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Carolina Mtns Lit Fest & Ann Patchett interview

Patchett, Kingsolver, and a thrill of writers buzz Burnsvilleby Rob Neufeld             If you take any pleasure or have any interest in literature, you’ll want to be in Burnsville this Friday and Saturday for the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival.            The variety of programs—talks, readings, workshops, performances—are great, as is the variety of subjects; and the 34 presenters are well-chosen.            The Saturday night program, with novelists Barbara Kingsolver and Ann Patchett,…See More
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Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash, and talk with author

Rash’s suspense novel gives time to poetryby Rob Neufeld             Ron Rash’s new novel, “Above the Waterfall,” weds a contemporary thriller with a portrayal of people tapping an ancient way of being.             A fish kill precipitates the story involving fishing rights, a crystal meth epidemic, and two reeling…See More
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Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

Adam Johnson reveals how surreal emotions areby Rob Neufeld             Adam Johnson, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Orphan Master’s Son,” comes to Malaprop’s Bookstore in Asheville, 7 p.m., Fri., Sept. 4 to present his new book of short stories, “Fortune Smiles.”            The stories are remarkable…See More
Aug 23
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Leanne Brown will Present Her Cookbook at City Lights Bookstore

September 4, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Leanne Brown will visit City Lights Bookstore to present her cookbook on Friday, September 4th at 6:30 p.m. Her book, Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day is designed for those on the strictest of budgets, particularly those on the U.S. food stamp budget. This book is great, though, for anyone wanting to eat really well cheaply. Good and Cheap features tips on shopping and kitchen equipment, and more than a hundred easy, flexible recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. To reserve a copy,…See More
Aug 22
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September Teen Book Club at Spellbound Children's Bookshop

September 18, 2015 from 6pm to 7pm
Our new monthly book club for teens meets the third Friday of each month, 6:00-7:00PM. A different book will be discussed at each meeting, and will cover a variety of genres. No purchase is required to attend, but if you do plan to buy the book, we’d appreciate your support of Spellbound as the hosting store! All book club selections are 20% off until the day of the meeting.September's title: SHE IS NOT INVISIBLE by Marcus Sedgwick.See More
Aug 22
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Aug 21
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Betty Smith at Hendersonville culture event September 17

Center Kicks Off New Series With A BangNew “Keeping the Fires Burning Series” Launches With Betty Smith and Songcatcher (from press release) (HENDERSONVILLE, NC, August 18, 2015) – The Center for Cultural Preservation, is pleased to announce the launch of its second season of its popular public program series KEEPING THE FIRES BURNING- Heroes of Mountain Culture.  The series features musicians, authors and heritage preservation leaders who are working to keep mountain culture alive.  The…See More
Aug 21
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Pam Durban, author of Soon, gripping, psychological, Southern stories

Pam Durban: Facing reality with a wide-open eyeby Rob Neufeld             John Updike honored Pam Durban’s story, “Soon,” by selecting it for his anthology, “The Best American Short Stories of the Century.”  Now, it’s one of 11 included in Durban’s new volume, also titled “Soon.”            “Soon,” the short story, is a marvel…See More
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Mary Joyce Returns with a New Book at City Lights Bookstore

September 12, 2015 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Sylva author, Mary Joyce will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, September 12th at 3 p.m. to present her latest book.Underground Military Bases Hidden in North Carolina Mountains compiles information gathered by Joyce over several years about secret military facilities in North Carolina. The information about the secret bases is mostly from those with military, law enforcement and high-security backgrounds plus citizens who have stumbled upon evidence. Joyce is also the author…See More
Aug 18
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North Carolina Writer's Network Fall Conference at Asheville Doubletree Hilton

August 20, 2015 to August 22, 2015
When did you last attended a top quality and affordable writer's conference? The North Carolina Writer's Network is returning to western North Carolina. Membership in the Network is encouraged but not required to attend this event. For more info:http://www.ncwriters.org/2014-01-07-18-05-50/conferencesSee More
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Aug 12
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R.T. Smith--Rachel-Rivers Coffey Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at App State

R.T. Smith, poet, story-writer, and founder of Cold Mountain Review, honored with App State roleSee notice of new book at Washington & Lee U.fROM PRESS RELEASEBOONE—Writer R.T. (Rod) Smith has been named the 2015-16 Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at Appalachian State University. Smith will lead an eight-week colloquium during fall semester for students in Appalachian’s creative writing…See More
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Terra Incognita: An Annotated Bibliography of the Great Smoky Mountains

Great Smokies literature unfolds in guide by Rob Neufeld               Immersing yourself in the deep recesses of our region’s literature h…

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Stories from Southside from before urban renewal

Stories of Southside, an African American community in Asheville by Rob Neufeld Also, read the feature about the Southside remapping projec…

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Q&A about Asheville water system and the current state initiative

Creating an information filter for water system history Photo caption: White Fawn Reservoir (now defunct), built by the city on Beaucatch…

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We get to assemble sources, discussions, and research about such subjects as Frankie Silver and Br'er Rabbit.

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Those who work in the fields of books, education, heritage, and culture can consult, comment, and ask questions.

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Melungeon heritage books by Lisa Alther and Mattie Ruth Johnson
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1 Aug 17, 2013
Greatest novels in English since 1980
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Our cultural community

We share our experience of and thoughts about writers, artists, performers, and cultural leaders in the region

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Carolina Mtns Lit Fest & Ann Patchett interview
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This comprehensive list of new books relating to WNC subjects and authors is the place to go to know what's out; and to add your comments and reviews.

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6 May 22, 2013
Tour of 3 old cemeteries in Swannanoa Valley, May 25
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Literary events

58 Mar 24
Six Notable Women of NC book launch Saturday, March 28
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Bookfinder on "The Read" by topic

27 Feb 27, 2013
Murphy Station
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Western North Carolina Books

WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA BOOKS AN ANNOTATED GUIDE TO THE LITERATURE OF THE REGION FOR ALL READERS Produced by Together We Read, WNC’s 21-County Reading Program Written by Rob Neufeld, February 2007, Revised Sept. 2007

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The Will Harris Murders by Bob Terrell
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This will keep track of what books (and other media) are saying about the Civil War; and of our ideas of what history should be.

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Best YA Debuts
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4 Jun 9, 2008
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Above the Waterfall by Ron Rash, and talk with author
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Save the bonobos movement includes Asheville conservationist
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Local History

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Whiskey still, North Asheville
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Land Development

1 Jul 7, 2008
"Boone" features historic land development theme
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There have been discussions of language, especially mountain speech, in Folklore forums. This new forum focuses on the interest.

1 Jun 25, 2009
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Post poems, with permission, and talk about them.

4 Oct 10, 2011
No More Happy Endings
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