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The Land Still Speaks film and Culture Vulture fest, Oct 30

Culture festival features film about mountain eldertsfrom press releaseThe Center for Cultural Preservation presents a film festival that highlights mountain heritage, Jewish heritage and African-American heritage on October 30th at the Thomas Auditorium at Blue Ridge Community College.   The festival will feature three films, including the world premiere of a new film, The Land Still Speaks to Us which includes the voices of mountain elders throughout WNC.  There will also be music by local…See More
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Malaprop's Bookstore at Malaprop's

November 9, 2015 from 7pm to 8pm
Presenting new Sam Blackman mystery A SPECTER OF JUSTICESee More
Oct 3
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A Chronology of Asheville and WNC Events in History

                                   IMPORTANT DATES IN ASHEVILLE HISTORY                                                                 by Rob Neufeld 1000: The Cherokee, who’d introduced maize agriculture to the region, began cultivating beans. 1540: Hernando De Soto led troops to East Tennessee through either the Hickory Nut or Swannanoa Gap, finding gold and copper and inspiring a succession of Spanish miners. 1663: Charles II bestows territory between the 31st and 36th parallels in America…See More
Oct 3
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Root-diggers of Appalachia

People in the Lost Provinces were herb-gatherersby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Three herbal products offered by S.B. Penick’s, once the world’s largest herb distributor, its largest warehouse located in Asheville.             “Last week, during a research trip to the ‘Lost Provinces,’” Luke Manget said about the landscape…See More
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A Specter of Justice Preview

A Preview of the new Sam Blackman mystery to be released November 3, 2015
Oct 1
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"Us versus Them" does not help fight against racism; worsens sectionalism

“Us versus them” is not good historyby Rob Neufeld             Writing about history and the complex lives that play out within it does not sell as well as team spirit, especially in this age of clicks and likes.            I recently confronted this truth when I wrote my article last week about the minds of our leaders in 1851. The word “slavery” was added to the headline to alert people to its relevance.  Seeing that term connected people to a cause they felt strongly about, particularly in…See More
Sep 27
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Player of Games and the Millennial Mind

Player of Games reveals today’s game-changing mentalityby Rob Neufeld             There is something big happening in Millennial Generation literature, and I thought I’d try to get a handle on it.            To give an idea of one aspect of current thinking: I was at a gathering recently, plenty of youngsters, and I…See More
Sep 27
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Julia Nunnally Duncan Book Signing at MACA Building

October 10, 2015 from 9am to 1pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will sign her books at the McDowell Arts Council Association (MACA) Booth at the annual Mountain Glory Festival on Saturday, October 10 from 9-1.See More
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Deacon Chrisenberry -Berry- Howell (1855-1938) on horseback. From the collection of Purel Miller (2)

My maternal great grandfather, Chrisenberry Howell, who was called "Berry" Howell in Swain County. From the Purel Miller collection. Submitted by Ann Miller Woodford
Sep 21
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The skull merchant, the dead ape, and the narcoleptic mortician

Hello "The Read on WNC" readers:     I'm posting this note to announce the publication of vol. 3 in my "Loy's Loonies" series.  This one is called The Mortician's Road Trip and it's a bit more of a mystery than my earlier books. Here's a teaser for the story.     Upstate New Yorker Baz Rathbone makes ends meet by selling human skulls. By contract, he should cremate them, but he doesn’t. His little business comes to the attention of the FBI when a woman spots her late husband’s skull being used…See More
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Ann Miller Woodford replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Terra Incognita: An Annotated Bibliography of the Great Smoky Mountains
"That East Tennessee Christian Association of Friends comment, especially bothered me, but it clarifies the view some folks from outside the region have about us even to this day.   … average intelligence...below that of colored…"
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Wild Dreams: The Best of Italian Americana, contains the best stories, memoirs and poems that Italian Americana published in its 33-year history in 25 volumes with authors such as John Ciardi, Mary Jo Salter, Jay Parini, Christine Palamidessi Moore, John Fante, Ann Hood, Joseph Papaleo, and Jerre Mangione. Edited by Carol Bonomo Albright & Jo Herman ISBN 9780823229109

Maria Mazziotti Gillan’s anthology, Identity Lessons, (co-edited with her daughter Jennifer Gillan) has been chosen as the 2009 book Day Selection for the Chattahoochee Valley College in Phoenix City, Alabama.

Maria Famà’s new book Looking For Cover has been published by Bordighera Press, the ISBN is: 1-884419-85-2/ 978-1884419850

Anthology: Avanti Popolo: Italian-American Writers Sail Beyond Columbus -Italian American writers celebrate their hidden history in a literary tribute to fighting social injustice. With new work by Diane di Prima, Kim Addonizio, James Tracy, Michael Cirelli, Michael Parenti, Thomas Centolella, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Maria Lisella, Gil Fagiani, Jim Pignetti, and many others.

Robert Viscusi’s book Buried Caesars and Other Secrets of Italian American Writing (SUNY Press, 2006) $22.95. ISBN 0-7914-6634-5. Martino Marazzi writes in VIA, “with Bureied Caesars, Viscusi shows the master essayist that he is: he is one, being a stylist in his writing—which is so clearly in line with the golden thread of that tradition, from Montaigne to the most representative Parisian intellectuals of post WWII, from the classics of 19th-century American literature to his beloved Max Beerbohm, and more.“

Queen Calafia’s Paradise: California and the Italian American Novel, by Kenneth Scambray, Fairleigh Dickinson University Press: 2007. ISBN-10: 0-8386-4117-2.
“It probably comes as a surprise to many that there is such a thing as the Italian American novel in California. And though it is true that the novels of John Fante rightly loom very large in this book, it is also true that several other California writers of Italian descent sufficiently balance out the Fante opus to make us realize that Italian American fiction in California weighs large and will weigh larger still in the future. Thus we find in-depth analyses of classics like Jo Pagano’s Golden Wedding and Lorenzo Madalena’s Confetti for Gino, as well as lesser known, more contemporary novels like P. M. Pasinetti’s From the Academy Bridge, Dorothy Bryant’s Miss Giardino and Steven Varni’s The Inland Sea. “
From, Lawrence DiStasi, review of Queen Calafia’s Paradise, AIHA Western Regional Chapter Newsletter, 2007.

Review excerpts for Paola Corso’s Giovanna’s 86 Circles And Other Stories include: “Entrancing…powerful in the moment.”- Publisher's Weekly, "Captivating storytelling in the tradition of Italian fairytale makers." --Daniela Gioseffi, Italian Americana; "A major contribution to female Italian American literature. Corso mixes myth and reality, fable and grit to illustrate the beauty, power and necessity of storytelling.”-Rita Ciresi; “rewards second and third readings…the test of a good story. Brava!” –Fred Gardaphe, Fra Noi

Vittoria repetto’s Not Just A Personal Ad was reviewed in the Winter 2007 edition of the Lambda Book Report; in the review, Chuck Forester writes, "Her poems are short lines full of simple words, some with the energy of hip hop staccato, blending the hip and the traditional. The poems sit well on each page, centered with wide margins that give the reader space to reflect on each one. She uses no capital letters, and her language is freshly colloquial. My joy in reading these poems was Repetto's rebel energy. She revels in her lust without avoiding her history. This is also a woman of courage as she negotiates the complexities of a multicultural existence. She tunes in to people who ride in her cab; she loves the city and the love of women. For her sex is freedom to indulge her desire; it is not possessive but an exchange of pleasure. Growing up in an age when all things sexual were disguised in metaphor, or never mentioned. I found her candor refreshing and stripped of anxiety.”
The poet Edward Field has said of Vittoria repetto’s poetry: "Her poetry has what T.S. Eliot and Wallace Stevens and the rest of them lack, clinging as they all do to their elitist view of poetry. I’d say she’s exactly what poetry needs -- she returns it to the people, even if the people, as Gerry Locklin says, don’t read poetry. But maybe if more poets start writing like her, they will, or at least listen to it."

George Guida’s first collection of poems, Low Italian (Bordighera, 2007), is out. The collection explores the drama, the comedy and tragedy, of Italian American consciousness. “Guida is a comic genius who is writing some of the funniest, most successfully satiric poems about Italian American behavior and culture, and by extension, ethnicity in general. His work has the self-assurance of a master: his voice can be assertive, ironic, self-reflexive, harlequinesque, self-deprecating, and noble, all the time remaining spontaneous, unified, and faithful to its own unique vision. This live-wire persona might be his finest creation. Low Italian is an extremely impressive first volume, a gembox with any number of gems worthy of being included in anthologies of contemporary American literature. Guida takes the entire social, cultural, and political scene as his territory. His deft handling of issues in Italian American ethnicity should also be of special interest to anyone concerned with ethnicity itself--which today means, to anyone concerned with contemporary American poetry.”--John Paul Russo, Author of The Future Without a Past, Director of Graduate Studies at the University of Miami, and Book Review Editor of Italian Americana.

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