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Peachtree – Local author William Roy Pipes announces the release of his two books – Mammy: A Term of Endearment and A Haven for Willa Mae. Mammy: A Term of Endearment, is a fictional story of the sla…

Peachtree – Local author William RoyPipes announces the release of his two books– Mammy: A Term of Endearment and A Havenfor Willa Mae.Mammy: A Term of Endearment, is a fictionalstory of the slavery of a black woman whoafter being freed became my father’s mammy.Some feel the word Mammy is a racial term,but Pipes’ father considered it a term of endearment.It’s a story of the discrimination many blacksand poor whites still face today, not only in theSouth but also in the North. It is a story of…See More
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William Roy Pipes commented on William Roy Pipes's blog post Mammy: A term of Endearment
"A Haven for Willa Mae    A Haven for Willa Mae is the first of a two series novels. It is a novel containing danger, suspense, romance and treachery along with abuse, deceit, murder, kidnapping, and insanity. It is a gripping action packed…"
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William Roy Pipes posted a blog post

Mammy: A term of Endearment

Mammy: A Term of Endearment    I have a new novel I titled, Mammy: A Term of Endearment. Mammy is a fictional story of the slavery of a black woman who after being freed became my father’s mammy. Some feel the word Mammy is a racial term, but my father considered it a term of endearment.    It’s a story of the discrimination many blacks and poor whites still face today, not only in the south but also in the north. It is a story of love, hate, romance, and humor.    Included in the novel are…See More
Jul 17
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Finding a great book beyond the in-crowd mainstream

A new way to find great new booksby Rob Neufeld            I keep searching for ways to be as open as possible to great books as they come out.  It’s not easy because: 1) our guides—publishers and reviewers—follow certain channels, comparable to radio playlists, to stay smart; and 2) a random approach is impractical.            Readers’ online reviews help, but there’s too much; I need a filter, based partly on authority.  I could ask people in person—and that’s pretty interesting.  Rarely do…See More
Jul 15
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Robert Beatty's Serafina and the art of YA fantasy

How to write a youth fantasy: introducing Serafinaby Rob Neufeld             Begin in the basement of the recently constructed Biltmore House with a girl who’s been in hiding there from infancy to her 12th year—for good reasons—and follow that lead to a media sensation that seeks to join “Frozen” in…See More
Jul 12
Fred Weyler replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Robert Henry revealed by Rick Russell book
"LP Summers mentioned Samuel Talbot in "History of SW VA" then withdrew him from militia list in more accurate "Annals of SW VA" probably because there was no such person in the county records. Robert Henry set high standards for…"
Jul 11
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"Us versus Them" does not help fight against racism; worsens sectionalism

“Us versus them” is not good historyby Rob Neufeld             Writing about history and the complex lives that play out within it does not sell as well as team spirit, especially in this age of clicks and likes.            I recently confronted this truth when I wrote my article last week about the minds of our leaders in 1851. The word “slavery” was added to the headline to alert people to its relevance.  Seeing that term connected people to a cause they felt strongly about, particularly in…See More
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Christine Lajewski posted a blog post

Suitcase Charlie: A Recommended Crime Thriller

     John Guzlowski is a writer and poet whose parents were forced laborers in Poland during WW II. He was born in a refugee camp before he came with his family to live in the Polish neighborhoods of Chicago. Already a highly regarded poet, he turned his childhood memories (including some gruesome child murders) into a novel titled SUITCASE CHARLIE.    Two war-weary Chicago detectives investigate a series of horrifying child murders. Before the crimes are solved, the reader follows the…See More
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William Roy Pipes posted a discussion

Mammy, A Term of Endearment

I read Rob Neufield's article Visit OUR PAST in today's Asheville Citizen-Times.It was a super article, but caused me to want to share my novel:  Mammy: A Term of Endearment.Mammy: A Term of Endearment. is now available as an ebook on Kindle, but the publisher, Ecanus Publishing, Great Britain tells me the paperback edition will be out soon (2 to 3 weeks).The novel is fiction but came from my father who was born in 1895. Due to his mother's sickness Grandpa hired her to be a Mammy to my father,…See More
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Writers on the Rock at Chimney Rock, NC

June 28, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm
The culture and heritage of Appalachia is an experience like no other, and it serves as the perfect backdrop for a variety of storytelling. View the soaring cliffs and stunning valleys of Chimney Rock and the Hickory Nut Gorge as you get to know your favorite author and meet new ones. Join Ann B. Ross, Tommy Hays, Sheri Castle, Evan Williams and more as they share their experiences and autograph copies of their books. A selection of titles by each author will be available for sale. See…See More
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Writers on the Rock

10 authors present their work at Chimnney Rock Park gathering, Sun., June 28...

Click on photo to read about each author.

Alli Marshall's rockstar novel

In her debut novel, How to Talk to Rockstars, Alli Marshall, arts editor for “Mountain Xpress,” turns her experience as a music reviewer into the exposed story of Bryn Thompson, a reviewer for whom relationships fail, but music prevails.

Marshall is at City Lights, June 20.

Photo ny Carrie Edison. To see full photo and read review, click on photo to read. 

Golf history in North Asheville

The original sales office for the Lake View Park development along Beaver Lake later became the clubhouse for the development’s golf course and for the Country Club of Asheville.

Click on photo for history of country club since Swannanoa hunt days.

NPR's Inskeep brings Jacksonland

Steve Inskeep's book looks at Andrew Jackson, John Ross, and Cherokee and American history.

Read about May 31 and June 1 events by clicking on photo.

Big wave to save Saluda depot

Saluda train depot, built 1903, at the crest of the steepest mainline standard gauge railroad in the U.S. is getting saving attention.

Click on photo to see review..

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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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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Welcome readers...

Welcome readers to your world--your place, programs, and website--with a sponsored feature in this spot.

Reach a large audience. See how.

Who's Reading What in WNC?

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

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The Serafina phenomenon

Robert Beatty's YA fantasy novel, "Serafina and the Black Cloak," about a girl, an evil, and the Biltmore Estate c. 1900, is set for stardom.  Read about the book.

Us v. Them--not good history

Read about Southern heritage, the fight against racism, and the way a person-by=person approach to history helps.

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.

Fall of house of Coleman

The razing of the Coleman house at the head of Montford in 1979 was an alarum for preservation efforts in Asheville.  Read more.

Once upon a stage: Thunderland

In 1952, a great writer and composer collaborated to produce a Daniel Boone drama to be produced in an outdoor theater in Arden.  Read about it.

Finding a great book a new way

Bestseller lists; book reviews; publisher promos; readers' votes--are you missing great books with these access methods?  Here's another approach. Read the feature.

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Laura Ingalls Wilder

(portrayed by Daphne Ruth Darcy) meets children @Smith- McDowell House, June 20.  Read about it.

Psalms to clouds & clods

Robert Morgan's 15th volume of poetry, and 27th book, creates artworks that link the momentary with the mystical, rural and cosmic, deformity and beauty, and drag harrows and MRIs. Read review.

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Community and Local History

Jesse James Bailey

No matter how rough and, at times, lethal, the business of sheriffing got, it was like a game of cops and robbers.  Men enjoyed being legendary.  Bailey was not only fearless, he was cagey, humorous, music-loving, and sentimental.  Read more.

Working Class history

Read about the working class history of the region; and about Dr. David Whisnant's talk on the subject, Thurs., Mar 26, at the Mars Hill College.

McKinney family legacy of joy

Through several generations in Mitchell County, the McKinneys have passed on a legacy.  Read story.  

See more Community and Local History features.

Book and author features

See week's calendar of events.

Robert Beatty (right) presents "Serafina and the Black Cloak," Malaprop's, July 25.

Raymond Barfield (left) presents "The Book of Colors," Malaprop's, July 27.

Cindy Tuttle presents "Images of America: Saluda," Fountainhead Bookstore, July 31.

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