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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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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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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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Raising Pastured Pigs Ebook Published

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Author/Bookstore Relations 7 Replies

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

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Comment by Gary Carden on October 22, 2009 at 8:53am
Donald, I totally agree.
I'm finding more and more that the energy needed to promote your work through bookstores is more than I can handle. However, those two guys up near Burnsville ( "Planting by the Moon" "The Sound of Thunder')make it seem effortless. I guess it is because there are two of them and they help each other. They have established a circuit, too. Bookstore owners know them and readily promote their readings. I find that what is a wonderful advantage is having an audience. I just got back from Tryon and it was unlike my usual experience in that there was a large audience already seated and waiting. I guess that was largely due to the remarkable job that the library (not the bookstore) did in promoting my appearance. I also think that there audiences out there that are better than the average bookstore. I love libraries and I also do well at organizations such as genealogy societies, elderhostels.
Comment by DONALD MAROTTA on October 22, 2009 at 7:41am
I cannot see where promoting by hopping from bookstore to bookstore by land is helpful because of the physical exhaustion. I write from the perspective of an old guy not keen on traveling, and knowing more productive means--which require an author's pinpointed ongoing work. Beans to constant chained labor in the process, however.
Don Marotta
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Comment by Gary Carden on July 21, 2009 at 7:51am
I value the purely social aspect of sites like this. For almost three months, I posted on the folklore site with a dozen other people, and we completely "forgot" about p.r. in the excitement of sharing stories, folklore and gossip. The ones who were merely looking for an opportunity to promote themselves quickly lost interest and dropped out while the rest of us went on a marathon dialogue. It eventually ran its course, but it was delightful while it lasted.
Comment by Christine Hale on June 28, 2009 at 9:48pm
I know what you mean about the ubiquity of some people's posts. They seem to be determined to never let a day pass without calling attention to themselves. On the other hand, as you point out, Facebook has reconnected me with people I'd lost and (in some case) and am glad to find! And it spread word widely and quickly, and we writers DO seem to be in charge of "making it happen" ("it" being connecting to readers/viewers) ourselves.
So maybe the relevant question--O, readers of this post--is what, in your view, constitutes acceptable or effective self-promotion? What content, what frequency, what media/vehicle?
Interested in your thoughts....
Comment by Gary Carden on June 28, 2009 at 8:23pm
Although it has occurred to me to do that, I have been hesitant. Maybe it time, I can make an effort, but at the present time, I have been content to promote my blog. I love it and it pleases me in a childish way when people actually come and read it. Maybe that is the next step. I just discovered that it is possible to post YouTube videos on blogs this past week, which immediately suggests that I can post videos about my work. (plays and storytelling) Now I have to learn the technical process involved in making that happen. I have been connecting with people on Facebook that I had lost touch with over the years, and I intend to invite them all to my blog. I have noticed that some blogs (and Facebook posts) are unashamedly self-promoting. One extremely irritating fellow with a self-published novel has overdone it. He is on Twitter, too! I'm looking for ways to block him. I'm not very sophisticated about the internet, but there has to be a way to stop or control writers like this guy.
Comment by Christine Hale on June 28, 2009 at 7:16pm
How many of you are on Facebook? What use do you make of it (or other social networks like LinkedIn) in promoting your writing or yourself as writer?

Looking for your thoughts...

Chris
Comment by Charleen Bertolini on June 4, 2009 at 9:14am
Thanks Gary. I'm getting all these thoughts to our Chair and Program Chair. We want to keep growing and to keep improving. We know the literary world encompasses much!
Comment by Gary Carden on June 3, 2009 at 9:43pm
Let me say again, that this Book Fair did it right. I think every major variation was there and it was presented effectively. There was theater on the opening night!
The presenters covered an impressive array of "literary forms" - certainly more than I see anywhere else in the format of "cultural organizations." I think we have the basic template. All we have to do is add to, or augment it. It just occurred to me that next year, I would like to see "Southern Gothic" or Appalachian Gothic" as a workshop topic. I would also like to see some attention paid to local writers who focus on regional history and folklore.
Comment by Ben F. Eller on June 3, 2009 at 6:22pm
The top 75, 50, 25 whatever in WNC is a GREAT idea. AND should include all pieces of the literary arts . . . prose, storytelling, poetry etc.

I'm eager to hear more on how best this could be done

Ben F. Eller
Comment by Gary Carden on June 3, 2009 at 5:14pm
Sounds like "Eben Flood" by E. A. Robinson, caught on a moonlit road with a jug and two moons in the sky.
 

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