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The Western Carolina University Free Enterprise Club will celebrate Earth Day by hosting Bruce Yandle, dean emeritus of Clemson University’s College of Business and Behavioral Science, who will present a lecture titled “Bootleggers and Baptists in the Garden of Good & Evil” on Wednesday, April 22.

The talk, which is open to the public free of charge, will be held in Room 102 of the Killian Building on the WCU campus beginning at 4:15 p.m. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The lecture will focus on the “bootleggers/Baptist” theory of regulation, which holds that many regulatory outcomes are generated by coalitions of strange bedfellows in which each side pursues the same regulatory goal, but for very different reasons.

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There is a reason why we can’t let go of haunting memories and they can’t let go of us. Memories, especially bad ones, can be clues to who we really are. They can help us sharpen our understanding of the meaning and purposes of our lives. Steven Harvey, author of “The Book of Knowledge and Wonder,” will lead a discussion on why monstrous memories are, in fact, our friends on Saturday, April 18, at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. “The Book of Knowledge and Wonder” is a memoir about claiming a legacy of wonder from knowledge of a devastating event. In some ways it has the feel of a detective story in which Harvey pieces together the life of his mother who committed suicide when he was 11, out of the 406 letters she left behind. As son and mother collaborate in the creation of their story, it has the perennial theme of abiding love, despite the odds that fuel the tale.

Harvey is a professor Emeritus of English at Young Harris College, Distinguished Visiting Professor in the Ashland MFA, Senior Editor of River Teeth Magazine, the creator of The Humble Essayist website, and the author of three collections of personal essays. Following the reading, Harvey will be signing and copies of his book will be available for purchase. To reserve copies, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

One Night Only, Help For Homeless Concert Thursday at 6 p.m., at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts.

The concert features performances by Tom Quigley, Curtis Blackwell, Paradise 56, Blue Ridge, Johnny Webb and The JW Band.

All proceeds benefit New Hope Center, Community Outreach Ministry, as they raise funds for a homeless shelter in Franklin. Bring a friend and help fight homelessness while being entertained.

Tickets are $15. To purchase tickets or to find about more information about this or any other performances at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts, visit www.greatmountainmusic.com or call(866)273-4615.

For the month of April, the Jackson County Library is hosting events as part of the Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poetry Series. The series was created as a result of past N.C. Poet Laureate, Fred Chappell, who encouraged the N.C. Poetry Society in 2003 to create such a program to foster the reading, writing, and enjoyment of poetry across the state. Join current Distinguished Poet for the western part of North Carolina, Brent Martin, with three of his student poets to hear them and other guest poets present their current work. Student poet Tyler Auffhammer will conduct readings on April 23 and April 30. The April 23 and 30 readings will be with student poets, Alison Howe, and Mary Christensen, respectively.

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