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North Carolina author and storyteller, Sheri Wren Haymore will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, July 26, at 3 p.m. to present her two novels, “A Higher Voice” and “A Deeper Cut.” Her novels feature characters with flaws and she tends as she puts it, “to squish a character until he pops and see what pours out. Or more specifically, what pours back in.” Her books have been described as a blend of Mary Higgins Clark, James Patterson and Nicholas Sparks.

Haymore grew up in Mt. Airy, N.C., and still lives thereabouts with her husband and a pup named Cercie. Together, they've made a living running a couple of small businesses, and made a life doing the things they enjoy – traveling, hiking, camping, kayaking. Haymore loves music and yoga, inventing gourmet meals from random ingredients, laughing with friends, and most especially spending time with her daughter.

A graduate of High Point University, she has burned more pages than most people will ever write, and is currently scribbling a third novel, which may or may not survive the flames. To reserve copies of her books, call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

Author Curtis Sikes and illustrator Sheena Kohlmeyer will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, July 26, at 11 a.m. to read their book, “The Heart of a Friend.” In this second book of “A Lion Tale” series, Leo is back with his father, King Lionel, and some new jungle animals.

Leo, now a little older, is learning what it means to be a lion that can patrol and hunt. As the story unfolds, there are new lessons to be learned about forgiveness and friendship. Leo also shows kindness and love towards his best monkey friend, Max, who’s being bullied and feeling unimportant. In the end, Leo and Max learn what it means to have the heart of a friend.

Though The Heart of a Friend is recommended for children 9 and up, younger kids can also enjoy the story with the help of a parent. To reserve copies of “The Heart of a Friend” or the first book, “The Heart of a King,” call City Lights Bookstore at (828)586-9499.

A new exhibit featuring the creative work of local women from the late 19th century to the present is available for public viewing in the Jackson County Historical Society’s display area in the Jackson County Public Library Complex in Sylva.

The exhibit, titled “A Lasting Legacy,” features the work of Iwi Katalsta, a potter from Cherokee; Rebecca Ashe, a weaver from the community of Love’s Field; and Victoria Casey McDonald, a local author, artist and educator. The exhibit includes images of the techniques and tools used by Katalsta to create traditional Cherokee pottery, samples of Ashe’s weaving and McDonald’s three books that are set in Jackson County. The exhibit also includes a mailbox used by Edna Monteith in Dillsboro.


The 22nd Annual Early Farm Days Antique Engine and Tractor Show was held last Friday and Saturday with crafts, vendors, a parts flea market, demonstrations and a tractor parade.

Tractors and engines from the early part of the 20th century were on display as well as an old washing machine, a cotton gin and a 1948 Crosley automobile.

Sponsored in part by the Macon County Historical Society, the show is held each year at the Wayne Proffitt Agricultural Center.




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