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Gail Godwin full interview for Grief Cottage event

Gail Godwin talks about Grief Cottage            Asheville author Gail Godwin, now a Woodstock, NY resident, comes back home here Wed., June 14 to present her new novel, “Grief Cottage” at Malaprop’s Bookstore, 7 p.m.             “Grief Cottage” is the story of an orphaned, sensitive, troubled boy, named…See More
Jun 13
Jack J. Prather posted a blog post

First Woman NC Poet Laureate's Biography

A Biography of Late NC Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byerin Hendersonville Author's Six Notable Women of North CarolinaA biography of the late Kathryn Stripling "Kay" Byer of Cullowhee, the first woman and longest-serving (2005-2009) Poet Laureate in the state, is featured in Six Notable Women of North Carolina by Jack J. Prather of Hendersonville, founder of the Young Writers Scholarship at Warren Wilson College. The 43-page biography includes poems selected by the poet who passed away on…See More
Jun 9
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Julia Nunnally Duncan at Marion Community Building

June 17, 2017 from 10am to 3pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be a featured author at the McDowell County 2017 Local Author Festival at the Marion Community Building in downtown Marion on Saturday, June 17 from 10-3. The event is sponsored by the McDowell County Public Library and is free and open to the public.See More
Jun 6
Short-short Stories & Riddles posted a blog post

Mom's has-been groove in ghost-boy novel

Marcus, in Gail Godwin’s new novel, Grief Cottage, recalls his friendship with Wheezer, whom he’d once beaten up at school because Wheezer had exposed Marcus’ shameful secret about his mom.  Now Marcus, age 10, is an orphan.  His dad has always been unknown to him; and his mom has just died in a car accident. Relocated to his aunt’s beach house, Marcus, despite the safety of the place, finds himself in trouble. He’s communicating with a ghost.  He’s having dreams about a non-existent older…See More
Jun 3
City Lights Bookstore posted events
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Art of Awakening Shamanic Consciousness at City Lights Bookstore

July 28, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Linda Star Wolf will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, July 28th at 6:30 p.m. She will present her new book, Soul Whispering: The Art of Awakening Shamanic Consciousness.  Master Shamanic Breathwork Practitioner, Nita Gage co-wrote the book with Linda Star Wolf. The authors explore how the art of Soul Whispering can help each of us understand why we experience our lives the way we do and shift from healing our wounds to embracing the process of transformation. This is a powerful new…See More
May 27
Connie Regan-Blake posted events
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Dada Maheshvarananda Launches Cooperative Games book at Malaprops Bookstore

May 27, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
With a Foreword by noted author and activist, Bill Ayers, Cooperative Games for a Cooperative World by Dada Maheshvarananda, shows up how to work together to create unity, trust, and cooperation in making the small and big changes needed to create the world we want to see.Listen to this recent radio interview with Dada:https://drive.google.com/openDiane Donovan of Midwest Books says of…See More
May 20
Mirra posted an event

Dada Maheshvarananda Launches Cooperative Games book at Malaprops Bookstore

May 27, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
With a Foreword by noted author and activist, Bill Ayers, Cooperative Games for a Cooperative World by Dada Maheshvarananda, shows up how to work together to create unity, trust, and cooperation in making the small and big changes needed to create the world we want to see.Listen to this recent radio interview with Dada:https://drive.google.com/openDiane Donovan of Midwest Books says of…See More
May 16
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Rosalind Bunn Storytime at City Lights Bookstore

June 24, 2017 from 11am to 12pm
Rosalind Bunn will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, June 24th at 11 a.m. for a special storytime. Rosalind teaches at East Side Elementary in Marietta, Georgia. She has three grown children and a new grandson. Rosalind has co-authored three children's books with a dear friend, Kathleen Howard. Her newest book, Thunder & a Lightning Bug Named Lou, is illustrated by Angela C. Hawkins and was released in December 2016. Her other titles are Whose Shadow Do I See?, The Monsters…See More
May 13
Short-short Stories & Riddles posted a blog post

I Have a Coin

I Have a Coin I have a coin I deem a treasure.One side bears the sign of extinction,And the other, an instance of nature.But it’s not a coin; it’s a seal,And the meaning of this distinctionIs the unbearable sadness I feelWith experience, or with closure. It seems like a double exposure,But the knowledge of impermanenceBleeds into the ideal likenessOf mortality in its eminence—To yield a vibrant pictureOf a creature’s essential brightnessAs it burns for life without censure. --Rob NeufeldSee More
May 12
City Lights Bookstore posted events
May 11
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Kalen Vaughan Johnson debuts ROBBING THE PILLARS at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

May 20, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
This signing event for my debut novel ROBBING THE PILLARS will also serve as a benefit for longtime family friend and WNC advocate for people with disabilitiesSee More
May 10
Gary Thomas Johnson shared Kalen Vaughan Johnson's event on Facebook
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Kalen Vaughan Johnson debuts ROBBING THE PILLARS at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

May 20, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
This signing event for my debut novel ROBBING THE PILLARS will also serve as a benefit for longtime family friend and WNC advocate for people with disabilitiesSee More
May 10
Mark de Castrique posted a blog post

Hidden Scars - Sam Blackman and Black Mountain College

I don't know if this is true for my fellow writers, but proofing can be the most difficult part of the process.  I received the ARC today for October's Sam Blackman Mystery and will begin the last review for typos or formatting errors that have eluded my editor, my copy editor, and myself.  Amazing that there is always something that the brain "fixes" and we don't see.Hope springs eternal that the October release will be typo-free.  The mystery is set against the historic backdrop of Black…See More
May 6

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Heroic struggles of the homeless

Read the stories of Viola, Jim, and Kirk, told with great spirit and candor

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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.

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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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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.

Hope of citizen science

Mary Ellen Hannibal, author of Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction, speaks at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 6.  Read about the event and read her essay.

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.

Sacred site: Dellinger Mill

The mill was built in 1867, and still operates today, east of Bakersville. Its community life contrasted with hard times and hard feelings in post-Civil War Mitchell County.  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.

Who,who picks the dog out?

(Image of sculpted rabbit is "El Arairah" by Plott Hound finalist Todd Frahm)

The Plott Hound is very important to Waynesville and a family has provided space and money for a statue in its honor there.  It's down to 3 artists.  See the process.

 

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.

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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.

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Events

Marcus Sedgwick, prize-winning YA author, is featured speaker at Literacy Council fundraiser, Apr. 25More

Terry Roberts (left) presents his novel, This Bright Land, at City Lights Bookstore, May 20.  More


                                  

Blog Posts

First Woman NC Poet Laureate's Biography

Posted by Jack J. Prather on June 9, 2017 at 12:41pm

I Have a Coin

Posted by Short-short Stories & Riddles on May 12, 2017 at 8:00am

How to make a monument Waynesville style

Posted by Rob Neufeld on May 5, 2017 at 4:08pm

A riddle

Posted by Short-short Stories & Riddles on April 30, 2017 at 6:00pm

Becky Stone Presents Maya Angelou

Posted by Rob Neufeld on April 19, 2017 at 9:42pm

Hester

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

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