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Interview with Isaac Coleman, 2011

A 2011 interview with the late activist, Isaac Coleman by Rob NeufeldCivil rights activist and local civic leader Isaac Coleman, born Nov. 6, 1943 in Lexington, Ky., lived his last 44 years in Asheville, and died on May 10, 2016,.We talked in 2011 about his career, starting with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in 1960. Q:  Was the SNCC your first involvement in civil rights? A:   I was a student at Knoxville College, an African-American College in Knoxville, Tennessee, and…See More
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Stories by the River Benefit for Girls Rock Asheville at Ole Shakeys 790 Riverside Drive in AVL

May 21, 2016 from 7pm to 9pm
Sip a drink by the river and enjoy stories and songs on a warm spring day!All donations benefit Girls Rock Asheville!Stories read by:Lori Horvitz  Melanie McGee Bianchi  Kim Winter Mako  Ky Delaney  and Lockie Huntermusical guests Leo+VirgoSee More
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Montreat College Friends of the Library Annual Luncheon at Montreat College, Gaither Fellowship Hall

June 4, 2016 from 12pm to 2pm
Author Susan S. Kelly will the speaker at Montreat College Friends of the Library annual luncheon at noon on Saturday, June 4, 2016.  She is the author of five novels and a major contributing author to Our State Magazine.Call 828-669-8012 Ext. 3502 for Reservations.  $16.00See More
May 17
Sheilah Jastrzebski replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion The history of Oakley
"This is an interesting article.  It gives a few clues to the neighborhood I imagine from the old days. The woman from who my husband and I bought our Oakley home, Melody,  always talks about "Mr. Wilson" who entrusted her with…"
May 16
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The history of Oakley

Oakley is a place with an unforgettable historyby Rob NeufeldAn earlier time PHOTO CAPTION: The Taylor family of Oakley: Jean, Virgil, Sadie Louise, and Dan, c. 1936.  Photo courtesy Dan Taylor.            “We had hobos come to our house, and my mother would never turn them away,” Dan Taylor says of his experience…See More
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Juniper Bends quarterly poetry and prose reading at Downtown Books and News

May 6, 2016 from 7pm to 9pm
Join your fellow literature-craving citizens at the next upcoming Juniper Bends reading on Friday May 6th at 7PM. We will be luxuriating in sound, soaking up nutritious poetry & prose after the dark winter. Our series aims to bring together both established and emerging writers, and we are honored to bring together Gary Hawkins, Catherine Campbell, Stephanie Johnson and Michael Pittard's collective word-magic for this lovely spring evening. As usual, our generous host site is Downtown Books…See More
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Rob Neufeld commented on Rob Neufeld's blog post The Invention of Nature, an inspiring book--author Andrea Wulf at Malaprop's May 1
"Edwin, some are touched by the Holy Spirit, and find voice to our amazement.  Yet there are many who are not heard, no matter how much we'd like to hear.  How will you amaze? "
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Edwin Ammons commented on Rob Neufeld's blog post The Invention of Nature, an inspiring book--author Andrea Wulf at Malaprop's May 1
"Do none consider that a greater power has designed all this and that all these recent discoveries are a tiny part of it? von Humboldt will not rise from the dust until I do and I am still upright so he must wait. Upon that eventful day it will be…"
May 2
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Military Writers Society of America

Joe Epley recently was elected to Board of Directors of the Military Writers Society of America.  The MWSA has around 700 members around the country. Details on the website: http://www.mwsadispatches.com.  ; The organization's purpose is to help military service members, veterans, their families, supporters of the military,and historians record history and the complexities of military life--and encourage writing as therapy. The…See More
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"So chuffed about this! Sadly, I won't be there except in spirit. Andrea Wulf is a force of nature, herself. Her amazing work The Brother Gardeners should be made into a feature-length film - the characters live and breathe again between the…"
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The Invention of Nature, an inspiring book--author Andrea Wulf at Malaprop's May 1

Author of key book of our times comes to AshevilleAndrea Wulf makes Malaprop's Bookstore one her stops, Sun., May 1, 5 p.m., in talking about her thrilling work of non-fiction, The Invention of Nature: Alexander von…See More
Apr 30
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Salman Rushdie to Asheville with new novel

Atheist believes in genies, novel revealsby Rob Neufeld             Salman Rushdie’s latest novel—“Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights” (1,001 nights)—has permitted me to come up with a headline as wild as the one above because the book is so exuberantly and infectiously…See More
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LITERARY CALENDAR
Your guide to author and literary events in Western North Carolina

May 17 - May 28, 2016  

 

Tuesday, May 17

BAG LUNCH ARTS: Annie Martin discusses her book, “The Magical World of Moss Gardening,” at the Transylvania County Public Library, 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard, 12 p.m.  828-884-3151.

BOOK DISCUSSION: “The Optimist’s Daughter” and “One Writer’s Beginnings” by Eudora Welty are the subjects of a book discussion at the North Asheville Library, 1030 Merrimon Ave., Asheville, 2 p.m.  828-250-4752.

AUTHOR READINGS: Nicholas Warr, Tom and Polly Davis, and Cindy Henry McMahon read from their memoirs, “Phase Line Green,” “The Most Fun I Ever Had With My Clothes On,” “Stumbling Through Enlightenment,” and “Fresh Water from Old Wells” at the Henderson County Public Library, 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville, 6 p.m.  828-697-4725.

YOUNG STORYTELLERS: Third and fourth graders in the Weaverville Elementary Storytelling Club perform storytelling at the Weaverville Library, 41 N. Main St., Weaverville, 6:30 p.m.  828-250-6482.

BOOK DISCUSSION: “The Sparrow” by Mary Doria Russell is the subject of a book discussion at the Fairview Library, 1 Taylor Rd., Fairview, 7 p.m.  828-250-6484.

MYSTERY BOOK CLUB: The Black Mountain Mystery Book Club discusses “Monkey’s Raincoat” by Robert Crais at the Black Mountain Library, 105 N. Dougherty St., Black Mountain, 7 p.m.  828-250-4756.

SALLY MANN: Sally Mann presents her new memoir, “Hold Still,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m.  828-254-6734.

Wednesday, May 18

BOOK CLUB: The Library/Senior Resource Center Book Club meets at the Haywood Senior Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville, 2 p.m.  828-356-2507.

BOOK DISCUSSION: “The American Claimant” by Mark Twain is the subject of a book discussion at the Swannanoa Library, 101 W. Charleston Ave., Swannanoa, 4 p.m.  828-250-6486.

AUTHORS FOR ACTION: Authors, including Sara Gruen, Charles Frazier, Joshilyn Jackson, Kim Michele Richardson, Jamie Mason, Beth Revis, and Jake Bible read their responses to a writing prompt and answer questions at the Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St., Asheville, 6:30 p.m. $20; $50 for VIP cocktail party at 5.  828-254-6734.

STORYTELLING: Zane Chait tells three Ray Bradbury short stories at the Henderson County Public Library, 301 N. Washington St., Hendersonville, 6:30 p.m.  828-697-4725.

Thursday, May 19

BOOK DISCUSSION: “Independence Day” by Richard Ford is the subject of a book discussion at the Skyland/South Buncombe Library, 260 Overlook Rd., Asheville, 2:30 p.m.  828-250-6488.

BOOK CLUB: The Canton Book Club meets at the Canton Branch Library, 11 Pennsylvania Ave., Canton, 3:30 p.m.  828-648-2924.

SHARYN MCCRUMB: Sharyn McCrumb presents her newest novel, “Prayers the Devil Answers,” at the Haywood County Friends of the Library Meeting at the Waynesville First United Methodist Church, 566 S. Haywood St., Waynesville, 7 p.m.  828-452-5169.

BLACK BOX STORYTELLING: David Joe Miller, Pete Koschnick, and Charlie St. Clair present “Three Storytellers Walk Into a Bar” at Buffalo Nickel, 747 Haywood Rd., Asheville, 7 p.m. $12; $10 advance.  828-575-2844.

Friday, May 20

TEEN BOOK CLUB: The Teen Book Club for ages 14-18 meets to discuss “The Rest of Us Just Live Here” by Patrick Ness at Spellbound Children's Bookshop, 640 Merrimon Avenue. 828-708-7570.

SHARYN MCCRUMB: Sharyn McCrumb presents her newest novel, “Prayers the Devil Answers,” at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 6:30 p.m.  828-586-9499.

RICK BASS: Author and geologist Rick Bass is the keynote speaker for the Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference at Brevard College’s Porter Center for the Performing Arts, 1 Brevard College Dr., Brevard, 7:30 p.m.  828-884-8327.

Saturday, May 21

BANNED BOOK CLUB: Blue Ridge Books hosts the Banned Book Club at 152 S. Main St., Waynesville, 10 a.m.   828-456-6000.

STORYTELLING ON THE SQUARE: Uncle Ted White, Sharon Clarke, Casey Nees, Lloyd Arneach, Donna Washington, and other storytellers perform in Morganton’s Historic Courthouse Square, 101 E. Union St., Morganton, 12 p.m.  828-764-9260.

DEBBIE DADEY: Children’s author Debbie Dadey presents her newest Mermaid Tales book, “Twist and Shout,” at Spellbound Children’s Bookshop, 640 Merrimon Ave., Suite 204, Asheville, 3 p.m.  828-708-7570.

JOY RESOR: Joy Resor reads from her book, “Go In Joy! An Alphabetical Adventure,” at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville, 3 p.m.   828-456-6000.

LIN STEPP: Lin Stepp presents her newest Smoky Mountain series novel, “Welcome Back,” at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 3 p.m.  828-586-9499.

MIDDLE GRADE AUTHOR PANEL: Authors Jake Bible, Barbara O’Connor, Constance Lombardo, Doug Gibson, and Monika Schroeder talk about their middle grade novels at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 3 p.m.  828-254-6734.

PHILIP GERARD: Philip Gerard presents his new suspense novel, “The Dark of the Island,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m.  828-254-6734.

RON RASH & MARJORIE HUDSON: Ron Rash and Marjorie Hudson read from their works as part of the Looking Glass Rock Writers’ Conference at the Transylvania County Public Library, 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard, 7:30 p.m.  828-884-3151.

Sunday, May 22

WRITERS ON THE ROCK: Local outdoor experts and authors Danny Bernstein, Karen Chavez, Tim Barnwell, Stephanie Jeffries, Ryan Lubbers, Jim Proctor, Marci Spencer, Timothy Spira, and Neil Regan share their expertise and sign their books at Chimney Rock State Park, 431 Main St., Chimney Rock, 1 p.m. Free with park admission. 828-697-1870.

WORKSHOP: The Meditation Center hosts “Manifesting With Your Words,” a workshop on how the words we think, speak, and write contribute to our lives, at 894 E. Main St., Sylva, 2 p.m. $10. 828-356-1105.

AUTHOR CONVERSATION: Elizabeth Kostova, author of “The Historian,” talks with Garrard Conley and Garth Greenwell about their novels, “Boy Erased” and “What Belongs to You,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 3 p.m. 828-254-6734.

Monday, May 23

WRITER’S COFFEEHOUSE: The Writer’s Coffeehouse, hosted by Jake Bible, discusses the business of writing at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. 828-254-6734.

SPRUCE PINE GEOLOGY: The Mitchell County Historical Society presents Dr. Alex Glover speaking about the history of the Spruce Pine Mining District at the Historic Courthouse in Bakersville, 7 p.m. 828-688-4371.

Tuesday, May 24

YA AUTHORS: Megan Miranda and Megan Shepherd discuss their newest YA novels, “The Safest Lies” and “The Hunt,” as well as tips for writing YA novels, at the Transylvania County Public Library, 212 S. Gaston St., Brevard, 4:30 p.m. 828-884-3151.

JEFF HALPER: Jeff Halper, CEO of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions, presents his new book, “War Against the People,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. 828 254-6734.

Wednesday, May 25

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. 828-356-2507.

OTHER WORLDS ARE POSSIBLE: The Other Worlds Are Possible Book Group meets at Firestorm Café & Books, 610 Haywood Rd., Asheville, 7 p.m. 828-255-8115.

RIEN FERTEL: Rien Fertel presents his new book, “The One True Barbecue: Fire, Smoke, and the Pitmasters Who Cook the Whole Hog,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. 828-254-6734.

Thursday, May 26

BOOK DISCUSSION: Michael Pass, MD, and William Everett, PhD, host a discussion of “Being Mortal” by Atul Gawande at the Haywood County Public Library, 678 S. Haywood St., Waynesville, 4 p.m. 828-452-5169.

MARY PALMER DARGAN: Nationally acclaimed landscaper and author Mary Palmer Dargan discusses the 8 key ingredients of landscape design and signs her books at the Albert Carlton-Cashiers Community Library, 249 Frank Allen Rd., Cashiers, 4 p.m. 828-743-0215.

TRANSLATION BOOK CLUB: The Works in Translation Book Club, hosted by Justin Souther, discusses “Our Lady of the Nile” by Scholastique Mukasonga at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. 828 254-6734.

LISTEN TO THIS: Comedian/storyteller Tom Chalmers hosts the Listen to This Storytelling Series on the 35below stage at the Asheville Community Theatre, 35 E. Walnut St., Asheville, 7:30 p.m. $15. 828-254-1320.

Friday, May 27

OPEN MIC: The NC Writers’ Network hosts an open mic at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 7 p.m. Sign-ups begin at 6:45. 828-586-9499.

RICK YANCEY: YA author Rick Yancey celebrates the release of the final book in the 5th Wave series, “The Last Star,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. Ticketed; requires a purchase of the novel. 828-254-6734.

Saturday, May 28

ANIMAL RIGHTS: The Asheville Animal Rights Reading Group meets at Firestorm Café & Books, 610 Haywood Rd., Asheville, 2 p.m. 828-255-8115.

APPALACHIAN REMEDIES: Naturalist, author, and storyteller Ila Hatter demonstrates “Appalachian Home Remedies and Wildcrafted Herbs” in the pavilion behind the historic courthouse in downtown Bryson City, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  865-436-7318, ext. 325.

JAMES KAUTZ: Local author James Kautz presents his new novel, “Digger,” at City Lights Bookstore, 3 E. Jackson St., Sylva, 3 p.m. 828-586-9499.

MIRIAM HERIN: Miriam Herin reads from her new novel, “A Stone for Bread,” at Blue Ridge Books, 152 S. Main St., Waynesville, 3 p.m.  828-456-6000.

ASPERGERS WRITING CIRCLE: Firestorm Café & Books hosts the WNC Asperger’s Adults United Writers’ Circle at 610 Haywood Rd., Asheville, 4 p.m. 828-255-8115.

HARRISON SCOTT KEY: Humorist Harrison Scott Key presents his memoir, “The World’s Largest Man,” at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 7 p.m. 828-254-6734.

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