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Salman Rushdie come to Asheville with new novel

Atheist believes in genies, novel revealsby Rob Neufeld             Salman Rushdie’s latest novel—“Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights” (1,001 nights)—has permitted me to come up with a headline as wild as the one above because the book is so exuberantly and infectiously…See More
Feb 7
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73 classic works about Appalachia going online

Key Appalachian studies publications now going onlinefrom press release, Jan. 27. 2016 Appalachian studies scholars and those interested in regional history will have greater access to out-of-print works thanks to a two-year National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Open Book Program grant totaling $88,000 awarded to Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University.  Pamela Mitchem, the library’s coordinator of digital scholarship and…See More
Jan 30
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John Parris' home-grown prose

South of Sylva, back of yesterday: John Parris' inspiration             “For the life of me, I just can’t understand why folks stopped usin’ cradles,” John Parris’ 97-year-old maternal grandfather had told him 60 years ago.            The oil lamp, the buggy, and the spinning wheel—they all were replaced by things…See More
Jan 27
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James Sturm expands scope of graphic novels

James Sturm blazes cartoon path to a new worldby Rob Neufeld             Why is it that when an author combines pictures with words, the medium is considered juvenile, like comics?  Words create literature; images, art.  Why, when you marry them, is it like pairing a milk cow with a mop?            Nothing against…See More
Jan 24
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The Writer as Pilgrim

Two articles leapt at my consciousness this week, both about writing. And suddenly, I know how to go forward from here. The first, The Price I Pay to Write, by Laura Bogart and published online in Dame Magazine, reflects on the difficulties of…See More
Jan 24
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Tired of thrillers with no soul?

Why read a 1940 man-on-the-run classicby Rob Neufeld             After reading a classic novel, you might think, “Oh, look at this superior ancestor of today’s fiction.”              For instance, “The Power and the Glory,” Graham Greene’s 1940 thriller about political oppression in Mexico, exemplifies the…See More
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Jan 9
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Art of Grace by Sarah Kaufman

Dance critic applies grace to every moveby Rob Neufeld             It’s nice to find just the right word for something, especially when it sums up a main idea in your way of thinking.            That was the case with Sarah Kaufman when she’d first felt moved, nine years ago, to write her new book, “The Art of Grace” (W.W.…See More
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Fire and Ice Roses interview with author/gardening blogger Kathryn Hall

Fire and Ice Roses has been interviewing gardening bloggers and gardening experts and were kind enough to include this short interview recently which was quite fun and very much appreciated! http://fireandiceroses.com/ask-an-expert-kathryn-hall/See More
Jan 5
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History in the making, January 2, 2016

History in the making: items of note, January 2, 2016It was reported in today’s print edition of the Asheville Citizen-Times that a new state law went into effect, requiring people who’ve filed for unemployment benefits to make at least 5 job contacts a week.  It had been 2.  How will that work?  Are there that many jobs for which a person is qualified?  Can you apply to the same job twice if it continues to be listed? Paul Bonesteel, noted Asheville filmmaker, revealed on Facebook that a…See More
Jan 2
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Local event of the day, Jan 1 2016

Tarantino, eminent domain, and emancipation Tarantino comes to townQuentin Tarantino’s New Year’s gore and gabfest, The Hateful Eight, is gutted by New Yorker reviewer Anthony Lane, who says that Tarantino toys with rather than explores history, using it “for boyish fantasies of revenge, as if enormous crimes could be undone, after the event, by lone and wanton acts of humiliation.” …See More
Jan 1

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Railroad history in Western North Carolina: a close-up and bottom-line look

Railroads in WNC: the perils, the people, and the profit by Rob Neufeld Written in conjunction with exhibit, "How The West Was Won," in Rur…

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Folklore Subjects

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

57 Dec 6, 2015
Hybrid ontological space of the Dasein of a South american writer
by Hernan Buitrago Ramirez

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46 Jan 24
James Sturm expands scope of graphic novels
by Rob Neufeld

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22 Aug 8, 2015
Melungeon heritage books by Lisa Alther and Mattie Ruth Johnson
by Rob Neufeld

Anthologies

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2 Oct 10, 2008
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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

69 Jan 31
Firestorm Books & Coffee
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.

75 Nov 20, 2015
The Rise of Asheville by Marilyn Ball
by Rob Neufeld

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

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58 Mar 24, 2015
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
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
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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, 2015
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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
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AC-T Book Reviews

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

184 Feb 7
Salman Rushdie to Asheville with new novel
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Save the bonobos movement includes Asheville conservationist
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Local History

212 Jan 30
Main Street had a TB sanitarium
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Land Development

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

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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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4 Oct 10, 2011
No More Happy Endings
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