Join us at City Lights Bookstore on Friday, August 8th at 6:30 p.m. as Jeremy Jones explores the culture and history of the Blue Ridge Mountains through song and reading. Performing old-time banjo tunes and reading excerpts from his book Bearwallow: A Personal History of a Mountain Homeland, he presents the sounds and stories of his native Appalachian mountains in a blending of personal narrative and folklore. In Bearwallow, his first book, Jones turns his attention to the complex and rich…See More
Mountain writer expresses a cry for countryby Rob Neufeld There’s a scene in Charles Dodd White’s new novel, “A Shelter of Others,” in which a character topples twenty feet off a ledge in a national forest and is saved by some kind of “solid bulk” that interrupts his fall. He has landed on a…See More
Life among the poorest is eye-openerby Rob Neufeld Enlightened and sobered by Katherine Boo’s account of political amorality and human behavior in “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity,” I was also amazed by her narrative achievement. The book is…See More
WNC BOOK DISCUSSION CALENDAR, JULY 2014Tuesday, July 1WILD BOOK CLUB: The WILD Book Club discusses “The Interestings” by Meg Wolitzer at the Battery Park Book Exchange, 1 Page Ave., Asheville, 7 p.m. Call 254-6734.BOOK DISCUSSION: “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki is the subject of a book discussion at the Weaverville…See More
The summer issue of GreenPrints is out! You probably know it's published right there in Fairview by Pat Stone, former longtime gardening editor of Mother Earth News! He's graciously included an excerpt of one of my favorite stories from my book Plant Whatever Brings You Joy: Blessed Wisdom from the Garden, which I do hope you will enjoy! He's also going to be making the book available on his site, soon! Thank you, Pat Stone! …See More
Local artist and Swannanoa Valley historian Jerald Pope is releasing his first novel, “The Elvis Tooth.” Pope describes the book as “a comic, historical, action-packed beach book, about Black Mountain that combines real history and stories with a time travel flair,” The titular tooth, the key McGuffin in the story, was an actual tooth pulled from Elvis Presley’s mouth in Black Mountain by Dr. Love in 1975. Pope is best known locally for the “Way Back When” series of plays that ran at the Black…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…"
"In reply to James Bryant's post: North Carolina Troops, 1861-1865, Volume 15, contains information on the Edwards men in the 64th N.C. Infantry. According to the book, they all did enlist July 15, 1962, in Madison County.
James was reported…"
"Here's another little tidbit about the action in or around Waynesville in May, 1865. The following comes from Madison County Heritage, Vol. 1, page 21, after the end of a letter written by J.C. Pickens:
"An interesting footnote appeared in…"
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!