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Timothy Tyson's story of heroism in face of racism

Tyson's at Malaprop's with his book, The Blood of Emmett Till, Feb. 15, 6 p.m.

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Asheville tourism past and future

Can we learn from the past and ask the best questions about the future regarding what is perhaps the No. 1 present historical force in our region?

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New George Ellison book

Elizabeth and George Ellison have collaborated on a book, Literary Excursions in the Southern Highlands, that offers a naturalist view of WNC. Read review by clicking on the image. .

Ron Rash's The Risen

Ron Rash's new novel explores buried guilt from the Summer of Love. He's in Asheville Sept. 21; and Sylva, Oct. 1. Read review and interview by clicking on the image. Photo by Kate Vukovich. .

Pre-Civic Center downtown

The Asheville Auditorium, pictured here, opened in 1940, constructed with WPA funding...see what followed by clicking on the image.

Treasures from archives

Pauline Johnson and Roman Blevins present "North Carolina History: From the Archives to the Classroom,” at Mars Hill University, Thurs., February 18, 3 p.m.

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Looking homeward with John Parris

John Parris, the late, beloved "Roaming the Mountains" author, often looked back to his home in Jackson County.

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Getting to know Firestorm

Firestorm Books and Coffee, the only full-service bookstore in West Asheville, is a cooperative that provides insight into anarchism.

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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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See the timeline of Asheville and WNC historic events by clicking on photo.



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.

Historic photo

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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Odyssey of Jacob Shook

In 1732, the Schucks left war-torn and impoverished Alsace-Lorraine, and made to Pennsylvania.  Family members then went down the wagon road to the Catawba River Valley; and Jacob Shook (he changed the spelling) pioneered Clyde.  Read about all the history in which the Shooks got embroiled.

Appalachian food memory

Brasstown web journalist Tipper writes about apple sauce, chocolate sauce, and food memories.  See more of her contributions.

Novel of apple heritage 

In Rose Senehi's new novel, Carolina Belle, Belle McKenzie says, “We’re living in the last days of the Southern apple...Maybe ninety percent are now extinct.” Following her business passion—an orchard revival movement—alongside her romantic problems provides a long overdue treatment of Western North Carolina apple history in fiction.  Read more.

Gautreaux's folk realism

Tim Gautreaux's new book of stories, "Signals," transverses many regions--including his bayou one--with memorable characters and ingenious plots.  Read more

East Asheville community

East Asheville, reaching from Chunn's Cove to Oteen, is building a new library at its Tunnel Road location.  Between it and New Haw Creek Rd., a Penny Cup Coffee cafe will be opening next to the Creekside Taproom.  These are all significant community developments.  (More about East Asheville coming soon.)

Time for ethics!

Read about the new book, "Ethics in the Real World" by Peter Singer, which explores some of the most challenging topics of the day, from cheating at sports (not-cheater, Robbie Fowler, above, told the ref he didn't deserve a penalty kick) to world hunger and right-to-life.

FDR & the sharecropper

The life of an industrious Haywood County sharecropper, and the future of his family, was greatly affected by a New Deal program.  Read the story..

Region and world

  • WCU's Mountain Heritage Center and curator, Ann Miller Woodford, present an exhibit on African-Americans in western WNC, based on Ann’s book, When All God's Children Get Together.  Feb. 19, 3-5 p.m., there's a gospel singing program at Liberty Baptist Church, Sylva.   About program.  About book.
  • UNC Asheville's Great Smokies Writing Program's workshops & classes, Spring 2017, beg. mid-February.

Archive of Features

Community and Local History

Job Barnard's Civil War portrait

At age 26, Job Dillingham Barnard enlisted in the Black Mountain Guards at Democrat on July 23, 1861, and was elected 1st Lieutenant.  Job’s maternal grandfather, Absalom Dillingham, had been a first settler of the Big Ivy area.  Read more.

Snake handling, 1985

Charles Prince explained his faith and practice in a 1985 story when the Haywood County sheriff confiscated snakes.  Read more.

Tuberculosis diary

An 1877 diary reveals what it was like to come to Asheville for early treatment at Dr. Gleitsmann's sanitarium.  His pamphlet displayed the view of Asheville to the left.  Read more.

See more Community and Local History features.


Novelist Wayne Caldwell and poet Eric Nelson read at Malaprop's Bookstore, 3 p.m., Feb. 19.  Learn more.

Black History Month at UNCA Asheville includes photo exhibit by Micah MacKenzie (right).  Read about events.

David Joy presents his second novel, The Weight of This World, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library, in an event co-hosted by City Lights Bookstore, Fri., March 3rd, 6:30 p.m.  More.

Nancy Werking Poling launches her book, Before It Was Legal: a black-white marriage (1945-1987), at Black Mountain Library105 N Dougherty St., March 6, 7p.m.

March 17, 6 p.m., at Spellbound BookshopAllan Wolf reads from his new young adult novel, Who Killed Christopher Goodman?, based on a crime that had occurred when the author had been in high school


Blog Posts

Inspiration From Days Gone By

Posted by Tipper on February 19, 2017 at 7:15pm

Inspiration From Days Gone By

Posted by Tipper on February 16, 2017 at 4:00pm

Novelist Caldwell and poet Nelson at Malaprop's Feb 19

Posted by Rob Neufeld on February 15, 2017 at 2:30pm

Novelist Caldwell and poet Nelson at Malaprop's Feb 19

Posted by Rob Neufeld on February 15, 2017 at 2:30pm

Memories and Food

Posted by Tipper on February 11, 2017 at 4:24pm

Jewish Studies special events March 23-26

Posted by Rob Neufeld on February 7, 2017 at 6:28pm

Black History Month 2017 at UNC Asheville

Posted by Rob Neufeld on February 4, 2017 at 7:46pm

Doris Betts short story prize, Feb 15 deadline

Posted by Rob Neufeld on February 4, 2017 at 7:20pm

Hiccup Cures

Posted by Tipper on February 4, 2017 at 3:00pm

How About Some Chocolate Gravy?

Posted by Tipper on January 30, 2017 at 3:06pm

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