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73 classic works about Appalachia going online

Key Appalachian studies publications now going onlinefrom press release, Jan. 27. 2016 Appalachian studies scholars and those interested in regional history will have greater access to out-of-print works thanks to a two-year National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Open Book Program grant totaling $88,000 awarded to Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University.  Pamela Mitchem, the library’s coordinator of digital scholarship and…See More
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John Parris' home-grown prose

South of Sylva, back of yesterday: John Parris' inspiration             “For the life of me, I just can’t understand why folks stopped usin’ cradles,” John Parris’ 97-year-old maternal grandfather had told him 60 years ago.            The oil lamp, the buggy, and the spinning wheel—they all were replaced by things…See More
Jan 27
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James Sturm expands scope of graphic novels

James Sturm blazes cartoon path to a new worldby Rob Neufeld             Why is it that when an author combines pictures with words, the medium is considered juvenile, like comics?  Words create literature; images, art.  Why, when you marry them, is it like pairing a milk cow with a mop?            Nothing against…See More
Jan 24
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The Writer as Pilgrim

Two articles leapt at my consciousness this week, both about writing. And suddenly, I know how to go forward from here. The first, The Price I Pay to Write, by Laura Bogart and published online in Dame Magazine, reflects on the difficulties of…See More
Jan 24
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Tired of thrillers with no soul?

Why read a 1940 man-on-the-run classicby Rob Neufeld             After reading a classic novel, you might think, “Oh, look at this superior ancestor of today’s fiction.”              For instance, “The Power and the Glory,” Graham Greene’s 1940 thriller about political oppression in Mexico, exemplifies the…See More
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Art of Grace by Sarah Kaufman

Dance critic applies grace to every moveby Rob Neufeld             It’s nice to find just the right word for something, especially when it sums up a main idea in your way of thinking.            That was the case with Sarah Kaufman when she’d first felt moved, nine years ago, to write her new book, “The Art of Grace” (W.W.…See More
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Fire and Ice Roses interview with author/gardening blogger Kathryn Hall

Fire and Ice Roses has been interviewing gardening bloggers and gardening experts and were kind enough to include this short interview recently which was quite fun and very much appreciated! http://fireandiceroses.com/ask-an-expert-kathryn-hall/See More
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History in the making, January 2, 2016

History in the making: items of note, January 2, 2016It was reported in today’s print edition of the Asheville Citizen-Times that a new state law went into effect, requiring people who’ve filed for unemployment benefits to make at least 5 job contacts a week.  It had been 2.  How will that work?  Are there that many jobs for which a person is qualified?  Can you apply to the same job twice if it continues to be listed? Paul Bonesteel, noted Asheville filmmaker, revealed on Facebook that a…See More
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Local event of the day, Jan 1 2016

Tarantino, eminent domain, and emancipation Tarantino comes to townQuentin Tarantino’s New Year’s gore and gabfest, The Hateful Eight, is gutted by New Yorker reviewer Anthony Lane, who says that Tarantino toys with rather than explores history, using it “for boyish fantasies of revenge, as if enormous crimes could be undone, after the event, by lone and wanton acts of humiliation.” …See More
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Railroad history in Western North Carolina: a close-up and bottom-line look

Railroads in WNC: the perils, the people, and the profitby Rob NeufeldWritten in conjunction with exhibit, "How The West Was Won," in Rural Heritage Museum, Mars Hill University PHOTO CAPTION: The entrance to the railroad show at the Rural Heritage Museum is commanded by a mock-up of Climax engine…See More
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Hosts of Christmas Past

Traditions shall not expire say hosts of Christmas pastby Rob Neufeld PHOTO CAPTION: Maria Parker Taylor Beale, courtesy Chase Ambler.            On Christmas Eve in 1928, Maria Taylor Beale, mistress of Arden House, instructed her family to bring her downstairs in her bathrobe for she would not…See More
Dec 24, 2015
LITERARY CALENDAR
Your guide to author and literary events in Western North Carolina

Jan. 27 - Feb. 6, 2016  

Wednesday, Jan. 27

COOKIN’ THE BOOKS: Cookin’ the Books, a book club focused on cookbooks, meets at the Haywood County Public Library, 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville, 12 p.m. Call 356-2507.

OTHER WORLDS ARE POSSIBLE: The Other Worlds Are Possible Book Group meets at Firestorm Café & Books, 610 Haywood Rd., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 255-8115.

Thursday, Jan. 28

SUSAN SNOWDEN: Susan Snowden discusses short stories and signs her works at the Henderson County Public Library, 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville, 2 p.m. Call 697-4725.

LINDSAY STARCK: Lindsay Starck presents her new novel, “Noah’s Wife,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

TRANSLATION BOOKCLUB: The Works in Translation Bookclub, hosted by Justin Souther, discusses “Nazi Literature in the Americas” by Roberto Bolano at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

LISTEN TO THIS: Comedian/storyteller Tom Chalmers hosts Listen to This with the theme “Now That’s Cold: Chilling Tales of Total Lack of Compassion” on the 35below stage at the Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St., Asheville, 7:30 p.m. $15. Call 254-1320.

Friday, Jan. 29

JAMES STURM: James Sturm presents the craft talk “Creating the Graphic Novel” in Plemmons Student Union, Appalachian State University, 2 p.m.  Call 262-2871 or visit www.visitingwriters.appstate.edu.

LGBTQ AUTHOR PANEL: Local LGBTQ authors Ann McMan, Cynn Chadwick, and Lori Horvitz read and discuss their works at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

Saturday, Jan. 30

BYRON BALLARD: Byron Ballard presents her new book, “Asfidity and Mad-Stones: A Further Ramble Through Hillfolks’ Hoodoo,” at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 3 p.m. Call 586-9499.

KEVIN HEARNE: Kevin Hearne presents the newest Iron Druid Chronicle novel, “Staked,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

JAMES STURM: James Sturm, author of the graphic novel, “Market Day,” talks about his work in Plemmons Student Union, Appalachian State University, 7:30 p.m., as part of the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series.  Call 262-2871 or visit www.visitingwriters.appstate.edu.

Sunday, Jan. 31

WRITERS AT HOME: Host Tommy Hays features works from the Great Smokies Writing Program at UNC Asheville at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 3 p.m. Call 254-6734.

DAVID GILBERT: David Gilbert presents “The Product of Our Souls,” his book on race and culture in ragtime, at Firestorm Books & Coffee, 610 Haywood Rd., Asheville, 5 p.m. Call 255-8115.

KEVIN HEARNE: Kevin Hearne presents his new book, “Staked,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

Monday, Feb. 1

GREAT BOOKS: The Great Books book club discusses selections from “Even Deadlier,” edited by Daniel Born and Donald Whitfield, at the Transylvania County Public Library, 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard, 10:30 a.m. Call 884-3151, ext. 226.

WAYNESVILLE BOOK CLUB: The Waynesville Library Book Club meets at the Haywood County Public Library, 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville, 5:30 p.m. Call 356-2507.

LGBTQ BOOK CLUB: The LGBTQ Book Club meets to discuss “Intersex” by Thea Hillman at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

Tuesday, Feb. 2

BOOK DISCUSSION: “Orphan Train” by Christina Baker Kline is the subject of a book discussion at the Enka-Candler Library, 1404 Sandhill Rd., Candler, 7 p.m. Call 250-4758.

BOOK DISCUSSION: “The Invention of Wings” by Sue Monk Kidd is the subject of a book discussion at the Weaverville Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville, 7 p.m. Call 250-6482.

CURRENT EVENTS: The Current Events Book Club meets to discuss “Unstoppable” by Ralph Nader at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

WILD BOOK CLUB: The WILD Book Club discusses “Passing” and “Quicksand” by Nella Larsen at the Battery Park Book Exchange, 1 Page Ave., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

Wednesday, Feb. 3

AUTISM BOOK CLUB: The Autism Book Club discusses “The Obsessive Joy of Autism” by Julia Bascom at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 1 p.m. Call 254-6734.

BOOK DISCUSSION: “Ironweed” by William Kennedy is the subject of a book discussion at the Weaverville Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville, 3 p.m. Call 250-6482.

OPEN MIC: The North Carolina Writer’s Network hosts a social and open mic at Cork & Keg, 86 Patton Ave., Asheville, 6 p.m. Email allimarshall@bellsouth.net.

BOOK DISCUSSION: “Americanah” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche is the subject of a book discussion at the Weaverville Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville, 6:30 p.m. Call 250-6482.

MALAPROP’S BOOKCLUB: The Malaprop’s Bookclub, hosted by Jay Jacoby, discusses “Anna Karenina” by Leo Tolstoy at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

Thursday, Feb. 4

BOOK DISCUSSION: “The Rosie Effect” by Graeme Simsion is the subject of a book discussion at the East Asheville Library, 902 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, 6:30 p.m. Call 250-4738.

Friday, Feb. 5

KINGSOLVER BOOK CLUB: The Barbara Kingsolver Book Club meets to discuss “Poisonwood Bible” by Barbara Kingsolver at the Black Mountain Library, 105 Dougherty St., Black Mountain, 4 p.m. Call 250-4756.

SHOWCASE OPEN MIC: Firestorm Books & Coffee hosts a talent showcase and open mic at 610 Haywood Rd., Asheville, 6:30 p.m. Call 255-8115.

Saturday, Feb. 6

BANNED BOOK CLUB: Blue Ridge Books hosts the Banned Book Club at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville, 10 a.m.  Call 456-6000.

GEORGE SINGLETON: George Singleton presents his new short story collection, “Calloustown,”  at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 3 p.m. Call 586-9499.

AUTHOR READINGS: Authors Erika Marks and Christy English interview each other and present their new novels, “The Guest House” and “How to Wed a Warrior,” at the Fountainhead Bookstore, 408 N. Main St., Hendersonville, 5 p.m. $5. Call 697-1870.

CECIL BOTHWELL: Cecil Bothwell presents his new book, “Usin’ the Juice: An Oratorio,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

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