NYT bestseller and Pulitzer Prize finalist to speak at Brevard

Two best-selling authors, including a New York Times bestseller and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, will present this month at Brevard.

According to a press release, the Brevard College Teacher Education Program will welcome children’s author, Dr. Carole Boston Weatherford, and her son, Jeffery Weatherford, an outstanding illustrator, to the Francis at 6:30 p.m. at the Pavillion, Porter Center.

Weatherford is a New York Times bestselling author. His presentation is titled “The Power of Children’s Literature: Developing Comprehension Skills to Empower All Readers”, focusing on the role literature plays in opening up the world of learning and developing skills. basic knowledge, according to the release. The event begins with a reception at 6:30 p.m. and a conference at 7 p.m.

Weatherford is a Newbery Honor author and two-time NAACP Image Award winner. Since her debut in 1995, she has published more than 50 books, including these Caldecott Honor winners: Freedom in Congo Square, Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer: Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. Most recently, Weatherford’s book “Unspeakable: The Tulsa Race Massacre” was the 2022 winner of the Coretta Scott King Book Award recognizing African-American authors and illustrators of outstanding books for children and young adults. She is also an English professor at Fayetteville State University.

Daughter of educators born in Baltimore, Weatherford, at the age of 6, dictated her first poem to her mother. His father, a high school printing teacher, published some of his early poems on a printing press in his classroom. In college, she had moved from an all-black public school to an exclusive private school. There, her eighth-grade teacher falsely accused her of plagiarism, according to the statement. This levity left her determined to use her writing to amplify marginalized voices.

Highland Bookstore will sell Weatherford’s books and donate a portion of the proceeds to Brevard’s chapter of the Augustine Literacy Project.

Scott will discuss his book “Black Snow” on November 2 at Brevard

James Scott

James M. Scott, author of the recent “Black Snow: Curtis LeMay, the Firebombing of Tokyo, and the Road to the Atomic Bomb,” will speak at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2 at the Transylvania County Library in Brevard . According to a press release, Scott’s talk will take place in the library’s Rogow Room and will include a question and answer period.

He is free to attend.

Drawing on first-person interviews with American pilots and bombers and Japanese survivors, as well as Air Force archives and oral histories, Scott’s new book details the devastating campaign of incendiary bombings. A Pulitzer Prize finalist for his previous book, Target Tokyo: Jimmy Doolittle and the Raid that Avenged Pearl Harbor, Scott previously spoke at Brevard in the spring as part of the Veterans Museum of the Carolina’s well-attended speaker series, according to the press release.

In Black Snow, Scott describes the development of the long-range Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, the capture of the Mariana Islands for use as airfields, and the momentous shift in strategy from high-altitude “precision” bombing to a low-level nocturnal arsonist. bombing raid.

Scott is a native and current resident of South Carolina. A graduate of Wofford College, he was also a Nieman Fellow at Harvard. His other previous books include Rampage, The War Below and Attack on the Liberty.

Black Snow is available now from Highland Books, 36 West Main St. in Brevard and also online at https://www.highlandbooksonline.com/. He will sign books during his presentation. The book will also be available for purchase and signature by the author after its presentation at the Veterans History Museum, 21 East Main St., Brevard. His presentation will be streamed live on Facebook starting at 2:10 p.m. and will then be posted on YouTube. More information is available at https://theveteransmuseum.org/james-m-scotts-new-book-black-snow/.

Adrian Smith to perform at St. John’s Episcopal Church in the Wilderness

Musician Adrian Smith

According to a press release, the Episcopal Church of St. John in the Wilderness will host a Friends of Music concert featuring bass-baritone Adrian Smith at 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 13 in the Parish Hall across from the church. He will be accompanied by pianist Dewitt Tipton.

The public is invited to attend and contributions will be gratefully accepted, the statement said.

Hailed for his “great bronze voice”, Smith has been heard in many operatic and concert roles. Appearances include roles in Rigoletto, Jennifer Higdon’s Cold Mountain, La Cenerentola, Carmen, L’elisir d’amore, The Magic Flute, La fanciulla del West and Capriccio. Concerts include Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, Brahms and Mozart’s Requiem, Berlioz’s Romeo and Juliet, Mendelssohn’s Elijah, Vaughan Williams’ Songs of Travel, Handel’s Messiah and Dettingen’s Te Deum, plus major works by JS Bach. A native of Hickory, he graduated from Lenoir-Rhyne University and Boston University, and was a prize winner at Lincolnton; Shreveport, Louisiana; Birmingham, Alabama; and the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions.

Future concerts include flautist Kate Steinbeck on December 4 and folk musicians Laura Boosinger and Josh Goforth on February 19.

St. John in the Wilderness is located in Flat Rock at 1905 Greenville Highway. For more information, call the church office at (828) 693-9783 or visit www.stjohnflatrock.org.

ReFi Fest scheduled for Saturday at Flat Rock

From 10 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. on Saturday, November 5, a community of changemakers are co-creating a festival and broadcasting to the Regen campus in Flat Rock at 215 Rhett Dr. Dubbed ReFi Fest, the event will feature authors, farmers , mathematicians, builders, holistic practitioners, artists, members of the SEEDS community and others who will share their insights into how we are moving into a regenerative future, according to a press release.

Participants will also be invited to present their visions for the future and witness projects that are actively being built with this mission at the forefront. Inspired by the third anniversary of SEEDS (the movement, the community and the currency), as well as the recent launch of the Regen Civics Alliance, the desire for this event is to activate regenerative, land-based local and global projects that represent community prototypes, with selected projects invited to incubate together at Regen Campus, the statement said.

To register, go to BetterWorlds.com.

Brevard Music Center’s “East Meets West” will take place on November 8

The Brevard Music Center continues its fall/winter Parker Concert Hall series with “East Meets West” at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, November 8, according to a press release.

Sitar and tabla master Ustad Shafaat Khan will be joined by keyboardist Farhaj Aziz, singer Aditi Sethi and guitarist Jay Brown in a program that highlights classical music and other forms including Bollywood, Ghazal and Thumri, according to the press release.

Tickets are priced at $35 and are available online at brevardmusic.org.

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