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Flat Rock history via a road

Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake Storytelling at Hendersonville Public Library at Henderson County Public Library - Main Branch

June 13, 2019 from 6pm to 7pm
Join Connie Regan-Blake for a family oriented evening of stories at the Hendersonville Library.See More
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Connie Regan-Blake’s 14th Annual Summer Storytelling Retreat & Adventure at StoryWindow Productions

July 14, 2019 at 10am to July 20, 2019 at 4pm
Come to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville for 7 days of story-listening & story-telling along with coaching, community & supportive exploration. This 14th annual workshop welcomes all levels of expertise, from beginner to experienced teller. Participants discover ways of being in the world that nurture your creative flow while developing skills to: Find, create, learn, and polish storiesEffectively integrate voice with image,…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake presents A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

April 6, 2019 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Please join nationally celebrated storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she hosts her workshop participants in an enchanting evening of storytelling in “A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories.” Here are the tellers for our April 6th “Slice of Life” performance.  Christine Phillips Westfeldt, Kyra Freeman, Steve Tate, Alberta Hipps and more! The event is hosted by the …See More
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Connie Regan-Blake's Taking Your Story to the Stage Workshop at StoryWindow Productions

April 5, 2019 to April 7, 2019
The focus of this “Taking Your Story to the Stage” 3-day workshop is on storytelling performance. Each participant is asked to come with a story that is almost “stage-ready.” Set in Connie’s home tucked in the beautiful mountains surrounding Asheville, NC, this workshop provides a supportive,…See More
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Stealth Hazy - 'Gun Clap'

Stealth Hazy - Gun ClapI got 80 rounds with a beam on it riding dirty I'm smoking chronic top off hear that system pound 808 thats subsonicI double down quadruple upstraight droppin with no cutwilt chamberlain on the reboundand you a fan just starstruckI…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake’s 14th Annual Summer Storytelling Retreat & Adventure at StoryWindow Productions

July 14, 2019 at 10am to July 20, 2019 at 4pm
Come to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville for 7 days of story-listening & story-telling along with coaching, community & supportive exploration. This 14th annual workshop welcomes all levels of expertise, from beginner to experienced teller. Participants discover ways of being in the world that nurture your creative flow while developing skills to: Find, create, learn, and polish storiesEffectively integrate voice with image,…See More
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Montreat College Friends of the Library Celebrate National Library Week at Graham Chapel, Gaither Hall, Montreat College, Montreat, NC

April 9, 2019 from 3pm to 5pm
Patti Callahan, author of the recent novel Becoming Mrs. Lewis, and Don W. King author of Out of My Bone: the Letters of Joy Davidman, A Naked Tree: Love Sonnets to C. S. Lewis, and Yet One More Spring: a Critical Study of Joy Davidman, will co-present on their works about Joy and her husband C.S. Lewis.  The event is free and open to the public on April 9, 2019 in Graham Chapel, Gaither Hall, Montreat College.Reception and Book signing to followSee More
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TWO NEW APPALACHIAN NOVELS

I have, just released two Appalachian Novels.OUT OF THE SHADOWS, begins deep in the Appalachian Mountains of in WNC. It is partly a true story about a young man who ran away from home at the age of fifteen. He meets another runaway, and they fall in love.A journey where he faced adversaries, but also success as he walked, hitchhiked, and made his way across the country.GONE LIKE A CANDLE IN THE WIND, is a story of three young people growing up in a farming community in the Appalachian…See More
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The Main Show

The Main Show: a story-poem stage presentation(part of  Living Poem)See video of Act 1, Scene 1: The SettingProgram Notes (A program note reader comes out to read from the program notes.) Reader: Don’t listen, children, and do not hear.(A monster is coming and there’s no escapeWithin this story, and no good way to tell it, Except to gaze at the horror as at a…See More
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Hollywood Pictures Inc in Fairview

In the 1920's it seemed the whole country was caught up in excitement about films and Hollywood.    Asheville and Western North Carolina were well aware of the hoopla of Hollywood.   In fact, Hollywood (or at least filmmaking) was already beginning to come to Western NC.I recently stumble across an article from the Jun 6 1926 issue of The Asheville Citizen Times which mentions that Hollywood Pictures Inc, was planning to film just south of Asheville, near Fairview.  But....was this really…See More
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John Ehle comes to Asheville for anniversary release of Asheville-based novel
by Rob Neufeld

“Last One Home,” the sixth book in John Ehle’s six-novel epic about Western North Carolina, follows his mountain characters into modern times. The transition from rural to urban society in the years surrounding World War I affected Asheville greatly. In Ehle, we have the Thomas Wolfe and the Sinclair Lewis of his place and time.

“Press 53,” a Winston-Salem publisher, launches the release of its “25th Anniversary Edition” of “Last One Home” at West Asheville Library, 2 p.m., Sat., Oct. 10. The event, co-sponsored by the library’s friends group and The Writers Workshop, features Ehle and includes a reception afterward.

The mountain man


Ehle’s novels are a testament to mountain character. In “Last One Home,” Pinkney (“Pink”) Wright, the farmer’s son who makes the leap to merchant, gets a chance to stand up for his roots when he overhears a nurse derisively refer to his folks as “mountaineers.” His father-in-law, Enid King, had just spoken an oddly honest prayer over Pink’s injured five-year-old son.

“Mountaineers. Well, that’s what we are,” Pink muses. “We laugh at our strangeness, we laugh with one another. We work, such work as needs doing, but do not pester it needlessly…We abhor mistreatment of anybody…We welcome strangers, but we do not imitate them.”

The publisher


Kevin Watson, the publisher of Press 53, related to the moral compass of Ehle’s work after having spent sixteen-and-a-half years working as a reservation agent for an airline that had “sixty-three corporate vice-presidents and…couldn’t make a decision.” He had taken a night job at the Nashville airport in order to work as a songwriter during the day.

As a writer of stories, Watson became part of a community of writers, whom he brought together in “The Silver Rose Anthology.” When Watson moved to North Carolina, three of the authors went to him to publish their next books. Press 53 held its inaugural launch party in January 2006.

Laura Hart McKinney, an N.C. School of the Arts professor who chaired the public library’s “On the Same Page” community reading program, was at the party. She went to Watson to publish the upcoming “On the Same Page” pick, “The Land Breakers” by John Ehle, which was out of print.

Watson fell in love with the book. Ehle told Watson and his business partner Sheryl Monks, “I think I want to work with you kids.”

. Three Ehle novels later, Watson was preparing to publish Ehle’s “Lion on the Hearth.” Ehle called and said to Watson, “Have you read ‘Last One Home’? This Ehle guy may have a career.” Ehle wanted to bring out “Last One Home” first.

Asheville remembered


“Last One Home” is one of Ehle’s two most Asheville-set novels. The move to Asheville that the leading character, Pink, makes as a young man in 1903, shocks his parents and community. Pink’s marriage to Amanda King was as much a matter of business as love. Their fathers discussed the dowry terms.

In their second meeting, “the two fathers walked together up to the King pasture and measured off the land that was to be included, Wright moving the line farther into the King holdings, taking in a little poplar woods. ‘Now, as for the cattle to be offered?’ Wright said casually, peering approvingly at the herd of beef cattle grazing nearby.”

Pink’s family’s move to Asheville deprives the community its harvest of the support they’d given Pink and Amanda. In the city, Pink flourishes—not without great crises—and ultimately establishes an insurance company. Among the many duties he serves as man resurrected in fiction, he gives us unrivaled insight into life as lived in Asheville over a twenty-five year period leading through the 1929 market crash.

The view is always through characters’ predicaments rather than through historical account, as when Amanda desires to be taken to the exclusive Battery Park Hotel for her tenth wedding anniversary. Pink takes Amanda in his company car, which a liveryman parks. The head waiter startles when he sees Pink, and then says, “A table by the window, Mr. Wright?” Ehle’s dialogue continues:

“How did he know you,” Amanda whispered to Pink.

“I delivered groceries here,” Pink told her, and the two of them laughed.

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John Ehle speaks and reads at the West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Road, 2 p.m., Sat., Oct. 10. The Writers Workshop and the Friends of West Branch Library celebrate the re-release of John Ehle’s “Last One Home.” A reception for the West Asheville native and a book signing follow. Call the library at 250-4750. Visit The Writers Workshop website.

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