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Arts & Entertainment CSA celebrates written word with booksigning, reception at Jackson library

On Nov. 5, at 6 p.m., Catch the Spirit of Appalachia’s Annual Writers Booksigning and Reception will open with stories, poetry and song in a fast-paced production, showcasing the creative talents of the Catch the Spirit of Appalachia creative writers and authors. The readings will be full of humor, emotion, and slices of life. The booksigning and reception with refreshments will begin at 6:45 p.m.

Catch the Spirit of Appalachia has published eight books this year.

— “The Bouncing Soccer Ball,” written by Gail Nolen from Barker’s Creek, is dedicated to all children who love soccer.

— “The House of Rose,” written by Nita Welch Owenby from Franklin, is about a young girl learning that nothing is impossible if you believe in yourself.

— “The Owl Knows, an Appalachian Trail Mystery,” written by Roy Owenby from Franklin is a must read for joggers, hikers and trail buffs who can and should learn to protect themselves in the outdoors.

— “Laura of Cataloochee,” written by Freida Ponder from Cataloochee, takes you back to 1910 and is a book steeped in the drama of living in the mountains of Cataloochee.

— “Under the Light of Darkness,” written by Victoria A. Casey McDonald from Sylva. With this, her third book, Mc- Donald offers an historic fictional account of her great-grandparents’ romance.

— “Birds of Spirit,” a novel of intrigue written by Terry Michelsen from Cullowhee, spins its intrigue with a group of people who do the most astonishing things, and then leaves the reader guessing as to exactly what is going to happen next.

— “Going Home-Living in Green Pastures,” written by Jean Frady from Tuckasegee, who shares her tribute to a husband and minister who was not only God’s man, but the people’s man, a man who loved above all else.

— “Come Walk With Me,” is a book of poetry and photography by Patricia Bryd Shamrock — poems written in bible studies, some on the back of church bulletins, some in the middle of the night.

With this, the nonprofit heritage and art organization has assisted in publishing a total of 76 books since 1996.

Celebrate the written word at the Community Room at the new Jackson County Library Complex, located on the hill overlooking Main Street, Sylva, Saturday, Nov. 5, at 6 p.m. For more information, or to get in touch with any of the authors, call Amy Ammons Garza at (828)631-4587.


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