Joyce and Jim Lavene release latest mystery

A Corpse for YewJoyce and Jim Lavene released their latest mystery novel titled “A Corpse for Yew,” part of the Peggy Lee Garden Mysteries. You may know Joyce as the Plant Lady in the Mint Hill Times. Joyce and Jim are also prolific writers, having completed more than 30 novels. You can see a trailer for the latest book here. You can purchase the novel here. Of the many books written by Joyce and Jim, which one is their favorite? Joyce says it’s a tough call:

People always ask which book is our favorite. I always say I could never choose. Which daughter do I love best? Which grandchild is cutest? There is no way to measure these things and I wouldn’t want to.I love them all the same. They are all a part of me. And Jim! 8-))

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Butler literary magazine to publish final edition

Friday marks the 12th and final edition of Butler High School’s Pawprint Literary Magazine. The Pawprint 2009 Literary Magazine release party and Artists Tea will be held at 1 pm in the Media Center. The award winning Butler jazz band will provide entertainment throughout the event. Because of budget cuts the creative writing class will no longer be offered to students as an elective. Continue reading

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Bevy of book sales at the Public Library

April 17, 2009 (Charlotte, NC) – Want to know one of a book lover’s best kept secrets? The answer is shopping at library book sales for lightly worn, but well-loved books at low prices. Many libraries use book sales as an opportunity to purge their shelves of older materials. Often, donations that were not able to be distributed in the collection are also for sale. All proceeds benefit the Public Library of Charlotte & Mecklenburg County (PLCMC), helping to improve general library offerings.

Book sales are organized by PLCMC and its supporters. The sales listed below are just a sample of what’s to come. Be sure to check out the library events Web page for book sale updates.

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Symone Stukes rewarded by school for performance at Poetry Out Loud

A couple of weeks ago The Mint Hill Times told you about Symone Stukes, the second symone-stukes2runner at the Poetry Out Loud contest in Raleigh a few weeks ago. Staff and students at Independence thought Symone deserved more than third place, so they took it upon themselves to raise a little bit of cash to give to Symone for her hard work and awesome performance. The school raised $128 to give to her, a difficult task in these economic times.

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Mint Hill native releases ‘Restaurant Personality’

Stephen Healy displays his new book, "Restaurant Personalities."

Stephen Healy displays his new book, "Restaurant Personalities."

Stephen C. Healy, who was raised in Mint Hill and whose parents still live in Farmwood, dropped by the Mint Hill Times office today to show us his new children’s book “Restaurant Personality.” The book, which was illustrated by Thomas McDaniel, tells the story of a restaurant that serves up personalities. Healy said he hopes children take away from the book the lesson of learning to be one’s self.
“It’s the retelling of the quintessential coming of age story but told a little differently,” Healy said.
One-third of the proceeds from the book go toward the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. Healy said they have sold 1,200 books thus far, and he has plans to tour the Southeast for the next three months to promote the book. Healy has three more books coming out in the next year for Sleep Tree Publishing Co, two children’s books and a coffee cookbook for Dilworth Coffee.

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Queen’s Grant charter to take place in ‘World’s largest concert’

It’s being billed as the World’s Largest Concert. On Thursday, March 12 from 1-1:30 pm, Queen’s Grant Charter School will hold an assembly in the school gym with everyone singing and watching the 2009 World’s Largest Concert, where Queen’s Grant will be featured, while performing two songs. March has been officially designated by The National Association for Music Education for the observance of Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM®), the time of year when music education becomes the focus of schools across the nation. Continue reading

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