History of Asheville’s homeless: humanity on trialby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Jim Parton and Kirk Faulkner, two homeless men at A-Hope, where Jim is getting help finding housing and Kirk is making job connections. Photo, 2017, by Rob Neufeld.“I admire my daddy more than any other human on…See More
A.K. Benninghofen, Lockie Hunter and Beth Keefauver will offer a free reading at the next installment of the Writers at Home series, presented by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP), at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood Street in Asheville. This monthly series of free readings is hosted by GSWP director and novelist Tommy Hays.See More
A reading by poet, multi-genre artist, and core member of the Affrilachian Poets Bianca Spriggs in the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State. Spriggs will also present a craft talk from 12:30-1:45 in the Price Lake Room of the Plemmons Student Union. Free admission.For more info, see the press release http://www.news.appstate.edu/2017/03/06/bianca-spriggs/Parking info is at parking.appstate.edu.…See More
HESTER Growing up in Asheville, N.C. in the 50’s and 60’s seemed, at the time, to be filled with a rhythm of adventure and strange encounters sprinkled with an assortment of particularly interesting and somewhat odd characters. One of those persons who fascinated me as a child was my father’s friend “Hester. “ My dad was about as straight an arrow as anyone could find. He seemed to a preadolescent, somewhat indolent son, frankly boring. Looking back from a perspective of 70 years, I…See More
African-American musicians flourished in Asheville neighborhoodsby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: The Outcasts, the state’s Battle of the Bands winner in 1979, included: (kneeling l to r) Edward Stout, saxophonist; Darriel Jones, drummer; (seated) Patricia McAfee, vocalist; (standing l to r) Marvin Seabrooks, trombonist; Mike…See More
According to the Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore, the game Blind Man's Bluff is as old as the 16th Century. It was a game I never liked playing as a kid. I was always afraid someone would get hurt-namely me! Its one of those games that makes grown-ups yell things like "Somebodys going to…See More
"Thanks for sharing this Rob--and the book plug too. I have never seen this photo before. I have several others from the 1942 article, but this was a new one. The man on the truck looking down is WWII hero Little George Plott--who I profiled in my…"
Sylva resident, Ron Robinson will present his book, On All Cylinders, on Saturday, March 18th at 3 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. As a business owner or manager do you seek ways to:1. Manage a workforce of diverse cultures and generations2. Improve quality and productivity?3. Stop employee turnover4. Improve morale?5. Innovate products and services faster and more efficiently 6. Reduce waste and costs? …See More
The Jackson County Public Library and City Lights Bookstore are co-hosting an event with David Joy on Friday, March 3rd at 6:30 p.m. He will present his second novel, The Weight of This World, in the Community Room of the Jackson County Public Library. Set in the Little Canada community of Jackson County, The Weight of This World is a story of three people haunted by their past. A combat veteran returned from war, Thad Broom can’t leave the hardened world of Afghanistan behind, nor can he…See More
Jackson County native, Natalie C. Anderson will present her debut Young Adult novel on Friday, February 17th at 6:30 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Her novel, City of Saints and Thieves is a thriller set in Kenya and has been described as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo meets Gone Girl. Natalie C. Anderson is an American writer and international development professional living in Geneva, Switzerland. She has spent the last decade working with nongovernmental organizations (NGOs)and the United…See More
The Coffee of the Poet series continues on Thursday, January 19th at 10:30 a.m. at City Lights Bookstore. Poet, essayist and songwriter, Patrick Frank, will present his four collections of poetry. An Asheville resident, Patrick also writes political columns which frequently appear in the Asheville Citizen-Times. His reading will focus on homelessness and will feature an open discussion of the problems experienced by the homeless and those at risk for becoming homeless. Participants will also be…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
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.