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Glenda Council Beall posted a blog post

Writers Circle around the Table

We are located in Hayesville, NC. In April we begin our new season with outstanding Poet Mike James. Mike will read at Writers' Night Out in Blairsville, GA on Friday evening April 13. On Saturday, April 14, he will teach a class at my studio.Formally SpeakingThis class will focus on different types of traditional poetic forms such as the sonnet, the villanelle, and the sestina, and will also include other verse forms such as erasures, found poems, prose poems, and last poems.Contact Glenda…See More
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Rachel Carson, Silent Spring Chautauqua History Alive at UNC Asheville, OLLI Reuters Center, Manheimer Room

April 15, 2018 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Step inside the revolutionary book, Silent Spring as its author Rachel Carson reveals the reckless destruction of our living world. Written more than 55 years ago Silent Spring inspired the Environmental Movement and has never been out of print. And now you have a chance to ask the author, Rachel Carson, how this came to be. But these aren’t just performances. They’re a chance to step into Living History – to ask questions and go one on one with a women whose books shaped our country and our…See More
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Mom in Her Writing Nook ...

She was working on the "About the Authors" section of "Echoes Across the Blue Ridge" when I captured this one morning. Though you can't see it, her coffee cup was within gentle reach that morning. Roxie is at her feet.
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In 1945 Indiana prohibited marriage between a white person and anyone with more than one-eighth "Negro blood." Yet Daniel (black) and Anna (white) gave up family, friends, and eventually even country to create a life together. Their 42-year marriage…
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Focusing on the aftermath of the 2008 Financial Crisis, The Bang Bang Brokers tells the story of a hedge fund manager (based on a composite of real life traders) who got rich off of predicting the subprime fallout. His guilt and suicidal impulses lead him to a chance meeting with a Latino Gang, headed by small time weed dealer Ramon (Erik Michael Estrada). In hopes that Ramon will kill him in exchange for the favor, Rolley (played by Donihue) robs a rival Black Gang, earning the pair a ton of…See More
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First speculators of WNC

Zachariah Candler and Waightstill Avery were first land-buyersby Rob Neufeld             “In mid-2010, while compiling the descendant chart for the Zachariah Candler family,” Charles Haller writes in “Pushing the Indians Out,” his book about first developers, “I became interested in Zachariah’s obsession with accumulating land grants issued by the State of North Carolina.”            Zachariah was one of the resident landowners who jumped on the big post-Revolutionary War land sale.            …See More
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The Modern Library Top 100 stops at 1983; what comes after

by Rob Neufeld

The Modern Library list for best English language novels of the 20th century is 80% pre-1960.  Its most recent pick is Ironweed by William Kennedy (1983).  It seems as if the choices were based on the weight of established opinion rather than the experience of reading.  Here is my list for post-1980 novels.

See also the review of The Secret Agent by Joseph Conrad (book discussion pick for Sept. 12, 2013; no. 46 on the Modern Library list).



Rabbit Is Rich by John Updike (Knopf, 1981)

A Gathering of Old Men by Ernest J. Gaines (Knopf, 1983)

Ironweed by William Kennedy (Viking, 1983)

Cold Sassy Tree by Olive Ann Burns (Houghton Mifflin, 1984)

White Noise by Don DeLillo (Viking, 1985)

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry (Simon & Schuster, 1985)

The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy (Houghton Mifflin, 1986)

Deadwood by Pete Dexter (Random House, 1986)

A Perfect Spy by John Le Carré (Knopf, 1986)

Maus by Art Spiegelman (Pantheon, 1991)

Ellen Foster by Kaye Gibbons (Algonquin, 1987)

A Southern Family by Gail Godwin (William Morrow, 1987)

Beloved by Toni Morrison (Knopf, 1987)

Cat’s Eye by Margaret Atwood (McClelland and Stewart, 1988)

The Mambo Kings Play Songs of Love by Oscar Hijuelos (FSG, 1989)

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (G.P. Putnam’s, 1989)

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien (Houghton Mifflin, 1990)

Father Melancholy’s Daughter by Gail Godwin (William Morrow, 1991)

A Thousand Acres by Jane Smiley (Knopf, 1991)

Bastard out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison (Dutton, 1992)

The Shipping News by E. Annie Proulx (Scribners, 1993)

In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez (Algonquin, 1994)

Independence Day by Richard Ford (Knopf, 1995)

The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (Bloomsbury, 1997-2007)

The Voyage of the Narwhal by Andrea Barrett (W.W. Norton, 1998)

Power by Linda Hogan (W.W. Norton, 1998)

The Minotaur Takes a Cigarette Break by Steven Sherrill (John F. Blair, 2000)

Atonement by Ian McEwan (Jonathan Cape, 2001)

Bel Canto by Ann Patchett (HarperCollins, 2001)

Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (FSG, 2002)

Persepolis I and II by Marjane Satrapi (Pantheon, 2003 & 2004)

One Amazing Thing by Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni (Hyperion, 2009)

A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan (Knopf, 2010)

Abducted by Circumstance by David Madden (U. of Tenn. Pr., 2010)

The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (Knopf, 2011)

State of Wonder by Ann Patchett (HarperCollins, 2011)

Canada by Richard Ford (Ecco, 2012)

And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (Riverhead, 2013)




The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Money by Martin Amis

The Book of Illusions by Paul Auster

The Wasp Factory by Iain Banks

World’s End by T.C. Boyle

People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks

Earthly Powers by Anthony Burgess

Possession by A.S. Byatt

The Country of Your Final Destination by Peter Cameron

Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee

L.A. Confidential by James Ellroy

The Blue Flower by Penelope Fitzgerald

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Foer

The Corrections by Jonathan Franzen

Lanark by Alasdair Gray

A Map of the World by Jane Hamilton

High Fidelity by Nick Hornby

A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving

An Artist of the Floating World by Kazuo Ishiguro

Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally

Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy

The Road by Cormac McCarthy

That They May Face the Rising Sun by John McGahern

A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry

The Invisible Bridge by Julie Orringer

Clockers by Richard Price

Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson

American Pastoral by Phillip Roth

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie

White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese

Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace

All Clear by Connie Willis




There are some great authors—such as William Trevor and Ron Rash—whom I’d want to include for their short stories.

There are other authors whose body of work I love, but for whom I cannot attest to a single favorite.

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