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Terra Incognita: An Annotated Bibliography of the Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smokies literature unfolds in guideby Rob Neufeld             Immersing yourself in the deep recesses of our region’s literature has just become easier.            The University of Tennessee Press has engaged experts to scour archives for publications about the Great Smoky Mountains, 1544 to 1934; and they’ve…See More
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Bobby Norfolk starts storytelling, June 28

Bobby Norfolk Throws First Pitch for Kaleidoscope: Celebrating Diversityat Stories on Asheville’s Front Porch 2014from press release June 28 eventBobby Norfolk, three-time Emmy Award-winner is the lead storyteller for the fifth season of Stories on Asheville’s Front Porch--Kaleidoscope: Celebrating Diversity, June 28 in the Rhino Courtyard of Pack Place.  The stories begin at 10:30 a.m., rain or shine, and are free to the public.  Entrances to the Rhino Courtyard are from Biltmore Avenue under…See More
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Inez and Annie Daugherty and African American history

The Daughertys of Black Mountain spanned racial historyby Rob Neufeld             “The children in Cragmont (an African American neighborhood in Black Mountain) and High Top Colony, where my family lived, walked to school in groups,” Daugherty recalled about her 1920s childhood in a talk she had with me in 2005.            “White children rode the bus,” she revealed.  “They sometimes threw things at us and called us ugly names, but my mother told me, ‘You know who you are.  Those names do not…See More
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MONTREAT COLLEGE FRIENDS OF THE LIBRARY LUNCHEON at Montreat College, Gaither Fellowship Hall, Montreat, NC

June 21, 2014 from 12pm to 2:30pm
Pamela Duncan, author of Moon Women, Plant Life, and The Big Beautiful, will be the speaker at the Montreat College Friends of the Library Annual Luncheon on Saturday, June 21, 2014, in the Gaither Fellowship Hall.See More
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It ain’t for wimps: readings on aging at Monte Vista Hotel

April 17, 2014 from 6pm to 7pm
Increased life expectancy brings with it increased opportunities, problems, and responsibilities. Both the aged and the pre-aged will find much to ponder at the Black Mountain Authors Guild’s reading at the Monte Vista this Thursday at 6 pm. Four local writers will share their thinking on the subject: Danielle Laverty will read her essay on aging that won the Black Mt. Public Library contest, Nancy Werking Poling will read from her current and published fiction, and James and Cannan Hyde will…See More
Apr 9
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Asheville Wordfest May 2-4, 2014

Asheville Wordfest 2014(Photo top right, Laurey Masterton from Asheville Chamber of Commerce; 2nd photo, Laura Hope-Gill from A webpage in progress!Asheville Wordfest, an annual…See More
Apr 8
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Fiddler of the Mountains by Eva Nell Mull Wike

Fiddler and His FamilyFiddler of the Mountains: Attuned to the Life and Times of Johnny Mull by Eva Nell Mull Wike (Donning Company hardcover, Nov. 2013, 96 pages, $25)See other new WNC books Wike, author of the…See More
Apr 7
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Four Novels Are Now Available

I now have four Novels in print. A fifth Novel, True Love, is finished, but to date not yet published. The four available on-line are: Darby, my bestselling Appalachian novel; Hanging Dog, An Appalachian Community, is a sequel to Darby, Doodlebug, Doodlebug, Your House is on Fire, an Appalachian novel beginning in 1940; and a novelette, Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, a murder mystery full of intrigue, danger, and espionage. All four novels are available on and wherever books are…See More
Apr 7
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Brain Injury Recovery

Brain injury recovery is difficult and anything but certain. When I met Angela Leigh Tucker in late 2008, she was only four months into her battle. A sudden truck-on-car crash had killed her young husband and left her hanging on to life by a thread.For the next three years I researched the topic of traumatic brain injury or TBI. Angela and I travelled together to meeting of brain injury survivors and conferences on the subject. I interviewed countless doctors, therapists, co-workers, family…See More
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Asheville Wordfest May 2, 3, 4: Fiction, Poetry, Storytelling, more! at Asheville Lenoir-Rhyne University

May 2, 2014 at 5pm to May 4, 2014 at 5pm
Asheville Wordfest reaches its seventh year (lucky lucky!) with an expansion to include fiction, poetry, storytelling, songwriting, community conversation, poetry animation, and creative nonfiction. Coming of age with the help of North Carolina Arts Council, Katuah Market, Fine Arts Theater, Malaprops Bookstore/Cafe, and more than thirty writers, poets, musicians, and songwriters, Wordfest continues its commitment the Asheville and WNC communities, representing as many of our communities as the…See More
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Dancing on Rocks, new Chimney Rock novel

Rose Senehi's latest Blue Ridge novel focus on family, history, and intrigue in the touristed town of Chimney Rock. Book launch is at Esmerelda Inn, Apr. 16; other events elsewhere in May.

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Four springtime lit fests

Cassandra King, pictured left, is at Blue Ridge Bookfest; see also about WCU Spring Literary Festival; N.C. Literary Festival; and Wordfest. Click on photo for feature.

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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Michael Parker's new novel

All I have in This World, Michael Parker's new novel, brings together a Venus Fly Trap farmer, a self-exiled Texas woman, a Buick, and several haunted owners of the Buick. Parker is one of many greats at the NC Literary Festival, Apr.3-6.

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Historic photo

Carl Sandburg and grandchildren, 1959. Read background story, see larger image.

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Who's Reading What in WNC?

See what book discussion groups in the region are gathering to talk about in March. Click on the image to learn more.

New books from WNC

See about new books by WNC authors, including Wish, a novel by Leanna Sain, who's at Blue Ridge Books, Mar. 22.

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Bulgarian authors bring renaissance

With support from the Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, Virginia Zaharieva and Albena Stambolova have published startling novels. Read more.

Morgan's people, next generation 

Robert Morgan takes the Richards family and their community to Green River and through the Depression and WWII.  Read review. 

Black Mountain to Japan

Born 1916 in Black Mountain, Evelyn Cordell built a career that took her to Japan in 1945, managing the war crimes trials office; and meeting her husband, Dr. Bruno Romeo.  Read story.


Fiddler's story

Eva Wike's latest book is a celebration of her uncle and a history story about the fiddle in mountain life.

Read about it.



          Click above link for:

  • National Book Critics Circle Award-winners
  • Arthur C. Clarke sci-fi finalists
  • Gary Hawkins "Five (Occupational) Love Poems"

Community and Local History

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.

Cherokee history

New book of old documents, brilliantly organized, provide insights.  Read feature story about Cherokee society. 

See more Community and Local History features.

Book and author features

See week's calendar of events.

Frances Mayes (right) presents her memoir, "Under Magnolia," Malaprop's, Apr. 18.

Poet Brad Leland Walker reads from "On Location," Battery Park Book Exchange, Apr. 22.

Sallie Bissell (left) presents her new Mary Crow novel, "Deadliest of Sins," Malaprop's, Apr. 23.


Blog Posts

Bobby Norfolk starts storytelling, June 28

Posted by Rob Neufeld on April 18, 2014 at 8:00pm

Four Novels Are Now Available

Posted by William Roy Pipes on April 7, 2014 at 7:46am

Brain Injury Recovery

Posted by Bill Ramsey on April 7, 2014 at 7:21am

It's About Time...

Posted by RhondaKay Brigman on April 1, 2014 at 1:38pm

Incompetence of the Town of Smithfield

Posted by Doris Anne Beaulieu on March 28, 2014 at 10:56pm

Young LIons Award--Authors Younger Than 36

Posted by Rob Neufeld on March 27, 2014 at 5:00pm

Conversation with a Doe

Posted by Christine Lajewski on March 22, 2014 at 11:39am

New Cherokee center and exhibit in Hayesville

Posted by Rob Neufeld on March 20, 2014 at 9:31pm

Finalists for Arthur C. Clarke sci-fi award 2014

Posted by Rob Neufeld on March 20, 2014 at 9:00pm

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