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Citizen science author in Asheville April 6

Eco author in Asheville April 6 Citizen science can foster earth-saving policies Journalist Mary Ellen Hannibal, author of Citizen Scientist: Searching for Heroes and Hope in an Age of Extinction, speaks at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 7 p.m., Thursday, April 6 in conversation with Mallory McDuff, Warren Wilson…See More
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Appalachian Authors Book Signing and Reading at Historic Carson House

April 8, 2017 from 10am to 3pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be a featured author and reader at the Appalachian Authors  Book Signing and Reading to be held at the Historic Carson House on Saturday, April 8 from 10-3. She will debut her new poetry collection A Part of Me. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.See More
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2012 Award Winner for Literature -- Gary Neil Carden

A literature and drama teacher turned storyteller, Gary Neil Carden is an award winning playwright whose tales are informed by mountain life in North Carolin...
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Stories of Asheville's homeless

History of Asheville’s homeless: humanity on trialby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Jim Parton and Kirk Faulkner, two homeless men at A-Hope, where Jim is getting help finding housing and Kirk is making job connections.  Photo, 2017, by Rob Neufeld.“I admire my daddy more than any other human on…See More
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Writers at Home at Malaprops at Malaprops

March 19, 2017 from 3pm to 5pm
A.K. Benninghofen, Lockie Hunter and Beth Keefauver will offer a free reading at the next installment of the Writers at Home series, presented by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP), at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood Street in Asheville. This monthly series of free readings is hosted by GSWP director and novelist Tommy Hays.See More
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Reading by Poet Bianca Spriggs at Three Top Room, Plemmons Student Union, App State University

March 30, 2017 from 7:30pm to 8:45pm
A reading by poet, multi-genre artist, and core member of the Affrilachian Poets Bianca Spriggs in the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State. Spriggs will also present a craft talk from 12:30-1:45 in the Price Lake Room of the Plemmons Student Union. Free admission.For more info, see the press release http://www.news.appstate.edu/2017/03/06/bianca-spriggs/Parking info is at parking.appstate.edu.…See More
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Hester

HESTER      Growing up in Asheville,  N.C. in the 50’s and 60’s seemed, at the time, to be filled with a rhythm of adventure and strange encounters sprinkled with an assortment of particularly interesting and somewhat odd characters. One of those persons who fascinated me as a child was my father’s friend “Hester. “       My dad was about as straight an arrow as anyone could find. He seemed to a preadolescent, somewhat indolent son, frankly boring. Looking back from a perspective of 70 years, I…See More
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African-American musicians in Asheville

African-American musicians flourished in Asheville neighborhoodsby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: The Outcasts, the state’s Battle of the Bands winner in 1979, included: (kneeling l to r) Edward Stout, saxophonist; Darriel Jones, drummer; (seated) Patricia McAfee, vocalist; (standing l to r) Marvin Seabrooks, trombonist; Mike…See More
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Blind Man's Bluff

According to the Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore, the game Blind Man's Bluff is as old as the 16th Century. It was a game I never liked playing as a kid. I was always afraid someone would get hurt-namely me! Its one of those games that makes grown-ups yell things like "Somebodys going to…See More
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"Thanks for sharing this Rob--and the book plug too. I have never seen this photo before. I have several others from the 1942 article, but this was a new one. The man on the truck looking down is WWII hero Little George Plott--who I profiled in my…"
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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

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Comment by Gary Carden on March 20, 2009 at 11:30am
I am currently reading The MissingTim Gautreaux, and I am finding it that rare thing, an "effortless read." I find his writing very appealing and would like to
recommend it for discussion at some point. However, I am perfectly willing to read another recommendation. I do feel that The Missing encourages comparisons with other Southern writers.
Comment by Charleen Bertolini on March 19, 2009 at 8:40am
I love the idea of reading and discussing our members' books and then branching from there. Perhaps a book we're reading reminds us of a similar theme and we could then read/discuss both books?
Comment by Charleen Bertolini on March 19, 2009 at 8:37am
I've been working with the Blue Book & Author Showcase Promotions Committee (Saturday, May 9), and we have been learning how much the Internet benefits getting news about books, authors and the love of reading to so many. Also social literary networks like this let's like minded people come together to share, to learn, and to grow together.
Comment by Gary Carden on March 18, 2009 at 10:56pm
Okay, I'm flexible. It doesn't have to be a book of my choosing. Right now, I'm willing to make concessions just to get something up and running. For example, I know next to nothing about Marilynne Robinson, but what little that I do know suggest that there is something wonderful there. I also suspect that a discussion of Ron Rash's novels in terms of major themes would be productive. As for local writers, Betty Cloer Wallace, whom you know from her rants on Bill O'Reilly has a huge unpublished novel that is begging to be discovered. Tomorrow night, Lonnie Busch is a guest at my little writers group and Lonnie has all kinds of published and unpublished stuff.
Whatcha think?
Gary
Comment by Rob Neufeld on March 18, 2009 at 10:22pm
Well, Gary, you read 2666? I bought it. It's hard for me to read things that don't go toward my work, but then again, my work is a little manipulable. I know you know, doing the Smoky Mountain News reviews.

I think if we get enough people we can host any number of book discussions on the site. I will be presenting some major book discussion programs in public venues and online--more about that soon, but they'll be bimonthly probably.

If we all get together we can promote a lot of opportunities, everything from world lit to our local authors. Already on this site, I've seen a couple of local authors get friends involved in talking about their books.

So yes, we get the word out that one of our members, for instance, has a new book out, and we can surely get a half-dozen people talking about it.

Now, if we want to expand the list, how do we keep the number of titles small enough? Or do we just let people start their own and risk having a lot of 1 and 2 person groups? If we have a list. then we can promote it in our newspapers and elsewhere.

Whatchyall think?
Comment by Gary Carden on March 18, 2009 at 8:25pm
I probably read too much. I know the old cliche about that not being possible, but I'm not so sure. Further, I am a slow reader and have a habit of backing up reading passages over and over. Right now, I am itching to get back to my Kindle where I am reading a marvelous new novel by Tim Gautreaux called The Missing. But, I am frustrated because I don't have anyone to talk to about what I am reading. Perhaps that is part of what this group can do to promote reading. Recently, I read 2666 which is supposed to be a major literary event, yet I can't find anyone who has read it.
Comment by Charleen Bertolini on March 16, 2009 at 2:08pm
The love of reading so often seems to be lost in today's world. There is no richer gift than curling up and reading.
Comment by Ed Southern on March 16, 2009 at 2:06pm
I'm honored to be a part of this.
 

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