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Gail Godwin full interview for Grief Cottage event

Gail Godwin talks about Grief Cottage            Asheville author Gail Godwin, now a Woodstock, NY resident, comes back home here Wed., June 14 to present her new novel, “Grief Cottage” at Malaprop’s Bookstore, 7 p.m.             “Grief Cottage” is the story of an orphaned, sensitive, troubled boy, named…See More
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First Woman NC Poet Laureate's Biography

A Biography of Late NC Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byerin Hendersonville Author's Six Notable Women of North CarolinaA biography of the late Kathryn Stripling "Kay" Byer of Cullowhee, the first woman and longest-serving (2005-2009) Poet Laureate in the state, is featured in Six Notable Women of North Carolina by Jack J. Prather of Hendersonville, founder of the Young Writers Scholarship at Warren Wilson College. The 43-page biography includes poems selected by the poet who passed away on…See More
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Julia Nunnally Duncan at Marion Community Building

June 17, 2017 from 10am to 3pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be a featured author at the McDowell County 2017 Local Author Festival at the Marion Community Building in downtown Marion on Saturday, June 17 from 10-3. The event is sponsored by the McDowell County Public Library and is free and open to the public.See More
Jun 6
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Mom's has-been groove in ghost-boy novel

Marcus, in Gail Godwin’s new novel, Grief Cottage, recalls his friendship with Wheezer, whom he’d once beaten up at school because Wheezer had exposed Marcus’ shameful secret about his mom.  Now Marcus, age 10, is an orphan.  His dad has always been unknown to him; and his mom has just died in a car accident. Relocated to his aunt’s beach house, Marcus, despite the safety of the place, finds himself in trouble. He’s communicating with a ghost.  He’s having dreams about a non-existent older…See More
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Art of Awakening Shamanic Consciousness at City Lights Bookstore

July 28, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Linda Star Wolf will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, July 28th at 6:30 p.m. She will present her new book, Soul Whispering: The Art of Awakening Shamanic Consciousness.  Master Shamanic Breathwork Practitioner, Nita Gage co-wrote the book with Linda Star Wolf. The authors explore how the art of Soul Whispering can help each of us understand why we experience our lives the way we do and shift from healing our wounds to embracing the process of transformation. This is a powerful new…See More
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Dada Maheshvarananda Launches Cooperative Games book at Malaprops Bookstore

May 27, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
With a Foreword by noted author and activist, Bill Ayers, Cooperative Games for a Cooperative World by Dada Maheshvarananda, shows up how to work together to create unity, trust, and cooperation in making the small and big changes needed to create the world we want to see.Listen to this recent radio interview with Dada:https://drive.google.com/openDiane Donovan of Midwest Books says of…See More
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Dada Maheshvarananda Launches Cooperative Games book at Malaprops Bookstore

May 27, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
With a Foreword by noted author and activist, Bill Ayers, Cooperative Games for a Cooperative World by Dada Maheshvarananda, shows up how to work together to create unity, trust, and cooperation in making the small and big changes needed to create the world we want to see.Listen to this recent radio interview with Dada:https://drive.google.com/openDiane Donovan of Midwest Books says of…See More
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Rosalind Bunn Storytime at City Lights Bookstore

June 24, 2017 from 11am to 12pm
Rosalind Bunn will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, June 24th at 11 a.m. for a special storytime. Rosalind teaches at East Side Elementary in Marietta, Georgia. She has three grown children and a new grandson. Rosalind has co-authored three children's books with a dear friend, Kathleen Howard. Her newest book, Thunder & a Lightning Bug Named Lou, is illustrated by Angela C. Hawkins and was released in December 2016. Her other titles are Whose Shadow Do I See?, The Monsters…See More
May 13
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I Have a Coin

I Have a Coin I have a coin I deem a treasure.One side bears the sign of extinction,And the other, an instance of nature.But it’s not a coin; it’s a seal,And the meaning of this distinctionIs the unbearable sadness I feelWith experience, or with closure. It seems like a double exposure,But the knowledge of impermanenceBleeds into the ideal likenessOf mortality in its eminence—To yield a vibrant pictureOf a creature’s essential brightnessAs it burns for life without censure. --Rob NeufeldSee More
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Kalen Vaughan Johnson debuts ROBBING THE PILLARS at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

May 20, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
This signing event for my debut novel ROBBING THE PILLARS will also serve as a benefit for longtime family friend and WNC advocate for people with disabilitiesSee More
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Kalen Vaughan Johnson debuts ROBBING THE PILLARS at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

May 20, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
This signing event for my debut novel ROBBING THE PILLARS will also serve as a benefit for longtime family friend and WNC advocate for people with disabilitiesSee More
May 10
Mark de Castrique posted a blog post

Hidden Scars - Sam Blackman and Black Mountain College

I don't know if this is true for my fellow writers, but proofing can be the most difficult part of the process.  I received the ARC today for October's Sam Blackman Mystery and will begin the last review for typos or formatting errors that have eluded my editor, my copy editor, and myself.  Amazing that there is always something that the brain "fixes" and we don't see.Hope springs eternal that the October release will be typo-free.  The mystery is set against the historic backdrop of Black…See More
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"Hello Renea, Thanks for your message.  I am a writer with a humorous approach in ongoing works.  I also have a background with training for working in teaching, counseling, and parenting, and have done much, some now with surprising worth.…"
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"I'm doing zero and less today, trying to heal a sprained toe ligament, and hoping to make it to the Boone writers group on Thursday."
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"Joe, you seem to have some Italian background.  I was born surrounded by father's Italian family in Philadelphia, and have some memory of the generosity, and wish I had more. My closest relative there died 2 years ago.  Soon I may be…"
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DONALD MAROTTA commented on Rob Neufeld's group Promoting Writers
"I am sorry to have missed the Burnsville based festival workshops. I wanted to go to make some new friends. I have a list of names to try to contact in nearby counties and will proceed this way.     In the meanwhile, is there anyone…"
Oct 21, 2011
DONALD MAROTTA left a comment for Lea Hamer Crandall
"The comment you posted in 2009 about southern women passive aggressive and abusing themselves was difficult for me to understand then. Less so after reading Caitlin Flannagan's To Hell With All That- Loving and Loathing Our Inner Housewife. I…"
Oct 21, 2011
DONALD MAROTTA commented on Rob Neufeld's group Creative Publishing
"What about local gazettes possibly appearing individually online--or in library directories--which may cover the field, but won't have widgets. Calling the Ghost Busters will not help, except if you think it will for momentary relief. Sorry…"
Oct 24, 2009
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"My name is Don Marotta, originally from Philadelphia. I live in the Tri-Cities, TN area. A book I authored was published and I continue to write, but less so. A cousin in Philadelphia was a theater producer, director, actor for many years and I am…"
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"I cannot see where promoting by hopping from bookstore to bookstore by land is helpful because of the physical exhaustion. I write from the perspective of an old guy not keen on traveling, and knowing more productive means--which require an…"
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"I am wondering whether uploaded publishing and simultaneous hard copy publishing are possible with the author's owning the copyright. Reply without a publisher's bias if you are considering this. By uploaded publishing, I do not…"
Oct 22, 2009
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"Kevin, I was the author of Prospecting for Old Furniture, written before my having knowledge of self-promotion. It was written from several perspectives, including my company's work in restoring antique furniture. An editor of Mid-West reviews…"
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I live near Roan Mountain and am working to complete two humor books. One of them, a result of my living in Appalachia, is now titled You Just Don't Know Hillbillies. The other makes light of antique furniture and balances it with new-tiques and others. I book I did with an illustrator is Prospecting for Old Furniture, a practical book for insuring quality in buying antique furniture.

I have degrees in counselor education from UFLA and English from ETSU, and have worked in mental health and teaching English. I have lived in Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Staunton, VA, cities in Florida, and country areas. Humor of any kind interests me.

A woman from Indiana and I were talking about her parents while we were waiting on car repairs a few days ago. She said that when faced with the question of Alzheimers, her mother said, well no, she didn't have it, but she does have Sometimers.

I have benefited from Norman Cousins's books, including Anatomy of an Illness and Head First, which scrutinizes medical diagnoses. I also like The Laughter Prescription by Lawrence Peter and Bill Dana, much other humor writing and the work of The Association of Applied and Therapeutic Humor and The Humor Project. I would be interested in a joke or whatever you like.

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At 11:30pm on June 16, 2009, Lea Hamer Crandall said…
Love it - want it - have it in me and it's just about ready to come out. I have a theory on why Southern women are so OVERLY accommodating, passive aggressive, pleasing to men and VIOLENTLY emotionally abusive towards themselves and specific children. Tragic, funny and at the same time very much the experience of a lot of the middle to upper class women born in the South East during the 1960's and 1970's.
 
 
 

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