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Book Launch Party

Arts and Culture
Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017 11:00 AM - 05:00 PM

Venue: Alta Vista Gallery

Owner of Alta Vista Gallery, Maria Hyde has been writing a book titled He Gave Me Barn Cats.  It's finished now, published by Dancing Lemur Press.  Enjoy her BOOK LAUNCH PARTY on Sat., March 25, from 11 to 5, at Alta Vista Gallery in Valle Crucis, NC.  Refreshments will be served.

To learn more about the book, and to see photos of some of the real-life characters in the book, visit

Here's a preview of the book:

After many years of care-giving and too many losses too close together, Maria has a sadness bordering on darkness.  When she discovers her barn is home to a mother cat and kittens, they teach her as only animals can do… but the darkness envelopes her like the fog that blankets her Blue Ridge Mountain home each morning.  She creates a scorecard:  God: 9, Maria: 0.  Her questions turn into anger at God.  Will she learn to trust again?  Will the barn cats help her heal?

Reviewers have called this book "a yarn exquisitely told, a raw and truthful journey" (Tom Mayer, editor, The Mountain Times);  "engaging… with unexpected perspectives"  (Cathy Pickens, author of the Southern Friedseries); "compelling and infused with the heart-breaking and heart-lifting realities of life" (Kurt Rheinheimer, editor, Blue Ridge Country magazine "The narrators draw us in to tell a complex, age-old story of love, loss, and learning to trust again."  (Hope Squires, author of The Flourishing Tree) 

The gallery is located at 2839 Broadstone Rd., Valle Crucis, NC  28691 -- between Mast Farm Inn and Mast Store Annex -- only 10 minutes from Boone.  For a map and directions to the gallery,

For more info, call 828/963-5247.

Books are available at Alta Vista Gallery and from Amazon, as well as from the publisher,, and from



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