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Christine Simolke - "Children of Italy" at Watauga County Public Library

December 13, 2016 from 2pm to 3pm
Author Christine Simolke will present historical background about Italian-American immigrants and discuss her recently published historical novel, "Children of Italy," in Boone, NC at the downtown Watauga County Public LibrarySee More
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Ethics in the Real World

Ethics book presents 82 tough situationsby Rob Neufeld             I wanted to see the book, “Ethics in the Real World: 82 Brief Essays on Things That Matter,” by Peter Singer, because I think real-life parables are helpful in considering such conundrums.            I was hoping that the work’s academic…See More
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Pine Rosin

Over the years I've learned to be wary when one of the girls run up to me holding out her hand telling me to look and see what she found. One time it was a handful of hairless baby mice another it was the entrails of a recently butchered deer. So a few weeks ago when Chitter held out her hand and said "You'll never…See More
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The deep history of Connemara

The Sandburg house harbors two past worldsby Rob Neufeld PHOTO CAPTION: Front Lake, pictured here in a flipped reflection, was the creation of Confederate owner, Christopher Augustus Memminger. Photo by Henry Neufeld            When Carl Sandburg first moved to Connemara in 1945, snow blocked the car…See More
Oct 13
Julia Nunnally Duncan posted an event

Book Signing at outside The MACA Building

October 8, 2016 from 9am to 1pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will appear with her new book A Place That Was Home at the Mountain Glory Festival in downtown Marion on Saturday, October 8 from 9-1 p.m. She will be located at the MACA booth on Main Street. A percentage of her book sales will go to support the McDowell Arts Council Association.See More
Oct 4
Glenda Council Beall left a comment for Susan Lee Anderson
"It was good seeing you today, Susan. I am glad you are using your writing talent and speaking ability in such a good way. Glenda Beall "
Sep 21
City Lights Bookstore posted events
Sep 21
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

Green Fly Cafe at Transylvania Tannery

Memories of The Green Fly, a tanners’ cafeby Rob Neufeld  PHOTO CAPTION: Workers at the Rosman Tannery hold some of their tools, including an applicator.  Can you help identify the tools and their uses?  Photo courtesy of the Rowell Bosse North Carolina Room, Transylvania County Library.            My…See More
Sep 20
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The Risen by Ron Rash

Ron Rash's haunting dream-of-guilt novelA review and an interviewby Rob Neufeld(This article appeared in slightly shorter form, with a different author photo, in the print edition of the Asheville Citizen-Times, Sept. 18, 2016) RON RASH EVENTS: Ron Rash talks about his new novel, “The Risen," at:UNC Asheville’s Humanities…See More
Sep 18
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Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Ann Patchett fosters a fierce little tribeby Rob Neufeld             After hobnobbing with hostage-takers in “Bel Canto” and chewing the bark with Amazonian drug-takers in “State of Wonder,” Ann Patchett has, in her new novel, “Commonwealth” (HarperCollins), planted herself in suburban living rooms.            Despite…See More
Sep 11
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Sep 6
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Forest Unseen author at Burnsville lit fest

Nobody observes more closely than Burnsville keynoterby Rob Neufeld             One of my favorite science writers—David Haskell—is coming to Burnsville for the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival this weekend.  His book, “The Forest Unseen”—about his minute observation of a square meter of East Tennessee forest…See More
Sep 4

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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.

Click on photo to learn more..

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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Lit Fest attractions

David Haskell, author of The Forest Unseen, is Sat. night keynoter in Sept. 8-10 festival of intriguing authors.  Read about Haskell's book, packed with close observation, amazing stories, and wit.  Also, learn more about fest.

Chitra & power of disclosure

See interview with masterful storytelling novelist about Before We Visit the Goddess.

Appalachian life 

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


Montford, the 1st suburb

Read what it was like in Asheville in 1890, when Montford began developing.  Include is origin of the neighborhood's name.

Digital Blue Ridge Parkway

So much material--photos, oral histories, research guidelines--at Driving through Time.  This is a photograph of a trail under construction in the Craggy Gardens area, taken by Harry Baker, Aug. 18, 1978.  Courtesy National Park Service, Blue Ridge Parkway

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.

Inside mind of 1795-er

Samuel Murray and his family moved in 4 wagons from what is now Newberry S.C. to what is now South Buncombe in 1795.  Get an unusual glimpse into what was on his mind.

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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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.

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.

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Book and author features

See week's calendar of events.

Wiley Cash and Ben Fountain (left) discuss Fountain's "Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk," UNC:A's Reuter Center, Sep. 22.

Makeda Lewis presents "Avie's Dreams: An Afro-Feminist Coloring Book," Malaprop's, Sep. 26.

Shane Wilson (right) presents his debut novel,
                                "A Year Since the Rain," Firestorm Café & Books, Sep. 29.




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