Once again, we start with three, free Friday afternoon workshops kick-off for writers and those who aspire to write. Saturday will feature forty writers signing and discussing their books. At 10 AM, there will be a fun program for children. Featured authors this year are Ken Grossman, President of Sierra Nevada Brewing Company (Friday evening) and Cassandra King on Saturday at 11 AM.Schedule details on our website. Do not miss this free event.See More
Techniques and tips abound as Connie shares her wisdom gained over her career as an international teller. There are two ways to participate. Some can develop their story and work on performance skills without the pressure of being on stage. Others will perform on Sunday afternoon at “Asheville Wordfest,” a literature, songwriting, and story festival at the Asheville Art Museum. The workshop concludes May 5 with a feedback session for further growth and guidance. Either way, all participants…See More
Last fall Sherman Alexie launched the Indies First movement and encouraged authors to support their local indies by handselling books on Small Business Saturday. Now as part of the celebration of the 95th annual Children's Book Week (May 12–18), the Children's Book Council, Every Child a Reader (the organization that runs CBW), and the American Booksellers Association are launching an Indies First Storytime Day on Saturday, May 17.Local and regional authors and illustrators interested in…See More
WNC BOOK DISCUSSION CALENDAR, MARCH 2014Saturday, March 1 Sunday, March 2ROYAL BOOK CLUB: The ROYAL Book Club meets to discuss “Wonder” by R.J. Palacio at Spellbound Books, 50 N. Merrimon Ave. Suite 107, Asheville, 4 p.m. Call 708-7570.Monday, March 3GREAT BOOKS: The Great Books book club discusses selections from the “Science…See More
Curator talks about slavery and freedom in WNCfrom press releaseEarl Ijames, N.C. Museum of History curator of African American history, presents a program on slavery and freedom in the mountains, 12 noon, March 8 at noon at Mountain Gateway Museum in Old Fort; and again at 4 p.m. in Asheville at the Western Regional Office of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources. Both free programs are open to the public. The noontime program at Mountain Gateway is a "Lunch and Learn" event, where…See More
NCWN Spring Conferencefrom press releaseThe North Carolina Writers’ Network 2014 Spring Conference will be held Saturday, April 12, in the MHRA Building at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. This year, the Network will introduce a new programming feature: instead of a traditional keynote address, attendees can choose between two special sessions at the end of the day—for no additional charge.Registration for the NCWN 2014 Spring Conference …See More
Winter’s assaults repeat; our reactions varyby Rob NeufeldPhoto: Snow, April 3, 1987, on Merrimon Ave, fr AC-T. It would eventually accumulate to 11.5 inches. The wintry weather making its impression on this writing will be a memory by the time of its reading. Yet, while still imprinted by…See More
The People’s Book Prize is an annual (UK Literary Award). Titles are nominated by Publishers, and are voted on by the public. The prize is administrated by Titiana Wilson for the People’s Book Prize limited. One of its roles is to recognize the work of first time authors.My novel, Darby, was nominated by Ecanus Publishing, Great Brittan. Darby was my first novel. The sequel to Darby is titled” Hanging Dog, An Appalachian Community, will be on the market soon. I might add that Hanging Dog, An…See More
Jackson County Author, Edward Fahey will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, March 7th at 6:30 p.m. to present his novel. The Mourning After is a novel about love not confined to a single lifetime, or even slowed by death. Exploring spirituality and the psychology of human relationships, it is written in a haunting, mystical style that caught the attention of readers on the other side of the ocean. Just back from a long tour of what he calls spooky sites of magic and legend, Edward finds he…See More
"Yes, it is March 1st. At the time of the scheduling, we considered several dates and one was Feb. 15th...the wrong one since I am officially scheduled for March 1st at 7:00. Thank you for calling the mistake to my attention."
School snow days offer a perfect opportunity to grab some quality time with your children or grandchildren by curling up in front of the fire with a good book. The Black Mountain Authors Guild will bring you four local authors whose picture books will delight and challenge young and old alike. All four of this month’s authors offer important messages for children set in charming, pretty, and easy-to-understand books. The event will be held Thursday, February 20, 6 pm at the Monte Vista Hotel.…See More
Twelve authors pay homage to Wolfe with rockersby Rob Neufeld(Photo of Ben's deathbed room by Henry Neufeld) When it comes to storied places—some might say, “haunted”—few sites speak as intimately as The Old Kentucky Home, a.k.a. the Thomas Wolfe house; and, in Wolfe’s…See More
On February 15th at 7:00, Gary Carden will conduct a book signing at Malaprops for "Appalachian Bestiary." the presentation will include a powerpoint projection of the illustrations in the book and a discussion by the author.See More
1st Annual Summer Book Signing Extravaganza?Yes, it’s quite a mouthful but with over a dozen authors coming this Saturday, August 3rd, 11-4 PM – we just couldn’t think of a better name!In place of our regular artist demonstration, we here at MOUNTAIN MADE are proud to be hosting a multiple-author book signing – hence the extravaganza part.The following authors will be there...Celia Miles – Sarranda’s Heart (Historical novel set in WNC during the early 1800s)Nancy Dillingham – Americana…See More
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I shall read your books with great interest, especially now that I know you are indeed that very teacher who influenced me so strongly. It is incredible to think of how self-centered I was as a seventeen-year-old high school senior. It never occurred to me to consider you as anything other than a teacher, that you were an adult with a life outside of those school walls, a woman with a college degree and interests beyond the mob of disinterested teenagers in her classroom. After a number of years I began to wonder about you and the handful of other educators who had shaped my thinking. I was not at all surprised when I typed your name into a search engine recently and book titles began to pop-up. How pleased I am to know that the teacher who so carefully encouraged me to write (and then patiently waded through that gush of adolescent language looking for the one sentence or phrase she might hope to praise) was herself, in the quiet evenings and sacred weekends away from the classroom, composing her own poetry and spinning her own tales. I should have known. I should have known!
I just found your books on Amazon and have ordered them. If you are the Nancy Dillingham I suspect you might be, I can only say that you will never know the impact you have had on me for decades. I had a journalism teacher in high school (AC Reynolds--Class of '76) whose unstinting encouragement and red pencil transformed me from a scribbler into a writer. My debt of gratitude to her is great. If you are that Nancy Dillingham from thirty-five years ago, there is no language to thank you for the influence you had on me everytime I rolled a sheet of paper into my typewriter or opened a Word document in my computer and began writing. I look forward to reading your books and getting a peek at that beloved and never-forgotten educator from the past. With the utmost sincerity, Scott Dockery / Knoxville Tennessee
Nancy-thank you for the insights on the vocabulary test. I have heard aye God and most of the others you mentions. Aye doggies-I've heard that all my life but never thought to connect it to the others. Thats a duh moment for sure.
I'm almost finished with your book-and I just love love it. I'm going to tell you my favorite parts once I'm done. You are very talented!
Nancy and Tipper,
Regarding trolls, native language, and gender, my niece Angela Wallace, a first-grade teacher at Cartoogechaye School in Macon County, says that a favorite activity of her students is extemporaneously acting out folk tales, nursery rhymes and such, and that the results are always creative. One little girl was playing the role of a troll under the bridge (guarding it) when three little boys playing the three Billy Goats Gruff wanted to cross. "We're going to cross over this bridge," the goats declared quite arrogantly, "to reach the good pasture on the other side." Whereupon, the little girl (troll) balled up her fists on her hips and in her meanest voice replied, "Oh, no, you'uns ain't!"
Nancy-thank you for the thoughtful comment you left me. I agree fatalism results from a hard way of living and isolation in Appalachia. I'll be looking forward to reading your book-thank you for mentioning it! I am a huge fan of Fred Chappell too.