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Arts & Entertainment

Novelist Ann Hite, author of the acclaimed debut novel “Ghost on Black Mountain,” will be at the Jackson County Public Library in downtown Sylva on Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m. for a discussion about Southern fiction and to read from her novel.

Told in the stunning voices of five women whose lives are inextricably bound when a murder takes place in rural Depression-era North Carolina, “Ghost on Black Mountain” spans generations and conjures the best of Southern folklore—mystery, spirits, hoodoo, and the beauty of the Appalachian landscape.

Hite, who lives in Smyrna, Ga., is a fan of the increasingly popular genre known as Southern Fiction, and her own work falls in the more specific category of Southern Gothic. She says in an interview with the “Huffington Post,” “Southern Fiction's finest voices were born on front porches, at family gatherings, and in the conversations overheard at old fashion church homecomings. Storytelling is a requirement of being born in the South. It’s in our blood.”

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Thursdays at the Library will host Patrick Brannon, director of the Highlands Nature Center, who will be speaking on regional owl species and their biology. Using mounts of owls, he will discuss their adaptations as nocturnal predators, species identification, and owl conservation. The program will be held Thursday, July 5, at 6:30 p.m. in the Meeting Room at the Macon County Public Library, 149 Siler Farm Road, Franklin.

Thursdays at the Library is an eclectic mix of programs by authors, musicians, and educators on topics designed for enjoyment and education. These programs are sponsored by the Friends of the Library. No admission is charged and the public is invited. For more information, call (828) 524-3600.

Children’s Programs - “Dream Big, Read!”

• Monday, July 2, at 10 a.m. Family Story Time, Pre-K – 2nd Grade

• Monday, July 2, at 11 a.m. - Family Movie Time, Winnie the Pooh movie for all ages

• Tuesday, July 3, at 10 a.m. - Kids 4 Creeks, for school ages Wednesday, July 4 – Libraries are closed for Independence Day. Friday, July 6, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Independent learning activities for all ages

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“Freedom Rocks the Square,” the annual Independence Day weekend rock concert, will be held Friday, June 29, at 7 p.m., on Franklin’s Town Square gazebo on Main Street, weather permitting. Teen singing sensations Leah Hoblit and Lauryn Walker open the show, followed by the award-winning C-Square, performing classic pop hits from “Blue Suede Shoes” and “Charlie Brown,” to “Splish Splash” and “Under the Boardwalk,” along with patriotic and Americana sing-alongs like “America,” “You’re A Grand Old Flag,” and “You Are My Sunshine.” Band members are keyboardist Lionel Caynon and vocalists Bobbie and Mike Contino, with saxophonist Chris Corbin and flutist Cindy Miles.

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