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Malaprop's Bookstore at Malaprop's

November 9, 2015 from 7pm to 8pm
Presenting new Sam Blackman mystery A SPECTER OF JUSTICESee More
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A Chronology of Asheville and WNC Events in History

                                   IMPORTANT DATES IN ASHEVILLE HISTORY                                                                 by Rob Neufeld 1000: The Cherokee, who’d introduced maize agriculture to the region, began cultivating beans. 1540: Hernando De Soto led troops to East Tennessee through either the Hickory Nut or Swannanoa Gap, finding gold and copper and inspiring a succession of Spanish miners. 1663: Charles II bestows territory between the 31st and 36th parallels in America…See More
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Root-diggers of Appalachia

People in the Lost Provinces were herb-gatherersby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Three herbal products offered by S.B. Penick’s, once the world’s largest herb distributor, its largest warehouse located in Asheville.             “Last week, during a research trip to the ‘Lost Provinces,’” Luke Manget said about the landscape…See More
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A Preview of the new Sam Blackman mystery to be released November 3, 2015
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"Us versus Them" does not help fight against racism; worsens sectionalism

“Us versus them” is not good historyby Rob Neufeld             Writing about history and the complex lives that play out within it does not sell as well as team spirit, especially in this age of clicks and likes.            I recently confronted this truth when I wrote my article last week about the minds of our leaders in 1851. The word “slavery” was added to the headline to alert people to its relevance.  Seeing that term connected people to a cause they felt strongly about, particularly in…See More
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Player of Games and the Millennial Mind

Player of Games reveals today’s game-changing mentalityby Rob Neufeld             There is something big happening in Millennial Generation literature, and I thought I’d try to get a handle on it.            To give an idea of one aspect of current thinking: I was at a gathering recently, plenty of youngsters, and I…See More
Sep 27
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Julia Nunnally Duncan Book Signing at MACA Building

October 10, 2015 from 9am to 1pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will sign her books at the McDowell Arts Council Association (MACA) Booth at the annual Mountain Glory Festival on Saturday, October 10 from 9-1.See More
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Deacon Chrisenberry -Berry- Howell (1855-1938) on horseback. From the collection of Purel Miller (2)

My maternal great grandfather, Chrisenberry Howell, who was called "Berry" Howell in Swain County. From the Purel Miller collection. Submitted by Ann Miller Woodford
Sep 21
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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 her late husband’s skull being used…See More
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"That East Tennessee Christian Association of Friends comment, especially bothered me, but it clarifies the view some folks from outside the region have about us even to this day.   … average intelligence...below that of colored…"
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FREUD'S LAST SESSION by Mark St. Germain at All Souls Cathedral Parrish Hall / Biltmore Village

October 4, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm
It is a "sharp, lively discourse, and audience members searching for engaging debate will be pleased, St. Germain's script is astute, and the humor is plentiful."-NY Times. Sigmund Freud invites C. S. Lewis to his home in London  ...they clash about sex, love, the existence of God and the meaning of life - just weeks before Freud took his own life. This play reveals the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men.  Afterwards a time to "talk back" with The Very Rev. Todd Donatelli and Dr. Mary…See More
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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…


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…


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…


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

Train trip to Asheville, Oct. 31

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…


Added by Rob Neufeld on August 19, 2015 at 7:37pm — No Comments

Rick Bragg at UNCA Sept 26

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…


Added by Rob Neufeld on August 19, 2015 at 11:50am — No Comments

R.T. Smith--Rachel-Rivers Coffey Distinguished Professor in Creative Writing at App State

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.


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…


Added by Rob Neufeld on August 12, 2015 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Speaking about the American Revollution in the Carolinas

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

Added by Joe Epley on August 8, 2015 at 8:46am — 1 Comment

New Images of America Book on Mount Mitchell

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

Mammy: A term of Endearment

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…


Added by William Roy Pipes on July 17, 2015 at 7:25am — 1 Comment

Suitcase Charlie: A Recommended Crime Thriller

     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…


Added by Christine Lajewski on July 1, 2015 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Sharing Information

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

Hiking the Landscape of JHATOR

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

Added by Christine Lajewski on June 1, 2015 at 6:43pm — No Comments

The Devil Returns!

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

Robert Morgan's Dark Energy

Robert Morgan in area for new book of poems, Dark Energy

The Washington Post calls Robert Morgan's Dark Energy one of the three best poetry books of May 2015.  See review.

Morgan comes to Malaprop's Bookstore, 7 p.m., June 5.  …


Added by Rob Neufeld on May 28, 2015 at 1:49pm — No Comments

Writers' Workshop classes

June July August writing classes from Writers' Workshop


The following writing classes, sponsored by The Writers’ Workshop, a non-profit center since 1985, meet at 387 Beaucatcher Rd., Asheville. Registration is in advance only, Visit For more info, contact …


Added by Rob Neufeld on May 28, 2015 at 11:56am — No Comments

Laura Ingalls Wilder comes to History Center

A Visit With Laura Ingalls Wilder

from press release 

On Saturday, June 20 at 10:30 - 12:30, children are invited to join the Crafty Historian for a visit and picnic style tea party with Laura Ingalls Wilder at the Asheville History Center at Smith-McDowell House.  Miss Daphne Ruth Darcy will interpret an older Laura Ingalls Wilder reflecting on her first year as a bride. 


Gingerbread cake from Mrs. Wilder's own…


Added by Rob Neufeld on May 28, 2015 at 9:41am — No Comments

Metamorphosos: A Proposed Path to Independent Living

Eston Roberts announces publication of Metamorphosos: A Proposed Path to Independent Living--a re-definition and application of metaphor.

Added by eston e. roberts on May 26, 2015 at 5:38pm — No Comments

Steve Inskeep on Andrew Jackson and Cherokees--May 31 and June 1, 2015

Steve Inskeep, NPR Journalist, To Talk about Jacksonland at Cherokee Museum

from press release

Steve Inskeep will be speaking at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian about his new book, JACKSONLAND: President Andrew Jackson, Chief John Ross, and a Great American Land Grab.  The event begins at 2 pm Sunday May 31 at the Museum of the Cherokee Indian at 589 Tsali Boulevard in Cherokee,…


Added by Rob Neufeld on May 26, 2015 at 11:28am — No Comments

Colombia in blue and pink

With Emilio Eduardo Esparza, Colombian painter we share, in addition to our friendship from the classrooms of the  Cardenas School of Palmyra, a Micro book of Colombian poetry: "Colombia in blue and pink", painted, diagramming and illustrated by hand by he, and that was about a group of poets, friends: Juan Manuel Roca, Guiovanny Queseps Hernan Buitrago Ramírez, etc. I thanks with brotherly love to this inclusion of me in the collection of poems made by Eduardo in his beautiful book…


Added by Hernan Buitrago Ramirez on May 25, 2015 at 1:37pm — No Comments

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