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Salman Rushdie come to Asheville with new novel

Atheist believes in genies, novel revealsby Rob Neufeld             Salman Rushdie’s latest novel—“Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights” (1,001 nights)—has permitted me to come up with a headline as wild as the one above because the book is so exuberantly and infectiously…See More
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73 classic works about Appalachia going online

Key Appalachian studies publications now going onlinefrom press release, Jan. 27. 2016 Appalachian studies scholars and those interested in regional history will have greater access to out-of-print works thanks to a two-year National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Open Book Program grant totaling $88,000 awarded to Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University.  Pamela Mitchem, the library’s coordinator of digital scholarship and…See More
Jan 30
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John Parris' home-grown prose

South of Sylva, back of yesterday: John Parris' inspiration             “For the life of me, I just can’t understand why folks stopped usin’ cradles,” John Parris’ 97-year-old maternal grandfather had told him 60 years ago.            The oil lamp, the buggy, and the spinning wheel—they all were replaced by things…See More
Jan 27
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James Sturm expands scope of graphic novels

James Sturm blazes cartoon path to a new worldby Rob Neufeld             Why is it that when an author combines pictures with words, the medium is considered juvenile, like comics?  Words create literature; images, art.  Why, when you marry them, is it like pairing a milk cow with a mop?            Nothing against…See More
Jan 24
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The Writer as Pilgrim

Two articles leapt at my consciousness this week, both about writing. And suddenly, I know how to go forward from here. The first, The Price I Pay to Write, by Laura Bogart and published online in Dame Magazine, reflects on the difficulties of…See More
Jan 24
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Tired of thrillers with no soul?

Why read a 1940 man-on-the-run classicby Rob Neufeld             After reading a classic novel, you might think, “Oh, look at this superior ancestor of today’s fiction.”              For instance, “The Power and the Glory,” Graham Greene’s 1940 thriller about political oppression in Mexico, exemplifies the…See More
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Art of Grace by Sarah Kaufman

Dance critic applies grace to every moveby Rob Neufeld             It’s nice to find just the right word for something, especially when it sums up a main idea in your way of thinking.            That was the case with Sarah Kaufman when she’d first felt moved, nine years ago, to write her new book, “The Art of Grace” (W.W.…See More
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Fire and Ice Roses interview with author/gardening blogger Kathryn Hall

Fire and Ice Roses has been interviewing gardening bloggers and gardening experts and were kind enough to include this short interview recently which was quite fun and very much appreciated! http://fireandiceroses.com/ask-an-expert-kathryn-hall/See More
Jan 5
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History in the making, January 2, 2016

History in the making: items of note, January 2, 2016It was reported in today’s print edition of the Asheville Citizen-Times that a new state law went into effect, requiring people who’ve filed for unemployment benefits to make at least 5 job contacts a week.  It had been 2.  How will that work?  Are there that many jobs for which a person is qualified?  Can you apply to the same job twice if it continues to be listed? Paul Bonesteel, noted Asheville filmmaker, revealed on Facebook that a…See More
Jan 2
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Local event of the day, Jan 1 2016

Tarantino, eminent domain, and emancipation Tarantino comes to townQuentin Tarantino’s New Year’s gore and gabfest, The Hateful Eight, is gutted by New Yorker reviewer Anthony Lane, who says that Tarantino toys with rather than explores history, using it “for boyish fantasies of revenge, as if enormous crimes could be undone, after the event, by lone and wanton acts of humiliation.” …See More
Jan 1
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Railroad history in Western North Carolina: a close-up and bottom-line look

Railroads in WNC: the perils, the people, and the profitby Rob NeufeldWritten in conjunction with exhibit, "How The West Was Won," in Rural Heritage Museum, Mars Hill University PHOTO CAPTION: The entrance to the railroad show at the Rural Heritage Museum is commanded by a mock-up of Climax engine…See More
Dec 24, 2015

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Shaped note singing revival

Read about community tradition--republication of "Christian Harmony" songbook--and Dec. 5 event

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The great American office novel

In 1974, there was Joseph Heller's Something Happened. Now there's Joshua Ferris' Then We Came to the End

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WNC women's stories of family

Celia Miles and Nancy Dillingham have published an anthology, titled "It's All Relative: Tales from the Tree," that is high quality. See about author events.

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Legendary turkey hunters

Read about outdoorsman/writer Jim Casada's new book, and see chapter about one legendary hunter and renaissance man.

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Mark de Castrique's new novel

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Vegan Studies Project

Laura Wright, WCU professor, authors a wide-ranging, clear survey of a subject of increasing significance..

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Historic photo

There were whiskey busts after Prohibition in the Thunder Road era, with distillers avoiding exorbitant taxes.

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RT Smith presence at App State

The legendary writer and editor has been placed in a Distinguished Chair at App State. He'll be making his presence known.

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Former slaves recall slavery

Asheville, 1937: four former slaves recall a past that hurts. Click on photo for more info.

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A crowd gathered outside the Asheville Citizen building to follow the scoreboard during the 1923 World Series. Click photo to read background story, see larger image.

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A concept for our times

Sarah Kaufman comes to Asheville, Jan. 9 with The Art of Grace, a book that takes her interest in dance--physical grace--to every aspect of life.  Read more.

Ron Rash's new novel

Above the Waterfall weds a contemporary thriller with a portrayal of people tapping an ancient way of being.  Read about book, read interview with author, see about Sept. 8 event.

Rushdie's monsters 

Salman Rushdie comes to UNCA Thurs., Feb. 11 with new novel.  See review: "Atheist Believes in Genies, Novel Reveals."

 

Spooks Branch saga

Jackie Palmer, looking back on his lost community and own tumultuous life, leads us to others' stories--about farm, community, and even smells and sounds in Beaverdam.  Read story.

Trail-blazing cartoonistJames Sturm expands the scope of the graphic novel, and is at ASU Jan. 29 & 30.  Read about book; read interview.

Civil War reality through Mitchell County letters

A discovered cache of Silver and Gouge family letters reveals the foot soldier's perspective, rather than modern interpreters' notions.  Read more.

 

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Tornadoes in WNC

Since 1950, only a couple of tornadoes have caused injuries in this region; and one caused a shocking couple of deaths.  Read about it.

Vanderbilt Shirt Company

There was a factory in downtown Asheville, 1946-1968. It employed many women. Read about it.

The Winners

Harry Winner (photo, left, with wife, Julienne) was a pioneer Jewish merchant and civil rights leader in Asheville.  Read story and see about Nov. 19 event for 75th anniversary, Jewish Community Center.

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Book and author features

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George Singleton (left) presents "Calloustown," City Lights Bookstore, Feb. 6.

Jamie Mason (right) discusses her writing and publishing process, Fairview Library, Feb. 9.

Richard Krawiec and Katherine Soniat present "Intimacy: Poems," Malaprop's, Feb. 13.

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Blog Posts

73 classic works about Appalachia going online

Posted by Rob Neufeld on January 30, 2016 at 9:11pm

The Writer as Pilgrim

Posted by susannah eanes on January 24, 2016 at 10:56am

Poetry writing contest, deadline Feb 28, 2016

Posted by Rob Neufeld on January 8, 2016 at 6:30pm

History in the making, January 2, 2016

Posted by Rob Neufeld on January 2, 2016 at 7:00pm

Local event of the day, Jan 1 2016

Posted by Rob Neufeld on January 1, 2016 at 4:19pm

Spring 2016 books by 3 great authors of this region

Posted by Rob Neufeld on December 19, 2015 at 6:52pm

Genetics for meat-eaters: fact and science fiction

Posted by Rob Neufeld on December 12, 2015 at 7:30pm

Double-issue on Appalachian music

Posted by Rob Neufeld on December 10, 2015 at 9:30am

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