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Mountain Words, Mountain Music

Appalachian poet, musician, and raconteur Kirk Judd has a new book and CD package out, "My People Was Music." I thought I'd share part of a Goodreads review I did of the book - I think members of The Read would enjoy this.There is no gussying-up here. This is the plain hard rock undergirding Appalachia. This is the sound of water rushing, the clawhammer banjo sound, the crack of a wedge as it splits that cross-grained stump of oak. Kirk Judd has been making poems for a long time, but like a…See More
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Valerie Nieman at City Lights at City Lights Books

July 16, 2015 from 10:30am to 12pm
Coffee With the Poet - Valerie Nieman will read from and discuss her new poetry collection, "Hotel Worthy," poems of love, loss, and survival. See More
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New Story Published by Deep South Magazine: "Nothing But A House"

It's always an honor to have a new story selected and published, this time by Deep South Magazine -- which I recommend for its coverage of all things Southern and, in particular, its attention to Southern literary voices.Read the story here: "Nothing But A House" by Gary CarterComments are always welcome. Deep South Magazine actually has a unique comment section following each story.See More
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Monday's Lie by Jamie Mason

Asheville thriller writer Mason broods with the bestby Rob Neufeld             “Everything you need for measuring a person,” Dee Vess, the heroine and narrator of Jamie Mason’s novel, “Monday’s Lie,” reflects, “can be found in the nature of what he chooses to hide from everyone else.”            It’s a sign of how…See More
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West End Poetry and Prose Reading Series March Reading at West End Bakery

March 14, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm
We are back for a new Spring session of our Poetry and Prose Reading Series! We hope you are able to join us again Saturday, March 14th, 7pm at the West End Bakery for a wonderful Free family-friendly evening of prose, poetry and storytelling from a group of fabulous local writers.This month we will be featuring: Tommy HaysCaroline Wilson Dalton Dayand Leah ShapiroHosted by Lockie Hunter and our friends at the West End Bakery Cathy Cleary and Krista Stearns.See More
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William Forstchen discussing his Pillar to the Sky at Bell Library at Montreat College

March 24, 2015 from 3pm to 6pm
Dr. William Forstchen will be the guest author at the Montreat Community Book Club on March 24, 2015 at Bell Library, Montreat College at 3:00.  He will be discussing his novel Pillar to Sky Public is invited.See More
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Asheville Poetry Review 20th Anniversary Anthology--and event

Asheville Poetry Review produces 20-year anthologyby Rob Neufeld             The two most remarkable things about the Asheville Poetry Review have been its diversity and quality.  Yes, Asheville, you’ve got a poetry journal of special note here.            Now, 20 years after its locally born…See More
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Carolina McMullen Reading & Signing at City Lights Bookstore

March 14, 2015 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Carolina McMullen will read from her new novel Vicenta de Paul on Saturday, March 14th at 3:00 p.m. at City Lights Bookstore. As the first novel of her Not Here to Stay series, Vicenta de Paul tells of a baby who is abandoned by her young mother at an orphanage in Rota, Spain in 1914.  She is later adopted by a wealthy couple and raised in the peaceful coastal area of Rota, away from the busy city. Everything seems fine until her mother begins to suffer from depression.  Vicenta pulls through…See More
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Murders, Moonshine & Mountaineers Book Discussion & Signing at The Market on Oak

March 21, 2015 from 11am to 12pm
The Market on Oak in Spruce Pine will host Allen Cook, author of Murders, Moonshine & Mountaineers: The Wildest County in America on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 11A.M.Moonshine, Murder & Mountaineers recounts a time around the turn of the 19th century when moonshiners and desperadoes faced off against the law in epic battles that made national headlines. The book focuses on events from an area in western North Carolina that held the reputation as the wildest county in America (book has…See More
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"Asheville" by W. Cotten Dowing

[The following poem is the last written by the able pen of our deceased friend and former countryman, Mr. W. Cotten Downing. It was first published in the Asheville Evening Journal Feb., 28 [1890], and finding, as all his writings did, such a warm reception from the people, it was called back and appeared again the next day in the same paper. We do not produce it as an average specimen of the poetical talent of this true Southern gentleman who loved the Sunny South, but who now lies cold in…See More
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Reading Preference:
History of North Carolina.
Favorites:
* A History of Buncombe County, North Carolina, F. A. Sondley (1930)
* A Pictorial History of Buncombe County, Asheville Citizen Times (1993)
* Abstracted Wills of Buncombe County, North Carolina 1831-1872, Frances Terry Ingmire, Compiler (1984
* Around Biltmore Village, Bill Alexander (2008)
* Asheville and Buncombe County, F. A. Sondley (1922)
* Asheville Mountain Majesty, Lou Harshaw (2007)
* Asheville's River Arts District, Rob Neufeld and Henry Neufeld (2008)
* Asheville: A History, Nan K. Chase (2007)
* Asheville: A Postcard History, Volume I, Sue Greenberg and Jan Kahn (1997)
* Asheville: A Postcard History, Volume II, Sue Greenberg and Jan Kahn (1997)
* Biographical History of North Carolina: From Colonial times to the Present, Samuel A. Ashe, Stephen B. Weeks, Charles L. Van Noppen, Editors, Volume VII (1908)
* Black Mountain and the Swannanoa Valley, Swannanoa Valley Museum (2004)
* Buncombe Bob: The Life and Times of Robert Rice Reynolds, Julian M. Pleasants (2000)
* Cabins & Castles: The History & Architecture of Buncombe County, North Carolina, Douglas Swaim (1981)
* Chronology of North Carolina, D. K. Bennett (1858) [containing sketches of Buncombe County men]
* Cyclopedia of Eminent and Representative Men of the Carolinas of the Nineteenth Century, Volume II, Edward Mc Crady, Samuel A’Court Ashe (1892)
* Early Tourism in Western North Carolina, Stephen C. Compton (2004)
* Family and Descendents of William Wallace McDowell & Sarah Lucinda Smith McDowell, Frances Arthur McDowell, Compiler and Editor (undated but after 1997)
* Family History of Western North Carolina, Joyce Justus Parris (1998)
* Fashionable Asheville, Volumes I and II, David Coleman Bailey (2004)
* Genesis of Buncombe County, Theodore F. Davidson (1922)
* Historic Asheville, Bob Terrell (1997)
* In Buncombe County, Maria Louise Pool (1986)
* Look Homeward Asheville, Peter Olevnik (2008)
* Marriage and Death Notices from Extant Asheville, N.C. Newspapers 1840-1870, An Index Robert M. Topkins, Compiler and Editor (1977)
* Sketches of North Carolina, Reverend William Henry Foote (1846)
* The French Broad, Wilma Dykeman (1955)
* The Heart of Confederate Appalachia: Western North Carolina in the Civil War, John C. Inscoe and Gordon B. McKinney (2000)
* The History of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, North Carolina, Joyce Justus Parris (1996)
* The Smith-McDowell House: A History, Dr. Richard W. Iobst (undated, but after 1998)
* The Standard Guide to Asheville and Western North Carolina, Published by Fred L. Jacobs, Asheville, N.C. (1887)
* Thomas Wolfe of North Carolina, H. G. Jones, Editor (1982)
* Western North Carolina: A History from 1730-1913, John Preston Arthur (1914)
* Western North Carolina: A Visual Journey Through Stereo Views and Photographs, Stephen E. Massengill (1999)
* Western North Carolina: Its Mountains and Its People to 1880, Ora Blackmun (1977)
* “Reminiscences of Western North Carolina,” Colonel Allen T. Davidson. Published in The Lycemu, a monthly Asheville newspaper that had a short life (May 1890 until some time in 1892)
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"Asheville" by W. Cotten Dowing

[The following poem is the last written by the able pen of our deceased friend and former countryman, Mr. W. Cotten Downing. It was first published in the Asheville Evening Journal Feb., 28 [1890], and finding, as all his writings did, such a warm reception from the people, it was called back and appeared again the next day in the same paper. We do not produce it as an average specimen of the poetical talent of this true Southern gentleman who loved the Sunny South, but who now lies cold in…

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