Memories of The Green Fly, a tanners’ cafeby Rob Neufeld PHOTO CAPTION: Workers at the Rosman Tannery hold some of their tools, including an applicator. Can you help identify the tools and their uses? Photo courtesy of the Rowell Bosse North Carolina Room, Transylvania County Library. My…See More
Ron Rash's haunting dream-of-guilt novelA review and an interviewby Rob Neufeld(This article appeared in slightly shorter form, with a different author photo, in the print edition of the Asheville Citizen-Times, Sept. 18, 2016) RON RASH EVENTS: Ron Rash talks about his new novel, “The Risen," at:UNC Asheville’s Humanities…See More
Ann Patchett fosters a fierce little tribeby Rob Neufeld After hobnobbing with hostage-takers in “Bel Canto” and chewing the bark with Amazonian drug-takers in “State of Wonder,” Ann Patchett has, in her new novel, “Commonwealth” (HarperCollins), planted herself in suburban living rooms. Despite…See More
Nobody observes more closely than Burnsville keynoterby Rob Neufeld One of my favorite science writers—David Haskell—is coming to Burnsville for the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival this weekend. His book, “The Forest Unseen”—about his minute observation of a square meter of East Tennessee forest…See More
Hi folks: As you may know, Hendersonville's Ken Butcher regularly posts interviews with NC authors on his website, themiddleoftheair.com. I was honored recently to do one of these podcasts and some of you might find it interesting. All the best.See More
THE FOURTH PARTNERSet on Georgia’s Golden Isles, Eccentric homicide detective Leroy Meriwether is drawn into a 25-year-old cold case…and all he wants to do is coast to retirement and restore his ’65 GTO.Presumably consumed by alligators after a boating accident, Billy Howell’s body was never found. Twenty-five years…See More
Chronicling a Western North Carolina woman's experiences from the 1960s to the present, the twenty-one personal essays in A Place That Was Home vividly depict a regional world in which families lives, work, and worship and others suffer from dire…
Wilma Dykeman’s discovered memoir is essentialby Rob Neufeld Fresh insight into the power and pertinence of the writing of Wilma Dykeman, Southern Appalachia’s preeminent spokesperson, comes to us through her posthumously published memoir, “Family of Earth: A Southern Mountain Childhood” (UNC…See More
THE SINISTER SMILE, an adult fiction thriller complete at 63,500 words and featuring William and Willa Mae Lawrence, and Howard Thomas. Howard, the affluent son of a wealthy and influential family, who is suspected of feigning insanity to avoid capital punishment for murdering Willa Mae’s mother plus three others.The novel begins with William and Willa Mae visiting Howard Thomas, a patient who had been in a mental hospital for almost thirteen years. His psychiatrist thought him to be…See More
"Thanks for the additional discussion and kind comments on Shelton Laurel, Rob. I'll never claim to be an expert on the subject, but maybe have done more research than anyone around. We'll never know the full truth about…"
Great to hear from you. I am working on Henderson County CW men. I'm using NC Troops and Fold3 for the core but I'm also using credible stuff from families. I'd be grateful if you pass along anything interesting about HC men…"
Yes, there is now a no trespassing sign at the driveway access to the cemetery. I don't know who owns the property now, but my guess is they don't want to deal with folks coming up their drive and parking at the cemetery…"
"Hello, Dan! One of our members reports seeing a "No Trespassing" sign on the property leading to the Shelton Laurel massacre marker, and says that someone just bought the property. Do you know anything about that and the issues relating to…"
Great to hear from you. I am working on Henderson County CW men. I'm using NC Troops and Fold3 for the core but I'm also using credible stuff from families. I'd be grateful if you pass along anything interesting about HC men in the war.
Hello, Dan! One of our members reports seeing a "No Trespassing" sign on the property leading to the Shelton Laurel massacre marker, and says that someone just bought the property. Do you know anything about that and the issues relating to access? Thanks!