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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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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
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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
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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
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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
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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…
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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
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Haywood County Bookmania

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Haywood County Bookmania

Time: August 1, 2009 all day
Location: The First Presbytarian Church
Street: 305 N. Main Street
City/Town: Waynesville
Website or Map: http://www.osondubooksellers.…
Phone: 828-456-8062
Event Type: book, fair
Organized By: Margaret Osondu
Latest Activity: Jul 29, 2009

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Osondu Booksellers proudly presents Haywood County Bookmania. This is our 4th festival of authors books and readers.
We have 49 distinguished authors attending.
Fiction, Mystery, Children's, Regional History, Non-fiction,Nature, Hiking and Poetry will all be represented by these fine writers.
There will be a Writing Workshop called The Writer's Tool Kit presented by Vicki Lane. Call to register for this free workshop.
There will be a presentation in the afternoon with Dr. Lin Stepp called For the Love of The Smokies.
The schedule for speakers will be available on Osondu Booksellers web-site.

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Comment by Kathryn Magendie on July 22, 2009 at 12:19pm
Looking forward to being an author there - how exciting!
Comment by Amy T Wilder Osondu on July 20, 2009 at 10:45pm
Sorry I can't attend from here but it sounds amazing and and I hope that all have a great time. August 1st is a great festival day.
Comment by Judith Toy on July 20, 2009 at 7:16am
Am so sorry not to be able to be there. What a delightful event this will be. The right people will be there! Sending light and blessings! Judith
Comment by Sally Mackert on July 19, 2009 at 10:07am
Margaret - Great publicity AND author line-up! Congrats to you and Allison!! Just give me my marching orders, and I'll be there "with bells on." - :)
Comment by Mary Jane Holt on July 19, 2009 at 12:39am
I am very much looking forward to June 1 - thanks for the invitation!

Comment by Jack R.Pyle on July 18, 2009 at 7:29pm
Please check with Margaret. It is my understanding that Taylor Reese and I are both invited because of the two "moon" books that are co-written. We are looking forward to coming to this event again .

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Comment by Gary Carden on July 18, 2009 at 7:06pm
No storytellers or playwrights on the agenda, I see.
Comment by Angela Dove on July 18, 2009 at 5:29pm
I think we're all going to have a wonderful time. Thanks for all the effort you and Allison have put into this!
Comment by Danny Bernstein on July 18, 2009 at 4:57pm
Hi Margaret:
I am looking forward to participating in Bookmania. I'm glad that Osondu Booksellers appreciates the outdoors. See you soon.
Danny Bernstein
Comment by Paula Tohline Calhoun on July 18, 2009 at 1:11pm
Looking forward to Bookmania. Thanks to Margaret Osondu for all her hard work!

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