The 8th Annual Blue Ridge Bookfest brings authors to Flat Rock
There are a few oases where writers congregate to share wares and wisdom, and Apr. 22-23, the place is Blue Ridge Community College, featuring 19 readings and workshops, and many more opportunities for conversations with authors at exhibition tables. See full schedule at…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on April 20, 2016 at 10:00am — No Comments
I have posted a new blog about a man I knew growing up in Asheville. It is entitled " Hester." Anna says guys will like it better than women. It's pretty long, but enjoy it.
Growing up in Asheville in N.C. in the 50’s and 60’s seemed, at the time, to be filled with a rhythm of adventure and strange encounters sprinkled with an assortment of particularly interesting and somewhat odd characters. One of those persons who…
Added by Toby Hill on April 19, 2016 at 4:58pm — No Comments
Yesterday, on the Ides of March, my book, Forests, Alligators, Battlefields: My Journey through the National Parks of the South, was officially launched – a soft launch.
It’s now available on Amazon in both…Continue
Added by Danny Bernstein on March 16, 2016 at 8:35pm — No Comments
Many thanks to Edge Magazine for publishing this excerpt "Wear the Right Garb" from Plant Whatever Brings You Joy in their March issue! http://www.edgemagazine.net/2016/03/wear-the-right-garb/ Copies of my book are available at Malaprop's! xoxo
Added by Kathryn Hall on March 3, 2016 at 5:45pm — No Comments
Dennis Covington's Revelation
Dennis Covington, author of Salvation on Sand Mountain, has a new book out: Revelation: A Search for Faith in a Violent Religious World, for which he visited "places where people are subject to extremity." As Jesus instructed, he says, he is a witness to suffering in a search for holiness.
Covington presents his book at…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on February 26, 2016 at 10:18am — No Comments
2016 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition
Tuesday, March 1, the submission window closes.
The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition accepts one-poem submissions. The contest awards the winner $200 and publication in "storySouth." The final judge is Sarah Rose Nordgren, author of the poetry collection "Best Bones" (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014), which was selected by Ed…
Added by Rob Neufeld on February 17, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments
What I remember the most about Vance Elementary School in West Asheville , NC is the color red. I could remember lots of other things about my first school. It was at Vance that I said my first curse word. Also, I got into my first fight, saw my first professional yo yo performance and was caught breaking into the concession stand. I learned a lot at Vance. I learned that there are good teachers and not so good teachers. I learned that the world is inhabited by…Continue
Added by Toby Hill on February 16, 2016 at 9:34pm — No Comments
“Unveiling Our Treasures” program
Pauline Johnson and Roman Blevins present "North Carolina History: From the Archives to the Classroom,” based on their research in the Southern Appalachian Archives, at the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, Thurs., February 18th at 3 p.m. , Mars Hill University.
Added by Rob Neufeld on February 15, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments
Key Appalachian studies publications now going online
from press release, Jan. 27. 2016
Appalachian studies scholars and those interested in regional history will have greater access to out-of-print works thanks to a two-year National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Open Book Program grant totaling $88,000 awarded to Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University.…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on January 30, 2016 at 9:11pm — No Comments
Two articles leapt at my consciousness this week, both about writing. And suddenly, I know how to go forward from here.
The first, The Price I Pay to Write, by Laura Bogart and published online…
Added by susannah eanes on January 24, 2016 at 10:56am — No Comments
Black Mountain College artist--from obscurity to rediscovery
Ray Spillenger: Rediscovery of a Black Mountain Painter
Exhibition: January 22, 2016 – May 21, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, January 22 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., FREE Admission
Curated by Dr. Theodore E. Stebbins Jr., Curator of American Art, Emeritus, Harvard Art Museums
Gallery talk by the curator at 6:45 p.m., January 22, 2016
Added by Rob Neufeld on January 8, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Writer's Workshop Poetry Contest
26th ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST
The Writers' Workshop of Asheville is sponsoring its 26th Annual Poetry Contest, open to any writer regardless of residence. The deadline is: postmarked or emailed by Feb. 28, 2016. Mail…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on January 8, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments
Fire and Ice Roses has been interviewing gardening bloggers and gardening experts and were kind enough to include this short interview recently which was quite fun and very much appreciated! http://fireandiceroses.com/ask-an-expert-kathryn-hall/
Added by Kathryn Hall on January 5, 2016 at 2:02pm — No Comments
History in the making: items of note, January 2, 2016
It was reported in today’s print edition of the Asheville Citizen-Times that a new state law went into effect, requiring people who’ve filed for unemployment benefits to make at least 5 job contacts a week. It had been 2. How will that work? Are there that many jobs for which a person is qualified? Can you apply to the same job twice if it continues to be…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on January 2, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments
Tarantino, eminent domain, and emancipation
Tarantino comes to town
Quentin Tarantino’s New Year’s gore and gabfest, The Hateful Eight, is gutted by New Yorker reviewer Anthony Lane, who says that Tarantino toys with rather than explores history, using it “for boyish fantasies of revenge, as if enormous crimes could be undone, after the event, by lone and wanton acts of humiliation.” …Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on January 1, 2016 at 4:19pm — No Comments
Spring 2016 will be great for our region’s literature
Ron Rash publishes Poems: New and Selected, Mar. 15. The author of Serena is one of the country’s great poets and short story writers. Selections from all four previous books of poems are included; as are eight new poems, one of which speaks the mind of a female country singer, “somewhere on a bus between/ Baton Rouge and New Orleans.”
Added by Rob Neufeld on December 19, 2015 at 6:52pm — No Comments
Genetic science fiction comes true
The New York Times (Nov. 19, 2015) reported that a genetically altered salmon has been created, and it grows twice as quickly a regular salmon. It’s called AquAdvantage. (See…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on December 12, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments
Latest issue of the Appalachian Journal focuses on Appalachian music
from press release
The Appalachian Journal has published its first special edition on Appalachian music. This double issue (vol. 42, nos. 3-4) is the largest one in the journal’s 42-year history, with 300-plus pages and 60-plus contributors.
Guest editors Mark Freed and Trevor McKenzie are both musicians and music teachers who…Continue
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Mmm, them apples in Beaverdam cove
In 1972, Helen Nelon wrote about the traditions of old-time Spooks Branch, off Beaverdam Road. Here's what she said about her use of apples in a cake.
(The full story of Spooks Branch will appear soon.)
There were apples for delicious cider cooled in the spring "dreem" (drain), apples for frying for cold winter days, and for special days there were dried apple sauce fruit cakes.
These cakes were…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on November 18, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments