Jan. 3-9 This Week in the Swannanoa Valley

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David Madden book is for sale locally

The University of Tennessee Press has published “Marble Goddesses and Mortal Flesh,” a work of fiction by Black Mountain resident David Madden. Copies are available locally at Black Mountain Books, Malaprops and the Book Exchange. For signed or inscribed copies, go to

The book's protagonist is Lucius Hutchfield, an idealist with a romantic vision of life who witnesses the actions of unconventional heroes and heroines. He narrates his adventures in four related novellas. Like Lucius, a native of Knoxville, Madden was an adolescent usher in the 1940s, a Merchant Mariner in the 1950s, and his two brothers were con men in their youth.

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UR Light Center offers Jan. 14 concert


Matt Venuti, singer-songwriter and modern-day troubadour, will play a concert on Sunday, Jan. 14 at the UR Light Center from 4-6 p.m. Venuti plays melodic-percussive Swiss acoustic instruments and Electronic Valve Instrument (EVI) wind synthesizer. For more or to purchase tickets, contact the center at 669-6845 or