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Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean--Appalachian Outsiders tell all

Southern Appalachian outsiders tell allby Rob Neufeld             “Who was that woman...on the trail, the rain-matted one, the one covered in mud?”            A woman who was following her wants to know.  She’s out there in the rain, too, headed toward a cave where women were known to disappear forever,…See More
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Carolina Writers at Home: Kathryn Byer & Thomas Rain Crowe at City Lights Bookstore

November 6, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Kathryn Byer and Thomas Rain Crowe have been included in a collection of true stories showcasing the houses where some of the most notable Southern authors have forged their writing lives. They both will be at City Lights Bookstore on Friday, November 6th at 6:30 p.m. to sign copies ofCarolina Writers at Home.  The homes in these twenty-five essays range from the classic bungalow and mid-century modern ranch house to wilder locales: a church, a trailer, and a sparsely-inhabited barrier island.…See More
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The Land Still Speaks film and Culture Vulture fest, Oct 30

Culture festival features film about mountain eldertsfrom press releaseThe Center for Cultural Preservation presents a film festival that highlights mountain heritage, Jewish heritage and African-American heritage on October 30th at the Thomas Auditorium at Blue Ridge Community College.   The festival will feature three films, including the world premiere of a new film, The Land Still Speaks to Us which includes the voices of mountain elders throughout WNC.  There will also be music by local…See More
Mark de Castrique posted an event

Malaprop's Bookstore at Malaprop's

November 9, 2015 from 7pm to 8pm
Presenting new Sam Blackman mystery A SPECTER OF JUSTICESee More
Oct 3
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A Chronology of Asheville and WNC Events in History

                                   IMPORTANT DATES IN ASHEVILLE HISTORY                                                                 by Rob Neufeld 1000: The Cherokee, who’d introduced maize agriculture to the region, began cultivating beans. 1540: Hernando De Soto led troops to East Tennessee through either the Hickory Nut or Swannanoa Gap, finding gold and copper and inspiring a succession of Spanish miners. 1663: Charles II bestows territory between the 31st and 36th parallels in America…See More
Oct 3
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Root-diggers of Appalachia

People in the Lost Provinces were herb-gatherersby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Three herbal products offered by S.B. Penick’s, once the world’s largest herb distributor, its largest warehouse located in Asheville.             “Last week, during a research trip to the ‘Lost Provinces,’” Luke Manget said about the landscape…See More
Oct 3
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A Specter of Justice Preview

A Preview of the new Sam Blackman mystery to be released November 3, 2015
Oct 1
Rob Neufeld's discussion was featured

"Us versus Them" does not help fight against racism; worsens sectionalism

“Us versus them” is not good historyby Rob Neufeld             Writing about history and the complex lives that play out within it does not sell as well as team spirit, especially in this age of clicks and likes.            I recently confronted this truth when I wrote my article last week about the minds of our leaders in 1851. The word “slavery” was added to the headline to alert people to its relevance.  Seeing that term connected people to a cause they felt strongly about, particularly in…See More
Sep 27
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Player of Games and the Millennial Mind

Player of Games reveals today’s game-changing mentalityby Rob Neufeld             There is something big happening in Millennial Generation literature, and I thought I’d try to get a handle on it.            To give an idea of one aspect of current thinking: I was at a gathering recently, plenty of youngsters, and I…See More
Sep 27
Julia Nunnally Duncan posted an event

Julia Nunnally Duncan Book Signing at MACA Building

October 10, 2015 from 9am to 1pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will sign her books at the McDowell Arts Council Association (MACA) Booth at the annual Mountain Glory Festival on Saturday, October 10 from 9-1.See More
Sep 22
City Lights Bookstore posted events
Sep 22
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Sep 21
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Deacon Chrisenberry -Berry- Howell (1855-1938) on horseback. From the collection of Purel Miller (2)

My maternal great grandfather, Chrisenberry Howell, who was called "Berry" Howell in Swain County. From the Purel Miller collection. Submitted by Ann Miller Woodford
Sep 21
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The skull merchant, the dead ape, and the narcoleptic mortician

Hello "The Read on WNC" readers:     I'm posting this note to announce the publication of vol. 3 in my "Loy's Loonies" series.  This one is called The Mortician's Road Trip and it's a bit more of a mystery than my earlier books. Here's a teaser for the story.     Upstate New Yorker Baz Rathbone makes ends meet by selling human skulls. By contract, he should cremate them, but he doesn’t. His little business comes to the attention of the FBI when a woman spots her late husband’s skull being used…See More
Sep 20
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Sep 19

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Mountain heritage films

The Land Still Speaks is one of three films at the Culture Vulture fest, Blue Ridge Community College, Oct 30,

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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..

Click on photo to read about each author.

Train trip to Asheville

The N.C. Transportation Museum in Spencer has organized two day-trips on its excursion train. The one to Asheville is Oct. 31.

Click on photo to read more..

Historic photo

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

Click on photo to read. 

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.

Click on photo for history of country club since Swannanoa hunt days.

Melungeon heritage speaker

Rhonda Gunter speaks at Bakersville courthouse, Aug. 17. Melungeon studies are on the rise.

Photo is of Jack Goins, Hawkins County, Tennessee archivist, from DNAeXplained website.

See about subject and event by clicking on photo.

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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Welcome readers...

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

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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



Millennial Mindset

Iain Banks' 1987 novel, Player of Games, keys a new culture that is both pessimistic and optimistic. Read more about us.

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.

Revolution & Church

The Beaverdam Methodist Church started with revolutionary hope for a better world.  Read about path of conscience.

Lover's Leap legend

The site in Hot Springs above the French Broad has generated a legend that is pure imagination.  Read about the source and the suspectness.

Appalachian Outsiders

A New book, "Wait Till the Dogs get Mean," presents essays by 31 authors, reveal how they had to leave home and, in most cases, come back.  Read feature.

Writer's home spaces

In a new book, NC authors provide insights into their home offices and inspirations, accompanied by beautiful photos.  Read about it.  Attend Nov. 6 event.

Finding a great book a new way

Bestseller lists; book reviews; publisher promos; readers' votes--are you missing great books with these access methods?  Here's another approach. Read the feature.


Region and world

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Community and Local History


Knowledge of wild plants and the business of gathering herbs for cash was an essential occupation in this region.  Read more.

1922: the year of Lake View

Read about Uncle Jim Allen, Beaverdam octogenarian in 1922, and the changes he witnessed when Lake View Park began the Beaver Lake neighborhood.

Preacher stories

Mountains preachers were stand-out personalities in the old days, having been called, and desirous of really getting the message across.  Read stories.

See more Community and Local History features.

Book and author features

See week's calendar of events.

Alex Sheshunoff (left) presents "A Beginner's Guide to Paradise," Firestorm Café & Books, Oct. 8.

The NC Folklore Society hosts their annual conference with storytelling by Gary Carden and Cherokee keynote speaker Tom Belt, WCU, Oct. 9-10. More here.

                                        Corban Addison (right) presents "The Tears
                                of Dark Water," Malaprop's, Oct. 16; Fountainhead
                                Bookstore, Oct. 17, $5. 


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