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The Silent Appalachian

Why are they mute?  A look at Appalachian charactersby Rob Neufeld We need to heed unheard people.  But does that include characters without speaking parts in works of fiction?Vicki Sigmon Collins, an Appalachian Culture Studies teacher at the University of South Carolina Aiken, seeks to show that mute lives matter…See More
Jan 9
Tipper posted a video

Whiskey Before Breakfast

Great old fiddle tune the girls learned from Lynn and Liz Shaw.
Jan 9
Tipper posted a blog post
Jan 9
City Lights Bookstore posted an event

Coffee with the Poet Featuring Patrick Frank at City Lights Bookstore

January 19, 2017 from 10:30am to 12pm
The Coffee of the Poet series continues on Thursday, January 19th at 10:30 a.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Poet, essayist and songwriter, Patrick Frank, will present his four collections of poetry. An Asheville resident, Patrick also writes political columns which frequently appear in the Asheville Citizen-Times. His reading will focus on homelessness and will feature an open discussion of the problems experienced by the homeless and those at risk for becoming homeless. Participants will also be…See More
Jan 4
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

Housing at a historic point in tourist Asheville

Then and now: people looking for decent homesThis week’s article about Pisgah Legal Services (, 828-253-0406), and last week’s, about Mountain Housing Opportunities (, 828-254-4030), relate to the holiday spirit of caring for the less fortunate. …See More
Dec 29, 2016
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

Last Bigfoot in Dixie by Wally Avett

Good ol’ boys grin and cry in “Last Bigfoot”by Rob Neufeld             “She tried to run, but he grabbed her.”            Both Wally Avett—whose new novel, “Last Bigfoot in Dixie” (Bell Bridge Book), begins with this line—and I are in the grabbing business ourselves, as are so many others today vying for your…See More
Dec 25, 2016
Tipper posted videos
Dec 23, 2016
Tipper posted a blog post

I Dream Of Christmases Of Long Ago

I Dream Of Christmas written by Granny WilsonI dream of Christmases of long agoOf trampling home thru cold and snowOf sitting by the hearth with hearts aglowAnd looking forward to Christmas.I think of times that used to beWhen Mom chopped down the holly treeAnd James was probably not more than three And we had the grandest Christmas.At Christmas there's more love and cheer,Perhaps because our Lord seems nearBecause he came in a lowly wayAnd brought love and hope and Christmas.Lord hear this…See More
Dec 23, 2016
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

Asheville Ice House graffiti

HISTORIC PHOTO Ice house graffiti The old ice house at 91 Riverside Dr., a big factory in the early 1900s, had, in its derelict years before it was demolished in 2013, housed vagabonds who produced artistic graffiti.  This 2007 photo by Henry Neufeld shows the back of the building, by the tracks.  An upstairs…See More
Dec 19, 2016
Rob Neufeld posted a blog post

Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition, deadline Jan 15

Creative Nonfiction Competitionfrom press release, December 16, 2016The 2017 Rose Post Creative Nonfiction Competition is now open for submissions. This contest awards $1,500 in prizes to a piece of lasting nonfiction that is outside the realm of conventional journalism and has relevance to North Carolinians. Subjects may include traditional categories such as reviews, travel articles, profiles or interviews, place/history pieces, or culture criticism.The first-, second-, and third-place…See More
Dec 19, 2016
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January 28 day of writer's retreat

Day-long writer's retreat in West Asheville(from press release)Flatiron Writers has opened up  the Flatiron Writers Room at 5 Covington Street, West Asheville, and hosts a day-long retreat that includes communal writing, time for yourself, an individual session with novelist Heather Newton and fellowship with other participants. You can also add on an optional neck and shoulder massage. Save the date now and let your loved ones know that this gift of writing time is what you want for the…See More
Dec 16, 2016
Joe Epley posted a blog post

New Rev War novel

My new novel on the American Revolution War is out. "A Passel of Trouble - The Saga of Loyalist Partisan David Fanning." is a fact-based story about one of the most extraordinary characters who fought in the Carolinas.During the first three years of the war, he was captured fourteen times in South Carolina.  He went to North Carolina in late 1780, was commissioned a colonel by the British Army and created havoc in the central part of the state. Among his most notable raids was the attack on…See More
Dec 15, 2016
Joe Epley posted a photo
Dec 15, 2016
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

Charles Prince, snake handler

HISTORIC PHOTO Snake handler, 1985 Citizen-Times writer Henry Robinson wrote about Charles Prince, Canton bait-shop owner and snake-handling minister, in 1985.  Prince, pictured here in a service, revealed how he had repented his sinful life nine years before—“to the point,” he said, “that…See More
Dec 11, 2016
Rose Senehi posted an event


January 14, 2017 from 6pm to 7:30pm
Award winning author, Rose Senehi, will read from her eighth novel, CAROLINA BELLE that takes place in Hendersonville’s Apple Valley.  Saint Paul’s Mountain Winery will offer a taste of its hard cider made from the valley’s apples.See More
Dec 9, 2016
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

What the 1790s were like—case study, Biltmore

Benjamin Hawkins—A Bridge to 1790s AshevillePart 1 of 2 PHOTO CAPTION: George Vanderbilt explores his farm with a guest in 1906. The Hawkins cemetery, still maintained by Biltmore Estate, is on the crest of the distant hill in the center of the photo, which is used with permission of The Biltmore…See More
Dec 9, 2016

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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.

Take the tour by clicking on photo.

Legendary turkey hunters

Read about outdoorsman/writer Jim Casada's new book, and see chapter about one legendary hunter and renaissance man.

Read by clicking on photo.

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.

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.

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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A 1790s state of mind

In 1790, Benjamin Hawkins bought the land that is now the site of Biltmore Estate's winery.  Read how his story opens the world of a bygone time. (Watercolor by Betty Paden)

Story & music play

Tom Godleski's play, Snowbound, featuring people stranded in Marshall depot on Christmas Eve, 1955, plays through Dec. 18.  Read more.

Appalachian life 

Brasstown web journalist Tipper (Blind Pig & the Acorn) shares photos and stories in the John Parris tradition. See more of her contributions.


Proctor NC in thriller

Read about Wally Avett's new novel, "The Last Bigfoot in Dixie," in which townspeople deal with a lot of drama, including a psychopath and a big bear. 

Path-breaking West Asheville Research

Historian David Whisnant, on Asheville Junction, writes about that led Edwin Carrier to come to West ASheville and become one of the most active visionaries in the region.

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..

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Community and Local History

Snake handling, 1985

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

Solomon Cunningham, d. 1862

The father from Fletcher served in the NC 25th.  Learn a little about him and his family.

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.

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Nancy Dillingham (left) reads from her poetry chapbooks, More Frailer than Flowers and Tender Curiosities, at Malaprop's Bookstore, 3 p.m., Jan. 8.

Rose Senehi (right) presents her new novel, Carolina Belle, at Malaprop's Books, 6 p.m., Jan. 14. (Read more.)

Writers from UNC Asheville's Great Smokies Writing Program, hosted by program director and novelist Tommy Hays, Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe, 3 p.m., Jan. 15.

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