Mark your calendars now for WCU's Eleventh Annual Spring Literary Festival, which will feature Richard Chess, Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle, Dawn Gilchrist-Young, Chris Holbrook, Nikky Finney, Randall Kenan, Robert Morgan, Mark Powell, Bob Watts, Stephanie Powell Watts, and Daniel Woodrell.
Monday April 8th
12 p.m. at the UC Theater, Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet Richard Chess with student poets
7:30 p.m. at the UC Theater, Randall Kenan
Tuesday, April 9th
7:30 p.m. at the UC Theater, Daniel Woodrell
Wednesday, April 10th
6 p.m. at Sylva Public Library, Reception
7 p.m. at the Sylva Public Library, Robert Morgan
Thursday, April 11
4 p.m. at the UC Theater, Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle and Dawn Gilchrist-Young
6 p.m. at the Coulter Recital Hall, Nikky Finney
On Thursday, June 27th at 7 p.m. Tom Earnhardt will be at the Mountain Heritage Center to discuss the natural beauty of North Carolina and present his book, Crossroads of the Natural World. In this richly illustrated love letter to the wild places and natural wonders of North Carolina, Tom Earnhardt, writer and host of UNC-TV's Exploring North Carolina and lifelong conservationist, seamlessly ties deep geological time and forgotten species from our distant past to the unparalleled biodiversity of today. With varied topography and a climate that is simultaneously subtropical, temperate, and subarctic, he shows that North Carolina is a meeting place for living things more commonly found far to the north and south. Highlighting the ways in which the state is a unique ecological crossroads, Earnhardt's research, insightful writing, and stunning photography will both teach and inspire. Tom Earnhardt, a lawyer by profession, is a committed conservationist and environmentalist. He is also the writer, co-producer, and host of the popular television program Exploring North Carolina, which airs on UNC-TV. To reserve a copy of his book please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
The Coffee with the Poet series continues on Thursday, June 20th at 10:30 p.m. as Brenda Ledford presents her poetry. Ledford will read from her newly released chapbook, Beckoning. A Clay County native, Ledford is a retired educator. She is a member of the North Carolina Writer’s Network and Beckoning was endorsed by Glenda Beall, director of the Writer’s Circle. Beall says of Beckoning, “Brenda Kay Ledford’s collection sings harmony and color. She lets us take a peek into her world as she shares her Appalachian roots in verse. We relate to the constancy of seasons in nature and our lives.”
The Coffee with the Poet series is cosponsored by the NetWest chapter of the North Carolina Writer’s Network and meets every third Thursday at 10:30 a.m. For more information please call
City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
|Hike leader and author, Danny Bernstein will visit City Lights Bookstore to talk about the Mountain-to-Sea Trail and present her book, The Mountain-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina: Walking a Thousand Miles Through Wilderness, Culture and History. Her discussion and slide show presentation will be at City Lights Bookstore on Friday, March 29th at 6:30 p.m. Bernstein’s book is a historical look at the natural and cultural aspects of the 1,000 mile trail that stretches from Clingman’s Dome to Jockey’s Ridge in the Outer Banks. Bernstein has also written Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains, Hiking the Carolina Mountains and Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Heritage. To reserve a copy of her new book please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499 |
Beth Revis is the author the Across the Universe series and will present her latest installment, Shades of Earth. Carrie Ryan is the author of the Forest of Hands and Teeth series and has also been included in some recent YA short story collections. Asheville resident, Megan Hansen Shepherd will present her first novel, The Madman’s Daughter, which is the first book of a trilogy.
These authors are among the favorites of some of the staff here at City Lights so come early to get a seat and don’t miss out on the chance to meet these talented writers. To reserve copies of their books please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.
|Birke Baehr, thirteen-year old internationally known youth advocate on organic food and sustainable farming practices, will be at City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, March 30th at 3 p.m. Baehr will discuss the problems of the industrialized food industry and offer solutions for alternative options of local, organic and sustainable food. His book, Birke on the Farm, tells Birke’s story as a young boy reading about mercury levels in high fructose corn syrup to becoming a real voice for the local foods and sustainable farming movement.
||The Coffee with the Poet Series continues on Thursday, April 18th at 10:30 a.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Janice Hornburg will present the poetry in her new chapbook, Perspectives. Hornburg is a native Texan who transplanted to East Tennessee in 1993. She is a member of the Poetry Society of Tennessee--Northeast Chapter, The North Carolina Writer’s Network, and the Lost State Writer’s Guild. Her award winning poem, “My Father’s Room”, was accepted for publication by Texas Review Press in The Southern Poetry Anthology VI: Tennessee. Other poems have appeared in Bylines Magazine, Pinesong Awards 2007 and 2009. Coffee with the Poet is co-sponsored by the NetWest Chapter of the North Carolina Writers' Network.|
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