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Jenny Bennett Returns with a New Novel at City Lights Bookstore

September 5, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Sylva author, Jenny Bennett, returns to City Lights Bookstore on Friday, September 5th at 6:30 p.m. with her second book, The Twelve Streams of LeConte. The main character of the book lives in Sylva and there are scenes set in downtown, the library and even City Lights Bookstore. Anne Woodrow is on honeymoon in Scotland when fate gives her a slap in the face: right then and there, her new husband falls in love with another woman. Injured and grieving, she returns home alone and conceives of a…See More
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Farming, Friends and Fried Bologna Sandwiches at Available at all bookstores

September 1, 2014 all day
Mercer University is pleased to announce the release of Farming, Friends and Fried Bologna Sandwiches, by North Carolina's own Renea Winchester. This is the second in the Farmer Billy series and Winchester's third book. See More
Wednesday
Doris Anne Beaulieu posted a blog post

Kids Love For Animals

Kids Love For Animals ( Poem )Children’s favorite shows are of animals I have hours in a playlist that are laughable Like a camera pecking rooster and fun monkeysTo a mom and a baby miniature donkeysVideos of wild turkeys and charming geese Ducks in water and chicks learning to speak Dazzling ostrich and many free birdsSome you would not want to move towardsA large unique animal is the alligator The total opposite of the caterpillar Camels and alpacas are tall and exquisiteBut they spit at you…See More
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Regina Illig commented on Regina Illig's event Not for Children Only:Children's Classics for Adults
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Not for Children Only:Children's Classics for Adults at Pack Memorial Library

September 11, 2014 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
SIGN UP NOW FOR "LET'S TALK ABOUT IT" BOOK DISCUSSION AT PACK MEMORIAL LIBRARYIf you'd like to learn more about great children's literature, Pack Library is offering a free "Let's Talk About It" book discussion program, Not for Children Only: Children’s Classics for Adults. This six-part series runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every other Thursday beginning September 11. Participants will have the opportunity to read and discuss eight children's books, from traditional fairy tales to modern…See More
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Doris Anne Beaulieu posted a blog post

Creating A Christmas Tree ( Poem )

Creating A Christmas Tree ( Poem )Create designer Christmas tree From squash, to bread, and fun cookiesInstructions made so easily One from red hat societyHome from the heart season theme Star wars made a holiday sceneWonderland can be of little lambs Making ornaments with your handsWhatever your style or budget Your personal touch can be tropicFocal point of your home can be Inspired by glamorous jewelryWe can help you get great ideas With animals and birds all right hereMy playlist has…See More
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Doris Anne Beaulieu posted a blog post

Tractor Pulls

Tractor Pulls ( Poem )America’s passion tractor haul Ford and Farmall want to take it all Showcasing your tractor is never dullCase give a strong performance callSee a smokey John Deere tractor Unleash yourself in an Oliver Massey Ferguson speeds uncoveredAs International pulls with no effortWhite’s power with high tractive force As McCormick is running the course Agricultural machinery CompetitionFun family oriented tractor pullin’Opportunities may come and go You all know it’s a successful…See More
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Dan Rice, Black Mountain College artist--show and talks

Dan Rice at Black Mountain College: Painter Among The Poets An exhibition, Dan Rice at Black Mountain College: Painter Among the Poets, goes up at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Sept. 5, 2014, and stays up through Jan.10, 2015.  There's a free opening reception on Friday, September 5 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.; and it features a gallery talk by curator Brian E. Butler at 7:00 p.m. A full-color catalogue will be…See More
Aug 22
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In 1937, ex-slaves in Asheville bore witness

Interviews with former slaves in Asheville strike the heartby Rob Neufeld             Every day we see and feel the beauty of the world and of humanity.  But history sometimes shows us how wrong things can go, and we wonder why we are vulnerable to such aberrations.            One of the most powerfully distressing examples of human cruelty and suffering comes from the testimony of M.L. Bost, an African American former slave who moved to Asheville from Newton, and spoke with Marjorie Jones of…See More
Aug 21
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Woodsmen Day

Woodsmen Day ( Poem)Sport using handsaws With a toothed edge blade One or two handed sawingOn a woodsmen fair dayTraditional log rolling Is a lumberjacks technique Style used in river drivingThe illustration is uniqueSpringboard tree is branchless With live action you can’t beat Platform board is dangerousA risk if you competeBlock ax chopping Is a loggers sport indeed Hard on your back swingingBe careful of your feetWoodsmen day activities Is part of the fair you see I bring it all to my…See More
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Peter McClay "M.C." Worley

"Great photo, Deborah!  Have you got some stories and details?"
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Discussing JHATOR at UCC in Norwell, MA

JHATOR was chosen as the summer read for the book club at the United Church of Christ in Norwell, MA.  Today, the Rev. Deborah Spratley hosted an author's brunch and discussion of the book with me and members of both the book club and writer's group at the church.One of the first things I learned from the group members, who are approaching the book from a Christian POV, is that starting the book with Anat, the vulture, was unsettling for most of them.  Of course, that is the point of Chapter…See More
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The Backyard as Metaphor: Poems on Cattle, Gardening & Goats: a Poetry Reading and Discussion with Tina Barr at Monte Vista Hotel

August 21, 2014 from 5:45pm to 7pm
The Black Mountain Author’s Guild will present nationally known poet, Tina Barr, this Third Thursday at 6pm at the Monte Vista Hotel. Ms. Barr will read a twenty minute series of poems set in Black Mountain, and will follow the reading with a discussion of her process for generating ideas in poems, with lots of audience interaction.  She will bring in a series of drafts demonstrating her revision process, from rough draft to published poem, and talk about fictionalizing elements so they move…See More
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Dan Rice, Black Mountain College artist--show and talks

Dan Rice at Black Mountain College: Painter Among The Poets An exhibition, Dan Rice at Black Mountain College: Painter Among the Poets, goes up at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Sept. 5, 2014, and stays up through Jan.10, 2015.  There's a free opening reception on Friday, September 5 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.; and it features a gallery talk by curator Brian E. Butler at 7:00 p.m. A full-color catalogue will be…See More
Aug 22
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

In 1937, ex-slaves in Asheville bore witness

Interviews with former slaves in Asheville strike the heartby Rob Neufeld             Every day we see and feel the beauty of the world and of humanity.  But history sometimes shows us how wrong things can go, and we wonder why we are vulnerable to such aberrations.            One of the most powerfully distressing examples of human cruelty and suffering comes from the testimony of M.L. Bost, an African American former slave who moved to Asheville from Newton, and spoke with Marjorie Jones of…See More
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Book discussions in WNC, August 2014

WNC BOOK DISCUSSION CALENDAR, AUGUST 2014Friday, August 1BOOK CLUB: The Best? Books book club holds a book discussion at the College Walk Retirement Center, 100 N. College Row, Brevard, 10:30 a.m. Call 884-3151, ext. 226.Saturday, August 2 Sunday, August 3ROYAL BOOK CLUB: The ROYAL Book Club meets to discuss “Darius and Twig” by…See More
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A Shelter of Others by Charles Dodd White

Mountain writer expresses a cry for countryby Rob Neufeld             There’s a scene in Charles Dodd White’s new novel, “A Shelter of Others,” in which a character topples twenty feet off a ledge in a national forest and is saved by some kind of “solid bulk” that interrupts his fall.            He has landed on a…See More
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Dan Rice, Black Mountain College artist--show and talks

Dan Rice at Black Mountain College: Painter Among The Poets

 

An exhibition, Dan Rice at Black Mountain College: Painter Among the Poets, goes up at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Sept. 5, 2014, and stays up through Jan.10, 2015.  There's a free opening reception on Friday, September 5 from 5:00 -…

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Posted on August 22, 2014 at 11:57am

Bob Inman at ASU June 19

Bob Inman, journalist turned playwright, poet and novelist, to speak June 19 at Appalachian

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            Robert “Bob” Inman reads from his fifth and latest novel, “The Governor’s Lady,” Thursday, June 19, at 3:30 p.m. at Appalachian State University.   The event will be held in Belk Library and information Commons Room 421 as part of the Summer Author Series sponsored by Appalachian State University…

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Posted on June 5, 2014 at 12:01am

Charles Price's Wyatt Earp versus the ranchers novel looking for a publisher

AUTHOR PRICE COMPLETES NEW WORK

 

            Award-winning Western North Carolina author Charles F. Price has become the latest writer to take on the  story of the Earp-Cowboy feud in old-time Tombstone, Arizona Territory.  His new novel Riding the Hearse, which he is just beginning to submit to publishers, takes its title from an expression used in the popular frontier gambling game of faro; it describes the…

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Posted on June 2, 2014 at 9:30pm

Writers at Wolfe features Fred Chappell, 2 pm, Sat. June 7

Fred Chappell speaks at Wolfe House, Saturday

 

            Fred Chappell, celebrated and beloved author of novels, poetry, short stories, and literary criticism is the June “Writers at Wolfe” series speaker at the Wolfe Memorial, 2 p.m., Saturday.

            Chappell’s output is like the wildlife that had come out of an underground cave in Cherokee legend—diverse and kicking: early Southern Gothic novels with an occult…

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Posted on June 2, 2014 at 6:19pm

Carl Sandburg Home gets Park Foundation grant for walking trails

THIRTY-SEVEN NATIONAL PARKS AWARDED 2014 ACTIVE TRAILS GRANTS

See news release below about grants to national parks involved in walking trail promotion.  One is the Carl Sandburg Home.  See…

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Posted on May 28, 2014 at 11:00am

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At 12:54pm on June 19, 2014, Jerald Pope said…

Hey Rob,

Can you make it to the reading tonight? If not, where can I send you a copy of the book?

Best to email me at <jerry@harebrandideas.com>

At 3:02pm on June 3, 2014, Jerald Pope said…

Hey Rob,

I've accidentally written a comic historical sci-fi beach novel about Black Mountain. Would you care to read it with an eye towards reviewing?

Here is a preview of the press release:

Local artist and Swannanoa Valley historian Jerald Pope is releasing his first novel, “The Elvis Tooth.” Pope describes the book as “a comic, historical, science fiction beach book, about Black Mountain that combines real history and stories with a time travel flair,” The titular tooth, the key McGuffin in the story, was an actual tooth pulled from Elvis Presley’s mouth in Black Mountain by Dr. Love in 1975.

 

Pope is best known for the “Way Back When” series of plays that ran at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts for several years. He wrote, directed, designed, and occasionally acted in those compilations of historical narratives and original songs.

He also wrote and illustrated “Step Back in Time,” a walking tour of Black Mountain, as well as several children’s picture books, including “Madeleine Claire and the Dinosaur,” and “The Minute Elf.”

 

“The Elvis Tooth” is the story of an ordinary tourist, in Black Mountain to get married, who wanders into Pellom’s Time Shop and inexplicably finds himself sixty-five years in the past. (Many locals will know the feeling.) As he struggles to identify allies and clues that can get him back in time for the wedding, he becomes aware that more than time has shifted; his appreciation of a lost American sensibility grows. Although he quickly learns it wasn’t all the Andy Griffith Show.

 

Like Odysseus wending his wandering way back to Ithaca, our hero meets a variety of strange characters that could either help or hinder his journey. Some share stories or riddles that seem to exist solely for the pleasure of their telling. Or do they? Now he must get from 1948 to 1975, abscond with The King’s rotten molar, and then jump again back to the present.

 

Beside Elvis, a young Nina Simone, Merce Cunningham, and others whose fame is more local make an appearance.  The book is a delightful blend of history and histrionics that will inform readers as it tickles their funny bones.

At 8:56pm on November 16, 2012, RhondaKay Brigman said…

Hi Rob, would it be possible in the Members listing to be able to look up via location? Such as in NC, or Asheville, or in my case, Blairsville, or WNC or NE-GA? It would be so much easier trying to find if there are 'friends' on here that you could link up with, follow thier posts, as well as locate 'new friends' you haven't met yet from your area. Thanks for considering this additional programming. Best Regards, RhondaKay Brigman

At 11:24am on April 30, 2012, Kathy Olsen said…

Rob- Would love to invite you to the reception in June for the traveling LIncoln exhibit we are hosting. I will also give you all the information for the David Madden programs and also the Barbara Bates Smith program. She is performing Ron Rash's short story "Lincolnites" which will be enhanced by the beautiful music of Jeff Sebens. I can mail you the small poster and the invitation the 'old fashioned' way. Send your mailing address to me at kolsen@haywoodnc.net. Thanks! Hope to see you at these events, they sound like they are right up your alley. Kathy

At 8:28pm on April 9, 2012, Chris Weaver said…

(Hey Rob - I could not find your email address so below is an intended email to you.  Thanks!)

Dear Rob,


I have been enjoying The Read on WNC after discovering several months ago.  It is a remarkable resource ~ clearly a labor of love!

I am a 3rd grade teacher at Evergreen Community Charter School in Haw Creek.  I love to create curriculum, especially big cross-disciplinary projects.  I have a challenge that I am excited about turning into an opportunity for true community-based education.

Next year, all NC public schools implement new essential standards in social studies.  Interestingly, there is a new focus on local history, particularly in the 3rd grade curriculum.

I am working on a major curriculum project where our students at Evergreen would each choose a significant person, place, event, or innovation that has helped to make Asheville what it is today.  The students would do research, including interviewing adults with local knowledge and doing fieldwork.  The kids would write and also build something to honor their subject, culminating in a community gallery/presentation event.

Among the challenges in making this happen is the reality that there are not many written research resources that are at the right level for elementary school readers.  I have some ideas that I am excited about on how to address this...but I imagine you do too, and I would love to hear yours.

Would you be interested in having a cup of coffee or a beer sometime to talk about this?

I would actually teach (facilitate) this project starting in January of next year, but I hope to start much sooner in gathering help & building momentum.  I also hope that a local community education project like this could benefit teachers and students in other schools as well.

Cheers,
Chris
chrisgweaver13@gmail.com
At 1:36pm on June 10, 2011, Sharyn McCrumb said…
Thanks for the interview, Rob, and for your patience. Other than the people who helped with the research, you are the first person I talked to who knew anything about the Tom Dula story, and I was dying to talk about it. Thanks for listening!
At 4:53pm on May 23, 2011, Mary A. Berger said…

Rob - I thought the BookFest was a huge success, and your interview with Ann B. Ross was delightful.  May I ask if you do book reviews for authors?  My character, Mattie, in "The Trouble with Mattie," tells me she would be ever grateful to you.  

Thanks!

Mary A. Berger

At 2:13pm on March 27, 2011, Lynn Salsi said…
Thought you might like to know that the comments I "captured" from you about the importance of book reviews will appear in the new book Many Genres: One Craft, Lessons in Writing Popular Fiction. I wrote only one chapter, as it is a compilation of lessons and advice by many authors, many whom earned either Master's degrees, Master of Fine Arts degrees, or both, from Seton Hill University in Greenburg, PA. It was edited by Bram Stoker award winner, Michael Arnzen and fantasy writer, Heidi Miller. There are also guests in the book, such as Tess Gerritsen, internationally known thriller writer, and Ginger Clark, book agent at Curtis Brown. Published by Headline Books of Terra Alta, West Virginia, it is scheduled for release at the end of April. I will promote the book at the Grub Street Writer's Festival in Boston the last weekend of April.
At 10:28am on February 18, 2011, Michael Lodico said…
Had a great guided tour of the collection. It was an excellent trip overall - enjoyed staying at the Algonquin and imagining all those witty folk trading jibes around the table...
At 12:26am on February 10, 2011, Sharyn McCrumb said…
Thanks, Rob! Glad to be here. As you probably know, my next novel is "The Ballad of Tom Dooley," (Thomas Dunne Books, August 2011). Because Tom Dula was defended by NC's Confederate governor, Zebulon Baird Vance, I am scheduled to do a program on the novel at the Zebulon Vance birthplace on Saturday, November 5.
 
 
 

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