Wednesday, November 11, 2009


Haywood County, NC resident George Ivey has recently had his first novel published. The literary effort focuses on the main character Peter Bailey, a Charleston, SC native, who moves to the Southern Appalachian Mountains to save a river. The plot includes twists and turns as things don’t quite go the way Bailey first envisioned. Cycling has a prominent role in the book as Bailey often turns to his bike for stress relief and strength in times of disquiet. Of course, his appearance in cycling kit in the local mountain convenience store is a topic of some discussion as well.

Up River Front Cover

Ivey, who himself is a cyclist and recently finished a 8 day ride from north to south on the Natchez Trace, captures the mood and issues involved with being an “outsider” moving into what is typically a closed culture. Ivey is the former Director of the “Friends of the Smokies” and is now a private consultant to non-profit agencies both locally and internationally. He is a member of the BICYCLEHAYWOODNC advisory council and a Waynesville Rotarian.




For more information on Up River, visit

The book may be purchased locally in Waynesville, NC at Blue Ridge Books or Osondu’s Book Store, both located in downtown Waynesville, NC.




Until later,

- Zeke

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