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Lyndsay Eli with GUNSLINGER GIRL (YA Novel) at Spellbound Children's Bookshop

January 20, 2018 from 6pm to 7pm
Are you a fan of The Hunger Games?  Then picture what Katniss would be like - with a gun.  That's just a taste of the "new" West action Lyndsay Eli brings to Spellbound Children's Bookshop with Gunslinger Girl.  She shares her debut novel on Saturday, January 20, at 6 p.m. The US has been fractured by a Second Civil War. Serendipity 'Pity' Jones finds a home of sorts in the corrupt, lawless city of Cessation (think Las Vegas on steroids).  Her shooting skills make her a star of the Theater…See More
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Cherokee and WNC music and dance events

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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Battery Park Hill through the ages

Battery Park through the Years by Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTIONS: 1) Present-day view of Battery Park Apartments from…See More
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Dave Minneman, heroic portrait

Dave Minneman and a sense of justiceby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Dave Minneman doing research at Pack Memorial Library.  Photo by author.            “One of the biggest things I did as a kid, in order to escape my father,” Asheville resident Dave Minneman says of his 1960s and 70s rural Indiana childhood, “was…See More
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October 14, 2017 from 9:30am to 1:30pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be signing her new books A Part of Me and A Place That Was Home at the Mountain Glory Festival in downtown Marion on Saturday, October 14, from 9:30-1:30. She will be located at the MACA Authors' booth on Main Street.See More
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Sample 8 Great Smokies Writers at Malaprop’s, Oct. 15

Writers in UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP)read atMalaprop's Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 3 p.m., Sun.,Oct. 15 Elizabeth Lutyens, editor of the GSWP’s Great Smokies Review, leads the Prose Master Class and will host the reading. ·        Ellen Carr, who works in the financial industry, will read excerpts from her novel of uneasy relationships, Unmanned. ·        Sarah Carter, an artist and photographer who will publish an excerpt of her novel, Jolene, Joe-Pye,…See More
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Ellington in Asheville--a survey

The Douglas Ellington effect: An Appreciationby Rob NeufeldIMAGE: Douglas Ellington’s original drawing for a City Hall-County Courthouse Art Deco complex.            “Dear Douglas,” Kenneth Ellington wrote his brother, the 38-year old Pittsburgh architect, on May 6, 1925, “I know things are…See More
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How To Kill Your Reader

Danger is a crucial element in a mystery novel. A killer is on the loose and no one is safe. But sometimes the killer can be the writer, and the victim, the reader.I'm talking about when the author turns into a preacher and the story becomes a sermon. Now I am not against using a mystery novel for social commentary. Writing doesn't happen in a moral vacuum, and, after all, isn't a mystery a morality play? As fellow North Carolina author Margaret Maron said there is no topic that can't be dealt…See More
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Hidden Scars - A Sam Blackman Mystery

Sam Blackman and Nakayla Robertson investigate a 70-year-old death that unleashes a killer.
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Black Mountain College as Backdrop for Mystery

My new book, HIDDEN SCARS, is released Oct 3rd.  D.G. Martin notes the star of the story is Black Mountain College.  http://chapelboro.com/town-square/columns/one-on-one/one-one-lost-college-still-shinesSee More
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Sacred Sites for Secular Times: 50 Commemorative Experiences in Western North Carolina by Rob Neufeld              Among the many sites dedicated to history, there are some—both overbooked and overlooked—that provide full and moving experiences.  They involve a physical component, connecting to landscape; an imaginative one, entering other times and minds; and an interactive one, maintaining relevance.             The entries in this book help create full experiences through descriptive…See More
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Cherokee and WNC music and dance events

Two Big Cultural Events in December in Hendersonville & Asheville

from press release

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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Added by Rob Neufeld on November 15, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Real-Life Story Behind the Sam Blackman Mystery Series

Here's the story of how my Asheville detectives came to be.

https://www.bookreporter.com/blog/2017/10/12/the-real-life-story-behind-the-sam-blackman-mystery-series

Added by Mark de Castrique on October 13, 2017 at 8:57am — No Comments

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

Writers in UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP)

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Malaprop's Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood St., Asheville, 3 p.m., Sun.,

Oct. 15

 

Elizabeth Lutyens, editor of the GSWP’s Great Smokies Review, leads the…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on October 6, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

How To Kill Your Reader

Danger is a crucial element in a mystery novel. A killer is on the loose and no one is safe. But sometimes the killer can be the writer, and the victim, the reader.



I'm talking about when the author turns into a preacher and the story becomes a sermon. Now I am not against using a mystery novel for social commentary. Writing doesn't happen in a moral vacuum, and, after all, isn't a mystery a morality play? As fellow North Carolina author Margaret Maron said there…

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Added by Mark de Castrique on October 5, 2017 at 12:40pm — No Comments

Aim for Beauty

In honor of my blog Plant Whatever Brings You Joy's 10th Blogiversary I've posted a chapter from my book Plant Whatever Brings You Joy: Blessed Wisdom from the Garden. This particular chapter was also excerpted in Fairview's GreenPrints magazine, which was greatly appreciated. Read more here: http://plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com/aim-for-beauty/…

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First Woman NC Poet Laureate's Biography

A Biography of Late NC Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byer
in Hendersonville Author's Six Notable Women of North Carolina
A biography of the late Kathryn Stripling "Kay" Byer of Cullowhee, the first woman and longest-serving (2005-2009) Poet Laureate in the state, is featured in Six Notable Women of North Carolina by Jack J. Prather of Hendersonville, founder of the Young Writers Scholarship at Warren Wilson College. The 43-page…
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Added by Jack J. Prather on June 9, 2017 at 12:41pm — No Comments

Mom's has-been groove in ghost-boy novel

Marcus, in Gail Godwin’s new novel, Grief Cottage, recalls his friendship with Wheezer, whom he’d once beaten up at school because Wheezer had exposed Marcus’ shameful secret about his mom.  Now Marcus, age 10, is an orphan.  His dad has always been unknown to him; and his mom has just died in a car accident. 

Relocated to his aunt’s beach house, Marcus, despite the safety of the place, finds himself in trouble. He’s communicating with a ghost.  He’s having dreams…

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Added by Short-short Stories & Riddles on June 3, 2017 at 1:00pm — No Comments

I Have a Coin

I Have a Coin

 

I have a coin I deem a treasure.

One side bears the sign of extinction,

And the other, an instance of nature.

But it’s not a coin; it’s a seal,

And the meaning of this distinction

Is the unbearable sadness I feel

With experience, or with closure.

 

It seems like a double exposure,

But the knowledge of impermanence

Bleeds into the ideal likeness

Of mortality in its eminence—

To…

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Hidden Scars - Sam Blackman and Black Mountain College

I don't know if this is true for my fellow writers, but proofing can be the most difficult part of the process.  I received the ARC today for October's Sam Blackman Mystery and will begin the last review for typos or formatting errors that have eluded my editor, my copy editor, and myself.  Amazing that there is always something that the brain "fixes" and we don't see.

Hope springs eternal that the October release will be typo-free.  The mystery is set against the historic backdrop of…

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Added by Mark de Castrique on May 6, 2017 at 9:00am — No Comments

How to make a monument Waynesville style

For a monument in a parking lot

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

 

There’s a…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on May 5, 2017 at 4:08pm — No Comments

Another riddle, since you liked the first so much

Another riddle, since you liked the first so much

 

Mickey Mantle

Pete Hill

Rocky Colavito

Dusty Baker

Curt Flood

Mickey Rivers

Cory Snyder

 

List of baseball outfielders with names that have to do with layers of the earth, in order of sports greatness.

See other posts at …

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Added by Short-short Stories & Riddles on May 2, 2017 at 12:30pm — No Comments

A riddle

Tying shoelaces,

Lifting a mug by its handle,

Lifting something that requires all fingers,

Pressing down hard while writing,

Shaking hands:

Things hindered by a bruised forefinger.

 

I would have had more things to record, but unfortunately my finger healed too quickly.

See other posts at …

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Added by Short-short Stories & Riddles on April 30, 2017 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Becky Stone Presents Maya Angelou

Chautauqua Alive! Becky Stone Presents Maya Angelou

Wednesday, May 24 at 6:30pm

Pack Memorial Library

67 Haywood Street

250-4700

The Buncombe Chautauqua Committee and Pack Memorial Library will present a pre-Chautauqua special event in Lord Auditorium at Pack Memorial Library at 6:30 Pm on May 24.  Renowned storyteller Becky Stone will present “Becoming Maya Angelou.”   Ms. Stone will be appearing as Maya Angelou in the opening…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on April 19, 2017 at 9:42pm — No Comments

Prize-winning YA author Sedgwick at Literacy fundraiser

Fundraiser for Literacy Council & Book Launch Marcus Sedgwick

 

Tuesday April 25th 5:30-7:30 p.m., Twisted Laurel, downtown Asheville, 130 College Street

 

COST: $45 per person (ticket includes hardcover book, food, and non-alcoholic beverage) All proceeds go to Literacy Council

 

from press release

 

Marcus Sedgwick, author…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on April 17, 2017 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Hester

HESTER

     Growing up in Asheville,  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 fascinated me as a child was my father’s friend “Hester. “ 

     My dad was about as straight an arrow as anyone could find. He seemed to a preadolescent, somewhat indolent son, frankly boring. Looking back from a perspective…

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Added by Toby Hill on March 11, 2017 at 11:18pm — No Comments

Blind Man's Bluff

Blind Mans Bluff

According to the Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore, the game Blind Man's Bluff is as old as the 16th Century. It was a game I never liked playing as a kid. I was always afraid someone would get hurt-namely me! Its one of those games that makes…

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Added by Tipper on March 9, 2017 at 3:00pm — No Comments

The Gunter Cabin

The Gunter Cabin Fontana NC

The Gunter Cabin - Fontana Village NC

Welch Cove Pioneers:

The Gunter Family

Jessie Gunter was born in the Stecoah Valley to Hiram and Bettie Gunter. He and seven siblings grew up helping work their small farm. When Nancy Catherine Richardson arrived from South Carolina to teach at the Stecoah School, she and Jessie became smitten…

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Added by Tipper on March 5, 2017 at 3:27pm — No Comments

The Gunter Cabin

The Gunter Cabin Fontana NC

The Gunter Cabin - Fontana Village NC

Welch Cove Pioneers:

The Gunter Family

Jessie Gunter was born in the Stecoah Valley to Hiram and Bettie Gunter. He and seven siblings grew up helping work their small farm. When Nancy Catherine Richardson arrived from South Carolina to teach at the Stecoah School, she and Jessie became smitten…

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Added by Tipper on March 5, 2017 at 3:27pm — No Comments

Nina Simone's home re-rescued

Historic rescue

New York artists have stepped in to rescue the Tryon childhood home of Eunice Waymond, who gained fame as the singer, pianist and civil rights icon, Nine Simone.

The report is in the March 2, 2017 New York Times.

The article is good, but it did say the home had been little known.  However, a 2005…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on March 2, 2017 at 6:54pm — No Comments

When You Get in the Habit of Saying the Same Thing

Habitual sayings you know - like - so - anyway

Have you ever been around someone who used the same word or words in every sentence? Years ago, I was introduced to a man who at the end of every sentence said and what not. I remember being obsessed with listening to him. I wanted to see if just once he wouldn't say and what not. It never happened. He said the phrase at the end of every…

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