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Walk Till the Dogs Get Mean--Appalachian Outsiders tell all

Southern Appalachian outsiders tell allby Rob Neufeld             “Who was that woman...on the trail, the rain-matted one, the one covered in mud?”            A woman who was following her wants to know.  She’s out there in the rain, too, headed toward a cave where women were known to disappear forever,…See More
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Carolina Writers at Home: Kathryn Byer & Thomas Rain Crowe at City Lights Bookstore

November 6, 2015 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Kathryn Byer and Thomas Rain Crowe have been included in a collection of true stories showcasing the houses where some of the most notable Southern authors have forged their writing lives. They both will be at City Lights Bookstore on Friday, November 6th at 6:30 p.m. to sign copies ofCarolina Writers at Home.  The homes in these twenty-five essays range from the classic bungalow and mid-century modern ranch house to wilder locales: a church, a trailer, and a sparsely-inhabited barrier island.…See More
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The Land Still Speaks film and Culture Vulture fest, Oct 30

Culture festival features film about mountain eldertsfrom press releaseThe Center for Cultural Preservation presents a film festival that highlights mountain heritage, Jewish heritage and African-American heritage on October 30th at the Thomas Auditorium at Blue Ridge Community College.   The festival will feature three films, including the world premiere of a new film, The Land Still Speaks to Us which includes the voices of mountain elders throughout WNC.  There will also be music by local…See More
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Malaprop's Bookstore at Malaprop's

November 9, 2015 from 7pm to 8pm
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A Chronology of Asheville and WNC Events in History

                                   IMPORTANT DATES IN ASHEVILLE HISTORY                                                                 by Rob Neufeld 1000: The Cherokee, who’d introduced maize agriculture to the region, began cultivating beans. 1540: Hernando De Soto led troops to East Tennessee through either the Hickory Nut or Swannanoa Gap, finding gold and copper and inspiring a succession of Spanish miners. 1663: Charles II bestows territory between the 31st and 36th parallels in America…See More
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Root-diggers of Appalachia

People in the Lost Provinces were herb-gatherersby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Three herbal products offered by S.B. Penick’s, once the world’s largest herb distributor, its largest warehouse located in Asheville.             “Last week, during a research trip to the ‘Lost Provinces,’” Luke Manget said about the landscape…See More
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A Specter of Justice Preview

A Preview of the new Sam Blackman mystery to be released November 3, 2015
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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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Player of Games and the Millennial Mind

Player of Games reveals today’s game-changing mentalityby Rob Neufeld             There is something big happening in Millennial Generation literature, and I thought I’d try to get a handle on it.            To give an idea of one aspect of current thinking: I was at a gathering recently, plenty of youngsters, and I…See More
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Julia Nunnally Duncan Book Signing at MACA Building

October 10, 2015 from 9am to 1pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will sign her books at the McDowell Arts Council Association (MACA) Booth at the annual Mountain Glory Festival on Saturday, October 10 from 9-1.See More
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Deacon Chrisenberry -Berry- Howell (1855-1938) on horseback. From the collection of Purel Miller (2)

My maternal great grandfather, Chrisenberry Howell, who was called "Berry" Howell in Swain County. From the Purel Miller collection. Submitted by Ann Miller Woodford
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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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Reading Preference:
History of North Carolina.
* 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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