author Tommy Hays will present his latest book, What I Came to Tell You, on Saturday, November 23rd at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. What I Came to Tell You is a book for readers young and old (ages 10-110), and tells the story of twelve-year-old Grover as he deals with the loss of his mother. With his father withdrawn and overworked, Grover finds comfort working on his art in the bamboo groves near his Asheville home. As tensions rise within his family, new neighbors offer an unlikely source of relief from the grief that grips them all. Kerry Madden, author of Gentle’s Holler, says of the book, “Like the artistry of Grover's weavings in the bamboo forest, Tommy Hays' What I Came to Tell You captures the heartbeat of a young boy's journey to find his way after a tragic loss in Thomas Wolfe country in Asheville, North Carolina. It's a story of learning to listen with your whole heart and head, one filled with grace, grief, and ultimately, hope, as a broken family weaves itself back together in a dazzling tapestry of love and joy." Hays is the author of The Pleasure Was Mine, In the Family Way, and Sam’s Crossing. He is the executive director of the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNCA, which publishes The Great Smokies Review. To reserve copies of his books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.