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A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

April 21, 2018 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7:30 pm, join nationally celebrated storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she hosts her "Taking the Stage" workshop participants, for an enchanting evening of storytelling in picturesque Black Mountain, NC. You'll enjoy a variety of stories and storytelling styles featuring tellers Jane O Cunningham from Rome, GA; Gabriele Marewski from Black Mountain, NC; Christine Phillips Westfeldt - Fairview,…See More
Mar 21
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Writers Circle around the Table

We are located in Hayesville, NC. In April we begin our new season with outstanding Poet Mike James. Mike will read at Writers' Night Out in Blairsville, GA on Friday evening April 13. On Saturday, April 14, he will teach a class at my studio.Formally SpeakingThis class will focus on different types of traditional poetic forms such as the sonnet, the villanelle, and the sestina, and will also include other verse forms such as erasures, found poems, prose poems, and last poems.Contact Glenda…See More
Mar 12
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Rachel Carson, Silent Spring Chautauqua History Alive at UNC Asheville, OLLI Reuters Center, Manheimer Room

April 15, 2018 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Step inside the revolutionary book, Silent Spring as its author Rachel Carson reveals the reckless destruction of our living world. Written more than 55 years ago Silent Spring inspired the Environmental Movement and has never been out of print. And now you have a chance to ask the author, Rachel Carson, how this came to be. But these aren’t just performances. They’re a chance to step into Living History – to ask questions and go one on one with a women whose books shaped our country and our…See More
Mar 7
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"She looks like I look in my imagination right before I've had my coffee ... relaxed, bothered (by something, anything) and fully aware that I'm almost, but not quite, the center of the universe ... a feeling that quickly fades after that…"
Mar 4
Lynn Hamilton-Rutherford replied to Kathryn Stripling Byer's discussion Mary Adams's new chapbook COMMANDMENT
"This is so perfect ... the thought of every woman, who KNOWS what the men are thinking!  But now at least we have an idea! This makes me happy in a sad, lovely sort of way!"
Mar 4
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Mom in Her Writing Nook ...

She was working on the "About the Authors" section of "Echoes Across the Blue Ridge" when I captured this one morning. Though you can't see it, her coffee cup was within gentle reach that morning. Roxie is at her feet.
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Glenda Council Beall posted a photo

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Lexie likes to sleep in the sunshine even on cold days.
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In 1945 Indiana prohibited marriage between a white person and anyone with more than one-eighth "Negro blood." Yet Daniel (black) and Anna (white) gave up family, friends, and eventually even country to create a life together. Their 42-year marriage…
Feb 5
Nancy Werking Poling replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Bent Creek, the 4-part story
"Rob, Thanks for putting this into one document. I've been following the narrative in the Citizen-Times. I find it an added resource for my next writing project. In 1910 my husband's grandfather (1866-1947) showed up in Missouri and said…"
Feb 5
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Feb 5
Lee Ann Brown replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Writer Olive Dargan rises from obscurity
"Great Article!  Heart wrenching about her destroyed manuscripts and letters and notes but I will look for more of Olive Dargan!     Lee Ann Brown"
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THE BANG BANG BROKERS HITS AMAZON PRIME WITH A BANG

Focusing on the aftermath of the 2008 Financial Crisis, The Bang Bang Brokers tells the story of a hedge fund manager (based on a composite of real life traders) who got rich off of predicting the subprime fallout. His guilt and suicidal impulses lead him to a chance meeting with a Latino Gang, headed by small time weed dealer Ramon (Erik Michael Estrada). In hopes that Ramon will kill him in exchange for the favor, Rolley (played by Donihue) robs a rival Black Gang, earning the pair a ton of…See More
Feb 4

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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 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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