IMPORTANT DATES IN ASHEVILLE HISTORY by Rob Neufeld 1000: The Cherokee, who’d introduced maize agriculture to the region, began cultivating beans. 1540: Hernando De Soto led troops to East Tennessee through either the Hickory Nut or Swannanoa Gap, finding gold and copper and inspiring a succession of Spanish miners. 1663: Charles II bestows territory between the 31st and 36th parallels in America…See More
People in the Lost Provinces were herb-gatherersby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Three herbal products offered by S.B. Penick’s, once the world’s largest herb distributor, its largest warehouse located in Asheville. “Last week, during a research trip to the ‘Lost Provinces,’” Luke Manget said about the landscape…See More
“Us versus them” is not good historyby Rob Neufeld Writing about history and the complex lives that play out within it does not sell as well as team spirit, especially in this age of clicks and likes. I recently confronted this truth when I wrote my article last week about the minds of our leaders in 1851. The word “slavery” was added to the headline to alert people to its relevance. Seeing that term connected people to a cause they felt strongly about, particularly in…See More
Player of Games reveals today’s game-changing mentalityby Rob Neufeld There is something big happening in Millennial Generation literature, and I thought I’d try to get a handle on it. To give an idea of one aspect of current thinking: I was at a gathering recently, plenty of youngsters, and I…See More
Hello "The Read on WNC" readers: I'm posting this note to announce the publication of vol. 3 in my "Loy's Loonies" series. This one is called The Mortician's Road Trip and it's a bit more of a mystery than my earlier books. Here's a teaser for the story. Upstate New Yorker Baz Rathbone makes ends meet by selling human skulls. By contract, he should cremate them, but he doesn’t. His little business comes to the attention of the FBI when a woman spots her late husband’s skull being used…See More
"That East Tennessee Christian Association of Friends comment, especially bothered me, but it clarifies the view some folks from outside the region have about us even to this day. … average intelligence...below that of colored…"
It is a "sharp, lively discourse, and audience members searching for engaging debate will be pleased, St. Germain's script is astute, and the humor is plentiful."-NY Times. Sigmund Freud invites C. S. Lewis to his home in London ...they clash about sex, love, the existence of God and the meaning of life - just weeks before Freud took his own life. This play reveals the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men. Afterwards a time to "talk back" with The Very Rev. Todd Donatelli and Dr. Mary…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…"
Former North Carolina Poet Laureate Kathryn Byer and Richard Krawiec will be reading from their new collections of poetry on Sunday, June 14th at 1 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Kathryn’s new chapbook from Jacar Press, The Vishnu Bird, is both a memorial and memoir in lyric poetry. This clean-spoken, deeply-felt chapbook remembers the poet’s dear friend by tracing his vocation of anthropology, and honoring his spiritual depth through vignettes from the speaker’s own past. Richard Krawiec will…See More
Asheville author Tina FireWolf will visit City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, June 6th at 3 p.m. to present her book, Beneath the Chatter. Tina FireWolf will ignite your fire! Join her to hear how a 3 ft. tall corn plant was the sign to go on an adventure to write her book! She will share her personal story and tales from her book that illuminate life lessons and help ignite us into Everyday Enlightenment. You will leave with a light heart and wider eyes to the world around you. Beneath the…See More
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.