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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

SIBA, Makers Series, City Lights

In this post, my events at: the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance in Raleigh, North Carolina; Makers Series events in Richmond, Virginia ; and City Lights in Sylva, North Carolina

Triangle Reads

  Southeastern Indie Booksellers Alliance trade show

 Spend the day with two dozen authors. 
Sunday, September 20, 2015 
Noon - 5 PM | the Hilton North Raleigh/Midtown 
Tickets: $99 (buy one, get one free, each includes lunch and a $15 voucher for books!) 
Seating is limited to 100 people. 
9:00 AM – 12 Noon – Exhibits OPEN - Grand Ballroom 
“Ingram Booksellers Center” Open 
Gratitude to Inkreadible Sponsor Ingram Content Group! 

Here are my events:
Noon – 2:00 PM – The Moveable Feast of Authors - Salon E Room 
Emcee: Wanda Jewell, SIBA Executive Director
2:00-3:00 Salon B 
Coloring Outside the Lines panel 

 and cocktails later 
and more

Deadline to Register: SEPTEMBER 19th

The Makers Series | Sojourn
“Sojourn” is a word that captures the idea of wandering and travelling far from home, but also lingering and even resting in foreign lands. To sojourn is to willingly stay, engage, and invest in a place or community, even when we recognize that our presence there is temporary and we may always be strangers. Sojourning is related to the idea of “exile,” but carries more of a sense of being sent into that foreign land more than being sent out from a true home. Exiles and sojourners both fervently seek for signposts on their journeys—for direction from the one who has laid out the road ahead. While the language of being spiritual travellers or “resident aliens” should strike a chord with all those who follow Jesus in our secularizing, post-Christian era, it is particularly appropriate when describing the lives and careers of many artists, perhaps especially those who are Christians.
Join us for the next Makers Series evening on Friday, September 25th, at 7:00 p.m. at Third Church (600 Forest Avenue) as we hear from three artists (including designer/photographer Ansel Olsen, singer/songwriter Rebekah White, and poet/novelist Marly Youmans) who have followed roundabout paths to their current creative work. They have also sought to provide signposts for other travellers, too, even as they have discovered them for themselves. RSVP at the Facebook event here.
What is the Makers Series?
The signature program of MakeRVA’s collaborative outreach to and through Richmond’s arts communities, each edition of The Makers Series brings together three “makers”—a writer, a visual artist, and a musician—to discuss their history and practice as artists and believers, touching on a unifying theme. In a coffee house setting with refreshments available throughout, each guest presents for 20 minutes, followed by a moderated conversation between the three and the audience, seeking to find commonalities between each maker’s experiences and to draw out insights about faith, culture, and creativity.

If you're curious about my other events on the Makers Series weekend (I'll be at a workshop and more), see the Events page.


Marly Youmans Returns with a New Novel

Former Cullowhee resident, Marly Youmans will return to City Lights Bookstore on Friday, October 2nd at 6:30 p.m. She will read from her new novel, Maze of Blood. In Conall Weaver, the mundane world and the wonders of the imagination collide and shoot out sparks. Inspired by the life of pulp writer Robert E. Howard, Maze of Blood explores the roots of story and the compulsions and conflicts of the heart in a Southern landscape. Author Midori Snyder says, “a haunting tale of dark obsessions and transcendent creative fire, rendered brilliantly in Youmans' richly poetic prose."
Event date: 
Friday, October 2, 2015 - 6:30pm
Event address: 
3 East Jackson St.
SylvaNC 28779
ISBN: 9780881465365 
Availability: On Our Shelves Now 
Published: Mercer University Press - September 2015


  1. Marly, I must say I admire your energy in keeping 'out there' in promoting your books and poetry in bookstores, events and journals and promoting reading and literature in general! Hard work that.

    1. These days, it has to be done... But it is tiring as well as fun.

  2. The odds aren't great that I'll make it to your Richmond event, what with the Great Month-Long Move in Progress and all, but I hope it's a blast. Richmond has a wonderful arts-and-writing community; their local writers' organization, James River Writers, is so hospitable that even an antisocial shut-in like myself can enjoy their annual conference...

    1. Interesting. Someone on Facebook just mentioned the conference and JRW to me...

      Thanks. So far the trip has been positively hair-raising. Hoping it's more peaceful soon!

    2. Of course, if you do wander that way, come give me a hug!


Alas, I must once again remind large numbers of Chinese salesmen and other worldwide peddlers that if they fall into the Gulf of Spam, they will be eaten by roaming Balrogs. The rest of you, lovers of grace, poetry, and horses (nod to Yeats--you do not have to be fond of horses), feel free to leave fascinating missives and curious arguments.