Smart Bets: Willa of the Wood

BET Willa of the Wood

While fans of Robert Beatty’s Serafina books patiently await the series’ fourth installment in 2019, the Asheville author introduces his readers to a new saga. Moving from Serafina’s Biltmore Estate setting to the Great Smoky Mountains circa 1900, Willa of the Wood follows the titular orphaned 12-year-old forest girl as she discovers the truth about her rugged scavenger clan and the civilized “day-folk” and decides where she belongs. A launch party takes place Sunday, July 8, noon-6 p.m. at Barnes & Noble in the Asheville Mall — two days before its official release date. The afternoon includes a book signing and such Willa-themed activities as animal presentations, live old-time music and ice cream from The Hop. Beatty will also be at Malaprop’s on Saturday, July 28, 2-4 p.m. for a book signing and reception. Both events are free to attend. avl.mx/48t. Author photo courtesy of Beatty

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About Edwin Arnaudin
Edwin Arnaudin is a staff writer for Mountain Xpress. He also reviews films for ashevillemovies.com and is a member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association (SEFCA) and North Carolina Film Critics Association (NCFCA). Follow me @EdwinArnaudin

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