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Salman Rushdie come to Asheville with new novel

Atheist believes in genies, novel revealsby Rob Neufeld             Salman Rushdie’s latest novel—“Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights” (1,001 nights)—has permitted me to come up with a headline as wild as the one above because the book is so exuberantly and infectiously…See More
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73 classic works about Appalachia going online

Key Appalachian studies publications now going onlinefrom 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.  Pamela Mitchem, the library’s coordinator of digital scholarship and…See More
Jan 30
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John Parris' home-grown prose

South of Sylva, back of yesterday: John Parris' inspiration             “For the life of me, I just can’t understand why folks stopped usin’ cradles,” John Parris’ 97-year-old maternal grandfather had told him 60 years ago.            The oil lamp, the buggy, and the spinning wheel—they all were replaced by things…See More
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James Sturm expands scope of graphic novels

James Sturm blazes cartoon path to a new worldby Rob Neufeld             Why is it that when an author combines pictures with words, the medium is considered juvenile, like comics?  Words create literature; images, art.  Why, when you marry them, is it like pairing a milk cow with a mop?            Nothing against…See More
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The Writer as Pilgrim

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 in Dame Magazine, reflects on the difficulties of…See More
Jan 24
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Tired of thrillers with no soul?

Why read a 1940 man-on-the-run classicby Rob Neufeld             After reading a classic novel, you might think, “Oh, look at this superior ancestor of today’s fiction.”              For instance, “The Power and the Glory,” Graham Greene’s 1940 thriller about political oppression in Mexico, exemplifies the…See More
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Art of Grace by Sarah Kaufman

Dance critic applies grace to every moveby Rob Neufeld             It’s nice to find just the right word for something, especially when it sums up a main idea in your way of thinking.            That was the case with Sarah Kaufman when she’d first felt moved, nine years ago, to write her new book, “The Art of Grace” (W.W.…See More
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Fire and Ice Roses interview with author/gardening blogger Kathryn Hall

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/See More
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History in the making, January 2, 2016

History in the making: items of note, January 2, 2016It 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 listed? Paul Bonesteel, noted Asheville filmmaker, revealed on Facebook that a…See More
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Local event of the day, Jan 1 2016

Tarantino, eminent domain, and emancipation Tarantino comes to townQuentin 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.” …See More
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Railroad history in Western North Carolina: a close-up and bottom-line look

Railroads in WNC: the perils, the people, and the profitby Rob NeufeldWritten in conjunction with exhibit, "How The West Was Won," in Rural Heritage Museum, Mars Hill University PHOTO CAPTION: The entrance to the railroad show at the Rural Heritage Museum is commanded by a mock-up of Climax engine…See More
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73 classic works about Appalachia going online

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.…

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The Writer as Pilgrim

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…

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Added by susannah eanes on January 24, 2016 at 10:56am — No Comments

Ray Spillenger, Black Mountain College alumnus, is finally celebrated

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

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Added by Rob Neufeld on January 8, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Poetry writing contest, deadline Feb 28, 2016

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…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on January 8, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Fire and Ice Roses interview with author/gardening blogger Kathryn Hall

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, January 2, 2016

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…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on January 2, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Local event of the day, Jan 1 2016

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.” …

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Added by Rob Neufeld on January 1, 2016 at 4:19pm — No Comments

Spring 2016 books by 3 great authors of this region

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.”

 

Lee…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on December 19, 2015 at 6:52pm — No Comments

Genetics for meat-eaters: fact and science fiction

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…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on December 12, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Double-issue on Appalachian music

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…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on December 10, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Rebel Rousers coming from Carroll Jones

Carroll C. Jones, author of Master of the East Fork, which received the Clark Cox Historical Fiction Award for 2015 by the N.C. Society of Historians, has written a sequel.  Rebel Rousers (Jan-Carol Publishing,  Johnson City) is a historical novel set during the American Civil War. It tells the coming-of-age tale of a youthful Rebel soldier from western North Carolina . "At once, the strapping lad has to bear-up under his romantic longings for the miller’s daughter,…
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Added by Rob Neufeld on December 4, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Century-ago woman's apple cake recipe

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…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on November 18, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Dignity is the key to Richard Russo's inspiration

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…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on November 14, 2015 at 11:31am — No Comments

Coming attraction--Singleton at Malaprop's & City Lights for Calloustown

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…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on November 10, 2015 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Turkey hunter lore from Jim Cassada

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…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on November 3, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

The Sounds of Sports

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…

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Added by Bill Ramsey on October 24, 2015 at 5:08pm — No Comments

The Land Still Speaks film and Culture Vulture fest, Oct 30

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…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on October 8, 2015 at 9:18am — No Comments

The skull merchant, the dead ape, and the narcoleptic mortician

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…

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Added by James D. Loy on September 20, 2015 at 4:15pm — No Comments

New excerpt from Plant Whatever Brings You Joy in WNC Woman!

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…

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Added by Kathryn Hall on September 1, 2015 at 3:14pm — No Comments

Betty Smith at Hendersonville culture event September 17

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…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on August 21, 2015 at 4:23pm — No Comments

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