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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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…
Family life as perceived by 50 WNC authorsby Rob Neufeld If you have biases against small press books or anthologies of local writers’ work, I recommend you lay them aside and take a look at “It’s All Relative” (Stone Ivy Press), 52 stories and poems by 50 WNC women authors writing about family. …See More
The Coffee with the Poet series continues on Thursday, November 19th at 10:30 a.m. at City Lights Bookstore. The November gathering will feature poet Holly Dunlap as she presents her first book, Feet to Water. She lives in the half-river, half-city of Florence, Alabama. She has a master’s degree in Creative Writing from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Auburn University. Her poems have been published in journals including The Denver Syntax, BlazeVox…See More
On Wednesday, October 21 at 7:00 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore, the WCU Department of Anthropology and Sociology and Department of Biology are proud to present a free public talk by Dr. Zach Throckmorton about the discovery of a new human ancestor, Homo naledi. This research has been featured in National Geographic magazine and on NPR.Dr. Throckmorton is an Assistant Professor of Anatomy at Lincoln Memorial University's DeBusk College of Osteopathic Medicine in Tennessee and a Rising Star…See More
Kathryn Byer and Thomas Rain Crowe have been included in a collection of true stories showcasing the houses where some of the most notable Southern authors have forged their writing lives. They both will be at City Lights Bookstore on Friday, November 6th at 6:30 p.m. to sign copies ofCarolina Writers at Home. The homes in these twenty-five essays range from the classic bungalow and mid-century modern ranch house to wilder locales: a church, a trailer, and a sparsely-inhabited barrier island.…See More
Leanne Brown will visit City Lights Bookstore to present her cookbook on Friday, September 4th at 6:30 p.m. Her book, Good and Cheap: Eat Well on $4 a Day is designed for those on the strictest of budgets, particularly those on the U.S. food stamp budget. This book is great, though, for anyone wanting to eat really well cheaply. Good and Cheap features tips on shopping and kitchen equipment, and more than a hundred easy, flexible recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner. To reserve a copy,…See More
Sylva author, Mary Joyce will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, September 12th at 3 p.m. to present her latest book.Underground Military Bases Hidden in North Carolina Mountains compiles information gathered by Joyce over several years about secret military facilities in North Carolina. The information about the secret bases is mostly from those with military, law enforcement and high-security backgrounds plus citizens who have stumbled upon evidence. Joyce is also the author…See More
"We'd love to work with you to put together another panel, Kay. The featured anthology does includes some fine women writers (Darnell Arnoult, for one), but none living near enough to Jackson County to be able to make it for tonight's…"
"No thanks. No discussion of Southern literature deserves the name without at least one woman writer. Sounds like a good ol' boys gig to me. Having read some reviews of a couple of these writers' books, I'll be glad…"
RE: Measured In Blood: The Role of Henderson County, North Carolina in the American Civil War. Nonfiction, hardback, 599 pages including index, $36.00.
Thank you for the kind inquirey. Yes, I will be handling some of the distribution. I can get you a couple of copies. The book is being printed in Asheville, NC and the binding is in Nashville, TN. We have been promised a delivery on December 13, 2012. I have lecturer and book signings for December 15th in both Hendersonville and Asheville. Feel free to contact me directly at email@example.com.