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Love and Mercy Booksigning

Gaston County Library, Main BranchGastonia, NCDec. 12. 20153:30 - 5:30 pm
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Spooks Branch, a human history story

Spooks Branch was a singular place in settlers’ loreby Rob NeufeldImportant editorial note:This is a significant historical story that is also, in parts, personal and controversial.  It is about a few families who settled a particular cove and played out their heroic and complex legacies in ways that interacted with place and time.  You don't read this kind of story much because people don't like to expose themselves or stir up trouble, even a little.  This caution makes history classes boring…See More
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Nov 21
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

The Rise of Asheville by Marilyn Ball

History of the "Asheville 1000" and the 1970s renaissance                       Let’s not miss the history of Asheville’s renaissance, Marilyn Ball’s new book, “The Rise of Asheville,” advocates.            She’d come here in 1977, making her one of the advance guard of “artists, entrepreneurs, and off-the-grid…See More
Nov 20
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Century-ago woman's apple cake recipe

Mmm, them apples in Beaverdam coveIn 1972, Helen Nelon wrote about the traditions of old-time Spooks Branch, off Beaverdam Road.  Here's what she said about her use of apples in a cake.(The full story of Spooks Branch will appear soon.)There were apples for delicious cider cooled in the spring "dreem" (drain), apples for frying for cold winter days, and for special days there were dried apple sauce fruit cakes.These cakes were made of very thin, sweet dough with dried apple sauce spread between…See More
Nov 18
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Dignity is the key to Richard Russo's inspiration

So funny, and yet so exposing--Richard Russo's geniusSnakes on the lane            In Richard Russo's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Empire Falls, the protagonist, Miles recalls the time his father, driving, had accelerated into a box on a highway.  “What if that box had been full of rocks?” Miles asks.  Unfazed, Max quizzes his son about what he would do about the box.  Max says he'd stop and look in it,  “What if it was full of rattlesnakes? “ his father asks.            The verbal match…See More
Nov 14
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Humanize the history--especially with Civil War--writes acclaimed author

Writer illuminates tangled web of Civil Warby Rob Neufeld             David Madden has written a book, “The Tangled Web of the Civil War and Reconstruction,” that deserves special attention.            First, there’s Madden’s background.  In 1992, he founded the U.S. Civil War Center in New…See More
Nov 12
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Nov 10
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Coming attraction--Singleton at Malaprop's & City Lights for Calloustown

George Singleton's latest collection of stories, Calloustown...features the folk who try to survive in a place that has little to offer besides a Finger Museum and a taxidermy petting zoo,It's funny, but also tragic and angry.  The review, "Love-hate humor cries in Calloustown," appears in the Asheville Citizen-Times, Sunday, 11/15/2015.  Singleton's at Malaprop’s Bookstore, 7 p.m., Wed., Nov. 18; and at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21.Here's an excerpt from the…See More
Nov 10
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Juniper Bends Quarterly Reading at DownTown Books & News

November 13, 2015 from 7pm to 8pm
Our very special Autumnal edition starts at 7PM and is sure to be a lively and vibrant set, with featured writers Randi Janelle, Tina FireWolf, Logan Parker, and Annabelle Crowe. Two of our readers have new books out, and as always there is wine flowing by donation. Hosts Lockie Hunter and Caroline Wilson look forward to seeing you there----remember, your wellbeing depends upon it.See More
Nov 9
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Love and Mercy ~ Up On Roan Mountain

My family lived and loved up on Roan Mountain and in the surrounding mountain areas, and this is their story. It's woven into a tapestry that weaves down through the years, before the days of the Civil War and up to present day. They were…
Nov 9

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  • Sound-and-Sense Seekers

    5 members Latest Activity: Jul 26, 2011 This is for poets--in an expanded sense--those of us who seek an ultimate language that includes music, enables many imaginative associations, and…

  • Promoting Writers

    39 members Latest Activity: Jan 12 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,…

  • The Imaginative Storm

    4 members Latest Activity: Jan 7, 2011 In his poem "Lonesome Pine Special," Charles Wright asks the following question: "What is it inside the imagination that keep surprising us?" Now…

  • Creative Activism

    2 members Latest Activity: Mar 10, 2009 Effectively advancing social causes requires creative thinking; and we can share ideas here.

  • Creative Publishing

    13 members Latest Activity: Jan 14, 2014 The publishing world is changing radically; and we'll share ideas and information about creative options.

  • Heritage keepers

    5 members Latest Activity: Oct 21, 2011 Making the connection with the public is what we heritage curators discuss. One focus is the mass media.

  • Authors and Audiences

    7 members Latest Activity: Apr 24, 2009 This is an easy medium of discussion for people involved in "Authors and Audiences," the program involving authors, live book discussions in talk…

  • Book Discussers

    5 members Latest Activity: Apr 12, 2009 You can talk with people who have the read the same book as you have. Each book will be a separate discussion within this group.

  • Genealogists

    23 members Latest Activity: Jan 16, 2014 We talk about what we're doing and how we might engage more people in family history.

  • Folklorists

    15 members Latest Activity: Sep 6, 2009 People working together on collection.

  • Italian American Writers

    3 members Latest Activity: Oct 24, 2009 Are you an Italian American writer or scholar? Want to blog about your favorite Italian American writer? Or want to post an event?

  • Book Discussion X

    1 member Latest Activity: May 30, 2011 We connect to discussion at the Battery Park Book Exchange.

  • Jane's Stories Press Foundation

    1 member Latest Activity: Jul 13, 2009 A non-profit organization dedicated to serving women writers with online critique circles for poetry, fiction, non-fiction; online salons contests,…

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