The First Friday Book Group will meet at 10 a.m. Aug. 2 in Room 129 of the Jackson County Senior Center. The book under discussion is “Black Man in a White Coat” by Dr. Damon Tweedy. The Sept. 6 selection is “Transcription,” by Kate Atkinson. For more information, call 586-4940.




Contributors to the North Carolina Literary Review will gather at City Lights Bookstore at 3 p.m. Saturday to celebrate the release of the 2019 publication of the literary journal. NCLR seeks to honor the literary history and culture of North Carolina and the writers who have shaped that history.

Featured authors include: local poet Catherine Carter whose poetry collection “The Memory of Gills” received the Roanoke-Chowan Award; Sally Thomas with her poem “Daybreak,” which received second place in the 2018 James Applewhite Poetry Prize competition; and creative nonfiction author of “The Book of Awe,” Susan O’Dell Underwood.

Each contributor plans to read selections from their works featured in the NCLR publication.

To reserve copies of the N.C. Literary Review call City Lights at 586-9499.




Wanda Mills will present a multimedia short story program at the Jackson County Library at 6 p.m. today (Thursday). The event will be held in the Community Room and is free of charge.

Mills is from the Ochre Hill community and lives in the home where she and her sister, Nelda, grew up. She began writing in her early 20s and has recently started writing poetry and short stories again. A lot of her writings reflect her experiences living with cerebral palsy. Mills has found, because of her difficulty in speaking, she is able to convey her thoughts and ideas through her poems and stories.

The event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library. For more information, call the library at 586-2016.