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
Award-winning novelist captures fleeting youthby Rob NeufeldAnother Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson (Amistad: HarperCollins, Aug. 9, 2016) The amazing, unusual thing about Jacqueline Woodson’s new novel, “Another Brooklyn,” I realize as it sinks in, is that the initial mystery—that is, why the narrator can’t…See More
A worker’s view of tannery work in Rosmanby Rob Neufeld Haskell Luker was 11 when the Flood of 1916 caused his dad, Americus Alfred Luker, to leave the farm where he worked and take a job with an acid (tannin) plant in Pisgah Forest. “Daddy was going down there to make big…See More
A talk with Chitra about her benediction of a novelby Rob Neufeld Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, one of our country’s most engaging and inventive novelists, first came to this region six years ago for Western Carolina University’s Spring Literary Festival. That’s when I got to know her and began…See More
Is Carden's Kephart play controversial?Gary Carden's play, "Outlander," receives a "staged reading" in the Reuter Center, UNC Asheville, 2 p.m., Sun., July 31. Carden will be on hand to discuss the play with the audience. It is a controversial play in that it has been criticized by the descendants of Horace Kephart who felt that the play "demeaned" Kephart. "Ironically," Carden says, "my original purpose in writing the play was to 'redeem' Kephart. who has often been denounced by the…See More
BRING BACK THE GAME Anna and I basically spent a month in Asheville, NC this summer. We returned to Georgia a few days ago, and while we were glad to get home, as we got out of the car, we were met with the suffocating heat that I still have not become acclimated to even though we have lived in Middle Georgia for over 30 years. Every plant in our backyard had dried up and only the belligerent squirrels had survived the summer’s inferno. We had a great time in Asheville. We visited our…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!