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Juniper Bends Reading Series! at Downtown Books and News

August 1, 2014 from 7pm to 9pm
Join us Friday August 1st for a FREE evening of poetry and prose featuring  Catherine Reid Charles Dodd White Elaine Bleakney Dalton Day Drew Benbow  and hosted by Lockie Hunter, Robert Reid Drake and Dana Middleton Wine by donation. Reading is Free. Book signing to follow!See More
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Poetrio, 3pm Malaprops' Book Store August 3rd at Malaprops' Book Store and Cafe

August 3, 2014 from 3pm to 5pm
Join us for our monthly series of readings and signings by 3 poets at 3 pm! This month will feature Janice Moore Fuller (On the Bevel), Laurence Avery (Mountain Gravity), and Ron Moran (Tree in the Mind).Mountain Gravity celebrates the North Carolina Blue Ridge Mountains with poems that are erudite and accessible at once, and that describe the history of the mountains and the tangible experiences of immersing in the incomparable beauty one discovers there. Mountain Gravity, is the debut…See More
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Appalachian Culture Through Song and Memoir at City Lights Bookstore

August 8, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Join us at City Lights Bookstore on Friday, August 8th at 6:30 p.m. as Jeremy Jones explores the culture and history of the Blue Ridge Mountains through song and reading. Performing old-time banjo tunes and reading excerpts from his book Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland, he presents the sounds and stories of his native Appalachian mountains in a blending of personal narrative and folklore. In Bearwallow, his first book, Jones turns his attention to the complex and rich…See More
Jul 26
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

A Shelter of Others by Charles Dodd White

Mountain writer expresses a cry for countryby Rob Neufeld             There’s a scene in Charles Dodd White’s new novel, “A Shelter of Others,” in which a character topples twenty feet off a ledge in a national forest and is saved by some kind of “solid bulk” that interrupts his fall.            He has landed on a…See More
Jul 24
Michael Davenport replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Q&A about Asheville water system and the current state initiative
"Nicely done, and informative. I look forward to part 2."
Jul 18
City Lights Bookstore posted events
Jul 17
City Lights Bookstore posted events
Jul 12
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

Behind the Beautiful Forevers by Katherine Boo

Life among the poorest is eye-openerby Rob Neufeld             Enlightened and sobered by Katherine Boo’s account of political amorality and human behavior in “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity,” I was also amazed by her narrative achievement.            The book is…See More
Jul 7
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Jul 5
Dave Turner posted a blog post

Does anyone need a good proofreader?

My company, Dave Turner Creative, has just Dave Turner Creative has formed a new partnership with expert proofreader Rebecca Lang. Here are her credentials, experience and specialties: the best,Dave Turner, author of Billy Ray's…See More
Jul 2
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

Book discussions in WNC, July 2014

WNC BOOK DISCUSSION CALENDAR, JULY 2014Tuesday, July 1WILD BOOK CLUB: The WILD Book Club discusses “The Interestings” by Meg Wolitzer at the Battery Park Book Exchange, 1 Page Ave., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.BOOK DISCUSSION: “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki is the subject of a book discussion at the Weaverville…See More
Jun 28
City Lights Bookstore posted events
Jun 28
City Lights Bookstore posted events
Jun 21

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Historic photo

Bent Field Trestle wreck, 1928. Read background story, see larger image.

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Jeannette Walls here

Jeannette Walls, author of The Glass Castle, is at Malaprop's June 6--with great novel, The Silver Star.

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Cherokee Voices Festival, June 14

The all-day Cherokee Voices Festival, June 14, features dance, storytelling, food, crafts, music.

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Great Smokies Review

New issue of Great Smokies Review features Caralyn Davis, David Schulman, Cathy Argella, Tina Barr & others..

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Grant for Sandburg

The National Park Foundation gives grant to Sandburg site for Active Trails program

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Boosinger does Bascom

Folksinger Laura Boosinger talks about and performs Bascom Lamar Lunsford music at A-B Tech, June 7. Click on photo for more info.

Ralph Burns retrospective

Asheville photographer Ralph Burns opens his show at the Asheville Art Museum, Mar. 29. Photo to left is Festividad de Nuestra de Guadalupe #1.

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Bobby Norfolk pitches first stories

Award-winning storyteller Bobby Norfolk kicks off Stories on Asheville's Front Porch, June 28

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Who's Reading What in WNC?

See what book discussion groups in the region are gathering to talk about in July. Click on the image to learn 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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Poor place, caring people

Charles Dodd White's new novel cries for the country, finds great poetry, and heads toward a tragic climax, despite caring characters.  Read review.

The very poorest

Katherine Boo's prize-winning book about a Mumbai is reviewed and up for discussion.  Read more.

Interview with a laureate

Joseph Bathanti, N.C. Poet Laureate talks about his new books and more; he speaks at Wolfe Memorial, Sat. June 21.  Read story and interview.

Singleton's singularity

George Singleton's latest story collection, Between Wrecks, presents unique upstate S.C. hero.  Read review.


North Toe legacies

Read Parts 1 - 3 of "Spruce Pine and North Toe: The History and the Vision," a story-filled demonstration of values.


Bobby Hicks

The Thomas Wolfe House  features mountain music w/ living legend and other pickers, Sept. 13.  Learn more.

Spruce Pine & North Toe

Keep up with the story-filled saga of the Mitchell-Avery County region, from the stowaway William Wiseman, through the heritage-keeping Wisemans and Houstons, up to the present prospects..  Read Part 1 of a 4-part series,.

South Buncombe toxic

A new documentary film, "My Toxic Backyard," reveals impact of CTS site on South Buncombe residents.  Read more and see trailer.


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  • Children's book award winners
  • Squire Summer Writing Residency

Community and Local History

Hogs on our mind

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

Innocence Project, dateline 1808

Henry West went to the scaffold, was saved last minute, and was later exonerated.  Read Asheville history story

Pattons of Asheville

New documents, donated to Old Buncombe County Genealogical Society reveal fascinating stories about pioneer families.  Read story.

See more Community and Local History features.

Book and author features

See week's calendar of events.

Ann Aguirre, Beth Revis (left), Alexandra Duncan, and Megan Spooner (right) hold a YA discussion panel, Malaprop's, Aug. 5.

Joe Longobardi presents "Urban Photography from the Streets of a Bohemian Mountain Town," Grateful Steps, Aug. 8.

The Smith-McDowell House Museum holds
                                        a lecture on Appalachian storytelling, Aug. 9.


Blog Posts

New Future Of The Internet

Posted by Doris Anne Beaulieu on July 28, 2014 at 4:17pm

Does anyone need a good proofreader?

Posted by Dave Turner on July 2, 2014 at 9:21am

Summer issue of GreenPrints is out!

Posted by Kathryn Hall on June 20, 2014 at 1:57pm

My Short Story "Belong" Published at Word Riot

Posted by Caralyn Davis on June 18, 2014 at 6:27pm

City Lights Presentation

Posted by Lawrence Thackston on June 5, 2014 at 5:36pm

Bob Inman at ASU June 19

Posted by Rob Neufeld on June 5, 2014 at 12:01am

My Short Story "Salivate" Published

Posted by Caralyn Davis on April 30, 2014 at 12:44am

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