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Spooks Branch, a human history story

Spooks Branch was a singular place in settlers’ loreby Rob NeufeldImportant editorial note:This is a significant historical story that is also, in parts, personal and controversial.  It is about a few families who settled a particular cove and played out their heroic and complex legacies in ways that interacted with place and time.  You don't read this kind of story much because people don't like to expose themselves or stir up trouble, even a little.  This caution makes history classes boring…See More
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The Rise of Asheville by Marilyn Ball

History of the "Asheville 1000" and the 1970s renaissance                       Let’s not miss the history of Asheville’s renaissance, Marilyn Ball’s new book, “The Rise of Asheville,” advocates.            She’d come here in 1977, making her one of the advance guard of “artists, entrepreneurs, and off-the-grid…See More
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Century-ago woman's apple cake recipe

Mmm, them apples in Beaverdam coveIn 1972, Helen Nelon wrote about the traditions of old-time Spooks Branch, off Beaverdam Road.  Here's what she said about her use of apples in a cake.(The full story of Spooks Branch will appear soon.)There were apples for delicious cider cooled in the spring "dreem" (drain), apples for frying for cold winter days, and for special days there were dried apple sauce fruit cakes.These cakes were made of very thin, sweet dough with dried apple sauce spread between…See More
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Dignity is the key to Richard Russo's inspiration

So funny, and yet so exposing--Richard Russo's geniusSnakes on the lane            In Richard Russo's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Empire Falls, the protagonist, Miles recalls the time his father, driving, had accelerated into a box on a highway.  “What if that box had been full of rocks?” Miles asks.  Unfazed, Max quizzes his son about what he would do about the box.  Max says he'd stop and look in it,  “What if it was full of rattlesnakes? “ his father asks.            The verbal match…See More
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Humanize the history--especially with Civil War--writes acclaimed author

Writer illuminates tangled web of Civil Warby Rob Neufeld             David Madden has written a book, “The Tangled Web of the Civil War and Reconstruction,” that deserves special attention.            First, there’s Madden’s background.  In 1992, he founded the U.S. Civil War Center in New…See More
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Coming attraction--Singleton at Malaprop's & City Lights for Calloustown

George Singleton's latest collection of stories, Calloustown...features the folk who try to survive in a place that has little to offer besides a Finger Museum and a taxidermy petting zoo,It's funny, but also tragic and angry.  The review, "Love-hate humor cries in Calloustown," appears in the Asheville Citizen-Times, Sunday, 11/15/2015.  Singleton's at Malaprop’s Bookstore, 7 p.m., Wed., Nov. 18; and at City Lights Bookstore in Sylva, 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21.Here's an excerpt from the…See More
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Juniper Bends Quarterly Reading at DownTown Books & News

November 13, 2015 from 7pm to 8pm
Our very special Autumnal edition starts at 7PM and is sure to be a lively and vibrant set, with featured writers Randi Janelle, Tina FireWolf, Logan Parker, and Annabelle Crowe. Two of our readers have new books out, and as always there is wine flowing by donation. Hosts Lockie Hunter and Caroline Wilson look forward to seeing you there----remember, your wellbeing depends upon it.See More
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Love and Mercy ~ Up On Roan Mountain

My family lived and loved up on Roan Mountain and in the surrounding mountain areas, and this is their story. It's woven into a tapestry that weaves down through the years, before the days of the Civil War and up to present day. They were…
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It's All Relative--50 WNC women write about family

Family life as perceived by 50 WNC authorsby Rob Neufeld             If you have biases against small press books or anthologies of local writers’ work, I recommend you lay them aside and take a look at “It’s All Relative” (Stone Ivy Press), 52 stories and poems by 50 WNC women authors writing about family.           …See More
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Cormac McCarthy's "Blood Meridian"
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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.

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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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