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Upcoming book--Sacred Sites for Secular Times

Sacred Sites for Secular Times: 50 Commemorative Experiences in Western North Carolina by Rob Neufeld              Among the many sites dedicated to history, there are some—both overbooked and overlooked—that provide full and moving experiences.  They involve a physical component, connecting to landscape; an imaginative one, entering other times and minds; and an interactive one, maintaining relevance.             The entries in this book help create full experiences through descriptive…See More
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Aim for Beauty

In honor of my blog Plant Whatever Brings You Joy's 10th Blogiversary I've posted a chapter from my book Plant Whatever Brings You Joy: Blessed Wisdom from the Garden. This particular chapter was also excerpted in Fairview's GreenPrints magazine, which was greatly appreciated. Read more here: http://plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com/aim-for-beauty/…See More
Sep 11
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McCrumb ghost-opened world in The Unquiet Grave

McCrumb sees stories behind haunting ghost by Rob NeufeldPHOTO: Sharyn McCrumb and her dog Arthur, 2017.  Photo by Laura Palmer, courtesy, Sharyn McCrumb In “The Unquiet Grave,” Sharyn McCrumb once again demonstrates her mastery at turning a folktale into something larger, different, and greater.The legend of the…See More
Sep 10
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James Vestus Miller

­HISTORIC PHOTO James Vester Miller James Vester Miller had been a boy when his mother, a Rutherfordton slave, had responded to Emancipation by taking her three children to Asheville and getting a job as a cook in a boardinghouse—some say Julia Wolfe’s boardinghouse, Old Kentucky Home.  Growing up, Miller hung…See More
Aug 26
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Dave Minneman, heroic portrait

Dave Minneman and a sense of justiceby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Dave Minneman doing research at Pack Memorial Library.  Photo by author.            “One of the biggest things I did as a kid, in order to escape my father,” Asheville resident Dave Minneman says of his 1960s and 70s rural Indiana childhood, “was…See More
Aug 25
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Dellinger's Mill, Hawk, Mitchell County

Meet the 4th generation miller of a historic millby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Triptych of Dellinger Mill and Jack Dellinger in his mill, showing the hopper, the 1859 waterwheel, bags of cornmeal, and the National Historic Place plaque.  Photos and composition by Henry Neufeld.            I had written about…See More
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FullSizeRender Lexie in the pillows

This is my little Lexie, a chihuahua mix who is tiny but so sweet. Here she is trying to sleep under my pillows. She is a burrower. Makes a great watch dog because she has a fierce bark.
Aug 10
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Tribute to Kathryn Stripling Byer at Jackson County Public Library, Sylva, NC

October 1, 2017 from 2pm to 4pm
On October 1, Sunday afternoon, 2 PM, at Jackson County  Library in the Community Room, NCWN and NCWN-West will honor the late Poet Laureate, Kathryn S. Byer . Everyone is invited to come. We will share her poetry and talk about her achievements and her legacy for writers and poets in NC. If Kay touched your life in some way, come and pay tribute to her. We all miss her and this is a way to share our mourning for losing her and show our appreciation for what she did for us. See More
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WRITERS CIRCLE IN SPRING

"On Saturday, September 9, 10:30 a.m., Richard Kraweic will teach a class at Writers Circle. He will teach how to organize a poetry book for publication. I know I need to learn that lesson. How about you?"
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WRITERS CIRCLE IN SPRING

"We have a memoir class going on now until the first Wednesday in September. Wish you could join us in a class at Writers Circle around the Table."
Aug 10
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East Asheville history and sites

A meaningful tour of East Asheville PHOTO CAPTION: View of Beverly Hills suburb, from a painting by Gibson Catlett that had once hung at subdivision offices.  Courtesy Special Collection, Ramsey Library, UNC Asheville.            I was walking in the Beverly Hills neighborhood the other day and noticed a few…See More
Aug 3
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Interview with Gail Godwin about Grief Cottage

Gail Godwin’s latest crosses a mental boundary by Rob Neufeld Asheville author Gail Godwin, now a Woodstock, NY resident, comes back home here Wed., June 14 to present her new novel, “Grief Cottage” at Malaprop’s Bookstore, 7 p.m. “Grief Cottage” is the story of an orphaned, sensitive, troubled boy, named…See More
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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.

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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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