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Author cancels Asheville event because of HB2

Sherman Alexie, an award-winning author, canceled an event in Asheville because of HB2. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- An award-winning author canceled a big event in the mountains because of House Bill 2.

Sherman Alexie was scheduled to promote his new children's book at the Asheville Community Theatre in May.

The event was in partnership with Malaprop's Bookstore.

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Alexie tweeted earlier this week that he is cancelling all upcoming North Carolina events in support of the LGBT community.

A spokesperson for Malaprop's said the news is disappointing.

"In a real sense, I think this just show us how much this is affecting everything despite the state government saying that it's not affecting anything," Alli McGhee said. "It's really just one more consequence that we're losing such a bright, brilliant author."

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Sherman Alexie was also planning several local school visits. Those are also cancelled.

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