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Arts & Entertainment ‘Finding Franklin’ author to sign books July 17 at Books Unlimited

Author Joe Tennis is signing copies of his recently released children’s book, “Finding Franklin,” at Books Unlimited, 60 East Main St., on Wednesday, July 17, 4-6 p.m., in downtown Franklin.

The author’s 96-page "Finding Franklin: Mystery of the Lost State Capitol" features a chapter called “Ruby,” set in Franklin, N.C., as the book’s characters stop at Ruby City and the Franklin Gem and Mineral Museum. The book also includes an illustration of the Franklin Town Hall sign.

“Finding Franklin” is geared for children ages 8 to 14 and features a comical, pick-your-ownplot format, with six different endings. The adventure story also stops at the old gold mines of Franklinton, N.C., the Blowing Rock of North Carolina’s High Country, two caves and Tennessee’s Dollywood theme park.

“The story is based on North Carolina giving up what is now Tennessee and then a new state forming called ‘Franklin,” said Tennis, 44. "The characters are a couple of boys and their uncles, and they search for a lost fortune. They wind up at North Carolina’s Franklin - at a gem mine.”

Tennis, of Bristol, Va., is a contributing editor for Blue Ridge Country magazine. He is also the author of six other books, including “Haunts of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Highlands.”

For more information, call (828)369-7942.


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