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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
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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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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 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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Best Books of 2012

The pointers suggest many good reads: Holiday book buying list, The Read on WNC New WNC Books Also see Best Books 2012, of Part 2 Daily…

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Melungeon heritage books by Lisa Alther and Mattie Ruth Johnson

Melungeon literature marks a changing nation by Rob Neufeld               I am a mongrel.  I’ve got straight black hair and a reddish moust…

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Best books list 2013 for WNC

Immerse yourselves in WNC’s best literature, 2013 by Rob Neufeld See also national lists of best books of the year               The focus…

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0 Dec 7, 2013

5 new WNC Books, Fall 2013

A new crop in regional literature by Rob Neufeld               Southern Appalachia is speaking through the voices of many people who have s…

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0 Nov 24, 2013

The literature of Madison County

The literature of Madison County: a wealth of sources by Rob Neufeld               There had already been a renaissance of Madison County l…

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0 Oct 24, 2013

Ten new books of the region, July 2013

A look into WNC publishing, July 2013 • A Murder in Passing: A Sam Blackman Mystery by Mark de Castrique (Poisoned Pen Press hardcover, Ju…

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0 Jul 3, 2013

Photography and the American Civil War

Important new photo-documentary Civil War volume is out Photography and the American Civil War by Jeff L. Rosenheim (Metropolitan Museum o…

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0 Apr 25, 2013

L.A. Times' best books of 2012

L.A. Times names best books of 2012 Ben Fountain's satire Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk was named the winner of the L.A. Times 2012 book…

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0 Apr 22, 2013

2013 Indies Choice Book and E.B. White Read-Aloud Awards

American Booksellers recognize most noteworthy fiction and non-fiction for all ages The staffs of stores that are American Booksellers Ass…

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0 Apr 20, 2013

WNC Writers are in the running for Bookseller awards

SOUTHERN BOOK FINALISTS, APRIL 2013   Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance have selected this year’s finalists for the 2013 SIBA B…

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0 Apr 19, 2013

Once a Warrior King

Once a Warrior King was my first book.  It was published by McGraw-Hill in 1985, but is still in press and I mention it here because it rem…

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0 Feb 27, 2013

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