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The Rise of Asheville by Marilyn Ball

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
Nov 10
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Juniper Bends Quarterly Reading at DownTown Books & News

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
Nov 9
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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…
Nov 9
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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
Nov 6
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Turkey hunter lore from Jim Cassada

Jim Casada's book on legendary turkey huntersJim Casada, our premiere Great Smoky Mountains outdoorsman/writer (see his newsletter) has written a new book, Remembering the Greats: Profiles of Turkey Hunting's Old Masters.“I knew several great turkey men, and every one of them was passin’ quair," Jim Cassada's grandfather had once told him.Following this aphorism, leading off Chapter 2 of his book, Cassada launches into the story of…See More
Nov 3

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A Chronology of Asheville and WNC Events in History

                                   IMPORTANT DATES IN ASHEVILLE HISTORY                                                                  by…

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"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…

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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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Folklore Subjects

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

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Book & culture issues

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

45 Oct 25
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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
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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.

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The Rise of Asheville by Marilyn Ball
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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

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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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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
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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

179 Nov 16
Calloustown by George Singleton
by Rob Neufeld

Current events

17 Oct 9, 2013
Save the bonobos movement includes Asheville conservationist
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Local History

203 Nov 16
Railroad history in Western North Carolina: a close-up and bottom-line look
by Rob Neufeld

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
by Bruce Hoch


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