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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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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)Program Notes (A program note reader comes out to read from the program notes.) 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 flower,A disaster streaming off extremes it breedsEverywhere and in our minds, disabling…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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IntermissionHear audio by clicking mp3 attachment!(Part of poem, "Coalescence") I thought I might take a break at this point to look around,Now that I’m in the business of making things resound.It’s so nice to have the luxury of being carefree. If you stop and sit back and try to take in everything,It stuns you and you can’t focus on anythingUntil something crops up, and what…See More
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The Main Show: A Story Poem Cycle(formerly, Coalescence) (part of  Living Poem)The Main Show  Program Notes (A program note reader comes out to read from the program notes.) 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 flower,A disaster streaming off extremes it breedsEverywhere and…See More
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The Sultan's Dream

The Sultan’s Dream (Part of Living Poem) When it comes to walking, the jig’s up.No more fit lad sitting at the pub.No more flim-flam smiling with a limp. See how the legs totter and the torso leans.Do you know what a lame sultan dreams?Of reclining on a divan wearing pantaloons, Comparing his plight to a mountaineer’sNegotiating an icy bluff in a fierce wind,And then lounging in a tent to unwind. Which…See More
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The Tale of Ononis

The Tale of Ononis by Rob Neufeld Part 1: The Making of a Celebrity ❧  Hare Begins His Tale  Ononis was my region’s name.People now call it Never-the-same.I’ll start with the day a delivery came. The package I got was a devil’s dare,Swaddled and knotted in Swamp Bloat hairAnd bearing, in red, one word: “Beware!” Bloats are creatures from the Land of Mud Pies,Wallowing in waste with tightly closed eyesUntil fears bring tears and the bleary bloats rise.   ❧  Hare’s Colleagues  I asked my boss,…See More
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Drop Your Troubles: A Solo Storytelling Performance with Connie Regan-Blake at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

December 1, 2018 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Join this internationally renowned storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she transforms a packed theater into an intimate circle of friends with old-timey charm, wisdom, and humor. We’ll also welcome the Singer of  Stories, Donna Marie Todd, who will perform her original story, “The Amazing Zicafoose Sisters.” Connie’s last two shows at BMCA have sold…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
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.” The event will be hosted by the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, just a short drive from Asheville nestled in the picturesque mountains surrounding the area. Call the Center for advance tickets (828) 669-0930 or order…See More
Oct 28, 2018
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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, affirming…See More
Oct 28, 2018
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.

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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