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Author Reading "Primer" - by Michael Beadle

Poet and former Haywood County journalist and teacher Michael Beadle will be reading from his latest poetry collection, Primer, at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville on Sat., Aug. 26, at 3 p.m. The book features poems about childhood and family, discovery and disappointment, triumph and heartbreak. Primer was  a national finalist in the 2016 Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Contest, sponsored by Main Street Rag. Bowers, a former NC Poet Laureate who served as the judge for the contest, writes, "With courage and a kid's heart, Michael Beadle brings to life the rites of passage of a small-town boy inching toward the threshold of adulthood."
Beadle is the author or co-author of four books on Haywood County history, including the local history Arcadia series books Waynesville, Haywood County and Canton. A former reporter with The Mountaineer and Smoky Mountain News, Beadle
was active in the Haywood County arts community for nearly two decades, performing poetry at downtown Waynesville festivals, acting on stage at Haywood Arts Regional Theatre, emceeing events at Folkmoot festivals, and teaching creative writing courses through Haywood Community College.
 As a writer-in-residence based in Raleigh, he teaches poetry and creative writing workshops throughout the state and serves as the director of the NC Poetry Society's student contests and the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poets Series. 

173:00 pm

Author Event with Sharyn McCrumb The Unquiet Grave

Sunday, September 17   3:00 pm   Author Event with Sharyn McCrumb   The Unquiet Grave
The Greenbrier Ghost is renowned in American folklore, but Sharyn McCrumb is the first author to look beneath the legend to unearth the facts. Using a century of genealogical material and other historical documents, McCrumb reveals new information about the story and brings to life the personalities in the trial: the prosecutor, a former Confederate cavalryman; the defense attorney, a pro-Union bridgeburner, who nevertheless had owned slaves; and the mother of the murdered woman, who doggedly sticks to her ghost story--all seen through the eyes of a young black lawyer on the cusp of a new century, with his own tragedies yet to come. The event is free and open to the public, but a ticket for two reserved seats is available with the advance purchase of the book.

073:00 pm

Author Event with Bob Plott Plott Hound Tales: Legendary People & Places Behind the Breed

Saturday, October 3   3:00 pm   Author Event with Bob Plott  Plott Hound Tales: Legendary People & Places Behind the Breed
The Plott hound has reached worldwide fame through the contributions of many colorful characters from the Southern Appalachians.   Author and breed expert Bob Plott reveals the fascinating people and places that have shaped the history of the Plott hound.   The Plott hound has historical roots in Haywood County and is the North Carolina state dog.

1212:00 pm

Author Luncheon with Wiley Cash - The Last Ballad

Join us for lunch at The Classic Wineseller for a reading and discussion with Wiley Cash.  
The New York Times bestselling author of the celebrated A Land More Kind Than Home and This Dark Road to Mercy returns with this eagerly awaited new novel,  set in the Appalachian foothills of North Carolina in 1929 and inspired by actual events. The chronicle of an ordinary woman's struggle for dignity and her rights in a textile mill, The Last Ballad is a moving tale of courage in the face of oppression and injustice. 
4rdk1vn7vx8m4x8qgm63-210.jpgTwelve times a week, twenty-eight-year-old Ella May Wiggins makes the two-mile trek to and from her job on the night shift at American Mill No. 2 in Bessemer City, North Carolina. The insular community considers the mill's owners--the newly arrived Goldberg brothers--white but not American and expects them to pay Ella May and other workers less because they toil alongside African Americans like Violet, Ella May's best friend. While the dirty, hazardous job at the mill earns Ella May a paltry nine dollars for seventy-two hours of work each week, it's the only opportunity she has. Her no-good husband, John, has run off again, and she must keep her four young children alive with whatever work she can find.
When the union leaflets begin circulating, Ella May has a taste of hope, a yearning for the better life the organizers promise. But the mill owners, backed by other nefarious forces, claim the union is nothing but a front for the Bolshevik menace sweeping across Europe. To maintain their control, the owners will use every means in their power, including bloodshed, to prevent workers from banding together. On the night of the county's biggest rally, Ella May, weighing the costs of her choice, makes up her mind to join the movement--a decision that will have lasting consequences for her children, her friends, her town--indeed all that she loves.
Seventy-five years later, Ella May's daughter Lilly, now an elderly woman, tells her nephew about his grandmother and the events that transformed their family. Illuminating the most painful corners of their history, she reveals, for the first time, the tragedy that befell Ella May after that fateful union meeting in 1929.
Intertwining myriad voices, Wiley Cash brings to life the heartbreak and bravery of the now forgotten struggle of the labor movement in early twentieth-century America--and pays tribute to the thousands of heroic women and men who risked their lives to win basic rights for all workers. Lyrical, heartbreaking, and haunting, this eloquent novel confirms Wiley Cash's place among our nation's finest writers.
Tickets for this event are $40 and must be purchased in advance at Blue Ridge Books.  The price of the tickets includes lunch and a coupon for $10 toward the purchase of The Last Ballad
Seating is limited, so come by Blue Ridge Books to purchase your ticket soon.



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