50 regional authors to be featured at 2nd annual book fair Nov. 19

CULLOWHEE – About 50 regional authors will gather in Sylva to sell and sign their books at the second annual Great Smoky Mountains Book Fair on Saturday, Nov. 19.

Set for 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the book fair will be held in the new addition to the First United Methodist Church, located on Jackson Street. The fair is a joint project of the Friends of the Jackson County Library, Western Carolina University’s Honors College and City Lights Bookstore of Sylva. Twenty percent of the proceeds from book sales will go to the building fund for the new Jackson County Library.

Brian Railsback, dean of Western’s Honors College and a participating author, called the book fair “an excellent opportunity to meet the region’s authors” and said it will include writers representing the many genres of literature, including children’s books, cook books, poetry, fiction and non-fiction.

“This is an exciting partnership that brings together the students of the Honors College, the Jackson County Library and county officials, the Jackson County Arts Council, and, of course, Joyce Moore and the staff of City Lights Bookstore,” Railsback said. “Mary Otto Selzer, the Friends president, has done an incredible job for this fair and has invited several sponsors in the community to help us.”

About 150 Honors College freshmen are involved in the project. The students prepared author biographies for a booklet that will be available at the fair, and designed and distributed flyers to publicize the event. On the day of the fair, the students will help with set-up and assist authors and visitors.

The book fair will feature two poet laureates – former North Carolina poet laureate Fred Chappell and current poet laureate Kay Byer of Cullowhee.

For more information about the Great Smoky Mountains Book Fair, contact the Honors College at (828) 227-2101 or City Lights Bookstore at (828) 586-9499. For a list of all participating authors and scheduled presentations, click on the Web at www.citylightsnc.com.