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Spooks Branch, a human history story

Spooks Branch was a singular place in settlers’ loreby Rob NeufeldImportant editorial note:This is a significant historical story that is also, in parts, personal and controversial.  It is about a few families who settled a particular cove and played out their heroic and complex legacies in ways that interacted with place and time.  You don't read this kind of story much because people don't like to expose themselves or stir up trouble, even a little.  This caution makes history classes boring…See More
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Nov 21
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The Rise of Asheville by Marilyn Ball

History of the "Asheville 1000" and the 1970s renaissance                       Let’s not miss the history of Asheville’s renaissance, Marilyn Ball’s new book, “The Rise of Asheville,” advocates.            She’d come here in 1977, making her one of the advance guard of “artists, entrepreneurs, and off-the-grid…See More
Nov 20
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Century-ago woman's apple cake recipe

Mmm, them apples in Beaverdam coveIn 1972, Helen Nelon wrote about the traditions of old-time Spooks Branch, off Beaverdam Road.  Here's what she said about her use of apples in a cake.(The full story of Spooks Branch will appear soon.)There were apples for delicious cider cooled in the spring "dreem" (drain), apples for frying for cold winter days, and for special days there were dried apple sauce fruit cakes.These cakes were made of very thin, sweet dough with dried apple sauce spread between…See More
Nov 18
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Dignity is the key to Richard Russo's inspiration

So funny, and yet so exposing--Richard Russo's geniusSnakes on the lane            In Richard Russo's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Empire Falls, the protagonist, Miles recalls the time his father, driving, had accelerated into a box on a highway.  “What if that box had been full of rocks?” Miles asks.  Unfazed, Max quizzes his son about what he would do about the box.  Max says he'd stop and look in it,  “What if it was full of rattlesnakes? “ his father asks.            The verbal match…See More
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Humanize the history--especially with Civil War--writes acclaimed author

Writer illuminates tangled web of Civil Warby Rob Neufeld             David Madden has written a book, “The Tangled Web of the Civil War and Reconstruction,” that deserves special attention.            First, there’s Madden’s background.  In 1992, he founded the U.S. Civil War Center in New…See More
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Coming attraction--Singleton at Malaprop's & City Lights for Calloustown

George Singleton's latest collection of stories, Calloustown...features the folk who try to survive in a place that has little to offer besides a Finger Museum and a taxidermy petting zoo,It's funny, but also tragic and angry.  The review, "Love-hate humor cries in Calloustown," appears in the Asheville Citizen-Times, Sunday, 11/15/2015.  Singleton's at Malaprop’s Bookstore, 7 p.m., Wed., Nov. 18; and at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21.Here's an excerpt from the…See More
Nov 10
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Juniper Bends Quarterly Reading at DownTown Books & News

November 13, 2015 from 7pm to 8pm
Our very special Autumnal edition starts at 7PM and is sure to be a lively and vibrant set, with featured writers Randi Janelle, Tina FireWolf, Logan Parker, and Annabelle Crowe. Two of our readers have new books out, and as always there is wine flowing by donation. Hosts Lockie Hunter and Caroline Wilson look forward to seeing you there----remember, your wellbeing depends upon it.See More
Nov 9
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Love and Mercy ~ Up On Roan Mountain

My family lived and loved up on Roan Mountain and in the surrounding mountain areas, and this is their story. It's woven into a tapestry that weaves down through the years, before the days of the Civil War and up to present day. They were…
Nov 9
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It's All Relative--50 WNC women write about family

Family life as perceived by 50 WNC authorsby Rob Neufeld             If you have biases against small press books or anthologies of local writers’ work, I recommend you lay them aside and take a look at “It’s All Relative” (Stone Ivy Press), 52 stories and poems by 50 WNC women authors writing about family.           …See More
Nov 6

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WNC women's stories of family

Celia Miles and Nancy Dillingham have published an anthology, titled "It's All Relative: Tales from the Tree," that is high quality. See about author events.

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Legendary turkey hunters

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

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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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Mark de Castrique's new novel

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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..

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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.

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Former slaves recall slavery

Asheville, 1937: four former slaves recall a past that hurts. Click on photo for more info.

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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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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.

Railroads, people & profitsRead the two-part story on the building of the railroads in WNC, and the people, from financier to laborer, who did it. Railroad at Mars Hill University.

Civil War reality through Mitchell County letters

A discovered cache of Silver and Gouge family letters reveals the foot soldier's perspective, rather than modern interpreters' notions.  Read more.


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Community and Local History

The Winners

Harry Winner (photo, left, with wife, Julienne) was a pioneer Jewish merchant and civil rights leader in Asheville.  Read story and see about Nov. 19 event for 75th anniversary, Jewish Community Center.


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.

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Book and author features

See week's calendar of events.

Kate Alcott (left) presents "A Touch of Stardust," Blue Ridge Books, Nov. 28.

Tellabration! features several local storytellers, Folk Art Center on Blue Ridge Parkway, Nov. 28. $10.

Jordan A. Rothacker (right) presents "The Pit, and No Other Stories," Firestorm Café &
                                Books, Dec. 5.


Blog Posts

Century-ago woman's apple cake recipe

Posted by Rob Neufeld on November 18, 2015 at 2:30pm

Dignity is the key to Richard Russo's inspiration

Posted by Rob Neufeld on November 14, 2015 at 11:31am

Turkey hunter lore from Jim Cassada

Posted by Rob Neufeld on November 3, 2015 at 8:30pm

The Sounds of Sports

Posted by Bill Ramsey on October 24, 2015 at 5:08pm

Train trip to Asheville, Oct. 31

Posted by Rob Neufeld on August 19, 2015 at 7:37pm

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