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It ain’t for wimps: readings on aging

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It ain’t for wimps: readings on aging

Time: April 17, 2014 from 6pm to 7pm
Location: Monte Vista Hotel
Street: 308 W. tate St
City/Town: Black Mountain, NC
Website or Map: http://blackmountainauthorsgu…
Phone: 828 686-3922
Event Type: public, reading
Organized By: Jerald Pope
Latest Activity: Apr 9, 2014

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Increased life expectancy brings with it increased opportunities, problems, and responsibilities. Both the aged and the pre-aged will find much to ponder at the Black Mountain Authors Guild’s reading at the Monte Vista this Thursday at 6 pm. Four local writers will share their thinking on the subject: Danielle Laverty will read her essay on aging that won the Black Mt. Public Library contest, Nancy Werking Poling will read from her current and published fiction, and James and Cannan Hyde will read their poetry and prose on the subject of his Alzheimers.


Ever since she turned thirty, Nancy Werking Poling has had an irrational fear of aging, a theme she frequently turns to in her writing. In her novel, Out of the Pumpkin Shell, two friends confront this angst with humor and pathos. In the novel she is currently working on, an older woman wants to believe it’s not too late to find and follow a calling. Poling is also author of Had Eve Come First and Jonah Been a Woman. Both books are available at Town Hardware. Nancy is a frequent contributor to the Asheville Citizen-Times on-line.


Sometimes aging brings disability. Since James Hyde’s diagnosis with Alzheimer’s in 2010, he and his wife, Cannan, have become known in the area for their efforts to reduce the stigma associated with Alzheimer’s and related dementias. Their professional experience before retirement from the University of Louisville Medical School—James as Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Cannan as Director of Social Work Services in the Psychiatric Out-Patient Clinic—has brought extra insight to this project. Writing from the perspectives of the one diagnosed and of caregiver, the Hydes will read poetry and a play excerpt that express their struggles and hope. You can see a video they have produced on You-tube called "Cannan and James' Story" on


The event will be held Thursday, April 17, at 6 pm at the Monte Vista Hotel.


The Black Mountain Authors Guild is an organization of published authors in the Swannanoa valley that encourages literacy through the fostering of local writing talent.


The Monte Vista Hotel is located at 308 W. State Street in Black Mountain. A cash bar will be available. For more information, call 686-3922.


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