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Nancy Werking Poling at Black Mountain Library

June 15, 2019 from 3pm to 4pm
Can women rescue the planet from ecological disaster?Nancy Werking Poling will launch her new novel, WHILE EARTH STILL SPEAKS, set in WNC. She'll tell the stories behind the story: How did Mary (more crone than virgin) get into the narrative? And Mary Surratt, a co-conspirator of John Wilkes Booth?See More
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Flat Rock history via a road

Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
Apr 8
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"luv ya Renea ... Kephart bio finally done after 40 years ... free at last ... free at last... great god almighty ... free a last!"
Apr 5
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Connie Regan-Blake Storytelling at Hendersonville Public Library at Henderson County Public Library - Main Branch

June 13, 2019 from 6pm to 7pm
Join Connie Regan-Blake for a family oriented evening of stories at the Hendersonville Library.See More
Apr 1
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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
Apr 1
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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
Please 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.” Here are the tellers for our April 6th “Slice of Life” performance.  Christine Phillips Westfeldt, Kyra Freeman, Steve Tate, Alberta Hipps and more! The event is hosted by the …See More
Apr 1
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Connie Regan-Blake's Taking Your Story to the Stage Workshop at StoryWindow Productions

April 5, 2019 to April 7, 2019
The focus of this “Taking Your Story to the Stage” 3-day workshop is on storytelling performance. Each participant is asked to come with a story that is almost “stage-ready.” Set in Connie’s home tucked in the beautiful mountains surrounding Asheville, NC, this workshop provides a supportive,…See More
Apr 1
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Stealth Hazy - 'Gun Clap'

Stealth Hazy - Gun ClapI got 80 rounds with a beam on it riding dirty I'm smoking chronic top off hear that system pound 808 thats subsonicI double down quadruple upstraight droppin with no cutwilt chamberlain on the reboundand you a fan just starstruckI…See More
Mar 26
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
Mar 2
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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
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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)See video of Act 1, Scene 1: The SettingProgram 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…See More
Jan 26
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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
Jan 23

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Promoting Writers

We are in the glad business of promoting books and writers, and can benefit from sharing ways to do that--for the field is open to doing a lot more, so that literature gains prominence.

Members: 39
Latest Activity: Jan 12, 2015

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Raising Pastured Pigs Ebook Published

Started by Samantha Ann Biggers Jun 19, 2012.

Author/Bookstore Relations 7 Replies

Started by Spellbound. Last reply by Kathryn Magendie Apr 22, 2009.

Ideas: Getting The Word Out! 2 Replies

Started by Dot Jackson. Last reply by Suzan Tanner McCoury Apr 14, 2009.

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Comment by Gary Carden on March 24, 2009 at 1:05pm
Dot, maybe this is a good place to talk about what is "good writing" as opposed to what is being enthusiastically promoted in some quarters. Obviously, effective promotion can promote a work - even a dud - to the best seller list and a well-written, heartfelt work can languish in obscurity. I suspect that you feel deeply about this. Do you feel an obligation to "rescue" deserving works? How do we do that?
Comment by Dot Jackson on March 21, 2009 at 7:11pm
Glad to be with you all. Other people's books have long been my principal occupation. Much appreciation for other people who write, preferably write well -- the hardest work there is. (The scariest words on earth are "I just LOVE to write!" Makes me want to run like a turkey.) Anyway -- thanks for letting me in, and for the company of some of the best writers I know.
Comment by Gary Carden on March 20, 2009 at 8:44pm
Rob,
I'll see what I can find out about the individual that indicated that the stage would only be available for $400. I know that the English teacher is not the most aggressive fellow I ever met. He folds easily. That is why he still has a job. I'll just keep being an intrusive fellow and see what happens. I'll get the CD in the mail in the morning.

Just saw a heartbreaking Irish film entitled "Garage." Now, I'm gonna fire up my soapstone stove and read "The Missing."
Gary
Comment by Rob Neufeld on March 20, 2009 at 6:20pm
Wow! In the tradition of Paul Green, Thomas Wolfe, and John Ehle. How can anyone resist it? So, can you tell me what school is it; and who at SCC said no fee, no stage? I would think the price might come down--perhaps with some prestige involved. So I might be able to help align some additional prestige.

Gary, I am so high on you, I can't tell you. So let me know if I can help sweeten the package; and with that seeking, some money might be found.

My address is: 11 Ellenwood Dr., Asheville NC 28804.
Comment by Gary Carden on March 20, 2009 at 6:08pm
I thought I sent you a copy of "Prince of Dark Corners." Okay, give me a mailing address and I will get one in the mail.
Also, I notice that you have Ed Southern on board. I have a project that I have been talking to Ed Southern about...student-written one-act plays. Their English teacher, Mr. Norris has me (playwright) and Terry Neinhaus (actor) on board to stoke the fire. However, the school has no stage and I think these students should have the pleasure of mounting their own productions. The nearest stage (SCC) refuses to let me use their stage without a rental fee of $400. I could probably find them another stage (WCU) or PAC in Swain, BUT
the school refuses to use a bus to transport the students to the site. They are pleading lack of funds. I'm looking for someone to step in and provide the modest fee that would make this possible. Got any ideas? I'm curious to see what Ed Southern says (he is out of the office) and the local arts council told me cautiously a few minutes ago that they might "be interested in helping with the project." Whaduya think?
Comment by Rob Neufeld on March 20, 2009 at 5:14pm
Gary, I'm going to create the Book Discussers Group and put a feature box up. I'll send you some text for a promotional box to go with your review. You might also mention in the body of your review the fact that The Missing is the lead-off title for online group discussion on The Read..

My next history article is on Lewis Redmond, using and referring to you and the Durwood Dunn collection. Oops, I guess I still don't have the DVD. I should give Neal a whistle.
Comment by Gary Carden on March 20, 2009 at 3:36pm
Okay,
I'll read T he Missing and review it in two weeks. I've got to go to South Carolina for the "Prince of Dark Corners" Festival the weekend of the 29th. What do I need to get into the Smoky Mountain News in addition to the review?
Gary
Comment by Gary Carden on March 20, 2009 at 12:51pm
Okay,
Let me think about this. I'm on my way to the Smoky Mountain High School to talk about dram to a class of young playwrights.
Gary
Comment by Rob Neufeld on March 20, 2009 at 12:12pm
Gary, let me think out loud a little bit.

Let's do "The Missing." I've got a copy of that on my likely next read shelf. I've read three other Gautreaux books, and have interviewed him, so I've got a head of steam, and a discussion group could be the trigger for a review.

Now, how much advance notice do we give when we publicize, and how do we publicize? (I hate it that when I ask myself questions and answer them in the next breath, I sound like Donald Rumsfeld--except his answers were always very short, and rapid fire, so maybe it's a different rhetorical device.)

Let's say we announce four books at once. I won't be in every discussion, but that's appropriate--people may generate their own. Let's say I get the announcement in the Mar. 29 or Apr. 5 AC-T; can you do something similar with SMN? I'd like one of the books to be "Love Child" by Allegra Huston, who's coming to town for The Writer's Salon, featured on this site. Another book could be a local author. And a fourth?

I'll create a group called Book Discussers, then have separate discussions within the group for the different books. That's a start. I pass the talking token to you. /Rob
Comment by Gary Carden on March 20, 2009 at 11:34am
Yes, Rob, I read 2666 and I am bewildered, confused and eager to discuss this book with somebody. When I checked Google, it had almost 200 reviews and the critics are all assuring me that this is one of the most "significant" books of this century. Maybe so, but I want to hear what someone else (an average reader) thinks. It is getting comparisons with Borges, Joyce and Faulkner. Good Heavens!
 

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