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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
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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
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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
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A Specter of Justice Preview

A Preview of the new Sam Blackman mystery to be released November 3, 2015
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"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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Sep 22
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Sep 21
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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
Sep 20
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Sep 19
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…"
Sep 8
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Carol Anders posted an event

FREUD'S LAST SESSION by Mark St. Germain at All Souls Cathedral Parrish Hall / Biltmore Village

October 4, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm
It is a "sharp, lively discourse, and audience members searching for engaging debate will be pleased, St. Germain's script is astute, and the humor is plentiful."-NY Times. Sigmund Freud invites C. S. Lewis to his home in London  ...they clash about sex, love, the existence of God and the meaning of life - just weeks before Freud took his own life. This play reveals the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men.  Afterwards a time to "talk back" with The Very Rev. Todd Donatelli and Dr. Mary…See More
Sep 8

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Jonathan Kozol's Fire in the Ashes--25-year caring about poorest children

Poor children’s chief advocate reviews his career by Rob Neufeld (See voices about poverty in WNC)               The season puts one in min…

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Ron Rash keynotes Spring Literary Festival----his poetry reveals his career

Ron Rash’s celebrated career can be viewed through his poetry  Author keynotes literary festival by Rob Neufeld               In his early…

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Like Dracula, the Gothic imagination appears era after era

Gothic keeps coming back in new forms by Rob Neufeld               Gothic is a word with a history.             The shadowy style became th…

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Joseph Bathanti, Poet Laureate, writer in many forms, at Wolfe House

Joseph Bathanti, laureate and brother-to-all, speaks by Rob Neufeld               As North Carolina’s current Poet Laureate, Joseph Bathant…

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0 Jun 15, 2014

Interview with Francine Prose, April 16, 2014

Interview with Francine Prose, April 16, 2014, on occasion of publication of Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 Interviewer: Rob Neuf…

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0 May 4, 2014

12 Authors pay homage to Wolfe with rockers

Twelve authors pay homage to Wolfe with rockers by Rob Neufeld (Photo of Ben's deathbed room by Henry Neufeld)               When it comes…

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1 Mar 21, 2014
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Darby has been nominated for...

The People’s Book Prize is an annual (UK Literary Award). Titles are nominated by Publishers, and are voted on by the public. The prize is…

Started by William Roy Pipes

0 Feb 16, 2014

Three WNC writers: Amberg, Owens, and McIlvoy

Three August 2013 WNC author stories Hickory poet Scott Owens’ new book   Scott Owens, a prominent poet in these parts, has a new book com…

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0 Aug 18, 2013

Soil and Sacrament author at Malaprop's Aug. 14

Fred Bahnson, leading permaculturalist, presents new book at Malaprop's, 7 p.m., Wed. Aug 14, 2013 SOIL AND SACRAMENT: A Spiritual Memoir…

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0 Aug 2, 2013

Thomas Wolfe Award book nominations due by July 15

Nominate books for noteworthy WNC Award (See new WNC Book list for ideas) (See winners, 1955-present) From press  release:    The Western…

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1 Jul 5, 2013
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Interview with Andrew Solomon, June 11, 2013

Interview with Andrew Solomon, June 11, 2013 on the occasion of his talk about his book, “Far from the Tree,” at Autism Pride Week, Ashevil…

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0 Jun 14, 2013

Wayne Caldwell is honored with prestigious award

Wayne Caldwell's fictional universe has a hold on us Wayne Caldwell, who entered the literary world big-time with two resonant novels, Cata…

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0 Apr 1, 2013


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