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
Amy Garza will be presenting her new memoir, Appalachian Storyteller in a Feed Sack Dress, at City Lights Bookstore onSaturday, August 6th at 3 p.m. Follow Amy as she tells the story of her life as she lived it, each chapter being a story in itself. These are the compelling stories of a mountain girl who found the courage she needed in her life to listen and retell the stories of her family and heritage. Amy Garza was born and raised in Western North Carolina, which leads her into her many…See More
"Hi Juanita! Fun to see you on here. I have been a member since the beginning of the year 2011. Editing "Reflections From The Mountains" for the Georgia Mountain Writers Club caused me to find this site. I mentioned it a couple times in our…"
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Hi Juanita! Fun to see you on here. I have been a member since the beginning of the year 2011. Editing "Reflections From The Mountains" for the Georgia Mountain Writers Club caused me to find this site. I mentioned it a couple times in our GMWC meetings. Appears you found it from W. Newton, and so glad you did. Hope you saw the RFTM page I did for it on here too. I mentioned that in our GMWC meetings too. Always good to find and utilize another resource and see what is going on in the local literary community. Rhonda Kay
Hello! Hope you're enjoying your time on The Read. The amount of talent and information here is amazing. When you have a moment, come on over and visit my blog at Mattie's Mysteries. Hope to see you soon!