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Two Big Cultural Events in December in Hendersonville & Ashevillefrom press releaseThe Center for Cultural Preservation, WNC’s cultural history and documentary film center, presents, Cherokee Music and Dance on Thursday, December 7, 7 p.m., Blue Ridge Community College’s Thomas Auditorium.  Tickets are $5. The screening of A Great American Tapestry will be held on December 2, 2 p.m., at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Reuter Center, UNC Asheville.  Tickets for that event are…See More
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Two Big Cultural Events in December in Hendersonville & Asheville

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The Center for Cultural Preservation, WNC’s cultural history and documentary film center, presents, Cherokee Music and Dance on Thursday, December 7, 7 p.m., Blue Ridge Community College’s Thomas Auditorium.  Tickets are $5. 

The screening of A Great American Tapestry will be held on December 2, 2 p.m., at the Osher Lifelong Learning…

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Sample 8 Great Smokies Writers at Malaprop’s, Oct. 15

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How might an artist portray a Plott?

The Forga family owns the only downtown parking lot in Hazelwood and wants a statue of a Plott Hound, the N.C. State Dog, put at its center in honor of the late Robert Forga and his wife, Viola.   The family engaged the Waynesville Public Art Commission to find an artist, and now the decision’s down to three

 

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Becky Stone Presents Maya Angelou

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Prize-winning YA author Sedgwick at Literacy fundraiser

Fundraiser for Literacy Council & Book Launch Marcus Sedgwick

 

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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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