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News Community Jackson library hosts novelist Duncan for book discussion

Pamela DuncanNovelist Pamela Duncan will be at the Jackson County Public Library Complex on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 7 p.m. to read from and discuss her novels. The program will take place in the Community Room.

Duncan was born in Asheville and raised in Black Mountain, Swannanoa and Shelby, N.C., and currently lives in Cullowhee, where she teaches creative writing at Western Carolina University. She holds a BA in Journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and an MA in English/Creative Writing from North Carolina State University.

Her first novel, “Moon Women,” was a Southeast Booksellers Association Award Finalist, and her second novel, “Plant Life,” won the 2003 Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction. She is the recipient of the 2007 James Still Award for Writing about the Appalachian South, awarded by the Fellowship of Southern Writers. Her third novel, “The Big Beautiful,” was published in March 2007.

“Jane Austen meets Mayberry: for once, a real romance, with a heroine worthy of it. Smart, sweet, and funny. This is one big, beautiful, life-affirming novel,” according to Lee Smith. Duncan has been a guest on North Carolina Bookwatch which aires on public television and on The State of Things on NPR. She is currently at work on “The Wilder Place,” a novel set in Western North Carolina.

Duncan will read selections from her work and discuss her process of writing. A question and answer session and an autographing will follow her remarks.

This program is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Library. For more information, contact the Jackson County Public Library at (828)586-2016.


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