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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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Amy Ammons Garza to Present Her Memoir at City Lights Bookstore

August 6, 2016 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Amy Garza will be presenting her new memoir, Appalachian Storyteller in a Feed Sack Dress, at City Lights Bookstore onSaturday, August 6th at 3 p.m. Follow Amy as she tells the story of her life as she lived it, each chapter being a story in itself. These are the compelling stories of a mountain girl who found the courage she needed in her life to listen and retell the stories of her family and heritage.  Amy Garza was born and raised in Western North Carolina, which leads her into her many…See More
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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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FDR and the Haywood farmer, 1937

New Deal boosted Haywood sharecropper’s familyby Rob Neufeld PHOTO CAPTION: Dan Cochran poses with his family—his wife, Ila; Howard, Pansy, and Chester; and Peggy’s and Kaye’s mother, Mabel Jean—dressed in clothes provided by the photographer, c.1927.            Franklin Delano Roosevelt started going to Warm…See More
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William Ritter & Sarah Ogletree Fundraising Concert at City Lights Bookstore

July 16, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8pm
William Ritter and Sarah Ogletree will perform a fundraising acoustic concert at City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, July 16th at 6:30pm. Donations will be collected for a friend, Aaron Shapiro, to help raise money for a volunteer trip to Malawi to assist with the construction of a school. William Ritter and Sarah Ogletree have been playing traditional mountain music together in WNC for the past five years. Their self-titled CD is on sale in the bookstore and will be available during the…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake posted an event

A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories at Metro Wines

June 18, 2016 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Connie Regan-Blake is a nationally celebrated storyteller and workshop leader. Join us in this intimate setting (with plenty of parking) for an evening of stories as her storytelling and coaching students "Take the Stage!" You'll enjoy a variety of stories and storytelling styles with tellers Vixi Jil Glen, Christine Phillips Westfeldt, Martha Reed Johnson, Dottie Jean Kirk, Mikalena Zuckett, Lee Lyons and Hettie Barnes. Ticket price includes a glass of wine so 'come on down'! Tickets can be…See More
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Buncombe Chautauqua History Alive - Mark Twain, Amelia Earhart, Matthew Henson, Wernher von Braun at A-B Technical Community College, Ferguson Auditorium, 340 Victoria Rd, Asheville

June 20, 2016 at 7pm to June 23, 2016 at 7pm
Nationally acclaimed historical interpreters perform as four of American's Greatest Adventures.Laugh out loud with MARK TWAIN, the iconic world traveler and wily intellectual whose books inspired America’s spirit of adventure.Take to the skies with AMELIA EARHART, whose courage and plucky personality showed how women could soar beyond society's expectations.Race to the North Pole with MATTHEW HENSON, the intrepid African American explorer who co–discovered the North Pole.Blast into space with…See More
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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 http://www.fordhampress.com/detail.html?session=00c5bce6b79bd9f2059...

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
http://www.amazon.com/Looking-Cover-Maria-Fam%C3%A0/dp/1884419852/r...


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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