Smart bets: Fred Chappell

If cat art, cat videos or “What kind of a cat person are you” quizzes seem just a little bit hokey, what about feline-themed poetry? Former North Carolina Poet Laureate Fred Chappell has authored more than 30 books, including fiction and nonfiction. But for his latest collection, he’s taken a page from T.S. Eliot’s Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats (which inspired the Broadway musical Cats). Familiars: Poems delves into the personalities of felines, as well as the whiskered friends of literary heroes. Chappell reads and signs books at Malaprop’s on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 7 p.m. (the event is followed by a wine and cheese reception). malaprops.com. He’ll also be at Blue Ridge Books in Waynesville on Sunday, Aug. 24, at 3 p.m. blueridgebooks.com. Author photo by Chris English

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About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts writer and editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs.

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