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2012 Award Winner for Literature -- Gary Neil Carden

A literature and drama teacher turned storyteller, Gary Neil Carden is an award winning playwright whose tales are informed by mountain life in North Carolin...
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Stories of Asheville's homeless

History of Asheville’s homeless: humanity on trialby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Jim Parton and Kirk Faulkner, two homeless men at A-Hope, where Jim is getting help finding housing and Kirk is making job connections.  Photo, 2017, by Rob Neufeld.“I admire my daddy more than any other human on…See More
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Writers at Home at Malaprops at Malaprops

March 19, 2017 from 3pm to 5pm
A.K. Benninghofen, Lockie Hunter and Beth Keefauver will offer a free reading at the next installment of the Writers at Home series, presented by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP), at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood Street in Asheville. This monthly series of free readings is hosted by GSWP director and novelist Tommy Hays.See More
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Reading by Poet Bianca Spriggs at Three Top Room, Plemmons Student Union, App State University

March 30, 2017 from 7:30pm to 8:45pm
A reading by poet, multi-genre artist, and core member of the Affrilachian Poets Bianca Spriggs in the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State. Spriggs will also present a craft talk from 12:30-1:45 in the Price Lake Room of the Plemmons Student Union. Free admission.For more info, see the press release http://www.news.appstate.edu/2017/03/06/bianca-spriggs/Parking info is at parking.appstate.edu.…See More
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Mar 14
Toby Hill posted a blog post

Hester

HESTER      Growing up in Asheville,  N.C. in the 50’s and 60’s seemed, at the time, to be filled with a rhythm of adventure and strange encounters sprinkled with an assortment of particularly interesting and somewhat odd characters. One of those persons who fascinated me as a child was my father’s friend “Hester. “       My dad was about as straight an arrow as anyone could find. He seemed to a preadolescent, somewhat indolent son, frankly boring. Looking back from a perspective of 70 years, I…See More
Mar 11
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African-American musicians in Asheville

African-American musicians flourished in Asheville neighborhoodsby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: The Outcasts, the state’s Battle of the Bands winner in 1979, included: (kneeling l to r) Edward Stout, saxophonist; Darriel Jones, drummer; (seated) Patricia McAfee, vocalist; (standing l to r) Marvin Seabrooks, trombonist; Mike…See More
Mar 11
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Blind Man's Bluff

According to the Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore, the game Blind Man's Bluff is as old as the 16th Century. It was a game I never liked playing as a kid. I was always afraid someone would get hurt-namely me! Its one of those games that makes grown-ups yell things like "Somebodys going to…See More
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Bob Plott replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Hunters and Plott hounds
"Thanks for sharing this Rob--and the book plug too. I have never seen this photo before. I have several others from the 1942 article, but this was a new one. The man on the truck looking down is WWII hero Little George Plott--who I profiled in my…"
Mar 6
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I'll Be All Smiles Tonight

old VHS film from 2002, a little distorted by the video conversion process... This song features a high lead by Pap and a harmony underneath. In the key of D...
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Lead story

Timothy Tyson's story of heroism in face of racism

Tyson's at Malaprop's with his book, The Blood of Emmett Till, Feb. 15, 6 p.m.

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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.

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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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See the timeline of Asheville and WNC historic events by clicking on photo.

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Vegan Studies Project

Laura Wright, WCU professor, authors a wide-ranging, clear survey of a subject of increasing significance..

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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.

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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East Asheville: sites, history & future

Read this tour of East Asheville sites, from the top of the Blue Ridge Parkway to the commercial edge of Tunnel Road.  It's also a story about community.  Photo is of Bethesda Cemetery cleaning.

Odyssey of Jacob Shook

In 1732, the Schucks left war-torn and impoverished Alsace-Lorraine, and made to Pennsylvania.  Family members then went down the wagon road to the Catawba River Valley; and Jacob Shook (he changed the spelling) pioneered Clyde.  Read about all the history in which the Shooks got embroiled.

Appalachian food memory

Brasstown web journalist Tipper writes about apple sauce, chocolate sauce, and food memories.  See more of her contributions.

Novel of apple heritage 

In Rose Senehi's new novel, Carolina Belle, Belle McKenzie says, “We’re living in the last days of the Southern apple...Maybe ninety percent are now extinct.” Following her business passion—an orchard revival movement—alongside her romantic problems provides a long overdue treatment of Western North Carolina apple history in fiction.  Read more.

Gautreaux's folk realism

Tim Gautreaux's new book of stories, "Signals," transverses many regions--including his bayou one--with memorable characters and ingenious plots.  Read more

Nina Simone house

The house in Tryon in which music and civil rights icon Nina Simone grew up has been saved again.  Read more.

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..

Region and world

  • WCU's Mountain Heritage Center and curator, Ann Miller Woodford, present an exhibit on African-Americans in western WNC, based on Ann’s book, When All God's Children Get Together.  Feb. 19, 3-5 p.m., there's a gospel singing program at Liberty Baptist Church, Sylva.   About program.  About book.
  • UNC Asheville's Great Smokies Writing Program's workshops & classes, Spring 2017, beg. mid-February.

Archive of Features

Community and Local History

Plott hounds on board

1942: hunters in Haywood County get ready to go chase bear.  Read more.

Job Barnard's Civil War portrait

At age 26, Job Dillingham Barnard enlisted in the Black Mountain Guards at Democrat on July 23, 1861, and was elected 1st Lieutenant.  Job’s maternal grandfather, Absalom Dillingham, had been a first settler of the Big Ivy area.  Read more.

Snake handling, 1985

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

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.

See more Community and Local History features.

Events

David Joy presents his second novel, The Weight of This World, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library, in an event co-hosted by City Lights Bookstore, Fri., March 3rd, 6:30 p.m.  More.

Michael Knight (above left) presents Eveningland his book of stories and a novella, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 6 p.m., Thurs., Mar. 8.  Read about it.

Walter Ziffer (above right), author of Confronting the Silence, his Holocaust memoir and meditation, is at Congregation Beth Israel 2 p.m., March 5.  The 1 p.m. reception is sold out.  He will also be at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 7 p.m., Tues., Mar. 14

Nancy Werking Poling launches her book, Before It Was Legal: a black-white marriage (1945-1987), at Black Mountain Library105 N Dougherty St., March 6, 7p.m.

March 17, 6 p.m., at Spellbound BookshopAllan Wolf reads from his new young adult novel, Who Killed Christopher Goodman?, based on a crime that had occurred when the author had been in high school


                                  

Blog Posts

Hester

Posted by Toby Hill on March 11, 2017 at 11:18pm

Blind Man's Bluff

Posted by Tipper on March 9, 2017 at 3:00pm

The Gunter Cabin

Posted by Tipper on March 5, 2017 at 3:27pm

The Gunter Cabin

Posted by Tipper on March 5, 2017 at 3:27pm

Nina Simone's home re-rescued

Posted by Rob Neufeld on March 2, 2017 at 6:54pm

When You Get in the Habit of Saying the Same Thing

Posted by Tipper on February 23, 2017 at 3:00pm — 1 Comment

Inspiration From Days Gone By

Posted by Tipper on February 19, 2017 at 7:15pm

Inspiration From Days Gone By

Posted by Tipper on February 16, 2017 at 4:00pm

Novelist Caldwell and poet Nelson at Malaprop's Feb 19

Posted by Rob Neufeld on February 15, 2017 at 2:30pm

Novelist Caldwell and poet Nelson at Malaprop's Feb 19

Posted by Rob Neufeld on February 15, 2017 at 2:30pm

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