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The Land Still Speaks film and Culture Vulture fest, Oct 30

Culture festival features film about mountain eldertsfrom press releaseThe Center for Cultural Preservation presents a film festival that highlights mountain heritage, Jewish heritage and African-American heritage on October 30th at the Thomas Auditorium at Blue Ridge Community College.   The festival will feature three films, including the world premiere of a new film, The Land Still Speaks to Us which includes the voices of mountain elders throughout WNC.  There will also be music by local…See More
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Malaprop's Bookstore at Malaprop's

November 9, 2015 from 7pm to 8pm
Presenting new Sam Blackman mystery A SPECTER OF JUSTICESee More
Oct 3
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A Chronology of Asheville and WNC Events in History

                                   IMPORTANT DATES IN ASHEVILLE HISTORY                                                                 by Rob Neufeld 1000: The Cherokee, who’d introduced maize agriculture to the region, began cultivating beans. 1540: Hernando De Soto led troops to East Tennessee through either the Hickory Nut or Swannanoa Gap, finding gold and copper and inspiring a succession of Spanish miners. 1663: Charles II bestows territory between the 31st and 36th parallels in America…See More
Oct 3
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Root-diggers of Appalachia

People in the Lost Provinces were herb-gatherersby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Three herbal products offered by S.B. Penick’s, once the world’s largest herb distributor, its largest warehouse located in Asheville.             “Last week, during a research trip to the ‘Lost Provinces,’” Luke Manget said about the landscape…See More
Oct 3
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A Specter of Justice Preview

A Preview of the new Sam Blackman mystery to be released November 3, 2015
Oct 1
Rob Neufeld's discussion was featured

"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
Sep 27
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Player of Games and the Millennial Mind

Player of Games reveals today’s game-changing mentalityby Rob Neufeld             There is something big happening in Millennial Generation literature, and I thought I’d try to get a handle on it.            To give an idea of one aspect of current thinking: I was at a gathering recently, plenty of youngsters, and I…See More
Sep 27
Julia Nunnally Duncan posted an event

Julia Nunnally Duncan Book Signing at MACA Building

October 10, 2015 from 9am to 1pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will sign her books at the McDowell Arts Council Association (MACA) Booth at the annual Mountain Glory Festival on Saturday, October 10 from 9-1.See More
Sep 22
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Deacon Chrisenberry -Berry- Howell (1855-1938) on horseback. From the collection of Purel Miller (2)

My maternal great grandfather, Chrisenberry Howell, who was called "Berry" Howell in Swain County. From the Purel Miller collection. Submitted by Ann Miller Woodford
Sep 21
James D. Loy posted a blog post

The skull merchant, the dead ape, and the narcoleptic mortician

Hello "The Read on WNC" readers:     I'm posting this note to announce the publication of vol. 3 in my "Loy's Loonies" series.  This one is called The Mortician's Road Trip and it's a bit more of a mystery than my earlier books. Here's a teaser for the story.     Upstate New Yorker Baz Rathbone makes ends meet by selling human skulls. By contract, he should cremate them, but he doesn’t. His little business comes to the attention of the FBI when a woman spots her late husband’s skull being used…See More
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Ann Miller Woodford replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Terra Incognita: An Annotated Bibliography of the Great Smoky Mountains
"That East Tennessee Christian Association of Friends comment, especially bothered me, but it clarifies the view some folks from outside the region have about us even to this day.   … average intelligence...below that of colored…"
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A Chronology of Asheville and WNC Events in History

                                   IMPORTANT DATES IN ASHEVILLE HISTORY                                                                  by…

Started by Rob Neufeld in Local HistoryLatest Reply

"Us versus Them" does not help fight against racism; worsens sectionalism

“Us versus them” is not good history by Rob Neufeld               Writing about history and the complex lives that play out within it does…

Started by Rob Neufeld in Local HistoryLatest Reply

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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Folklore Subjects

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

56 Sep 8
Reply by Ann Miller Woodford

Book & culture issues

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

44 Aug 5
Like Dracula, the Gothic imagination appears era after era
by Rob Neufeld

Book Finds

22 Aug 8
Melungeon heritage books by Lisa Alther and Mattie Ruth Johnson
by Rob Neufeld


Readers' lists of bests of things

2 Oct 10, 2008
Reply by Sherry Austin

Best Pleasure List

1 Aug 17, 2013
Greatest novels in English since 1980
by Rob Neufeld

Our cultural community

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

68 Aug 31
Carolina Mtns Lit Fest & Ann Patchett interview
by Rob Neufeld

New WNC Books and Media

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.

74 Mar 22, 2014
Hanging Dog - An Appalachian Community
by William Roy Pipes


6 May 22, 2013
Tour of 3 old cemeteries in Swannanoa Valley, May 25
by Rob Neufeld

Literary events

58 Mar 24
Six Notable Women of NC book launch Saturday, March 28
by Rob Neufeld

Bookfinder on "The Read" by topic

27 Feb 27, 2013
Murphy Station
by David Donovan

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

27 Dec 2, 2011
The Will Harris Murders by Bob Terrell
by Sallie

Civil War Forum

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.

14 May 21
Reply by Jenny Bowen

Children's books

3 Dec 14, 2008
Best YA Debuts
by Rob Neufeld

Immigration in WNC

This includes stories and discussion threads about immigration in WNC.

4 Jun 9, 2008
Reply by John Kuhlman

AC-T Book Reviews

Here's an archive of book reviews on local, visiting, and significant authors

175 Sep 27
Player of Games and the Millennial Mind
by Rob Neufeld

Current events

17 Oct 9, 2013
Save the bonobos movement includes Asheville conservationist
by Rob Neufeld

Local History

196 Oct 3
Root-diggers of Appalachia
by Rob Neufeld

Land Development

1 Jul 7, 2008
"Boone" features historic land development theme
by Rob Neufeld


There have been discussions of language, especially mountain speech, in Folklore forums. This new forum focuses on the interest.

1 Jun 25, 2009
Reply by Betty Cloer Wallace


Post poems, with permission, and talk about them.

4 Oct 10, 2011
No More Happy Endings
by Bruce Hoch


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