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The Sinister Smile, A Sequel to A haven for Willa Mae by William Roy Pipes

THE SINISTER SMILE, an adult fiction thriller complete at 63,500 words and featuring William and Willa Mae Lawrence, and Howard Thomas. Howard, the affluent son of a wealthy and influential family, who is suspected of feigning insanity to avoid capital punishment for murdering Willa Mae’s mother plus three others.The novel begins with William and Willa Mae visiting Howard Thomas, a patient who had been in a mental hospital for almost thirteen years. His psychiatrist thought him to be…See More
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Award-winning novelist captures fleeting youthby Rob NeufeldAnother Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson (Amistad: HarperCollins, Aug. 9, 2016)            The amazing, unusual thing about Jacqueline Woodson’s new novel, “Another Brooklyn,” I realize as it sinks in, is that the initial mystery—that is, why the narrator can’t…See More
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A rare interview, a story about an acid plant

A worker’s view of tannery work in Rosmanby Rob Neufeld             Haskell Luker was 11 when the Flood of 1916 caused his dad, Americus Alfred Luker, to leave the farm where he worked and take a job with an acid (tannin) plant in Pisgah Forest.             “Daddy was going down there to make big…See More
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A talk with Chitra about her benediction of a novelby Rob Neufeld             Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, one of our country’s most engaging and inventive novelists, first came to this region six years ago for Western Carolina University’s Spring Literary Festival.  That’s when I got to know her and began…See More
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Gary Carden's Outlander--about Kephart--at UNCA July 31--with author

Is Carden's Kephart play controversial?Gary Carden's play, "Outlander," receives a "staged reading" in the Reuter Center, UNC Asheville, 2 p.m., Sun., July 31.  Carden will be on hand to discuss the play with the audience.  It is a controversial play in that it has been criticized by the descendants of Horace Kephart who felt that the play "demeaned" Kephart.  "Ironically," Carden says, "my original purpose in writing the play was to 'redeem' Kephart. who has often been denounced by the…See More
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Bring Back the Game

BRING BACK THE GAME     Anna and I basically spent a month in Asheville, NC this summer. We returned to Georgia a few days ago, and while we were glad to get home, as we got out of the car, we were met with the suffocating heat that I still have not become acclimated to even though we have lived in Middle Georgia for over 30 years. Every plant in our backyard had dried up and only the belligerent squirrels had survived the summer’s inferno.      We had a great time in Asheville. We visited our…See More
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What’s new with the region’s books

by Rob Neufeld

 

We End in Joy: Memoirs of a First Daughter by Angela Fordice Jordan (Univ. Pr. of Mississippi hardcover, Aug. 2012, 191 pages, $25).   The politically liberal daughter of a conservative Mississippi governor relates the in-the-spotlight life of her family, which underwent her parents’ divorce; an honest, intimate portrait of a popular couple’s fall from grace, and their coda.  Jordan now lives in WNC.  See author website at afjordan.com.

 

Three Graves Full by Jamie Mason (Simon & Schuster: Gallery Books hardcover, Feb. 2013, 320 pages, $24.99).

Darkly humorous debut thriller novel about a man who accidentally kills another man and buries the body in the backyard, where landscapers later unearth two more unknown bodies; written by a WNC resident.   The novel got starred reviews in “Publisher’s Weekly” and “”Booklist.” See author website at www.jamie-mason.com.  Mason speaks at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville (254-6734), 7 p.m., Feb. 23, 2013.

 

The Madman’s Daughter by Megan Shepherd (Balzer + Bray hardcover, Jan. 29, 2013, 432 pages, $17.99).  Debut novel by a Brevard native and Asheville resident; young adult Gothic thriller inspired by a story by H.G. Well’ “The Island of Dr. Moreau.”  A 16-year-old girl in 1894 London travels to her estranged father’s island and finds murder, madness, romance, and the taint of madness in herself.  See author website at meganshepherd.com.  Shepherd speaks at Highland Books, 277 North Broad St., Brevard (884-2424), 5 p.m., Jan. 29; and at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville (254-6734), 7 p.m., Feb. 2.

 

Shadows Tail Them Home by Pris Campbell and Scott Owens (Clemson University trade paper, Dec. 2012, $15.00).  A continuation of an earlier work; a sequence of poems, collaboratively written, describing a relationship; written by local poets.  See Scott Owens’ website, “Musings,” at scottowensmusings.blogspot.com.  The authors speak at Taste Full Beans Coffee House, 29 2nd Street Northwest, Hickory (325-0108), 2 p.m., Sat., Jan. 26.

 

Just Holler Bloody Murder by Dershie McDevitt (CreateSpace trade paper, December 2012, 298 pages, $12.12).  Debut mystery novel about a naturalist who returns to her home on Timicau Island, SC and encounters development, murder, and the disappearance of a 9-year-old boy; written by an Asheville resident.  See author website at dershiemcdevitt.com.  McDevitt speaks at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville (254-6734), 3 p.m., Mar. 10.

 

Awakening to the Dance: A Journey to Wholeness by Georganne Spruce (CreateSpace trade paper, June 2012, 290 pages, $12.99).  Memoir of the author’s search for an authentic identity through many forms of spiritual healing; written by an Asheville resident. See author website.  Spruce speaks at Grateful Steps Publishing House & Bookshop. 5 p.m., Feb. 9.

 

Alma’s Prayer by Robert Heffner (Dog Ear trade paper, Oct. 2012, 192 pages, $14.00).  A woman takes drastic measures to keep her family together as the Civil War begins to affect the Blue Ridge Mountains, and she worries about her son in the Confederate Army; written by a local author about WNC.

 

It’s My Trail, Too: A Comanche Indian’s Journey on the Cherokee Trail of Tears by Ronald Cooper (CreateSpace trade paper, Oct. 2012, 366 pages, $18.95).

The author, a member of the Comanche Nation, journeyed down the Cherokee Trail of Tears National Historic Trail in early 2011. This memoir of his experience expresses self-reflection, tribal pride, and inspiring determination; written by a Whittier resident.

 

The Hotten Report by Robert McDonald (Finbar Press trade paper, Dec. 2012, 168 pages, $14.95).

A “blow-by-blow account” of the Battle of the Bulge during World War II, “and a moving tribute to the indomitable spirit of the American combat soldier:; written by a WNC resident.

 

The Gathering by J. Dwayne Craigo (PublishAmerica trade paper, Aug. 2012, 155 pages, $24.95).  The 4th of July celebration in a small east Tennessee town is graced by the President’s visit and disturbed by others.

 

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