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Amy Ammons Garza to Present Her Memoir at City Lights Bookstore

August 6, 2016 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Amy Garza will be presenting her new memoir, Appalachian Storyteller in a Feed Sack Dress, at City Lights Bookstore onSaturday, August 6th at 3 p.m. Follow Amy as she tells the story of her life as she lived it, each chapter being a story in itself. These are the compelling stories of a mountain girl who found the courage she needed in her life to listen and retell the stories of her family and heritage.  Amy Garza was born and raised in Western North Carolina, which leads her into her many…See More
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LITERARY CALENDAR
Your guide to author and literary events in Western North Carolina

August 3 - August 13, 2016  

 

Wednesday, August 3

AUTISM BOOK CLUB: The Autism Book Club discusses “Understanding Death and Illness and What They Teach about Life” by Catherine Faherty at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 1 p.m.  828-254-6734.

WRITERS’ SOCIAL: The NC Writer’s Network hosts a networking social at Cork & Keg, 86 Patton Ave., Asheville, 6 p.m. Email allimarshall@bellsouth.net.

AUTHOR READINGS: Barbara J. Taylor and J. Patrick Redmond present their newest novels, “All Waiting Is Long” and “Some Go Hungry,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m.  828-254-6734.

BOOK DISCUSSION: “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown is the subject of a book discussion at the Weaverville Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville, 7 p.m.  828-250-6482.

MALAPROP’S BOOKCLUB: The Malaprop’s Bookclub, hosted by Jay Jacoby, discusses “The Fifth Woman” by Henning Mankell at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m.  828-254-6734.

BLACK MOUNTAIN COLLEGE: Essayist Andrew Glasglow, architecture blogger Troy Winterrowd, and craft artists Charlton Bradsher and Tamara Reid talk about “Mid-Century Modern: Design for  Democracy” at The Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, 69 Broadway, Asheville, 7:30 p.m.  Free for members and students; $8, non-members.  828-350-8484.

Thursday, August 4

ROBERT BEATTY: Robert Beatty presents his newest Serafina novel, “Serafina and the Twisted Staff,” at the Transylvania County Public Library, 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard, 3 p.m. 828-884-3151.

LETTER WRITING: Firestorm Café & Books hosts a political prisoners’ letter writing night at 610 Haywood Rd., Asheville, 6 p.m. 828-255-8115.

BOOK DISCUSSION: “Still Life With Bread Crumbs” by Ann Quindlen is the subject of a book discussion at the East Asheville Library, 902 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, 6:30 p.m.  828-250-4738.

Saturday, August 6

AMY AMMONS GARZA: Amy Ammons Garza presents her new memoir, “Appalachian Storyteller in a Feed Sack Dress,” at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 3 p.m.  828-586-9499.

KAYE LANNING MINCHEW: Local author Kaye Lanning Minchew presents her new book, “A President in Our Midst: Franklin Delano Roosevelt in Georgia,” at Blue Ridge Books, 152 Main St., Waynesville, 3 p.m. 828-456-6000.

Sunday, August 7

BARBARA BATES SMITH: Barbara Bates Smith debuts her newest Lee Smith monodrama, “Patchwork Perspectives,”  in the Manheimer Room at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center, 1 University Heights, Asheville, 2 p.m. Call 251-6140.

POETRIO: Poets Hilde Weisert, Nancy K. Pearson, and Ron Moran read from “The Scheme of Things,” “The Whole by Contemplaion of a Single Bone,” and “Eye of the World” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 3 p.m. Call 254-6734.

Monday, August 8

WAYNESVILLE BOOK CLUB: The Waynesville Library Book Club meets at the Haywood County Public Library, 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville, 5:30 p.m. Call 356-2507.

MYSTERY BOOK CLUB: The Malaprop’s Mystery Bookclub, hosted by Sallie Bissell, discusses “The Boy in the Suitcase” by Lene Kaaberbol and Agnette Friis at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

Tuesday, August 9

BOOK DISCUSSION: “Time and Again” by Jack Finney is the subject of a book discussion at the Leicester Library, 1561 Alexander Rd., Leicester, 1 p.m. Call 250-6480.

AUTHOR READINGS: Katie Rose Guest Pryal and Lauren Faulkenberry read from their newest novels, “Chasing Chaos” and “Bayou My Love,” at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 6:30 p.m. Call 586-9499.

Wednesday, August 10

BOOK DISCUSSION: “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon is the subject of a book discussion at the Swannanoa Library, 101 W. Charleston Ave., Swannanoa, 6 p.m. Call 250-6486.

YA AUTHORS: YA authors Bryan Bliss and Kristen-Paige Madonia present their new novels, “Meet Me Here” and “Invisible Fault Lines,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

SYNERGY STORY SLAM: The Synergy Story Slam hosts an open mic on the theme “breaking point” at The Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Rd., Asheville, 7:30 p.m. Email morris.grayson@gmail.com.

Thursday, August 11

FLETCHER BOOK CLUB: The Fletcher Library hosts a book discussion at 120 Library Rd., Fletcher, 10:30 a.m. Call 687-1218.

LITERARY LUNCH: Local outdoor writer Randy Johnson discusses his recommendations for outdoor adventures in WNC at the Henderson County Public Library, 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville, 12 p.m. Call 697-4725.

WRITERS’ GUILD: The Fletcher Library hosts a writers’ guild at 120 Library Rd., Fletcher, 1:30 p.m. Call 687-1218.

HARRY FARTHING: Harry Farthing presents his debut novel, “Summit,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

Friday, August 12

STORYTELLING: Storyteller Tim Lowry performs folktales in the Manheimer Room at UNC Asheville’s Reuter Center, 1 University Heights, Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 251-6140.

Saturday, August 13

STORYTELLING: Storyteller Tim Lowry performs folktales for children at the Weaverville Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville, 11 a.m. Call 250-6482.

VANESSA BRANTLEY-NEWTON: Illustrator Vanessa Brantley-Newton reads her new children’s book, “Mary Had a Little Glam,” at Spellbound Books, 640 Merrimon Ave. Suite 204, Asheville, 11 a.m. Call 708-7570.

AUTHOR PANEL: Novels and Novelties Bookstore hosts a “Truth in Fiction” panel with authors Joy Callaway, Erika Marks, and Kim Wright at 408 N. Main St., Hendersonville, 2 p.m. $5. Call 697-1870.

STEPHEN CRIMI: Stephen Crimi presents his first book, “Katabatic Wind: Good Craic Fueled by Fumes from the Abyss,” at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 3 p.m. Call 586-9499.

STORYTELLING: Storyteller Tim Lowry performs folktales at the Weaverville Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville, 3 p.m. Call 250-6482.

POETRY ON DEMAND: Poets Katherine Soniat and Tracey Schmidt write poetry on demand at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 3:30 p.m. Call 254-6734.

JOSEPH MEIGS: Joseph Meigs presents his new short story collection, “Artists’ Tales,” at Blue Ridge Books, 152 Main St., Waynesville, 3 p.m. Call 456-6000.

AUTHOR PANEL: Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café hosts a “Writing Strong Women” panel with authors Joy Callaway, Erika Marks, and Kim Wright at 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

 

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