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Cherokee and WNC music and dance events

Two Big Cultural Events in December in Hendersonville & Ashevillefrom press releaseThe Center for Cultural Preservation, WNC’s cultural history and documentary film center, presents, Cherokee Music and Dance on Thursday, December 7, 7 p.m., Blue Ridge Community College’s Thomas Auditorium.  Tickets are $5. The screening of A Great American Tapestry will be held on December 2, 2 p.m., at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Reuter Center, UNC Asheville.  Tickets for that event are…See More
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Spellbound posted events
Nov 9
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

Battery Park Hill through the ages

Battery Park through the Years by Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTIONS: 1) Present-day view of Battery Park Apartments from…See More
Nov 6
Mark de Castrique posted a blog post
Oct 13
Rob Neufeld's discussion was featured

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
Oct 8
Julia Nunnally Duncan posted an event

Julia Nunnally Duncan at MACA Authors' Booth

October 14, 2017 from 9:30am to 1:30pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be signing her new books A Part of Me and A Place That Was Home at the Mountain Glory Festival in downtown Marion on Saturday, October 14, from 9:30-1:30. She will be located at the MACA Authors' booth on Main Street.See More
Oct 7
Rob Neufeld posted a blog post

Sample 8 Great Smokies Writers at Malaprop’s, Oct. 15

Writers in UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP)read atMalaprop's Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 3 p.m., Sun.,Oct. 15 Elizabeth Lutyens, editor of the GSWP’s Great Smokies Review, leads the Prose Master Class and will host the reading. ·        Ellen Carr, who works in the financial industry, will read excerpts from her novel of uneasy relationships, Unmanned. ·        Sarah Carter, an artist and photographer who will publish an excerpt of her novel, Jolene, Joe-Pye,…See More
Oct 6
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

Ellington in Asheville--a survey

The Douglas Ellington effect: An Appreciationby Rob NeufeldIMAGE: Douglas Ellington’s original drawing for a City Hall-County Courthouse Art Deco complex.            “Dear Douglas,” Kenneth Ellington wrote his brother, the 38-year old Pittsburgh architect, on May 6, 1925, “I know things are…See More
Oct 6
Mark de Castrique posted a blog post

How To Kill Your Reader

Danger is a crucial element in a mystery novel. A killer is on the loose and no one is safe. But sometimes the killer can be the writer, and the victim, the reader.I'm talking about when the author turns into a preacher and the story becomes a sermon. Now I am not against using a mystery novel for social commentary. Writing doesn't happen in a moral vacuum, and, after all, isn't a mystery a morality play? As fellow North Carolina author Margaret Maron said there is no topic that can't be dealt…See More
Oct 5
Mark de Castrique posted a video

Hidden Scars - A Sam Blackman Mystery

Sam Blackman and Nakayla Robertson investigate a 70-year-old death that unleashes a killer.
Oct 3
Mark de Castrique posted a discussion

Black Mountain College as Backdrop for Mystery

My new book, HIDDEN SCARS, is released Oct 3rd.  D.G. Martin notes the star of the story is Black Mountain College.  http://chapelboro.com/town-square/columns/one-on-one/one-one-lost-college-still-shinesSee More
Oct 3
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

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
Sep 25
Susan Weinberg posted events
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Sep 22
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Sep 22
Kathryn Hall posted a blog post

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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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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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 Rob Neufeld on June 3, 2009 at 5:06pm
It's like I say, Gary, In the land of the blind, the one-eyed person is king, and the two-eyed, an outcast. But occasionally there's a breakthrough--with the help of good and wise marketing people! Two-eyes, but one is obscured by the lifted jug. /Rob
Comment by Gary Carden on June 3, 2009 at 5:02pm
Rob,
I just resigned from Writers Network West for the very reason that we are discussing here. The organization is almost totally oriented toward poetry and the few prose writers that they have seem to be constantly shouting and waving in order to draw attention to themselves. If it is that bad for prose, you can imagine what is like for drama (and drama or theater is a general topic that includes a lot of stuff, including tragedy and comedy) and for storytelling. When I mention this, I am assured that the organization is open to "everyone," but the fact remains that the emphasis is on "traditional formats" like poetry.
I'm just going to stay home and sing all the old songs and drink my own whiskey (well, not literally!)
Comment by Rob Neufeld on June 3, 2009 at 4:50pm
Thanks, Gary! And I know what you're saying. Literary arts decline when lines are drawn. It's best when a storyteller has a large palette and repertoire and can choose the art form or combination of forms to best tell the story. (I think Shakespeare on the stage is better than in the book, and he's an author, ain't he?)

But what's the marketing? Blue Ridge Published Work Fair?
Comment by Gary Carden on June 3, 2009 at 4:44pm
Rob,
I honestly feel that a film of a play should have as much integrity as a published novel. However, we seem to be at an awkward stage and I can assure you, it just "ain't so." The only solution I can see is to be sure that "the step-children" get due recognition at the book fair.

I would be glad to assist in locating storytellers who could provide clips of there work. I would like to suggest that someone set about filming Sheila Kay Adams when she tells the story about the man who received Dr. Brinkley's radio program on his dental fillings (They had to wedge his mouth open so that the sound could carry and the neighbors came in to hear the Carter Family sing "Keep on the Sunny Side." That is for openers. Then, there is Marvin Cole, and then there is Lloyd Arneach and I'm just getting wound up. We won't have any trouble finding the storytellers and/or dramatists to make the videos. Who is going to film them?
Comment by Rob Neufeld on June 3, 2009 at 4:31pm
That's right, Gary, it's hard to find the word. Maybe just call it Book Fair, and let other stuff come in.

I'd love to have help promoting storytellers. I mentioned the idea for this website, which I think would be very helpful. A list of storytellers with three minute clips of their storytelling. If people want to see how effective that is, they can check out Gary's telling; and play writing.
Comment by Gary Carden on June 3, 2009 at 4:18pm
Let me add one final observation. At present, my most marketable creation is a DVD (or two DVDs) and this was a "book" fair. I think all literary events are having trouble with including media products. It also may be that my problems with film creations may be an aspect that will become more pronounced in the future. I know that my film, "The Prince of Dark Corners," is generally considered an artist creation, but book fairs, such as the Blue Ridge Book Fair, is not quite sure what to do with it. It may be that a more
inclusive name is needed. ("Media and Book Fair" or "Book Fair and Film"??) I don't know. I don't want to provoke a discussion that may be extended to include dance and painting! It is a provocative problem. However, if I write a play and it is made into a film, I feel it should have a home at a "book fair."
Comment by Charleen Bertolini on June 3, 2009 at 3:52pm
Rob, I know how invaluable you've been. We actually met at our launch last September. Bob G will be past chair this year and Tom McCain has will be chair. Program Chair will be Bill Ramsey. We want to be sure we have an attractive program for our presenters, exhibitors and attendees. Thanks for the suggestions and we look forward to a terrific 2010! (June 5 again at the BRCC.)
Comment by Rob Neufeld on June 3, 2009 at 3:34pm
Charlene, yes, now that you're using this site to communicate with authors, let's increase the effectiveness. The Top 75 WNC Books list is a good start for authors. I have talked with some about creating a storyteller list--with links to video/audio clips.

There's also this group! And you've seen the publisher list.

I had a number of conversations with Bob G. about who speaks well as well as writes well. That's a factor, too.

There is a huge audience, market, and need for authors and storytellers, and I'm both feet deeply in with helping to develop that. Thanks for your talk and thoughts. (Invite more people to the group.)
Comment by Charleen Bertolini on June 3, 2009 at 3:25pm
I'm sending all your suggestions to next year's program chair so they can be sure to incorporate such a forum for storytelling and drama, comedy.
Comment by Charleen Bertolini on June 3, 2009 at 3:23pm
Thanks so much! Charleen
 

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