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Connie Regan-Blake posted an event

Connie Regan-Blake’s 14th Annual Summer Storytelling Retreat & Adventure at StoryWindow Productions

July 14, 2019 at 10am to July 20, 2019 at 4pm
Come to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville for 7 days of story-listening & story-telling along with coaching, community & supportive exploration. This 14th annual workshop welcomes all levels of expertise, from beginner to experienced teller. Participants discover ways of being in the world that nurture your creative flow while developing skills to: Find, create, learn, and polish storiesEffectively integrate voice with image,…See More
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Montreat College Friends of the Library Celebrate National Library Week at Graham Chapel, Gaither Hall, Montreat College, Montreat, NC

April 9, 2019 from 3pm to 5pm
Patti Callahan, author of the recent novel Becoming Mrs. Lewis, and Don W. King author of Out of My Bone: the Letters of Joy Davidman, A Naked Tree: Love Sonnets to C. S. Lewis, and Yet One More Spring: a Critical Study of Joy Davidman, will co-present on their works about Joy and her husband C.S. Lewis.  The event is free and open to the public on April 9, 2019 in Graham Chapel, Gaither Hall, Montreat College.Reception and Book signing to followSee More
Feb 8
William Roy Pipes posted a discussion

TWO NEW APPALACHIAN NOVELS

I have, just released two Appalachian Novels.OUT OF THE SHADOWS, begins deep in the Appalachian Mountains of in WNC. It is partly a true story about a young man who ran away from home at the age of fifteen. He meets another runaway, and they fall in love.A journey where he faced adversaries, but also success as he walked, hitchhiked, and made his way across the country.GONE LIKE A CANDLE IN THE WIND, is a story of three young people growing up in a farming community in the Appalachian…See More
Jan 28
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The Main Show

The Main Show: a story-poem stage presentation(part of  Living Poem)Program Notes (A program note reader comes out to read from the program notes.) Reader: Don’t listen, children, and do not hear.(A monster is coming and there’s no escapeWithin this story, and no good way to tell it, Except to gaze at the horror as at a flower,A disaster streaming off extremes it breedsEverywhere and in our minds,…See More
Jan 26
Don Talley posted a discussion

Hollywood Pictures Inc in Fairview

In the 1920's it seemed the whole country was caught up in excitement about films and Hollywood.    Asheville and Western North Carolina were well aware of the hoopla of Hollywood.   In fact, Hollywood (or at least filmmaking) was already beginning to come to Western NC.I recently stumble across an article from the Jun 6 1926 issue of The Asheville Citizen Times which mentions that Hollywood Pictures Inc, was planning to film just south of Asheville, near Fairview.  But....was this really…See More
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Intermission

IntermissionHear audio by clicking mp3 attachment!(Part of poem, "Coalescence") I thought I might take a break at this point to look around,Now that I’m in the business of making things resound.It’s so nice to have the luxury of being carefree. If you stop and sit back and try to take in everything,It stuns you and you can’t focus on anythingUntil something crops up, and what…See More
Jan 16
Joan Henehan replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Coalescence
"It's an odyssey..."
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Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

Coalescence

The Main Show: A Story Poem Cycle(formerly, Coalescence) (part of  Living Poem)The Main Show  Program Notes (A program note reader comes out to read from the program notes.) Don’t listen, children, and do not hear.(A monster is coming and there’s no escapeWithin this story, and no good way to tell it, Except to gaze at the horror as at a flower,A disaster streaming off extremes it breedsEverywhere and…See More
Dec 11, 2018
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The Sultan's Dream

The Sultan’s Dream (Part of Living Poem) When it comes to walking, the jig’s up.No more fit lad sitting at the pub.No more flim-flam smiling with a limp. See how the legs totter and the torso leans.Do you know what a lame sultan dreams?Of reclining on a divan wearing pantaloons, Comparing his plight to a mountaineer’sNegotiating an icy bluff in a fierce wind,And then lounging in a tent to unwind. Which…See More
Nov 15, 2018
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The Tale of Ononis

The Tale of Ononis by Rob Neufeld Part 1: The Making of a Celebrity ❧  Hare Begins His Tale  Ononis was my region’s name.People now call it Never-the-same.I’ll start with the day a delivery came. The package I got was a devil’s dare,Swaddled and knotted in Swamp Bloat hairAnd bearing, in red, one word: “Beware!” Bloats are creatures from the Land of Mud Pies,Wallowing in waste with tightly closed eyesUntil fears bring tears and the bleary bloats rise.   ❧  Hare’s Colleagues  I asked my boss,…See More
Nov 9, 2018
Connie Regan-Blake posted an event

Drop Your Troubles: A Solo Storytelling Performance with Connie Regan-Blake at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

December 1, 2018 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Join this internationally renowned storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she transforms a packed theater into an intimate circle of friends with old-timey charm, wisdom, and humor. We’ll also welcome the Singer of  Stories, Donna Marie Todd, who will perform her original story, “The Amazing Zicafoose Sisters.” Connie’s last two shows at BMCA have sold…See More
Nov 6, 2018
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Connie Regan-Blake presents A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

April 6, 2019 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Join nationally celebrated storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she hosts her workshop participants in an enchanting evening of storytelling in “A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories.” The event will be hosted by the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, just a short drive from Asheville nestled in the picturesque mountains surrounding the area. Call the Center for advance tickets (828) 669-0930 or order…See More
Oct 28, 2018

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The Missing by Tim Gautreaux 6 Replies

Started by Rob Neufeld. Last reply by Gary Carden Apr 5, 2009.

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Comment by Kathryn Magendie on April 12, 2009 at 11:25am
Reading Adriana Trigliani's "Very Valentine" - I had a coupon and thought I'd try it. It's a little bit on the "romance'y" side for me, and some of the writing seems as if she's "filling in" --as if she came up short on word count and had to put something in there, there are some mistakes in the first 100 pages that kept bumping me out of the story (but I do understand how these things can happen, having gone through galley proofs of my own recently--still.....). I'm enjoying the work as a "light read" until I move on to something else, but am still a little disappointed in this book of hers. It's been a while since I read her stories - the Big Cherry Holler ones, where mountain top removal is addressed (if not in that book, in the series it is addressed), and find this latest work doesn't shine up to my memory.

Trigliana is charming though, her characters are charming, so how can I not help but enjoy the book for that reason alone?
Comment by Kathryn Magendie on April 10, 2009 at 7:51am
Sounds interesting! And anyone someone wants more, that's a good sign.
Comment by nancy dillingham on April 9, 2009 at 8:28pm
And we are reading Julie Andrews' memoir Home for the West Asheville Library book discussion for May. I was just today reading the reviews--and they say "crisp prose, immaculate story telling.' Sounds good! The book is about her early life up to the time she made Mary Poppins. One reviewer says that he's hoping for Home II.
Comment by Kathryn Magendie on April 7, 2009 at 4:52pm
Hello Rob! I just finished Angela Dove's book (reviewed it for R&T). I'm reading a memoir - but an old one "Drinking: A Love Story...." I rarely read memoirs, but picked up this one while out of town and am curious. Just started it. Next I'm hoping to read Ron Rash's Serena.
Comment by Rob Neufeld on April 7, 2009 at 9:17am
Hey, Kathryn, welcome! Is there a book you'd like to discuss with people? You see that they get discussed in individual forums above. /Rob
Comment by Rob Neufeld on April 2, 2009 at 1:49pm
I'm ready to go with The Missing. See feature. Let's who'll join us in the forum above. /Rob
Comment by Rob Neufeld on March 21, 2009 at 10:11am
This is going to take a couple of weeks to start up, I think. Let's join in, say what books we've read or will be reading, and give others a chance to read the same if they wish. The individual books will go into forums within this group.

We don't need a lot of people in each forum. It'd be fun to talk with even just a few people about a book. But I think the advance notice is helpful--'cause how many people, for instance, are reading the same books as me right at this moment? Once we put forward a few titles, they can be advertised. Or you can read a book and invite a few others directly to join you.

Gary Carden wants to read The Missing, Tim Gautreaux's new novel, and so do I, so that's one. Allegra Huston, co-director with Jim Nave of The Writer's Salon (a creativity retreat in Black Mountain, May-4-8), and daughter of filmmaker John Huston, will be talking abut her new book, Love Child: A Memoir of Family Lost and Found, 7 p.m., May 4, at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts. So Love Child is another top choice.
 

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