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Contemplative Photography Companion for the Journey Home at City Lights Bookstore

June 6, 2015 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Asheville author Tina FireWolf will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, June 6th at 3 p.m. to present her book, Beneath the Chatter.  Tina FireWolf will ignite your fire! Join her to hear how a 3 ft. tall corn plant was the sign to go on an adventure to write her book! She will share her personal story and tales from her book that illuminate  life lessons and help ignite us into Everyday Enlightenment. You will leave with a light heart and wider eyes to the world around you. Beneath the…See More
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Montreat College Friends of the Library Annual Luncheon at Montreat College Gaither Fellowship Hall

June 13, 2015 from 12pm to 2pm
"When Real People Become Real Characters" presented by Novelist Mark de Castrique at the Montreat College Friends of the Library Annual Luncheon on June 13, 2015.Book signing follows the presentation.  Public is invited.  Reservations are required.See More
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2015 Author Luncheon at Mars Hill University

May 28, 2015 from 11am to 2pm
Mary Alice Monroe, New York Times best-selling author, will be the keynote speaker at the Friends of Madison County Library’s 10th Annual Author Luncheon where she will share her newest release, The Summer’s End. The luncheon will be held at Pittman Dining Hall on the campus of Mars Hill University on Thursday, May 28 beginning at 11 am. Tickets are $35 each, and proceeds will benefit programs and services for both children and adults at Madison County Public libraries. The cost of a ticket…See More
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Julia Nunnally Duncan Book Signing at The Orchard at Altapass

May 23, 2015 from 12pm to 3pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will sign her books at The Orchard at Altapass Bookstore on Saturday, May 23 from noon until 3 p.m.See More
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Montreat College Friends of the Library Annual Luncheon at Montreat College Gaither Fellowship hall

June 20, 2015 from 12pm to 2pm
"When Real People Become Real Characters" presented by Novelist Mark de Castrique at the Montreat College Friends of the Library Annual Luncheon on June 13, 2015.Book signing follows the presentation.  Public is invited.  Reservations are required.See More
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BookFest in Sparta at Sparta, NC

June 27, 2015 from 11am to 2pm
Twice a year, we invite local and regional authors to downtown Sparta, NC, for our BookFest event.At BookFest, fans have an opportunity to meet the authors and authors are able to market their books, in person. Host sites benefit from the additional foot traffic the event generates. The lineup will be posted soon - if you'd like to be a part, contact us.See More
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Joe Galloway keynotes Blue Ridge Bookfest

Galloway's We Were Soldiers Once...and Young penetrates myths about La Drang and aftershocks. Read about him & his book; and about several other authors at BRBF, Apr. 24-25.

Click on photo to read. 

Big wave to save Saluda depot

Saluda train depot, built 1903, at the crest of the steepest mainline standard gauge railroad in the U.S. is getting saving attention.

Click on photo to see review..

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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Rebel Bushwhacker

Read about Wally Avett's new novel, Rebel Bushwhacker, and his March 27 Murphy appearance..

Click on photo to see release.

13th Annual Spring Literary Festival @ WCU

The Festival, Apr. 13-16, features authors Andre Dubus III, Tracy K. Smith, Rebecca McClanahan, and more.

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Blue Ridge Bookfest

The 7th Annual Blue Ridge Bookfest is Apr. 24 & 25th at Blue Ridge Community College. Authors include Joe Galloway and Jamie Mason (see review of latest)

Click on photo for Bookfest schedule and more.

New books from WNC

See about new books by WNC authors, including Bearwallow by Jeremy Jones; Firehammer by Ric Hunter; and Stones of Remembrance by 7 authors.

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Welcome readers...

Welcome readers to your world--your place, programs, and website--with a sponsored feature in this spot.

Reach a large audience. See how.

Who's Reading What in WNC?

See what book discussion groups in the region are gathering to talk about in October. Click on the image to learn more.

New features



Brookhouse's Finn

If you are going to immerse yourself in a Deep South small town, in 1960, follow the lead of Chris Brookhouse in his new novel, “Finn,” which begins with a funeral procession....Brookhouse presents his novel at Captain's Bookshelf, 5:30. May 26.

Miss Julia's social comedy

Ann B. Ross' 16th Miss Julia novel is a comedy of manners as a comedy of errors in small-town, fictional Abbottsville.  Read review.  See about upcoming appearances

Monumental reflections on Pack Square

Talk about the Vance Monument and a corresponding African-American Heritage monument raises questions about the purposes monuments serve.  Read more.

One week in June 1926

Golf, whiskey, crime, and a projected innocence characterized Asheville.  Read the history.

Integration on gridiron

Integration at Asheville High School in 1969 may have best realized on the football field. Read about it.

World Made Straight film

You read the Ron Rash novel, now there's a movie.   Read about how one became the other.

Music legacy, Spruce Pine

There may be more music per household in the North Toe Valley than anywhere.  Read about Sunny Brook, the Carolina Barn Dance, and key figures.

Photo of Barn Dance legend O.D. Calhoun on 105th birthday.



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Community and Local History

Working Class history

Read about the working class history of the region; and about Dr. David Whisnant's talk on the subject, Thurs., Mar 26, at the Mars Hill College.

McKinney family legacy of joy

Through several generations in Mitchell County, the McKinneys have passed on a legacy.  Read story.  

Hogs on our mind

Story about how hogs shaped WNC culture refers to John Weaver, Robert Morgan, & Tipper Pressley.

See more Community and Local History features.

Book and author features

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Susan Boyer (left) presents "Lowcountry Barnyard," Fountainhead Bookstore, May 22.

Poets Alice Osborn, Luke Hankins, Katherine Soniat (right), Erik Ekstrand read their works, Black Mountain College Museum, May 23. $8.

Mary Alice Monroe presents "The Summer's
                                End," Malaprop's, May 26; Blue Ridge Books,
                                        May 28.


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