Author Lori Horvitz

Author unveils book

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Lori Horvitz will host a free book launch party on Feb. 7, 7 p.m., at Edna’s of Asheville Coffee House & Cafe, 870 Merrimon Ave. Eva Reynolds will join Horvitz as host.

The evening will be filled with excerpt reading from “The Girls of Usually,” food, coffee, beer, wine and books for purchase. Her piece tells her story of traveling the world “in search of…something.” It unfolds into self-acceptance and discovery.

Horvitz is founder and organizer of the Queer Girls Literary Readings group. She serves as professor of literature and language at the University of North Carolina-Asheville.

The book is published by Truman State University Press and is available in print at $16.95 and as an ebook for $9.99. Both can be purchased online at


Financial workshop slated

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A free financial planning workshop for LGBT couples will be held on Feb. 4, 3 p.m., at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Transylvania County, 24 Varsity St. Jon Randolph Green, president, Encompass Advisors, will lead the session. Tax, legal, insurance and retirements issues will be explored.

info: Kristine Tuggle, 828-884-8840.

Sweethearts’ dance planned

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The Asheville Lesbian Social Club will host a Valentine’s dance on Feb. 14, 7:30 p.m., at Club Eleven on Grove, 11 Grove St.

Host is the Dance Divas and DJ Esella will spin tunes. Special requests can be submitted by email to

Filtered water and snacks will be provided and a cash bar will be available.

Admission is $10, including admission to Scandals downstairs at 10 p.m. with bartender stamp.


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Lainey Millen was formerly QNotes' associate editor, special assignments writer, N.C. and U.S./World News Notes columnist and production director from 2001-2019 when she retired.