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Citizen science author in Asheville April 6

Eco author in Asheville April 6 Citizen science can foster earth-saving policies Journalist Mary Ellen Hannibal, author of Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction, speaks at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 6 in conversation with Mallory McDuff, Warren Wilson…See More
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Appalachian Authors Book Signing and Reading at Historic Carson House

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Julia Nunnally Duncan will be a featured author and reader at the Appalachian Authors  Book Signing and Reading to be held at the Historic Carson House on Saturday, April 8 from 10-3. She will debut her new poetry collection A Part of Me. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.See More
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2012 Award Winner for Literature -- Gary Neil Carden

A literature and drama teacher turned storyteller, Gary Neil Carden is an award winning playwright whose tales are informed by mountain life in North Carolin...
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History of Asheville’s homeless: humanity on trialby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Jim Parton and Kirk Faulkner, two homeless men at A-Hope, where Jim is getting help finding housing and Kirk is making job connections.  Photo, 2017, by Rob Neufeld.“I admire my daddy more than any other human on…See More
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A.K. Benninghofen, Lockie Hunter and Beth Keefauver will offer a free reading at the next installment of the Writers at Home series, presented by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP), at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood Street in Asheville. This monthly series of free readings is hosted by GSWP director and novelist Tommy Hays.See More
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Reading by Poet Bianca Spriggs at Three Top Room, Plemmons Student Union, App State University

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A reading by poet, multi-genre artist, and core member of the Affrilachian Poets Bianca Spriggs in the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State. Spriggs will also present a craft talk from 12:30-1:45 in the Price Lake Room of the Plemmons Student Union. Free admission.For more info, see the press release http://www.news.appstate.edu/2017/03/06/bianca-spriggs/Parking info is at parking.appstate.edu.…See More
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HESTER      Growing up in Asheville,  N.C. in the 50’s and 60’s seemed, at the time, to be filled with a rhythm of adventure and strange encounters sprinkled with an assortment of particularly interesting and somewhat odd characters. One of those persons who fascinated me as a child was my father’s friend “Hester. “       My dad was about as straight an arrow as anyone could find. He seemed to a preadolescent, somewhat indolent son, frankly boring. Looking back from a perspective of 70 years, I…See More
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African-American musicians in Asheville

African-American musicians flourished in Asheville neighborhoodsby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: The Outcasts, the state’s Battle of the Bands winner in 1979, included: (kneeling l to r) Edward Stout, saxophonist; Darriel Jones, drummer; (seated) Patricia McAfee, vocalist; (standing l to r) Marvin Seabrooks, trombonist; Mike…See More
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Blind Man's Bluff

According to the Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore, the game Blind Man's Bluff is as old as the 16th Century. It was a game I never liked playing as a kid. I was always afraid someone would get hurt-namely me! Its one of those games that makes grown-ups yell things like "Somebodys going to…See More
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"Thanks for sharing this Rob--and the book plug too. I have never seen this photo before. I have several others from the 1942 article, but this was a new one. The man on the truck looking down is WWII hero Little George Plott--who I profiled in my…"
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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).

GREATEST ENGLISH LANGUAGE NOVELS SINCE 1980

 

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)

 

UNDER CONSIDERATION

 

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

 

NOTE ON SOME NOTEWORTHY NON-INCLUSIONS

 

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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