Tommy Hays reading and book signing at City Lights Bookstore

Arts & Entertainment
City Lights Bookstore
3 E. Jackson St., Sylva
City Lights Bookstore
Nov 23, 2013
3:00 PM

Asheville author Tommy Hays will present his latest book, "What I Came to Tell You," at 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23 at City Lights Bookstore.

"What I Came to Tell You" is a book for readers young and old (ages 10 to 110), and tells the story of 12-year-old Grover as he deals with the loss of his mother. With his father withdrawn and overworked, Grover finds comfort working on his art in the bamboo groves near his Asheville home. As tensions rise within his family, new neighbors offer an unlikely source of relief from the grief that grips them all.

Kerry Madden, author of "Gentle’s Holler," says of the book, “Like the artistry of Grover's weavings in the bamboo forest, Tommy Hays' 'What I Came to Tell You' captures the heartbeat of a young boy's journey to find his way after a tragic loss in Thomas Wolfe country in Asheville, North Carolina. It's a story of learning to listen with your whole heart and head, one filled with grace, grief and ultimately, hope, as a broken family weaves itself back together in a dazzling tapestry of love and joy."

Hays is the author of "The Pleasure Was Mine," "In the Family Way," and "Sam’s Crossing." He is the executive director of the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNCA, which publishes The Great Smokies Review. To reserve copies of his books, call City Lights Bookstore at 586-9499.