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Page to Podium Writers Workshop & Malaprop’s Reading With Author Mel Ryane at Unitarian Universalist Church

April 25, 2015 from 10am to 3pm
The Flatiron Writers are proud to announce an encore presentation of actor Mel Ryane’s popular Page to Podium Workshop, for writers interested in improving their public reading and self-editing skills. See testimonials from past participants here: 10:00am-3:00pm, Saturday, April 25, 2015Where: Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville, NC 28801Cost: $65 per…See More
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Planet Reasonable: I'm officially an essayist at Killing the Buddha

I now have a blog, Planet Reasonable, at the lovely website Killing the Buddha. My first essay is a wee piece on religious freedom laws. Enjoy, or hate, but thanks for reading: More
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West End Poetry and Prose Reading Series April Reading at West End Bakery

April 11, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm
4 fine writers tomorrow (Saturday April 11th) at 7pm at West End Bakery. I'll host and curate. Free event with a mix of prose and poetry and storytelling! photo credit Leah Shaipro for the LaurelSee More
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Interview with Ron Rash, October 28, 2014

Interview with Ron Rash, Oct. 28, 2014by Rob Neufeldon occasion of publication of Something Rich and Strangeedited version published in Asheville Citizen-Times, Nov. 2, 2014full version published on The Read on WNC, Apr. 9, 2015Photo of Ron Rash by Ulf Andersen RN:  My head is now so full of Ron…See More
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Asheville Wordfest 2015 at Asheville Lenoir-Rhyne University

May 1, 2015 at 6pm to May 2, 2015 at 9pm
Lenoir-Rhyne University presents Asheville Wordfest at its Asheville campus in downtown Asheville May 1 and 2. In its eighth year, Asheville Wordfest turns its eye on Asheville and invites community members to write about their city. Using the theme “The City Narrative / The Narrative City,” festival director and also director…See More
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April 16, 2015 from 11:30am to 2pm
Rose Senehi with be the guest speaker at a Books and Bites Luncheon about her novel, Dancing on Rocks, which takes place in Chimney Rock. Many of the characters in the book are actual residents of the town and will also be talking about how they contributed to the story. Cost: $25. Half of which goes to the Friends. Call 828-287-6392 for reservations. See More
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Dirty Love by Andre Dubus III

Visiting author Dubus reveals swamp of loveby Rob Neufeld             The title of Andre Dubus III’s book is “Dirty Love,” not “Dirty Sex,” so you have to rethink what is meant by the word, “dirty.”            To do that, you’ve got four novellas with which to explore the lives and hearts of several not-quite-right couples…See More
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Vance Monument and the honoring of African American history

What’s in a monument—a complex viewby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Vance Monument and 6th County Courthouse, c. 1900           History has become a subject of special interest with proposals surrounding the renovation of the Vance monument.           …See More
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Greening Up The Mountains Poetry Contest Reception at City Lights Bookstore

April 25, 2015 from 1pm to 2pm
The reception for the 2nd annual Greening Up the Mountains Poetry Contest will be at City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, April 25th at 1 p.m. Join us as the winning poets share their poems and collect their prizes.  Students from Jackson County submitted poems that celebrate our mountains and our connection to them in our everyday lives.  The response was wonderful and our judges loved reading what our local students offered. Winners will be announced soon. For any questions please call City…See More
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Mountain Words, Mountain Music

Appalachian poet, musician, and raconteur Kirk Judd has a new book and CD package out, "My People Was Music." I thought I'd share part of a Goodreads review I did of the book - I think members of The Read would enjoy this.There is no gussying-up here. This is the plain hard rock undergirding Appalachia. This is the sound of water rushing, the clawhammer banjo sound, the crack of a wedge as it splits that cross-grained stump of oak. Kirk Judd has been making poems for a long time, but like a…See More
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Your guide to author and literary events in Western North Carolina

April 19, 2015 - April 25, 2015  

Sunday, April 19

WRITERS AT HOME: Tina Barr celebrates the launch of her new poetry collection, “Kaleidoscope,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 3 p.m. Call 254-6734.

ABIGAIL THOMAS: Abigail Thomas presents her new memoir, “What Comes Next and How to Like It,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 5 p.m. Call 254-6734.

SHAKESPEARE SALON: Dr. Susan Harlan of Wake Forest University leads a discussion on Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 5 p.m. Call 254-6734.

Monday, April 20

CREATIVE AD-WRITER: The Western North Carolina chapter of the American Advertising Federation honors Jay Fields, long-time creative director, writer and author, as recipient of the federation’s 2015 Silver Medal Award at Strada Italiano, 27 Broadway, Asheville, 11:30 a.m.  Email to register for luncheon; $15 for members, $20 for non-members.

JIM ARNOSKY: Award-winning children’s author and illustrator Jim Arnosky presents on his writing, art, and inspiration at the Transylvania County Public Library, 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard, 4 p.m. Call 884-3151, ext. 3.

WRITERS OPEN MIC: The NC Writer’s Network hosts an open mic night at the Henderson County Public Library, 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville, 6 p.m. Meet and greet at 5:30. Email to register. Call 697-4725.

ASHEVILLE STORYTELLING CIRCLE: The Asheville Storytelling Circle meets to tell stories at Asheville Terrace, 200 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 274-1123.

OPEN MIC: Black Bear Coffee Co. hosts “Story Slam: New Beginningsn” a storytelling open mic, at 318 N. Main St., Hendersonville, 7 p.m. Call 692-6333.

Tuesday, April 21

BOOK DISCUSSION: “Living with a Wild God” by Barbara Ehrenreich is the subject of a book discussion at the Fairview Library, 1 Taylor Rd., Fairview, 7 p.m. Call 250-6485.

CHRIS HOKE & BRYAN BLISS: Chris Hoke presents “Wanted: A Spiritual Pursuit Through Jail, Among Outlaws, and Across Borders,” his memoir of being a jail chaplain, and Bryan Bliss presents his YA novel, “No Parking at the End Times,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

COMIX CLUB: The Comix Club, hosted by Lauren Napoli, discusses “Berlin: City of Stones” by Jason Lutes at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

MYSTERY BOOK CLUB: The Black Mountain Mystery Book Club discusses “Dance for the Dead” by Thomas Perry at the Black Mountain Library, 105 Dougherty St., Black Mountain, 7 p.m. Call 250-4756.

Wednesday, April 22

MEETING THE SHADOW SALON: Andrea Olson discusses part 7 of “Meeting the Shadow” by Connie Zweig and Jeremiah Abrams at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

Thursday, April 23

POETRY READINGS: UNC:A’s Trans Student Union hosts a poetry showcase in UNC Asheville’s Hyannis House, 1 University Heights, 6 p.m. Call 251-6577.

POETRY READINGS: Gibert-Chappell Distinguished Poet for WNC, Brent Martin, reads poetry with student Alison Howe at the Jackson County Public Library, 310 Keener St., Sylva, 6:30 p.m. Call 586-2016.

AMY GREENE: Amy Greene presents her novel, “Long Man,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

RUMBLING BALD ROCK CLIMBS: Mike Reardon and Sean Cobourn present their book, “Rumbling Bald Rock Climbs,” at Black Dome Mountain Sports, 140 Tunnel Rd., Asheville, 7:30 p.m. Call 669-9566.

Friday, April 24

RHAPSODIST READING: Students from A-B Tech read from their works published in the college’s literary journal, “The Rhapsodist,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 3:30 p.m. Call 254-6734.

GALLLOWAY AT BOOKFEST: Joe Galloway, author of “We Were Soldiers Once...And Young,” is honored at a reception at 5:30 (ticketed event), and speaks at a public event, 7 p.m., in the Bo Thomas Auditorium, Technology Education & Development Center, Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock, as part of the Blue Ridge Bookfest (see feature article).

WORDSLAM: The YWCA of Asheville hosts “Wordslam,” a youth spoken word poetry competition in conjunction with Stand Against Racism 2015 at the Dr. Wesley Grant Sr. Southside Center, 285 Livingston St., Asheville, 6:30 p.m. Call 259-5483.

POETRY READINGS: Poets William Wright, Hannah Bonner, Keith Flynn, Luke Hankins, Katherine Soniat, and Matthew Wimberley read from their works published in “The Southern Poetry Anthology” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

Saturday, April 25

AUTHORS AT OLD FORT FEST: Tim Barnwell, Marcia Spencer, Kim Clark, Stephen Little, Haskell Davis, and other authors poresent their books at the 31st Annual Pioneer Day Festival at Mountain Gateway Museum, Old Fort, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.  Call 668-9259.

BLUE RIDGE BOOKFEST: See feature article for day of author events at Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock.

WRITERS READING WORKSHOP: Flatiron Writers presents “From Page To Podium: Reading Your Work Aloud,” a workshop for writers, at Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Edwin Place, Asheville, 10 a.m. t0 3 p.m..  Register, $65 per person, at

GREENING UP THE MOUNTAINS: City Lights Bookstore hosts a reception and reading for the winners of the Greening Up the Mountains poetry contest at 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 1 p.m. Call 586-9499.

WILLIAM EVERETT: William Everett presents his new book, “Sawdust and Soul: A Conversation on Woodworking and Spirituality,” at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 3 p.m. Call 586-9499.

TIM SPIRA: Tim Spira presents his book, “Waterfalls and Wildflowers in the Southern Appalachians: Thirty Great Hikes,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.

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