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susannah eanes commented on Rob Neufeld's blog post The Invention of Nature, an inspiring book--author Andrea Wulf at Malaprop's May 1
"So chuffed about this! Sadly, I won't be there except in spirit. Andrea Wulf is a force of nature, herself. Her amazing work The Brother Gardeners should be made into a feature-length film - the characters live and breathe again between the…"
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The Invention of Nature, an inspiring book--author Andrea Wulf at Malaprop's May 1

Author of key book of our times comes to AshevilleAndrea Wulf makes Malaprop's Bookstore one her stops, Sun., May 1, 3 p.m., in talking about her thrilling work of non-fiction, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von…See More
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Salman Rushdie 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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City Lights Bookstore posted events
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8th Annual Blue Ridge Bookfest Apr 22-23

The 8th Annual Blue Ridge Bookfest brings authors to Flat Rock There are a few oases where writers congregate to share wares and wisdom, and Apr. 22-23, the place is Blue Ridge Community College, featuring 19 readings and workshops, and many more opportunities for conversations with authors at exhibition tables.  See full schedule at…See More
Apr 20
Toby Hill posted a blog post

Asheville- The Way I Remember It- Hester

I have posted a new blog about a man I knew growing up in Asheville. It is entitled " Hester." Anna says guys will like it better than women. It's pretty long, but enjoy it.HESTERGrowing up in Asheville in N.C. in the 50’s and 60’s seemed, at the time, to be filled with a rhythm of adventure and strange encounters sprinkled with an assortment of particularly interesting and somewhat odd characters. One of those persons who fascinated me as a child was my father’s friend “Hester. “ My dad was…See More
Apr 19
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Frank Thompson at Yancey History Association

April 19, 2016 at 6pm to April 19, 2017 at 7pm
There is a permanent exhibit at the Yancy History Association in Burnsville devoted to the film "Then I'll Come Back to You" (1916) which was produced in nearby Pensacola. It's a small exhibit but well curated and filled with great photographs and other memorabilia of this century-old film.See More
Apr 19
Sharon Freeman Pace replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Jerry Steinberg--Asheville history, contrarian views, new book
"In the 60's, early 70's, one of my uncles on my mothers side worked as a groundskeeper for Mr. Sternberg. I remember our driving up to the "castle" and my sister asking my aunt where the moat was.I also remember touching the…"
Apr 19
nancy dillingham replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Interview with Ron Rash on occasion of 2016 Selected & New Poems
"A wonderful discussion on craft, Rob!"
Apr 17
City Lights Bookstore posted events
Apr 16
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Interview with Ron Rash on occasion of 2016 Selected & New Poems

Something unseen stirs the words in Ron Rash poemsby Rob Neufeld             Ron Rash, award-winning novelist and short story writer, is also an acclaimed and accomplished poet.  His new book, “Poems: New and Selected” (HarperCollins) draws from six volumes and adds eight new poems.  He comes to Malaprop’s…See More
Apr 15
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Fred Chappell to Present His New Fantasy Novel at City Lights Bookstore

May 13, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Poet and novelist, Fred Chappell will return to City Lights Bookstore on Friday, May 13th at 6:30 p.m. to read from and sign his new fantasy novel. In A Shadow All of Light, a young man sets off on a journey to become the apprentice of a master shadow thief. His mysterious master challenges him with difficult mental and physical tests, setting in motion adventures with con men, monsters, ingenious detection, cats, and pirates.Fred Chappell is a former professor of English at the University of…See More
Apr 12
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A Shadow of All Light by Fred Chappell

Literary master evokes classic fantasy taleby Rob Neufeld             Let’s say you’re going to a book fair, and a guy with a long grey beard and glittering eye stops you at the entrance.  He points to worn and rebound books he’s laid out on a table: Gulliver’s Travels; The Story of Sir Launcelot; The Three…See More
Apr 10
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Courtney Lix Presents Her History of Women in the Smokies at City Lights Bookstore

May 6, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Courtney Lix will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, May 6th at 6:30 p.m. She will present her book Women of the Smokies which chronicles the women who contributed to making the Smokies what we know today. She will share some of the stories of these women and sign books. To reserve copies please call City Lights Bookstore at 828-586-9499.See More
Apr 9

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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.

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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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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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Ron Rash talks poetry

Novelist, short story writer, and poet Ron Rash talks about his poetic mind and process on the occasion of the publication of Poems: New and Selected.  He comes to Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 5 p.m., Sun., Apr. 17, to present his book and introduce Robert Morgan, who presents his new novel, Chasing the North Star.

Erik Larson & suspense

Larson, author of such non-fiction narratives as Devil in the White City, comes to Asheville, March 23, to talk about Dead Wake, his Lusitania story, now out in trade paper.  Read interview and see about event.

Invention of Nature 

Andrea Wulf's new book signals a sea change in society's thinking, reviving Alexander von Humboldt, the inventor of the concept of ecosystems, and showcasing a pantheon of natural history geniuses.  Wulf's at Malaprop's, Sun., May 1.  Read more.

 

Asheville Cotton Mill

The cotton mill played a big part in people lives and in industry.  Read the stories.

Blue Ridge Bookfest
Novelist Sara Gruen is featured speaker at Blue Ridge Bookfest, Blue Ridge Community College, Apr. 22-23, which also offers 18 other events and dozens of authors. (Photo by C. Lynn Harty)  Learn more.

 

 

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Community and Local History

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.

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.

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Danny Bernstein discusses her book, Forests, Alligators, Battlefields: My Journey Through the National Parks of the South at the Macon County Public Library, Apr. 22.

Edie Burnett reads from Mountain Echoes, her new book on Haywood County, at Blue Ridge Books Waynesville, Apr. 23.

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8th Annual Blue Ridge Bookfest Apr 22-23

Posted by Rob Neufeld on April 20, 2016 at 10:00am

Asheville- The Way I Remember It- Hester

Posted by Toby Hill on April 19, 2016 at 4:58pm

Forests, Alligators, Battlefields is out!

Posted by Danny Bernstein on March 16, 2016 at 8:35pm

"Wear the Right Garb"

Posted by Kathryn Hall on March 3, 2016 at 5:45pm

Dennis Covington at Malaprop's Feb. 26 with Revelation

Posted by Rob Neufeld on February 26, 2016 at 10:18am

Deadline approaches for poetry contest

Posted by Rob Neufeld on February 17, 2016 at 3:00pm

Vance School

Posted by Toby Hill on February 16, 2016 at 9:34pm

Treasures from Appalachian archives revealed, Feb 18

Posted by Rob Neufeld on February 15, 2016 at 2:30pm

73 classic works about Appalachia going online

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

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