Tuesday, May 19, 2015

“Miss Julia” author Ann B. Ross to visit Asheboro

Ann B. Ross (photo by Sarah Sneeden)
ASHEBORO – Miss Julia will lay down the law as author Ann B. Ross visits Asheboro to talk about her popular series of novels and sign books at a luncheon hosted by the Friends of the Randolph County Public Library.

Tickets are on sale now for the event, which will take place at noon Saturday, June 20, at Pinewood Country Club. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased thru June 11 at the Asheboro, Archdale, Liberty and Randleman public libraries, and at the Friends of the Library Bookshop in downtown Asheboro.

Miss Julia Lays Down the Law is the most recent of 17 books featuring Miss Julia Springer, an outspoken “woman of a certain age,” and set in Ross’s hometown of Hendersonville. The previous installment, Miss Julia’s Marvelous Makeover, debuted at #10 on The New York Times Bestseller list when it was published in 2014.

The series began in 1999 with Miss Julia Speaks Her Mind, which went through six printings in the space of a year and was ranked #9 on the Independent Booksellers’ 76 most highly recommended books for that year. It also was named to the Barnes & Noble Discover Great New Writers list, and has been translated into twelve foreign languages.

Ross, mother of two daughters and a son, enrolled at UNC-Asheville when she became an empty-nester to complete her Bachelors degree. She went on to earn a Ph.D. in English at UNC-Chapel Hill, and returned to UNC-Asheville to teach literature and humanities.

She published her first novels, two paperback mysteries, in the early 1980s, and embarked on a full-time writing career with the publication of the first Miss Julia book.

Pinewood Country Club is located at 247 Pinewood Road in Asheboro. For more information, call 318-6801.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Quadcopter videographers to swoop down on Asheboro library

SkyHound takes an aerial look at the Asheboro library.
ASHEBORO – “See beyond” with quadcopter pilots and videographers Josh Hogan and Ben Harless at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in and around the Asheboro Public Library.

Their visit is hosted by the TeenZone and sponsored by the Friends of the Library. It’s free and the public is invited.

Hogan and Harless operate under the name SkyHound and are using quadcopter drones to shoot aerial footage of Asheboro and surrounding communities.

Their slogan is “see beyond” because they love to give viewers a birds-eye view to help people see the “big picture.”

The pair will talk about flying quadcopters and then demonstrate them in the library parking lot.

The library is located at 201 Worth Street. For more information, call 318-6803.