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The Sinister Smile, A Sequel to A haven for Willa Mae by William Roy Pipes

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
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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
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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
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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
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Gary Carden's Outlander--about Kephart--at UNCA July 31--with author

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
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Bring Back the Game

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
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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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"Loy's Loonies," a new series of zany books

Hi folks:     I am pleased to announce the publication of the second book in my series "Loy's Loonies."  This one is entitled Uncle Moe and the Martha's Vineyard Frackers and here's the cover blurb.     Moe Thibault is a lovable octogenarian who sometimes thinks he’s Jacques Clouseau and who’s convinced he once had an identical twin. While living out his widower’s retirement in upstate New York, Moe is sent an obituary from Martha’s Vineyard with a photo of his apparent Doppelganger, a man…See More
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New Book: Commas, piranhas, and more

Hi folks:     The purpose of this posting is to announce the publication of my first (and last?) novel, Fish Food (a novel about life, death, and commas).  It's a zany tale about, well, life, death, and commas.  Here's the publisher's blurb.     "Michael Um is a grammar-obsessed, hearing-impaired evolutionary biologist who shares his home on Martha's Vineyard with three cats, an irascible parrot, and a tankful of red-bellied piranhas (his wife left him years ago for an Andersen Windows…See More
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2014 Blue Ridge Bookfest: An invitation for your input

The 2013 Blue Ridge Bookfest is now history and we are already starting to plan for 2014.  Next year, the festival will be held on April 25-26, a few weeks earlier than in the past.  A crucial part of our planning will be selecting the panel of authors who will be invited to speak and here is where we need your input.  If you have a favorite author who you would like to hear at Bookfest, send us an email and give us her/his name.  Similarly, if you have a favorite genre (fiction, history,…See More
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2012 Blue Ridge Bookfest at Blue Ridge Community College, Flat Rock, NC

May 18, 2012 at 1:30pm to May 19, 2012 at 3:30pm
The 4th annual Blue Ridge Bookfest will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 18-19, 2012 at the Blue Ridge Community College in Flat Rock, NC.  The BRBF is free to the public and regularly draws 800-1000 attendees. Applications for exhibit space are now being accepted from published authors.  For a $35 fee, exhibitors receive table space to advertise and sign their books, as well as a ticket to the opening reception.  All sales are handled by Malaprop's of Asheville.  For further information, go…See More
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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…

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"Loy's Loonies," a new series of zany books

Hi folks:

     I am pleased to announce the publication of the second book in my series "Loy's Loonies."  This one is entitled Uncle Moe and the Martha's Vineyard Frackers and here's the cover blurb.

     Moe Thibault is a lovable octogenarian who sometimes thinks he’s Jacques Clouseau and who’s convinced he once had an identical twin. While living out his widower’s retirement in upstate New York, Moe is sent an obituary from Martha’s Vineyard with a…

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Posted on October 2, 2014 at 2:52pm

New Book: Commas, piranhas, and more

Hi folks:

     The purpose of this posting is to announce the publication of my first (and last?) novel, Fish Food (a novel about life, death, and commas).  It's a zany tale about, well, life, death, and commas.  Here's the publisher's blurb.

     "Michael Um is a grammar-obsessed, hearing-impaired evolutionary biologist who shares his home on Martha's Vineyard with three cats, an irascible parrot, and a tankful of red-bellied piranhas (his wife left him years ago for…

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Posted on September 27, 2013 at 7:25pm

2014 Blue Ridge Bookfest: An invitation for your input

The 2013 Blue Ridge Bookfest is now history and we are already starting to plan for 2014.  Next year, the festival will be held on April 25-26, a few weeks earlier than in the past.  A crucial part of our planning will be selecting the panel of authors who will be invited to speak and here is where we need your input.  If you have a favorite author who you would like to hear at Bookfest, send us an email and give us her/his name.  Similarly, if you have a favorite genre (fiction, history,…

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