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Peachtree – Local author William Roy Pipes announces the release of his two books – Mammy: A Term of Endearment and A Haven for Willa Mae. Mammy: A Term of Endearment, is a fictional story of the sla…

Peachtree – Local author William RoyPipes announces the release of his two books– Mammy: A Term of Endearment and A Havenfor Willa Mae.Mammy: A Term of Endearment, is a fictionalstory of the slavery of a black woman whoafter being freed became my father’s mammy.Some feel the word Mammy is a racial term,but Pipes’ father considered it a term of endearment.It’s a story of the discrimination many blacksand poor whites still face today, not only in theSouth but also in the North. It is a story of…See More
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William Roy Pipes commented on William Roy Pipes's blog post Mammy: A term of Endearment
"A Haven for Willa Mae    A Haven for Willa Mae is the first of a two series novels. It is a novel containing danger, suspense, romance and treachery along with abuse, deceit, murder, kidnapping, and insanity. It is a gripping action packed…"
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William Roy Pipes posted a blog post

Mammy: A term of Endearment

Mammy: A Term of Endearment    I have a new novel I titled, Mammy: A Term of Endearment. Mammy is a fictional story of the slavery of a black woman who after being freed became my father’s mammy. Some feel the word Mammy is a racial term, but my father considered it a term of endearment.    It’s a story of the discrimination many blacks and poor whites still face today, not only in the south but also in the north. It is a story of love, hate, romance, and humor.    Included in the novel are…See More
Jul 17
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Finding a great book beyond the in-crowd mainstream

A new way to find great new booksby Rob Neufeld            I keep searching for ways to be as open as possible to great books as they come out.  It’s not easy because: 1) our guides—publishers and reviewers—follow certain channels, comparable to radio playlists, to stay smart; and 2) a random approach is impractical.            Readers’ online reviews help, but there’s too much; I need a filter, based partly on authority.  I could ask people in person—and that’s pretty interesting.  Rarely do…See More
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Robert Beatty's Serafina and the art of YA fantasy

How to write a youth fantasy: introducing Serafinaby Rob Neufeld             Begin in the basement of the recently constructed Biltmore House with a girl who’s been in hiding there from infancy to her 12th year—for good reasons—and follow that lead to a media sensation that seeks to join “Frozen” in…See More
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Fred Weyler replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Robert Henry revealed by Rick Russell book
"LP Summers mentioned Samuel Talbot in "History of SW VA" then withdrew him from militia list in more accurate "Annals of SW VA" probably because there was no such person in the county records. Robert Henry set high standards for…"
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"Us versus Them" does not help fight against racism; worsens sectionalism

“Us versus them” is not good historyby Rob Neufeld             Writing about history and the complex lives that play out within it does not sell as well as team spirit, especially in this age of clicks and likes.            I recently confronted this truth when I wrote my article last week about the minds of our leaders in 1851. The word “slavery” was added to the headline to alert people to its relevance.  Seeing that term connected people to a cause they felt strongly about, particularly in…See More
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Suitcase Charlie: A Recommended Crime Thriller

     John Guzlowski is a writer and poet whose parents were forced laborers in Poland during WW II. He was born in a refugee camp before he came with his family to live in the Polish neighborhoods of Chicago. Already a highly regarded poet, he turned his childhood memories (including some gruesome child murders) into a novel titled SUITCASE CHARLIE.    Two war-weary Chicago detectives investigate a series of horrifying child murders. Before the crimes are solved, the reader follows the…See More
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Mammy, A Term of Endearment

I read Rob Neufield's article Visit OUR PAST in today's Asheville Citizen-Times.It was a super article, but caused me to want to share my novel:  Mammy: A Term of Endearment.Mammy: A Term of Endearment. is now available as an ebook on Kindle, but the publisher, Ecanus Publishing, Great Britain tells me the paperback edition will be out soon (2 to 3 weeks).The novel is fiction but came from my father who was born in 1895. Due to his mother's sickness Grandpa hired her to be a Mammy to my father,…See More
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Writers on the Rock at Chimney Rock, NC

June 28, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm
The culture and heritage of Appalachia is an experience like no other, and it serves as the perfect backdrop for a variety of storytelling. View the soaring cliffs and stunning valleys of Chimney Rock and the Hickory Nut Gorge as you get to know your favorite author and meet new ones. Join Ann B. Ross, Tommy Hays, Sheri Castle, Evan Williams and more as they share their experiences and autograph copies of their books. A selection of titles by each author will be available for sale. See…See More
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LITERARY CALENDAR
Your guide to author and literary events in Western North Carolina

July 8, 2015 - July 18, 2015  

Wednesday, July 8

Dr. Brene Brown presents her book, “I Thought It Was Just Me (But It Isn't): Telling the Truth about Perfectionism, Inadequacy, and Power,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

Thursday, July 9

ELLEN BASS: Ellen Bass presents her poetry collections, “Like a Beggar” and “The Human Line,” and her book, “The Courage to Heal: A Guide for Women Survivors of Child Sexual Abuse,” at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 6 p.m.   Call 586-9499.

BOOK DISCUSSION: “A Walk in the Woods” by Bill Bryson is the subject of a discussion at Swannanoa Library, 101 W. Charleston St., 6 p.m.  Call 250-6486.

RITCHIE & ORR: Fiona Ritchie and Doug Orr, authors of “Wayfaring Strangers: The Musical Voyage from Scotland and Ulster to Appalachia,” take the stage with with Mark Weems & Julee Glaub of Little Windows at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

Friday, July 10

BOOK DISCUSSION: “The Round House” by Louise Erdrich is the subject of a discussion at the West Asheville Library, 942 Haywood Rd., 10 a.m.  Call 250-4750.

VEGETARIAN TEXAS-STYLE: Laura Samuel Meyn cooks things up with her book, “Meatless in Cowtown: A Vegetarian Guide to Food and Wine, Texas-Style,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 3 p.m. Call 254-6734.

CINDY MCMAHON: Asheville author Cindy McMahon reads from her memoir, “Fresh Water from Old Wells,” about her family in the 1960s and 70s South, at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 6:30 p.m.   Call 586-9499.

JEFFREY LENT: Acclaimed author Jeffrey Lent presents his novel, “A Slant of Light,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

Saturday, July 11

STORYTELLERS: Stories on Asheville’s Front Porch features Regi Carpenter, Saundra Kelley, and Debbie Gurriere in Diana Wortham Theatre, Asheville, 10 a.m. to 12 noon.  Free.

ALLI MARSHALL: Alli Marshall talks about her novel, “How to Talk to Rockstars,” at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S Main St, Waynesville, 3 p.m.  Call 456-6000.

RAVI BATRA: Southern Methodist University economic professor Dr. Ravi Batra presents his book, “End Unemployment Now,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

Sunday, July 12

BUD HARRIS: Dr. Bud Harris presents his new memoir, “Cracking Open,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 3 p.m. Call 254-6734.

Monday, July 13

MARLIN BARTON: Marlin Barton presents his new short story collection, “Pasture Art,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

MYSTERY BOOK CLUB: The Malaprop’s Mystery Bookclub, hosted by Sallie Bissell, discusses “Booked to Die” by John Dunning at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

Tuesday, July 14

WRITERS GROUP: Mountain Writers meets at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville, 1 p.m.  Call 456-6000.

BOOK TO MOVIE CLUB: The Book to Movie Club discusses “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee and watches its movie adaptation at the Henderson County Public Library, 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville, 2 p.m. Call 697-4725.

JOSEPH MILLAR: Poet Joseph Millar reads from his works at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 6 p.m. Call 586-9499.

Wednesday, July 15

ORCHARD BOOK CLUB: The Orchard Book Club discusses “Becoming Odessa” by Jennifer Pharr Davis at the Orchard at Altapass, 1025 Orchard Rd., Spruce Pine, 10 a.m. Call 765-9531.

T.E. ANTONINO: Local author and illustrator T.E. Antonino presents his new middle-grade book, “Fritz Frombie Have No Fear,” and holds a manga drawing workshop at the Haywood County Public Library, 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville, 10:30 a.m. Call 452-5169.

LAURIE MCKAY: Local author Laurie McKay presents her YA book, “The Villain Keeper,” at the Fountainhead Bookstore, 408 N. Main St., Hendersonville, 11 a.m. $5. Call 697-1870.

LAURIE MCKAY: Local author Laurie McKay presents her YA book, “The Villain Keeper,” at the Henderson County Public Library, 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville, 3:30 p.m. Call 697-4725.

BRIAN PANOWICH: Brian Panowich presents his debut novel, “Bull Mountain,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

SYNERGY STORY SLAM: The Synergy Story Slam hosts an open mic on the theme “Freedom Ain’t Free” at The Odditorium, 1045 Haywood Rd., Asheville, 8 p.m. Email morris.grayson@gmail.com.

Thursday, July 16

COFFEE WITH THE POET: Valerie Nieman reads from her new poetry collection, “Hotel Worthy,” at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 10:30 a.m. Call 586-9499.

BOOK DISCUSSION: “The River of Doubt” by Candice Millard is the subject of a book discussion at the Skyland Library, 260 Overlook Rd., Asheville, 2:30 p.m. Call 250-6488.

MISS NELSON IS MISSING: Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café hosts a preview of the Asheville Creative Arts “Innovative Theatre for Children of ALL Ages” production of “Miss Nelson Is Missing” by Harry Allard and James Marshall at 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 5:30 p.m. Call 254-6734.

KATHRYN STRIPLING BYER: Poet Kathryn Stripling Byer reads from her new work, “The Vishnu Bird,” at the Jackson County Public Library, 310 Keener St., Sylva, 6:30 p.m. Call 586-2016.

Friday, July 17

TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD PARTY: The Canton Branch Library hosts a screening of the film version of “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee with refreshments at 11 Pennsylvania Ave., Canton, 3 p.m. Call 658-2924.

SUZANNE PALMIERI: Suzanne Palmieri presents her new novel, “Witch of Bourbon Street,” at the Fountainhead Bookstore, 408 N. Main St., Hendersonville, 5 p.m. $5. Call 697-1870.

PHIL JAMISON: Local author and teacher Phil Jamison presents his new book, “Hoedowns, Reels, and Frolics: Roots and Branches of Southern Appalachian Dance,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

Saturday, July 18

STORIES ON ASHEVILLE’S FRONT PORCH: Storyteller and musician John Thomas Fowler performs at Pack Place’s Rhino Courtyard, 2 S. Pack Square, Asheville, 10:30 a.m. Call 450-5462.

SUSAN CRANDALL: Susan Crandall presents her new novel, “Flying Past the Circus,” at the Fountainhead Bookstore, 408 N. Main St., Hendersonville, 5 p.m. $5. Call 697-1870.

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