Local author Annette Saunooke Clapsaddle will be in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14.

She will be discussing her award-winning book “Even As We Breathe.” This book discussion is part of the NC Reads statewide book club with which the Library is partnering. This event is open to all and is free of charge.

Clapsaddle, an enrolled member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, lives in Qualla with her husband, Evan, and sons Ross and Charlie. A 1999 Smoky Mountain High graduate, she holds degrees from Yale University and the College of William and Mary. 

Her debut novel, “Even As We Breathe,” was released by the University Press of Kentucky in 2020, a finalist for the Weatherford Award and named one of NPR’s Best Books of 2020. In 2021, it received the Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award.

After serving as director of the Cherokee Preservation Foundation, Clapsaddle returned to teaching 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.

This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.