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Montreat College Friends of the Library Celebrate National Library Week at Graham Chapel, Gaither Hall, Montreat College, Montreat, NC

April 9, 2019 from 3pm to 5pm
Patti Callahan, author of the recent novel Becoming Mrs. Lewis, and Don W. King author of Out of My Bone: the Letters of Joy Davidman, A Naked Tree: Love Sonnets to C. S. Lewis, and Yet One More Spring: a Critical Study of Joy Davidman, will co-present on their works about Joy and her husband C.S. Lewis.  The event is free and open to the public on April 9, 2019 in Graham Chapel, Gaither Hall, Montreat College.Reception and Book signing to followSee More
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TWO NEW APPALACHIAN NOVELS

I have, just released two Appalachian Novels.OUT OF THE SHADOWS, begins deep in the Appalachian Mountains of in WNC. It is partly a true story about a young man who ran away from home at the age of fifteen. He meets another runaway, and they fall in love.A journey where he faced adversaries, but also success as he walked, hitchhiked, and made his way across the country.GONE LIKE A CANDLE IN THE WIND, is a story of three young people growing up in a farming community in the Appalachian…See More
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The Main Show

The Main Show: a story-poem stage presentation(part of  Living Poem)Program Notes (A program note reader comes out to read from the program notes.) Don’t listen, children, and do not hear.(A monster is coming and there’s no escapeWithin this story, and no good way to tell it, Except to gaze at the horror as at a flower,A disaster streaming off extremes it breedsEverywhere and in our minds, disabling…See More
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Hollywood Pictures Inc in Fairview

In the 1920's it seemed the whole country was caught up in excitement about films and Hollywood.    Asheville and Western North Carolina were well aware of the hoopla of Hollywood.   In fact, Hollywood (or at least filmmaking) was already beginning to come to Western NC.I recently stumble across an article from the Jun 6 1926 issue of The Asheville Citizen Times which mentions that Hollywood Pictures Inc, was planning to film just south of Asheville, near Fairview.  But....was this really…See More
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Intermission

IntermissionHear audio by clicking mp3 attachment!(Part of poem, "Coalescence") I thought I might take a break at this point to look around,Now that I’m in the business of making things resound.It’s so nice to have the luxury of being carefree. If you stop and sit back and try to take in everything,It stuns you and you can’t focus on anythingUntil something crops up, and what…See More
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Coalescence

The Main Show: A Story Poem Cycle(formerly, Coalescence) (part of  Living Poem)The Main Show  Program Notes (A program note reader comes out to read from the program notes.) Don’t listen, children, and do not hear.(A monster is coming and there’s no escapeWithin this story, and no good way to tell it, Except to gaze at the horror as at a flower,A disaster streaming off extremes it breedsEverywhere and…See More
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The Sultan's Dream

The Sultan’s Dream (Part of Living Poem) When it comes to walking, the jig’s up.No more fit lad sitting at the pub.No more flim-flam smiling with a limp. See how the legs totter and the torso leans.Do you know what a lame sultan dreams?Of reclining on a divan wearing pantaloons, Comparing his plight to a mountaineer’sNegotiating an icy bluff in a fierce wind,And then lounging in a tent to unwind. Which…See More
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The Tale of Ononis

The Tale of Ononis by Rob Neufeld Part 1: The Making of a Celebrity ❧  Hare Begins His Tale  Ononis was my region’s name.People now call it Never-the-same.I’ll start with the day a delivery came. The package I got was a devil’s dare,Swaddled and knotted in Swamp Bloat hairAnd bearing, in red, one word: “Beware!” Bloats are creatures from the Land of Mud Pies,Wallowing in waste with tightly closed eyesUntil fears bring tears and the bleary bloats rise.   ❧  Hare’s Colleagues  I asked my boss,…See More
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Drop Your Troubles: A Solo Storytelling Performance with Connie Regan-Blake at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

December 1, 2018 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Join this internationally renowned storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she transforms a packed theater into an intimate circle of friends with old-timey charm, wisdom, and humor. We’ll also welcome the Singer of  Stories, Donna Marie Todd, who will perform her original story, “The Amazing Zicafoose Sisters.” Connie’s last two shows at BMCA have sold…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake presents A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

April 6, 2019 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Join nationally celebrated storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she hosts her workshop participants in an enchanting evening of storytelling in “A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories.” The event will be hosted by the Black Mountain Center for the Arts, just a short drive from Asheville nestled in the picturesque mountains surrounding the area. Call the Center for advance tickets (828) 669-0930 or order…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake's Taking Your Story to the Stage Workshop at StoryWindow Productions

April 5, 2019 to April 7, 2019
The focus of this “Taking Your Story to the Stage” 3-day workshop is on storytelling performance. Each participant is asked to come with a story that is almost “stage-ready.” Set in Connie’s home tucked in the beautiful mountains surrounding Asheville, NC, this workshop provides a supportive, affirming…See More
Oct 28, 2018
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Reading Preference:
Mystery and crime novels; historical epics,biographies.
Favorites:
James Michener, Frederick Forysythe, Robert Ludlam, Bruce Chadwick.
Website:
http://www.futurenowpublishing.com

NEW BOOK and SCHOLARSHIP!!

  Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina by Hendersonville Author Jack J. Prather is a compelling collection of mini-biographies that capture the life and career journeys of exemplars from across the region who made their marks from anywhere in the state, nation or world.  The Notables have succeeded in such diverse fields as law, faith, education, medical, military, non-profit, music, poetry, crafts and art. 

The comprehensive 400-page book recently released by Future Now Publishing features an amazine 134 photos of the Notables, and includes testimonials from such luminaries as ABC-TV’s Katie Couric, late traditional music legend Doc Watson, former NC Governor Jim Hunt, NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, former State Supreme Court Chief Justice Jim Exum, biograher Bruce Chadwick, and others.

    The centerpiece of each biography is the Notable’s life-journey, as told to the author. Prather’s primary goal was to capture the ‘core essences’ of each subject through multiple personal interviews. Included in the bios are writings by and about the Notables, as well as their life chronologies.

 The Twelve Notables

   The Notables  are Rev. Dr. Dan Matthews, priest at Ground Zero on 9/11 and owner of the Swag Inn in Waynesville; David Holt of Fairview, Grammy-winning musician, storyteller and PBS-TV Host; Dr. Doug Orr, President Emeritus of Warren Wilson College, musician and author, and Dr. Olson Huff, founding Medical Director of Mission Children’s Hospital and author, both of Black Mountain; Captain Ray West, USNR-ret. of Flat Rock, founder of the Moldova World Children’s Fund and the 2006 UNCA Rod Taylor Alumnus of the Year; and Glenis Redmond, formerly of Asheville, a Hall of Fame Performance Poet and Kennedy Center Teaching Artist.

    Also, former North Carolina and Cherokee (EBCN) Supreme Court Justice Harry C. Martin of Asheville; Emergency Physician Pioneer Dr. Matt Hayes of Hendersonville; Southern Art painter in International Galleries Julyan Davis of Asheville; global public relations leader and PRSA Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Joe Epley of Tryon; and the first woman NC Living Treasure and basket artist in the Smithsonian collection Billie Ruth Sudduth, and the 2011 NC Living Treasure and honored Fire Chief Richard Ritter, both of Bakersville.

 

Young Writers Scholarship

    In April, Prather founded the Young Writers Scholarship at Warren Wilson College and is dedicating a portion of the proceeds from his books to that fund, and asking fellow authors, writers and avid readers to do the same.  

Further information about Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina and the Young Writers Scholarship is available at www.futurenowpublishing.com.

 

And the previous work - my epic modern crime novel "The Day of the Knights" (ISBN 1607037750) - was released lst year. Visit my website www.futurenowpublishing.com for info on it, and for "Speaking Up in Poetry & Prose", and "All PR is Local".

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First Woman NC Poet Laureate's Biography

A Biography of Late NC Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer
in Hendersonville Author's Six Notable Women of North Carolina
A biography of the late Kathryn Stripling "Kay" Byer of Cullowhee, the first woman and longest-serving (2005-2009) Poet Laureate in the state, is featured in Six Notable Women of North Carolina by Jack J. Prather of Hendersonville, founder of the Young Writers Scholarship at Warren Wilson College. The 43-page…
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Posted on June 9, 2017 at 12:41pm

Review of Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina

Two recent reviews of Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina follow:

North Carolina Genealogical Society JOURNAL

Volume 39, Number 1. February 2013.

By Pamela S. Pearson

Twelve Notables in Western North Carolina. By Jack J. Prather. 2012.…

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