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Carolina Mtns Lit Fest & Ann Patchett interview

Patchett, Kingsolver, and a thrill of writers buzz Burnsvilleby Rob Neufeld             If you take any pleasure or have any interest in literature, you’ll want to be in Burnsville this Friday and Saturday for the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival.            The variety of programs—talks, readings, workshops, performances—are great, as is the variety of subjects; and the 34 presenters are well-chosen.            The Saturday night program, with novelists Barbara Kingsolver and Ann Patchett,…See More
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Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash, and talk with author

Rash’s suspense novel gives time to poetryby Rob Neufeld             Ron Rash’s new novel, “Above the Waterfall,” weds a contemporary thriller with a portrayal of people tapping an ancient way of being.             A fish kill precipitates the story involving fishing rights, a crystal meth epidemic, and two reeling…See More
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Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson reveals how surreal emotions areby Rob Neufeld             Adam Johnson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Orphan Master’s Son,” comes to Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville, 7 p.m., Fri., Sept. 4 to present his new book of short stories, “Fortune Smiles.”            The stories are remarkable…See More
Aug 23
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Leanne Brown will Present Her Cookbook at City Lights Bookstore

September 4, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Leanne Brown will visit City Lights Bookstore to present her cookbook on Friday, September 4th at 6:30 p.m. Her book, Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day is designed for those on the strictest of budgets, particularly those on the U.S. food stamp budget. This book is great, though, for anyone wanting to eat really well cheaply. Good and Cheap features tips on shopping and kitchen equipment, and more than a hundred easy, flexible recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. To reserve a copy,…See More
Aug 22
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September Teen Book Club at Spellbound Children's Bookshop

September 18, 2015 from 6pm to 7pm
Our new monthly book club for teens meets the third Friday of each month, 6:00-7:00PM. A different book will be discussed at each meeting, and will cover a variety of genres. No purchase is required to attend, but if you do plan to buy the book, we’d appreciate your support of Spellbound as the hosting store! All book club selections are 20% off until the day of the meeting.September's title: SHE IS NOT INVISIBLE by Marcus Sedgwick.See More
Aug 22
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Aug 21
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Betty Smith at Hendersonville culture event September 17

Center Kicks Off New Series With A BangNew “Keeping the Fires Burning Series” Launches With Betty Smith and Songcatcher (from press release) (HENDERSONVILLE, NC, August 18, 2015) – The Center for Cultural Preservation, is pleased to announce the launch of its second season of its popular public program series KEEPING THE FIRES BURNING- Heroes of Mountain Culture.  The series features musicians, authors and heritage preservation leaders who are working to keep mountain culture alive.  The…See More
Aug 21
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Pam Durban, author of Soon, gripping, psychological, Southern stories

Pam Durban: Facing reality with a wide-open eyeby Rob Neufeld             John Updike honored Pam Durban’s story, “Soon,” by selecting it for his anthology, “The Best American Short Stories of the Century.”  Now, it’s one of 11 included in Durban’s new volume, also titled “Soon.”            “Soon,” the short story, is a marvel…See More
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Mary Joyce Returns with a New Book at City Lights Bookstore

September 12, 2015 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Sylva author, Mary Joyce will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, September 12th at 3 p.m. to present her latest book.Underground Military Bases Hidden in North Carolina Mountains compiles information gathered by Joyce over several years about secret military facilities in North Carolina. The information about the secret bases is mostly from those with military, law enforcement and high-security backgrounds plus citizens who have stumbled upon evidence. Joyce is also the author…See More
Aug 18
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North Carolina Writer's Network Fall Conference at Asheville Doubletree Hilton

August 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
When did you last attended a top quality and affordable writer's conference? The North Carolina Writer's Network is returning to western North Carolina. Membership in the Network is encouraged but not required to attend this event. For more info:http://www.ncwriters.org/2014-01-07-18-05-50/conferencesSee More
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Rob Neufeld commented on Joe Epley's blog post Speaking about the American Revollution in the Carolinas
"See Joe's website, Epley Writes, including about his novel, A Passel of Hate,"
Aug 12
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R.T. Smith--Rachel-Rivers Coffey Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at App State

R.T. Smith, poet, story-writer, and founder of Cold Mountain Review, honored with App State roleSee notice of new book at Washington & Lee U.fROM PRESS RELEASEBOONE—Writer R.T. (Rod) Smith has been named the 2015-16 Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at Appalachian State University. Smith will lead an eight-week colloquium during fall semester for students in Appalachian’s creative writing…See More
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Gothic, Blixen Gothic, & Southern Gothic

The Gothic mode takes many forms over eras. For Southern Gothic, see special author event at City Lights, Aug. 8.

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.

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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.

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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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.

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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.

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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.

Adam Johnson's imagin-ation & research

Adam Johnson, author of prize-winning The Orphan Master's Son, has a new, memorable book of stories, Fortune Smiles.  Read review, author interview, and about Sept. 4 event.

Us v. Them--not good history

Read about Southern heritage, the fight against racism, and the way a person-by=person approach to history helps.

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.

Patchett interview; Lit Fest

The Carolina Mountains Literary Festival opens to the public with great authors and programs, Sept. 11 and 12.  See about program, and read revealing interview with Ann Patchett, author of "Bel Canto" and other notable books.

Pam Durban's psychology

Pam Durban's fifth book, "Soon," gives us stories of great note.  Read about it.

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.

David Payne's fearless memoir

Barefoot to Avalon: A Brother's Story is a memoir, and is classic David Payne, author of five novels, including Ruin Creek.  It delves deeply into every question; and Payne's both a Holmesian detective of the psyche; and a Watson-like person, clueless about himself.  Read review.

 

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Community and Local History

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.

Jesse James Bailey

No matter how rough and, at times, lethal, the business of sheriffing got, it was like a game of cops and robbers.  Men enjoyed being legendary.  Bailey was not only fearless, he was cagey, humorous, music-loving, and sentimental.  Read more.

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.

See more Community and Local History features.

Book and author features

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Julia Nunnally Duncan (right) signs her works, Orchard at Altapass, Aug. 29.

Jenny Milchman presents "As Night Falls," Malaprop's, Sept. 1.

Adam Johnson (left) presents "Fortune Smiles," Malaprop's, Sept. 5.

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