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On Thursday, May 7, "How to Talk to Rockstars" author Alli Marshall will talk about her new novel at 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room of the Macon County Public Library. Singer songwriter Angela Faye Martin will start the evening with a few songs and an introduction of the author.

Music is a universal language, but sometimes it needs an interpreter. That's the idea behind “How to Talk to Rockstars,” a novel about love, loneliness and rock 'n' roll. The debut of Alli Marshall, an Asheville-based author, journalist and editor, it’s available in May 2015 from Logosophia Books.

Marshall has written for the Mountain Xpress, an altweekly in Asheville, N.C., since 2001. She's been the arts section editor since 2013. “How to Talk to Rockstars” is based in part on her 14-or-so years spent interviewing artists of all genres, but especially touring musicians.



The Rathskeller Coffee Haus in downtown Franklin hosted an open-mic poetry event on Monday, April 27, to celebrate National Poetry Month.

High school-age poets and lovers of poetry were invited to read or recite their original works, as well as share their favorite works by other poets.

This event is sponsored by the Arts Council of Macon County, supported in part by the Grassroots Arts Program of the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Cultural Resources.



Laura Story, a contemporary Christian singersongwriter who has won several Dove Awards and a Grammy Award, will perform at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, May 8. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $18 each.

Story is a native of Spartanburg, S.C. Her music career began in 1996 when she met Shane Williams from the band Silers Bald. Williams asked Story to join the band and she became their bass player. After releasing four independent albums with Silers Bald, Story’s manager suggested she record a solo album. She left the band in 2002 and began working on her first album, “Indescribable.” It was released later that same year. The title track for this album was later recorded by Chris Tomlin, and Avalon. After that, Story released the albums “There Is Nothing,” “Great God Who Saves,” and the powerful record, “Blessings.”



Car and history enthusiasts collided last weekend in downtown Franklin for an antique car history tour of Macon County.

The event, in support of the Macon County Historical Museum, featured a driving tour of historical landmarks throughout the county such as the old Rickman Store, Shanck’s Brickyard, and McCoy Bridge.

The event ended with a history quiz at Motor Company Grill. Jim and Carolyn Shook were the winners and were treated to lunch.


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