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Ken Upright book signing; Betts fiction contest

Kannapolis native and author Ken Upright will sign copies of his book, “All the King’s Horses and All the King’s Friends,” at Literary Bookpost on Saturday, Jan. 24, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Upright’s memoir, based on the recollections of friends of his father and grandfather, centers on the King’s Stable, where his grandfather’s livestock business operated. Exposing a part of the past which is slowly falling beyond the memory of many, this collection of vignettes brings back a time and place where, though life might not always have been easy, it was good.
Upright is the first author to appear at Literary Bookpost in a new series of events which will be called the Saturday Salon. The Salon will be held on Saturday afternoons throughout the year with the intention of hosting authors of a local or regional nature who have recently published books either through small presses or through the self-published route.
The Salon will offer an avenue for these authors to introduce themselves and their works to the community and to gain a following. Authors will always sign copies of their books, and will also have the options to read from their work or simply discuss their books and the writing process with interested customers.
Literary Bookpost is located at 119 S. Main St. For additional information on this or other upcoming events at Literary Bookpost, call 704-630-9788 or visit www.literarybookpost.com.
Doris Betts fiction contest
The Doris Betts fiction contest is now open.
The competition is open to any writer who is a legal resident of North Carolina or a member of North Carolina Writers’ Network.
Entrants should submit two copies of a typed, original and unpublished story, not to exceed 2,500 words.
Names should not appear on manuscripts, but on a separate cover sheet with the author’s name, address, telephone numbers, e-mail address and manuscript title.
One entry per writer.
Entries will not be returned; enclose a SASE or e-mail address for a list of winners.
An entry fee must accompany manuscript. You may pay the member entry fee if you join NCWN with your submission: $10/NCWN members, $20/non-members.
For more information about the Betts competition see http://www.ncwriters.org/ programs/competitions/betts.shtml
Questions may also be directed to Margaret Bauer, editor of the North Carolina Literary Review, via e-mail at BauerM@ecu.edu.
Send submissions, indicating name of competition to: Margaret Bauer, editor, NC Literary Review, Department of English, East Carolina University, Greenville, NC 27858-4353.
Checks should be made payable to the North Carolina Writers’ Network. Deadline for receipt of materials is Feb. 1.
Author to speak and sign
Marion Willingham McKenney, African-American author and illustrator, will be at the Kannapolis Train Station Saturday, Feb. 7, from 2-3 p.m. She has written several adult fiction books, one young adult book and three children’s books. She will talk about her self-publishing experiences and read from some of her work. A book signing, with copies available for purchase, will follow the program. McKenney lives in Huntersville with her husband, Joe. They have three children and two grandsons. The Kannapolis Branch of Cabarrus County Public Library and Kannapolis City Parks and Recreation are sponsoring the event. For more information, call the Kannapolis Branch of the Cabarrus Library at 704-920-1180.

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