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Peachtree – Local author William Roy Pipes announces the release of his two books – Mammy: A Term of Endearment and A Haven for Willa Mae. Mammy: A Term of Endearment, is a fictional story of the sla…

Peachtree – Local author William RoyPipes announces the release of his two books– Mammy: A Term of Endearment and A Havenfor Willa Mae.Mammy: A Term of Endearment, is a fictionalstory of the slavery of a black woman whoafter being freed became my father’s mammy.Some feel the word Mammy is a racial term,but Pipes’ father considered it a term of endearment.It’s a story of the discrimination many blacksand poor whites still face today, not only in theSouth but also in the North. It is a story of…See More
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"A Haven for Willa Mae    A Haven for Willa Mae is the first of a two series novels. It is a novel containing danger, suspense, romance and treachery along with abuse, deceit, murder, kidnapping, and insanity. It is a gripping action packed…"
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Mammy: A term of Endearment

Mammy: A Term of Endearment    I have a new novel I titled, Mammy: A Term of Endearment. Mammy is a fictional story of the slavery of a black woman who after being freed became my father’s mammy. Some feel the word Mammy is a racial term, but my father considered it a term of endearment.    It’s a story of the discrimination many blacks and poor whites still face today, not only in the south but also in the north. It is a story of love, hate, romance, and humor.    Included in the novel are…See More
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Finding a great book beyond the in-crowd mainstream

A new way to find great new booksby Rob Neufeld            I keep searching for ways to be as open as possible to great books as they come out.  It’s not easy because: 1) our guides—publishers and reviewers—follow certain channels, comparable to radio playlists, to stay smart; and 2) a random approach is impractical.            Readers’ online reviews help, but there’s too much; I need a filter, based partly on authority.  I could ask people in person—and that’s pretty interesting.  Rarely do…See More
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Robert Beatty's Serafina and the art of YA fantasy

How to write a youth fantasy: introducing Serafinaby Rob Neufeld             Begin in the basement of the recently constructed Biltmore House with a girl who’s been in hiding there from infancy to her 12th year—for good reasons—and follow that lead to a media sensation that seeks to join “Frozen” in…See More
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Fred Weyler replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Robert Henry revealed by Rick Russell book
"LP Summers mentioned Samuel Talbot in "History of SW VA" then withdrew him from militia list in more accurate "Annals of SW VA" probably because there was no such person in the county records. Robert Henry set high standards for…"
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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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Christine Lajewski posted a blog post

Suitcase Charlie: A Recommended Crime Thriller

     John Guzlowski is a writer and poet whose parents were forced laborers in Poland during WW II. He was born in a refugee camp before he came with his family to live in the Polish neighborhoods of Chicago. Already a highly regarded poet, he turned his childhood memories (including some gruesome child murders) into a novel titled SUITCASE CHARLIE.    Two war-weary Chicago detectives investigate a series of horrifying child murders. Before the crimes are solved, the reader follows the…See More
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Mammy, A Term of Endearment

I read Rob Neufield's article Visit OUR PAST in today's Asheville Citizen-Times.It was a super article, but caused me to want to share my novel:  Mammy: A Term of Endearment.Mammy: A Term of Endearment. is now available as an ebook on Kindle, but the publisher, Ecanus Publishing, Great Britain tells me the paperback edition will be out soon (2 to 3 weeks).The novel is fiction but came from my father who was born in 1895. Due to his mother's sickness Grandpa hired her to be a Mammy to my father,…See More
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Writers on the Rock at Chimney Rock, NC

June 28, 2015 from 1pm to 4pm
The culture and heritage of Appalachia is an experience like no other, and it serves as the perfect backdrop for a variety of storytelling. View the soaring cliffs and stunning valleys of Chimney Rock and the Hickory Nut Gorge as you get to know your favorite author and meet new ones. Join Ann B. Ross, Tommy Hays, Sheri Castle, Evan Williams and more as they share their experiences and autograph copies of their books. A selection of titles by each author will be available for sale. See…See More
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Ten new books of the region, July 2013

A look into WNC publishing, July 2013• A Murder in Passing: A Sam Blackman Mystery by Mark de Castrique (Poisoned Pen Press hardcover, July 2013, 250 pages, $24.95). Asheville-based detective Sam…Continue

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Joseph Bathanti to speak at Warren Wilson commencement, May 18

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Great Smokies Writing Program announces summer workshops

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Squire Summer Writing Residency, July 11-14

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Ten new books of the region, July 2013

A look into WNC publishing, July 2013• A Murder in Passing: A Sam Blackman Mystery by Mark de Castrique (Poisoned Pen Press hardcover, July 2013, 250 pages, $24.95). Asheville-based detective Sam Blackman finds a skeleton on the site of a historic freed-slave commune called The Kingdom of the Happy Land, and is later asked to investigate a burglary where a photograph of The Kingdom of the Happy Land is stolen. See author…See More
Jul 3, 2013
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Hard Times Writing Contest, deadline June 30

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville is asking writers to write about a difficult period in their lives, how they overcame it, and how they were changed by it in their Hard Times Writing Contest.Awards include:1st place: A 3 night stay at The Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville, OR 3 free online workshops, OR 100 pages line-edited and revised by The Writers’ Workshop’s editorial staff;2nd place: A 2 night stay at The Mountain Muse B&B, OR 2…See More
May 29, 2013
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Choose by Casey Long

New book with WNC connection:Choose by Casey Long (Tate trade paper, January 2013, 266 pages, $20.99).Author event: 1 p.m., Sat., Apr. 27 at Sam's Club, 645 Patton Ave., AshevilleDebut Christian thriller novel by a Candler resident:A young woman, the victim of a brutal assault, searches for a missing child and steps into the realm of the supernatural. Will she be able to escape her captor, or will she die for her beliefs?See More
Apr 24, 2013
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Gary Carden presents “Madison,” April 26, 7 p.m.

Master storyteller Gary Carden of The Liars Bench presents “Madison,” a monologue honoring the life of Western Carolina University founder Dr. Robert Lee Madison, on Fri., April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Franklin.Carden, assisted by Pam Meister, curator of the Mountain Heritage Center at WCU, tells the life story of Dr. Madison, a man who promoted the idea of a school that would train teachers…See More
Apr 13, 2013
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Parkway Playhouse presents “A History of Burnsville,” May 4

Parkway Playhouse, a WNC theater located in Burnsville, NC, launches the world premiere of a new historical play, “A History of Burnsville,” on May 4 at 7:30 p.m. It will be performed over three weeks.The play explores the history of Burnsville through the ghost of Rush Wray, a past owner of his family’s historic…See More
Apr 13, 2013
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Asheville Wordfest 2013, May 3-4

Asheville Wordfest 2013, a free festival designed by poets, will be held Fri.-Sat., May 3-4 at the Asheville Visitor Center & Lenoir-Rhyne University Center for Graduate Studies, 36 Montford Avenue, Asheville. Wordfest puts emphasis on environment, identity, land rights,…See More
Apr 9, 2013
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Spellbound Children’s Bookshop launches fundraising campaign

Spellbound Children’s Bookshop has undertaken a fundraising campaign on indiegogo.com to help raise funds to move and expand the bookshop. It currently shares building space…See More
Apr 6, 2013
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Cherokee Indian Heritage program, April 6, 3 p.m.

Folklorist Dr. Barbara Reimensynder Duncan will present a program on Cherokee Indian heritage at the Haywood County Public Library in Waynesville on April 6, 3 p.m.Dr. Duncan is the Education Director at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian in Cherokee, N.C. She has a Ph.D. in Folklore and Folklife and has published a…See More
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Black Mountain College Poetry Reading, Mar. 14 7:30 p.m.

Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center presents a poetry reading this March 14 at 7:30 p.m. with 3 accomplished WNC poets: Kathryn Stripling Byer, Kathryn Kirkpatrick, and Katherine Soniat.Kathryn Stripling Byer, N.C. poet laureate emeritus, has been published…See More
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Rob Neufeld replied to Kristina Blackford's discussion “Unveiling Our Treasures” program at Mars Hill College, Feb. 27
"Also see article in The Laurel of Asheville.  And see history story "Shaped Note Singing: A Tradition to Hold Onto.""
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Hard Times Writing Contest, deadline June 30

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville is asking writers to write about a difficult period in their lives, how they overcame it, and how they were changed by it in their Hard Times Writing Contest.

Awards include:

1st place: A 3 night stay at The Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville, OR 3 free online workshops, OR 100 pages line-edited and revised by The Writers’ Workshop’s editorial staff;



2nd place: A 2 night…

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Choose by Casey Long

New book with WNC connection:

Choose by Casey Long (Tate trade paper, January 2013, 266 pages, $20.99).

Author event: 1 p.m., Sat., Apr. 27 at Sam's Club, 645 Patton Ave., Asheville

Debut Christian thriller novel by a Candler resident:

A young woman, the victim of a brutal assault, searches for a missing child and steps into the realm of the supernatural. Will she be able to escape her captor, or will she die for her beliefs?

Posted on April 24, 2013 at 3:00pm

Gary Carden presents “Madison,” April 26, 7 p.m.

Master storyteller Gary Carden of The Liars Bench presents “Madison,” a monologue honoring the life of Western Carolina University founder Dr. Robert Lee Madison, on Fri., April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Franklin.



Carden, assisted by Pam Meister, curator of the Mountain Heritage Center at WCU, tells the life story of Dr. Madison, a man who promoted the idea of a school that would…

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Posted on April 13, 2013 at 6:04pm

Civil War genealogy workshop, April 13, 10 a.m., Raleigh

Members from NC’s Government & Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina will discuss the top 10 questions regarding Civil War ancestors asked by researchers, including information on Confederate and Union records and U.S Colored Troops, on April 13 at 10 a.m. in the auditorium at the State Archives Building, 109 E. Jones St., Raleigh.

The Genealogy Research Room will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. that day for any…

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