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Montreat College Friends of the Library Annual Luncheon at Montreat College, Gaither Fellowship Hall

June 10, 2017 from 12pm to 2:30pm
Author Vicki Lane, who is working on her seventh novel, will be the guest speaker at the Montreat College Friends of the Library Annual Luncheon at noon on Saturday, June 10, 2017 in Gaither Fellowship Hall.  Reservations: 669-8012 Ext. 3502Open to the Public.See More
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Rose Senehi will read from her new novel: CAROLINA BELLE at MALAPROPS BOOKS & CAFE

May 3, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
Belle McKenzie is obsessed with finding the best apple anyone ever bit into and determined to rekindle the love this obsession has nearly destroyed.        Woven throughout Carolina Belle is the fascinating history of Henderson County, North Carolina’s, apple orchards that endlessly unfold on the county’s horizons and still bear the same names as the early settlers to the area. Senehi, known for her historically accurate novels, sprinkles the book with stories of the development of the Southern…See More
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Becky Stone Presents Maya Angelou

Chautauqua Alive! Becky Stone Presents Maya AngelouWednesday, May 24 at 6:30pmPack Memorial Library67 Haywood Street250-4700The Buncombe Chautauqua Committee and Pack Memorial Library will present a pre-Chautauqua special event in Lord Auditorium at Pack Memorial Library at 6:30 Pm on May 24.  Renowned storyteller Becky Stone will present “Becoming Maya Angelou.”   Ms. Stone will be appearing as Maya Angelou in the opening program of the annual Chautauqua series that begins June 19.  On May 24,…See More
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Prize-winning YA author Sedgwick at Literacy fundraiser

Fundraiser for Literacy Council & Book Launch Marcus Sedgwick Tuesday April 25th 5:30-7:30 p.m., Twisted Laurel, downtown Asheville, 130 College Street COST: $45 per person (ticket includes hardcover book, food, and non-alcoholic beverage) All proceeds go to Literacy Council from press release Marcus Sedgwick, author of Saint Death Spellbound Children's Bookshop, Asheville's locally owned independent bookstore for kids and teens, presents a special event with one of the most critically…See More
Apr 17
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Dellinger Mill--sacred place east of Bakersville

A Mitchell County gristmill sifts through 150 yearsby Rob Neufeld PHOTO CAPTION: Book cover, “Dellinger Grist Mill on Cane Creek” by Jack Dellinger.             In 1861, when Bakersville got a post office, locals changed the town name from Bakersville to Davis, after Jefferson Davis, President of the…See More
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Reading by Poet Al Young at Table Rock Room, Plemmons Student Union, App State University

April 6, 2017 from 7:30pm to 8:45pm
A reading by past California Poet Laureate Al Young in Appalachian State's Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series. The reading will be preceded by a craft talk titled "No Poem, No Home" from 2-3:15 the same day.Both are in ASU's Plemmons Student Union. Free admission; books will be available for sale and signing. See More
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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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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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