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
So funny, and yet so exposing--Richard Russo's genius
Snakes on the lane
In Richard Russo's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Empire Falls, the protagonist, Miles recalls the time his father, driving, had accelerated into a box on a highway. “What if that box had been full of rocks?” Miles asks. Unfazed, Max quizzes his son about what he would do about the box. Max says…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on November 14, 2015 at 11:31am — No Comments
George Singleton's latest collection of stories, Calloustown...
features the folk who try to survive in a place that has little to offer besides a Finger Museum and a taxidermy petting zoo,
It's funny, but also tragic and angry. The review, "Love-hate humor cries in Calloustown," appears in the Asheville Citizen-Times, Sunday, 11/15/2015. Singleton's at Malaprop’s Bookstore, 7 p.m., Wed., Nov. 18; and at City…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on November 10, 2015 at 2:27pm — No Comments
Jim Casada's book on legendary turkey hunters
Jim Casada, our premiere Great Smoky Mountains outdoorsman/writer (see his newsletter) has written a new book, Remembering the Greats: Profiles of Turkey Hunting's Old Masters.
“I knew several great turkey men, and every one of them was passin’ quair," Jim Cassada's grandfather had once told…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on November 3, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments
Many sports have distinctive sounds associated with them. For those who have participated or watched, the sounds are a big part of the experience. Heard at the moment of success, they remain locked in our minds for all time.
As you read the list below, close your eyes and listen to the sound you recall from that sport, your sport. Can you hear them?
Baseball or softball – crack of the bat…Continue
Added by Bill Ramsey on October 24, 2015 at 5:08pm — No Comments
Culture festival features film about mountain elderts
from press release
The 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…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on October 8, 2015 at 9:18am — No Comments
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…Continue
Added by James D. Loy on September 20, 2015 at 4:15pm — No Comments
The September issue of Western North Carolina Woman is out, and they have kindly included a chapter from Plant Whatever Brings You Joy! This is the story of my introduction to chipmunks the two years I lived in Asheville--and what they taught me! If you like this what you read, you might consider dropping by Malaprop's and get your copy of my book, and read all 52 stories! Thank…Continue
Added by Kathryn Hall on September 1, 2015 at 3:14pm — No Comments
Center Kicks Off New Series With A Bang
New “Keeping the Fires Burning Series” Launches With Betty Smith and Songcatcher
(from press release)
(HENDERSONVILLE, NC, August 18, 2015) – The Center for Cultural Preservation, is pleased to announce the launch of its second season of its popular public program series KEEPING THE FIRES BURNING- Heroes of Mountain…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on August 21, 2015 at 4:23pm — No Comments
Tickets on Sale for Daytrips to
Asheville Oct. 31 and Charlottesville, Va., Nov. 1
(from press release, 2015)
SPENCER, NC--Now in its ninth year, one of the N.C. Transportation Museum’s most popular offerings combines the romance of rail travel, a great destination and the convenience of a day trip. Autumn Train Excursions offer the rare opportunity to take a daylight train trip on vintage rail cars through beautiful…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on August 19, 2015 at 7:37pm — No Comments
Author and Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Rick Bragg to Read at UNC Asheville September 26
(from 2015 press release)
Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and bestselling author Rick Bragg will give a reading at 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 26 at UNC Asheville’s Sherrill Center, Mission Health System Mountain View Room. This…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on August 19, 2015 at 11:50am — No Comments
R.T. Smith, poet, story-writer, and founder of Cold Mountain Review, honored with App State role
See notice of new book at Washington & Lee U.
fROM PRESS RELEASE
BOONE—Writer R.T. (Rod) Smith has been named the 2015-16 Rachel Rivers-Coffey Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at Appalachian State University. Smith will…Continue
Added by Rob Neufeld on August 12, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments
I have a busy September talking about the American Revolutionary War and signing books.
8 Sep - Sons of the American Revolution - Kings Mountain, NC
13- Sep - Broad River Genealogical Society - Shelby, NC
17 Sep -Sons of the American Revolution - Bluffton, SC
23-24 Oct - Francis Marion Symposium - Manning, SC
Telling a story in pictures is Mount Mitchell, the newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular Images of America series. The book by local authors Jonathan Howard Bennett and David Biddix was released on August 3, 2015. The book boasts many vintage images that have never been published, and showcases memories of days gone…
Added by David Biddix on August 7, 2015 at 10:25pm — No Comments
Peachtree – Local author William Roy
Pipes announces the release of his two books
Added by William Roy Pipes on July 25, 2015 at 1:04pm — No Comments
Mammy: A Term of Endearment
I have a new novel I titled, Mammy: A Term of Endearment. Mammy is a fictional story of the slavery of a black woman who after being freed became my father’s mammy. Some feel the word Mammy is a racial term, but my father considered it a term of…Continue
John Guzlowski is a writer and poet whose parents were forced laborers in Poland during WW II. He was born in a refugee camp before he came with his family to live in the Polish neighborhoods of Chicago. Already a highly regarded poet, he turned his childhood memories (including some gruesome child murders) into a novel titled SUITCASE CHARLIE.
Two war-weary Chicago detectives investigate a series of horrifying child murders. Before the crimes are solved, the reader follows…Continue
Added by Christine Lajewski on July 1, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments
Iris Press just released a new book of my poems, Kaleidoscope! These are poems written over the last 10 years, set in Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi and North Carolina---!
Added by Tina Barr on June 2, 2015 at 7:21am — No Comments
I just posted a new blog entry describing the real places frequented by my characters--human and animal--in my novel. Most of the action in JHATOR takes place in these beautiful natural spaces that are protected throughout southeastern Massachusetts. Whether you have read my book or not, I hope you will visit them if you are traveling through the area.
You can read "Hiking the Landscape of JHATOR" as well as excerpts from my novel, at Christine-lajewski.squarespace.com
Added by Christine Lajewski on June 1, 2015 at 6:43pm — No Comments
Very excited to announce to my friends here at The Read on WNC that my publisher, Holladay House Publishing, will be re-releasing The Devil's Courthouse this summer. We are having a release celebration at Bearmeat's Indian Den in Cherokee, NC on Saturday, June 6, from 11 to 4. If you are in the area, please come out and help us celebrate! And we will be visiting bookstores across the WNC throughout the coming months!
Added by Lawrence Thackston on May 28, 2015 at 2:59pm — No Comments