Award-winning novelist captures fleeting youthby Rob NeufeldAnother Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson (Amistad: HarperCollins, Aug. 9, 2016) The amazing, unusual thing about Jacqueline Woodson’s new novel, “Another Brooklyn,” I realize as it sinks in, is that the initial mystery—that is, why the narrator can’t…See More
A worker’s view of tannery work in Rosmanby Rob Neufeld Haskell Luker was 11 when the Flood of 1916 caused his dad, Americus Alfred Luker, to leave the farm where he worked and take a job with an acid (tannin) plant in Pisgah Forest. “Daddy was going down there to make big…See More
A talk with Chitra about her benediction of a novelby Rob Neufeld Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, one of our country’s most engaging and inventive novelists, first came to this region six years ago for Western Carolina University’s Spring Literary Festival. That’s when I got to know her and began…See More
Is Carden's Kephart play controversial?Gary Carden's play, "Outlander," receives a "staged reading" in the Reuter Center, UNC Asheville, 2 p.m., Sun., July 31. Carden will be on hand to discuss the play with the audience. It is a controversial play in that it has been criticized by the descendants of Horace Kephart who felt that the play "demeaned" Kephart. "Ironically," Carden says, "my original purpose in writing the play was to 'redeem' Kephart. who has often been denounced by the…See More
BRING BACK THE GAME Anna and I basically spent a month in Asheville, NC this summer. We returned to Georgia a few days ago, and while we were glad to get home, as we got out of the car, we were met with the suffocating heat that I still have not become acclimated to even though we have lived in Middle Georgia for over 30 years. Every plant in our backyard had dried up and only the belligerent squirrels had survived the summer’s inferno. We had a great time in Asheville. We visited our…See More
Amy Garza will be presenting her new memoir, Appalachian Storyteller in a Feed Sack Dress, at City Lights Bookstore onSaturday, August 6th at 3 p.m. Follow Amy as she tells the story of her life as she lived it, each chapter being a story in itself. These are the compelling stories of a mountain girl who found the courage she needed in her life to listen and retell the stories of her family and heritage. Amy Garza was born and raised in Western North Carolina, which leads her into her many…See More
I think I have something going. It is called The Liar's Bench and meets the first Saturday of each month at City Lights Bookstore. We have met once and it worked well. The program is "an eclectic mix of storytelling, music and…"
"Rob, Thank you for developing a forum for people to express themselves regarding topics/concepts that deal with our relationships with each other and the earth as a whole. I need to send you a CD that I released in 2003 and some of my other…"
"Great to read you here, Dave, and glad to follow along, Gary! I am in wonder about the continuing perception of the dangerousness of traditional values, but I think things are changing. Caring for our environment--maintaining a balance between…"
"The concept of individual property rights has been powerful in these mountains for generations. Our Native Americans have much to teach us about the ownership of all elements--shared ownership and collective responsibility for protecting everything…"