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Kathryn Hall posted a blog post

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
Sep 11
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McCrumb ghost-opened world in The Unquiet Grave

McCrumb sees stories behind haunting ghost by Rob NeufeldPHOTO: Sharyn McCrumb and her dog Arthur, 2017.  Photo by Laura Palmer, courtesy, Sharyn McCrumb In “The Unquiet Grave,” Sharyn McCrumb once again demonstrates her mastery at turning a folktale into something larger, different, and greater.The legend of the…See More
Sep 10
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James Vestus Miller

­HISTORIC PHOTO James Vester Miller James Vester Miller had been a boy when his mother, a Rutherfordton slave, had responded to Emancipation by taking her three children to Asheville and getting a job as a cook in a boardinghouse—some say Julia Wolfe’s boardinghouse, Old Kentucky Home.  Growing up, Miller hung…See More
Aug 26
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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
Aug 25
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Dellinger's Mill, Hawk, Mitchell County

Meet the 4th generation miller of a historic millby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Triptych of Dellinger Mill and Jack Dellinger in his mill, showing the hopper, the 1859 waterwheel, bags of cornmeal, and the National Historic Place plaque.  Photos and composition by Henry Neufeld.            I had written about…See More
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FullSizeRender Lexie in the pillows

This is my little Lexie, a chihuahua mix who is tiny but so sweet. Here she is trying to sleep under my pillows. She is a burrower. Makes a great watch dog because she has a fierce bark.
Aug 10
Glenda Council Beall posted an event

Tribute to Kathryn Stripling Byer at Jackson County Public Library, Sylva, NC

October 1, 2017 from 2pm to 4pm
On October 1, Sunday afternoon, 2 PM, at Jackson County  Library in the Community Room, NCWN and NCWN-West will honor the late Poet Laureate, Kathryn S. Byer . Everyone is invited to come. We will share her poetry and talk about her achievements and her legacy for writers and poets in NC. If Kay touched your life in some way, come and pay tribute to her. We all miss her and this is a way to share our mourning for losing her and show our appreciation for what she did for us. See More
Aug 10
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WRITERS CIRCLE IN SPRING

"On Saturday, September 9, 10:30 a.m., Richard Kraweic will teach a class at Writers Circle. He will teach how to organize a poetry book for publication. I know I need to learn that lesson. How about you?"
Aug 10
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WRITERS CIRCLE IN SPRING

"We have a memoir class going on now until the first Wednesday in September. Wish you could join us in a class at Writers Circle around the Table."
Aug 10
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East Asheville history and sites

A meaningful tour of East Asheville PHOTO CAPTION: View of Beverly Hills suburb, from a painting by Gibson Catlett that had once hung at subdivision offices.  Courtesy Special Collection, Ramsey Library, UNC Asheville.            I was walking in the Beverly Hills neighborhood the other day and noticed a few…See More
Aug 3
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Interview with Gail Godwin about Grief Cottage

Gail Godwin’s latest crosses a mental boundary by Rob Neufeld Asheville author Gail Godwin, now a Woodstock, NY resident, comes back home here Wed., June 14 to present her new novel, “Grief Cottage” at Malaprop’s Bookstore, 7 p.m. “Grief Cottage” is the story of an orphaned, sensitive, troubled boy, named…See More
Aug 3
Julia Nunnally Duncan posted an event

Julia Nunnally Duncan Poetrio reading at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

August 6, 2017 from 3pm to 4pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be a featured Poetrio poet at Malaprop's Bookstore/Café on Sunday, August 6, at 3 p.m. Julia will be reading from her new book A Part of Me. Fred Chappell says of A Part of Me: "Duncan's every reader will be reminded of some person, place, or time important to recall in a quiet hour."See More
Jul 28
Nancy Werking Poling posted an event

Nancy Werking Poling at Pack Library, downtown Asheville

August 9, 2017 from 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Nancy Werking Poling will read from her new book, Before It Was Legal: a black-white marriage (1945-1987).The Winters' forty-two-year marriage spanned key historical periods of the 20th century and took them from Indiana to Mexico City. Freed from U.S. racism, Daniel felt "as Mexican as chile verde." Meanwhile, Anna, a reserved white woman who struggled with speaking Spanish, experienced no similar sense of liberation. Before It Was Legal is not a happily-ever-after story, but an honest…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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