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The Land Still Speaks film and Culture Vulture fest, Oct 30

Culture festival features film about mountain eldertsfrom press releaseThe Center for Cultural Preservation presents a film festival that highlights mountain heritage, Jewish heritage and African-American heritage on October 30th at the Thomas Auditorium at Blue Ridge Community College.   The festival will feature three films, including the world premiere of a new film, The Land Still Speaks to Us which includes the voices of mountain elders throughout WNC.  There will also be music by local…See More
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A Chronology of Asheville and WNC Events in History

                                   IMPORTANT DATES IN ASHEVILLE HISTORY                                                                 by Rob Neufeld 1000: The Cherokee, who’d introduced maize agriculture to the region, began cultivating beans. 1540: Hernando De Soto led troops to East Tennessee through either the Hickory Nut or Swannanoa Gap, finding gold and copper and inspiring a succession of Spanish miners. 1663: Charles II bestows territory between the 31st and 36th parallels in America…See More
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Root-diggers of Appalachia

People in the Lost Provinces were herb-gatherersby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Three herbal products offered by S.B. Penick’s, once the world’s largest herb distributor, its largest warehouse located in Asheville.             “Last week, during a research trip to the ‘Lost Provinces,’” Luke Manget said about the landscape…See More
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A Preview of the new Sam Blackman mystery to be released November 3, 2015
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"Us versus Them" does not help fight against racism; worsens sectionalism

“Us versus them” is not good historyby Rob Neufeld             Writing about history and the complex lives that play out within it does not sell as well as team spirit, especially in this age of clicks and likes.            I recently confronted this truth when I wrote my article last week about the minds of our leaders in 1851. The word “slavery” was added to the headline to alert people to its relevance.  Seeing that term connected people to a cause they felt strongly about, particularly in…See More
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Player of Games reveals today’s game-changing mentalityby Rob Neufeld             There is something big happening in Millennial Generation literature, and I thought I’d try to get a handle on it.            To give an idea of one aspect of current thinking: I was at a gathering recently, plenty of youngsters, and I…See More
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Deacon Chrisenberry -Berry- Howell (1855-1938) on horseback. From the collection of Purel Miller (2)

My maternal great grandfather, Chrisenberry Howell, who was called "Berry" Howell in Swain County. From the Purel Miller collection. Submitted by Ann Miller Woodford
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The skull merchant, the dead ape, and the narcoleptic mortician

Hello "The Read on WNC" readers:     I'm posting this note to announce the publication of vol. 3 in my "Loy's Loonies" series.  This one is called The Mortician's Road Trip and it's a bit more of a mystery than my earlier books. Here's a teaser for the story.     Upstate New Yorker Baz Rathbone makes ends meet by selling human skulls. By contract, he should cremate them, but he doesn’t. His little business comes to the attention of the FBI when a woman spots her late husband’s skull being used…See More
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Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian"
William Gay's "I Hate to See That Evening Sun Go Down."
John Williams "Stoner."
John Willians "Butcher's Crossing."
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Book signing will be on September 1 at 1:30 at the City Lights Bookstore.  There will be a visual presentation of the "critters."

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Shelia Kay and Marvin Cole appear at Liars Bench

The Liars Bench will kick off its third year with guest appearances from Shelia Kay Adams and Marvin Cole.  Gary Carden will be there with a "Belled Buzzard" tale and William Ritter will play an old fiddle tune about the winged harbinger of doom.  Lots more.

This is scheduled for Thursday night, March 28th at the Mountain Heritage Center auditorium at 7:00.  Come early.

Posted on March 21, 2013 at 8:43am

Outlander: a play about Horace Kephart

"Outlander" will be staged in Andrews on October 12th at 7:00.

The play has been produced at the Parkway Playhouse and was recently at the Swain PAC.  This production has many of the cast in the Parkway Playhouse performance. Contact Elizabeth Hay on Facebook for additional information.

Posted on October 8, 2012 at 9:34am

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If it is convenient, please come to my reception at City Lights on Friday, December 4 at 7:00. I have been reading your blog and website and we have a bit in common. The reception is for the "official release" of the DVD of my play,

"Nance Dude," which I have been doing with Elizabeth Westall for the past 12 years. I am hoping that the reception might also serve as an opportunity to discuss Appalachian folklore/history/folk heroes as potential subjects for writing.

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At 4:59pm on March 5, 2012, Kathy Chapin said…

Joined up to this thing, so I could read some great things. Guess you'd best put up some really good posts, as I'll be looking in on your page. Kathy

At 2:41pm on June 7, 2010, Catherine Carter said…
That's an awfully kind review, Gary--many thanks! Especially for the Jeffers reference--he's one of my favorite poets, as I guess you can tell. :-)
At 9:37am on May 31, 2010, Catherine Carter said…
Thanks, Gary--but Swamp Monster will be a long time coming. It's at LSU for consideration now, and even if they do take it, their backlog is about three years (sigh.) Don't know much about drama--what's your play about?
At 9:24am on May 10, 2010, Catherine Carter said…
I'd be honored! Fair warning, though--SMN may not want it. 2006 is "old" as poetry books go. I've got a new one off at LSU right now (tentatively titled The Swamp Monster at Home), but even if they feel they can take it (they've had a very rough time with the budget rollbacks), their backlog is at least three years. Doesn't hurt to ask, though--thanks!
At 9:42am on February 3, 2010, Rob Neufeld said…
Gary, hello--I'm thinking of publishing an occasional top ten storytelling media list in the AC-T. Every month or so, starting recently, I've published a a top 20 WNC bestselling book list. So the media idea follows. I'd have to come up with criteria other than sales. Most ambitiously, I could have clips on "The Read" and go by number of hits.

Do you have suggestions about how I might collect an authoritative list of storytelling (and singing and dramatizing) CDs and DVDs of WNC of a certain recency (say, two years)? As with the top books list, I would put certain titles that have gotten older than two years on a classics list.

At 5:29pm on April 22, 2009, Rob Neufeld said…
Hey, Gary, it's been a while since we talked or corresponded. I take the rap for that cause I've been wrapped up in grant matters. You should know that David was thrilled and inspired by our visit. He wanted to know if he should nudge some storytelling festival friends.

And how can I buy DVDs from you? What do you have available directly? Can you put that info on this page?

More soon!/Rob
At 2:15pm on April 14, 2009, Kathryn Magendie said…
I've come visiting here, too....will look for the video....:)
At 3:03pm on March 5, 2009, Tipper said…
Hey Gary-hope you're doing well this day! I have a favor to ask you-remember back a few weeks ago when we were discussing spring water in the group? Could I use part of your comment about your grandfather's water on the porch? I'm writing a post about spring water and wanted to add some of the comments from here. Of course I'll give you credit and I'll link it to your blog if you want me too. Just let me know. Hope the re-wiring of your ears goes well!

At 12:09pm on February 12, 2009, Ol' John Brown said…
Now I think I get it!
I've been in the forum under "Folklore Subjects" rather than the group; I'll request access and be there when it lets me in.
I'll send you an email from this site about the doc.
It looks like several mails haven't made it to you; I'm sorry.
At 10:35am on February 12, 2009, Ol' John Brown said…
No problem; did the mail about what the doctor said was wrong make it to you?
My wildblue email just isn't making to people much of the time.

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