Annette Clapsaddle


City Lights Bookstore will celebrate the publication of Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle’s new novel, “Even as We Breathe” at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10. She will be outside addressing passersby with selections from her book.

After the reading, there will be an alfresco autographing on the patio at City Lights Cafe. Following the signing, those of age will progress next door to the lawn in front of The Paper Mill Lounge to hoist a glass in honor of Clapsaddle.

Clapsaddle is an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians who lives in Qualla. A 1999 graduate of Smoky Mountain High School, she holds degrees from Yale University and the College of William and Mary. Her debut novel, “Even As We Breathe” was just released. Her first novel manuscript, “Going to Water” is the winner of The Morning Star Award for Creative Writing from the Native American Literature Symposium (2012), a finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize for Socially Engaged Fiction (2014). 

After serving as executive director of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, Clapsaddle returned to teaching English and Cherokee Studies at Swain County High School. She is the former co-editor of the Journal of Cherokee Studies and serves on the Board of Trustees for the N.C. Writers Network.