• Creative Loafing's own Hollis Gillespie will be offering a writing seminar from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday, June 22, for those people who think their life could be the basis for the literary hit of the year if they could just manage to write about it. In this seminar, Hollis will offer critiques, advice and general tips on how to write a best-selling novel based on one's personal tragedies and hilarious events. The seminar costs $175 and will be held at the N.C. Music Factory, 1000 Seaboard St. Free food and champagne will be offered. For details, call 704-522-8334.
• Asheville native Wayne Caldwell will be at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 4345 Barclay Downs Dr., at 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 24, for a signing and discussion of Cataloochee: A Novel. The book is set in the post-Civil War mountain town of Cataloochee, N.C., and follows three families as they try to stake out a life for themselves in the majestic peaks of Appalachia. A story of love, loss and faith, the book illustrates a community coming together in the face of tragedy and change to protect its own.
(Local Lit is a regular column showcasing book events involving the Carolinas.)