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Acclaimed poet and naturalist, John Lane will return to City Lights Bookstore on Friday, June 12, at 6:30 p.m. to present his first novel.

“Fate Moreland’s Widow” is about a mill bookkeeper who struggles with the morally ambiguous world of mill fortunes and foothills justice in the aftermath of a long-forgotten tragedy.

Ron Rash has said of the book, “John Lane has long been recognized as one of the South’s finest poets and memoirists. His poet's eye for detail seamlessly merges with a born storyteller's gift for narrative. ‘Fate Moreland's Widow’ gives voice to those who endured one of the most painful and neglected chapters in American history."

Lane is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry and prose, including “Abandoned Quarry” which won the SIBA (Southeastern Independent Booksellers Alliance) Poetry Book of the Year prize. He teaches environmental studies at Wofford College and lives in Spartanburg, S.C. To reserve copies of his books, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

Former North Carolina Poet Laureate Kathryn Byer and Richard Krawiec will be reading from their new collections of poetry on Sunday, June 14, at 1 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Byer’s new chapbook from Jacar Press, “The Vishnu Bird,” is both a memorial and memoir in lyric poetry. This clean-spoken, deeply-felt chapbook remembers the poet’s dear friend by tracing his vocation of anthropology, and honoring his spiritual depth through vignettes from the speaker’s own past.

Krawiec will read from “Women Who Love Me Despite.” Krawiec is the author of two other collections of poetry, two novels, short story collection and four plays. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and twice with the North Carolina Arts Council.

To reserve copies, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

A new art museum gift shop, FAMShop, has opened in the John W. Bardo Fine and Performing Arts Center on the Western Carolina University campus, close to the Fine Art Museum galleries.

Denise Drury, museum director, said the shop offers a wide variety of works created by students, faculty, staff members, alumni and friends of the university. “It is also operated by work-study students, staff members and volunteers,” she said.

FAMShop hours during the summer are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, overlapping most of the museum’s regular hours at 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (and until 7 p.m. Thursdays).

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Singer, songwriter, comedian, and allaround great guy Ray Stevens will be performing at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts on Friday, June 12. Showtime is set for 7:30 p.m. and tickets start at $42.

As a child, Stevens was exposed to a wide range of musical influences. He listened to every style of music on the radio and learned to play the piano. To him, music just made sense. As a teen Stevens formed his first band and recorded his first demo, which led to his first record deal.

When Stevens emerged in the music industry, he started working with other artists. He played several instruments in back up bands, arranged musical scores, and performed background vocals. It was when he signed his second record deal that Stevens’ talent for comedy began to shine.

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