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BANNER ELK — Award-winning writer and assistant professor of English Matthew Wimberley’s debut book of poetry, “All the Great Territories,” will be celebrated during a reading event at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in Evans Auditorium at the Cannon Student Center.

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Well, you’ve done it again. Here it is just days after Christmas and you’ve managed to buy something for everyone on your list, except for yourself.

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Stumbling into the love affair of two people very much in love can feel awkward, almost intrusive. We almost instinctively look away at two lovers on the street, absorbed so much in each other that the world around for them has ceased to exist.

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Mitch Albom spent decades as an award-winning sportswriter, so he surely knows a gut-punch when he sees it. Yet apparently he knows also how to deliver one, as he does on the first page of his lingering memoir, “Finding Chika: A little girl, an earthquake, and the making of a family” (Harper).

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The calendar says winter is more than a month away, but there’s been snow in the High Country and, likely, that means that somewhere near you there is a warm fire, a comfortable chair and a stack of books waiting to be read.

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In the 40-plus years since the paperback publication of “Carrie” allowed Stephen King to leave his high school English teaching post at Hampden Academy, the author has ushered more than 60 books to international best-selling status. Which means at this point King can pretty much do as he ple…