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Lit Cafe – The French Broad with Jim Stokely

09/10/2020 @ 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Join us for a presentation on and discussion of Wilma Dykeman’s award-winning 1955 book, “The French Broad,” by her son, Jim Stokely. Wilma Dykeman (1920 – 2006) was a writer, speaker, teacher, historian, and environmentalist. Her son, Jim Stokely, President of the Wilma Dykeman Legacy, will speak about his mother and her groundbreaking work. His 45-minute presentation will be followed by a time for moderated questions. You do not have to have read the book to attend, but it is encouraged! (Receive a 10% discount by purchasing the book at Malaprops with the code WNCHA.)

About Lit Cafe
Has the quarantined and socially distanced lifestyle sent you searching for good books? Would you like to discuss them and catch up with other avid readers and authors in the process? We at Western North Carolina Historical Association invite you to join us for Lit Café, a book discussion group with a purpose.

Every year since 1955, WNCHA has presented the annual Thomas Wolfe Memorial Literary Award (TWMLA) to celebrate excellence in literature about Western North Carolina or by an author from our region. Appropriately, then, we’re kicking off Lit Café by revisiting the first award winner – Wilma Dykeman’s 1955 historical work, The French Broad.

The Details
Thursday, September 10, 2020
Time: 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: Zoom webinar; A link and instructions to view the live webinar will be sent to all registrants the week of the event. A recorded version of the webinar will be available to registrants unable to attend the live event one day after the event.
Cost: Free for members of WNCHA and Friends of the Wilma Dykeman Legacy. (If you are uncertain of your WNCHA membership status, please email [email protected]); $5-$15 requested donation for nonmembers. All proceeds from this event will be evenly distributed between our two nonprofit organizations.
Registration: Register for the webinar at the bottom of the page.

Lit Cafe Experiences
– On Saturday, September 12, paddle the French Broad with WNCHA historian, Trevor Freeman.
Coming in October! Join us next month for a presentation on Back of Beyond: A Horace Kephart Biography, from co-authors George Ellison and Janet McCue.


2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
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283 Victoria Road
Asheville, NC 28801 United States


Western North Carolina Historical Association (WNCHA)
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