Journey through the age of Gershwin & Jazz with Kaplan’s latest novel, Rhapsody.

11 a.m. –Book Talk
Alleghany Library - 115 Atwood St., Sparta
Free. Books available.

Join in-person or virtually.
Reserve a seat: 336-372-5573, or email
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2 p.m. – Screening of An American in Paris
Bijou on the Backlot
18B S. Main St., Sparta
Tickets: $10. Available at the door or in advance:
A Touch of Grace, 38 S. Main St., Sparta
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An afternoon of words and music begins at the Alleghany Library with Mitchell James Kaplan and his unforgettable Jazz Age novel set in New York City during a period of sweeping social and cultural change. It focuses on the legendary love affair between acclaimed composer George Gershwin and gifted musician Kay Swift.
We top it off with a screening of the Oscar winning musical, An American in Paris, starring Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron, shown in downtown Sparta’s newest performance venue, Bijou on the Backlot. Seating is limited. Advanced tickets recommended.

Books available in advance:
· A Touch of Grace – 38 S. Main St., Sparta, NC
· Chapters Bookshop – 101 E. Grayson St., Galax, VA
· Pages Books 192 N. Main St., Mt. Airy, NC

At the High Meadows "Happy Bookers" Reception

Online Memoir Workshop with Darnell Arnoult
Saturday, August 28 2021
Alleghany Library
115 Atwood St. Sparta, NC

Darnell Arnoult offered exercises and prompts to get our group of 15 writers off to a good start in the morning session. In the afternoon she offered wisdom and advice on ways to keep our practice going!

Zoe M. McCarthy

Thank you Zoe M. McCarthy for leading our first "member-driven" workshop, "Make a Scene of Your Scene". Free for members, led by members!

It was an enthusiastic group and a great presentation!

Judy Goldman

Judy Goldman shares her memoir Together with the Bistro audience May 4th, 2019.

Writing Across the Curriculum - Glade Creek School

John Bemis, author of The Nine Pound Hammer (A 2018-2019 North Carolina Battle of the Books Selection), worked with students at Glade Creek School during the month of February 2019 in support of Writing Across the Curriculum.

John also supported Alleghany Writers by participating in a fund-raiser for Writing Across the Curriculum in Alleghany County.

Thanks John!

Santa's Secretaries

Alleghany Writers partnered with the Sparta Revitalization Committee to answer children's letters dropped in Santa's Mailbox. Jordon Edwards (left) delivered the letters from the box on Main Street and writers club members assisted Santa and Mrs. Claus in answering each and every one.

Georgann Eubanks

Author, Writing Teacher and Food Blogger Georgann Eubanks made a weekend Mountaintop Stop in September, 2018 bringing her latest book The Month of Their Ripening to Alleghany County. Events included a library Book Talk, farm visits, and a special farm to table dinner menu created by Georgann along with Horizon Bistro chef Garrison Wagoner.

Georgann writes about her visit here, calling Alleghany Writers a "scrappy literary group with a big vision in this small mountain county."

Redge Hanes

Redge read from his novels Billy Bowater and Justice by Another Name to an audience of 40, which included some familiar faces from his close-by Roaring Gap neighborhood. He answered questions with wit and charm, and promised to come back for another visit.

He has since become an adviser to the Alleghany Writers organization.