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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
Jan 9
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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 profitby Rob NeufeldWritten in conjunction with exhibit, "How The West Was Won," in Rural Heritage Museum, Mars Hill University PHOTO CAPTION: The entrance to the railroad show at the Rural Heritage Museum is commanded by a mock-up of Climax engine…See More
Dec 24, 2015
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Hosts of Christmas Past

Traditions shall not expire say hosts of Christmas pastby Rob Neufeld PHOTO CAPTION: Maria Parker Taylor Beale, courtesy Chase Ambler.            On Christmas Eve in 1928, Maria Taylor Beale, mistress of Arden House, instructed her family to bring her downstairs in her bathrobe for she would not…See More
Dec 24, 2015

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Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean--Appalachian Outsiders tell all

Southern Appalachian outsiders tell all by Rob Neufeld               “Who was that woman...on the trail, the rain-matted one, the one cover…

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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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James Sturm expands scope of graphic novels

James Sturm blazes cartoon path to a new world by Rob Neufeld               Why is it that when an author combines pictures with words, the…

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Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean--Appalachian Outsiders tell all

Southern Appalachian outsiders tell all by Rob Neufeld               “Who was that woman...on the trail, the rain-matted one, the one cover…

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1 Oct 25, 2015
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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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0 Aug 5, 2015

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…

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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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