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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
Nov 6
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Oct 13
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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
Oct 8
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Julia Nunnally Duncan at MACA Authors' Booth

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
Oct 7
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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
Oct 6
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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
Oct 6
Mark de Castrique posted a blog post

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
Oct 5
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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.
Oct 3
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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
Oct 3
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Upcoming book--Sacred Sites for Secular Times

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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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/…See More
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March 2010 Blog Posts (12)

Used and Specialty Bookstore Coming to Hendersonville, North Carolina

I am excited to announce that I am opening a used and specialty bookstore called Joy of Books in Hendersonville, North Carolina in the Kanuga Cottage District, 302 Davis Street (just past the busy bend in Hendersonville).

Joy of Books is an independent used book seller that sells all types of used books and features everything Western North Carolina and the South.

The Grand Opening is April 1 with a ribbon cutting ceremony @ 4:00 followed by light Hors d'oeuvres…

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Added by Joye McGinnis on March 24, 2010 at 4:20pm — No Comments

Cold Rains of Spring



The cold rains of spring come every year;

Driving down from the heavens,

Flashing from the dark cloud masses,

Creating a muddy mess of bogs, puddles, and torrential streams.



Humans hunched over against the gusts scurry about

Encased in Gore-Tex and plastic grimacing at the windy wetness.

Cars and trucks driving on dirt roads and grass driveways,

Spinning tires helplessly boring tracks into the sodden turf.



Cold winds whip the rain into a… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on March 21, 2010 at 2:56pm — No Comments

Radio Show, Lit Chat, Blue Ridge Books Osondu, Blue Ridge Book Festival, Book Tour site

I'm driving to Tennessee to do The Writer's Show on Wednesday - to air in April. I hope there will be a podcast to link to!

Then in May I'm doing LitChat .

Going to have my first reading for Secret Graces at Blue Ridge Osondu Books on April 17 (not sure what time yet)

In June, looking forward to the Blue Ridge Book Festival June 4-5 in Flat Rock.

There's a great source called Book Tour where you can…

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Added by Kathryn Magendie on March 21, 2010 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Garden Folklore From Appalachia

A recent comment left on the Blind Pig & the Acorn by B. Ruth got me to thinking about all the old folklore I've heard about the garden and about the outdoors in general.

  • Never plant vegetables that sound alike together. Think potato and tomato. (Pap told me that one)
  • Never say thank you if someone shares their flowers or plant cuttings with you-if you do the…
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Added by Tipper on March 17, 2010 at 10:30am — No Comments

Siba Nominations: Tender Graces on the list! yayyY!

I feel happy because I'm on the long list for the 2010 Siba Awards ... well, I'm not exactly, but my book Tender Graces is.



I feel honored to be listed by others out there - like, Pat Conroy, Kathyrn Stockett, Fred Chappel, Rebecca Wells, Jill McCorkle, etc.



*smiling*

So, win or not win, TG was nominated by independent booksellers and that makes me feel…

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Added by Kathryn Magendie on March 9, 2010 at 11:44am — No Comments

Tar heel Roots in Sedro Woolley Washington



I am a transplanted "Tar heel". I have never forgotten my Western North Carolina roots, and although I have lived in California for a good portion of my life, I still consider Western North Carolina as "home."

In August of 1981, after my Dad's memorial service, a group of family members went out to eat at a family style restaurant in…

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Added by Sallie on March 8, 2010 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

75TH. ANNIVERSARY MEETING CCC'S IN SMOKEY MOUNTAIND

http://www.blip.tv/file/2978552 75th. ANNIVERSARY OF CCCs DVD

OPEN WEB SITE ABOVE TO VIEW DVD

Added by CHARLES C FLETCHER on March 8, 2010 at 3:42pm — No Comments

when it rains . . .

My publishers have decided that "the graces" -the virginia kate sagas- should be more than 3 books . . . perhaps 4 or 5 . . . so I best get busy *laughing*



secret graces will be out in April 2010 - the second in the books. But, Bellebooks/Bell Bridge Books have decided to publish another of my novels in November 2010 -Sweetie. The first plans were to publish Sweetie later next year, but . . . well, they changed their minds!



Sweetie is set in western North Carolina, in a… Continue

Added by Kathryn Magendie on March 6, 2010 at 8:18pm — No Comments

Angelina Jolie as Serena?

There's a joke whose punch line goes like this "One of our boys did it".

Ron Rash's Serena may be made into a film with Angelina Jolie as Serena.

http://www.entertainmentandshowbiz.com/angelina-jolie-and-darren-aronofsky-in-talks-for-serena-a-novel-2010030238836

Whether or not, she actually comes through, just the buzz is…

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Added by Danny Bernstein on March 3, 2010 at 10:56am — No Comments

"Asheville" by W. Cotten Dowing

[The following poem is the last written by the able pen of our deceased friend and former countryman, Mr. W. Cotten Downing. It was first published in the Asheville Evening Journal Feb., 28 [1890], and finding, as all his writings did, such a warm reception from the people, it was called back and appeared again the next day in the same paper. We do not produce it as an average specimen of the poetical talent of this true Southern gentleman who loved the Sunny South, but who now lies cold in…

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Added by Rick Frederick on March 1, 2010 at 4:46pm — No Comments

See What Attracted Me!

Giant bulldozers cut across contour lines;



Up and down hillsides, slicing through the forest mat;



Grinding and crushing the bones of the mountains.



“See what attracted me!”





Cutting back hillsides, leveling out home sites;



Raw red earth spilling into streams;…



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Added by Chuck Connors on March 1, 2010 at 2:18pm — No Comments

D's Roundtable Radio Show

D’S ROUNDTABLE RADIO SHOW





· Do you have a hot topic to talk about that people need to hear about?…



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Added by Deborah on March 1, 2010 at 7:27am — No Comments

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