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Gail Godwin full interview for Grief Cottage event

Gail Godwin talks about Grief Cottage            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
Jun 13
Jack J. Prather posted a blog post

First Woman NC Poet Laureate's Biography

A Biography of Late NC Poet Laureate Kathryn Stripling Byerin Hendersonville Author's Six Notable Women of North CarolinaA 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 biography includes poems selected by the poet who passed away on…See More
Jun 9
Julia Nunnally Duncan posted an event

Julia Nunnally Duncan at Marion Community Building

June 17, 2017 from 10am to 3pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be a featured author at the McDowell County 2017 Local Author Festival at the Marion Community Building in downtown Marion on Saturday, June 17 from 10-3. The event is sponsored by the McDowell County Public Library and is free and open to the public.See More
Jun 6
Short-short Stories & Riddles posted a blog post

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 about a non-existent older…See More
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City Lights Bookstore posted events
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Art of Awakening Shamanic Consciousness at City Lights Bookstore

July 28, 2017 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Linda Star Wolf will visit City Lights Bookstore on Friday, July 28th at 6:30 p.m. She will present her new book, Soul Whispering: The Art of Awakening Shamanic Consciousness.  Master Shamanic Breathwork Practitioner, Nita Gage co-wrote the book with Linda Star Wolf. The authors explore how the art of Soul Whispering can help each of us understand why we experience our lives the way we do and shift from healing our wounds to embracing the process of transformation. This is a powerful new…See More
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Dada Maheshvarananda Launches Cooperative Games book at Malaprops Bookstore

May 27, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
With a Foreword by noted author and activist, Bill Ayers, Cooperative Games for a Cooperative World by Dada Maheshvarananda, shows up how to work together to create unity, trust, and cooperation in making the small and big changes needed to create the world we want to see.Listen to this recent radio interview with Dada:https://drive.google.com/openDiane Donovan of Midwest Books says of…See More
May 20
Mirra posted an event

Dada Maheshvarananda Launches Cooperative Games book at Malaprops Bookstore

May 27, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
With a Foreword by noted author and activist, Bill Ayers, Cooperative Games for a Cooperative World by Dada Maheshvarananda, shows up how to work together to create unity, trust, and cooperation in making the small and big changes needed to create the world we want to see.Listen to this recent radio interview with Dada:https://drive.google.com/openDiane Donovan of Midwest Books says of…See More
May 16
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Rosalind Bunn Storytime at City Lights Bookstore

June 24, 2017 from 11am to 12pm
Rosalind Bunn will return to City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, June 24th at 11 a.m. for a special storytime. Rosalind teaches at East Side Elementary in Marietta, Georgia. She has three grown children and a new grandson. Rosalind has co-authored three children's books with a dear friend, Kathleen Howard. Her newest book, Thunder & a Lightning Bug Named Lou, is illustrated by Angela C. Hawkins and was released in December 2016. Her other titles are Whose Shadow Do I See?, The Monsters…See More
May 13
Short-short Stories & Riddles posted a blog post

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 distinctionIs the unbearable sadness I feelWith experience, or with closure. It seems like a double exposure,But the knowledge of impermanenceBleeds into the ideal likenessOf mortality in its eminence—To yield a vibrant pictureOf a creature’s essential brightnessAs it burns for life without censure. --Rob NeufeldSee More
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City Lights Bookstore posted events
May 11
Gary Thomas Johnson is attending Kalen Vaughan Johnson's event
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Kalen Vaughan Johnson debuts ROBBING THE PILLARS at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

May 20, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
This signing event for my debut novel ROBBING THE PILLARS will also serve as a benefit for longtime family friend and WNC advocate for people with disabilitiesSee More
May 10
Gary Thomas Johnson shared Kalen Vaughan Johnson's event on Facebook
May 10
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Kalen Vaughan Johnson debuts ROBBING THE PILLARS at Malaprop's Bookstore/Cafe

May 20, 2017 from 7pm to 8:30pm
This signing event for my debut novel ROBBING THE PILLARS will also serve as a benefit for longtime family friend and WNC advocate for people with disabilitiesSee More
May 10
Mark de Castrique posted a blog post

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 Black…See More
May 6

June 2009 Blog Posts (11)

Love The Read on WNC!

I so enjoy coming by here. We have such a rich diversity of writers, artists, storytellers - such gifted and interesting people in these mountains.

Added by Kathryn Magendie on June 26, 2009 at 1:47pm — No Comments

The protagonist in Homunculus

Is your protagonist you? Yes, always. But to what degree?





Like Hector Owen, I am a playwright who, as a young graduate with a degree in playwriting, moved to New York City to make my name, and then after years of trying, with some success but not fame and fortune, I moved to Asheville. Like Hec, I'm married to a woman I met in New York, and yes, I did some drugs in the sixties. The similarity, as regards my and Hec's biographies, ends there.



My novel could have been… Continue

Added by Jerry Stubblefield on June 25, 2009 at 2:24pm — No Comments

Better Late Than Never has received another glowing review!

With all of the other novels I'm currently working on and the one's soon to be released, I'm thrilled to see that Better Late Than Never is still a number one Best-seller and is still getting rave reviews! It is definitely a motivator to keep writing!

Happy Reading!
Stephanie Morris
Come Check Out The Review!

Added by Author Stephanie Morris on June 25, 2009 at 1:30pm — No Comments

The Blue Ridge Mountians



Summer is the best time to see the 'blue' of the Blue Ridge Mountains. The Blue Ridge Mountains stretch from North Georgia all the way to Pennsylvania where they eventually peter out (become smaller and smaller until they simply disappear).



The Blue Ridge Mountains were named by early American settlers who journeyed west from the Coast of North Carolina. The mountains have a blue haze that seems to hover over them-making them appear a… Continue

Added by Tipper on June 24, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Economic Dowturn Effects Education In Appalachia



Chitter and Chatter finished up the school year about 2 weeks ago-and are quite happy about it. During their summer vacation they are hoping to do things like: craft, play in the water, and do a little Hyder Mountain Stomping.



While the Blind Pig family is excited about summer and the fun it holds-everyone in our county isn't as thrilled.… Continue

Added by Tipper on June 20, 2009 at 8:00am — No Comments

Better Late Than Never is still on Top!

I'm excited to announce that Better Late Than Never is still a number one bestseller and receiving rave reviews! Better Late Than Never is an emotional read about the one who got away and what happens when you receive a second chance. If you haven't picked up your copy, you don't know what you are missing.

Happy Reading
Stephanie Morris
Get Your Copy Here!

Added by Author Stephanie Morris on June 18, 2009 at 12:18pm — No Comments

Civil War Letters 2



Today's post brings you the second letter from the packet of Civil War Letters found in the old house by the TVA Lake-written by WC Penland who was 18 years old.



Camp Near Taylorsville Johnson County Tennessee



Nov 23rd 1862



Dear Father and Mother



I take my pen in hand to write you a few lines to…
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Added by Tipper on June 15, 2009 at 3:20pm — No Comments

Free Copy of Playing for Keeps

I am thrilled about how well Better Late Than Never has received by readers! I am also excited about the response I have received for Playing for Keeps, the second book in The Smith Sister’s Trilogy. I have decided to do a contest for the upcoming release of Playing for Keeps. Check HERE for contest details.

Happy Reading!
Stephanie Morris

Added by Author Stephanie Morris on June 11, 2009 at 11:41am — No Comments

Appalachian Vocabulary Test 8



Time for this month's Vocabulary Test. This month's words are:



1.Dab

2.Dope

3,Doins

4.Done

5.Drug



The last two words-are more Appalachian in their usage rather than in their meaning. Personally I'm so used to them being used incorrectly it's hard for me to fathom that it's wrong-see what you think.



1.Dab-a small amount of something. "Believe I'll have me a dab more of that good fresh… Continue

Added by Tipper on June 10, 2009 at 10:22am — No Comments

Better Late Than Never has reached another milestone!

I have always been a big fan of good news! I mean who really wants to hear bad news? It is even better when good news keeps coming. When Better Late Than Never was first released I knew it was going to be a life changing moment. Well it has been! Upon the release of Better Late Than Never it instantly became a Bestseller. Then Better Late Than Never became the recipient great book reviews. Now Better Late Than Never has reached another milestone. The books is now available in PRINT! Yay! I… Continue

Added by Author Stephanie Morris on June 5, 2009 at 2:55pm — No Comments

Moonphases In Appalachia



All week we've been discussing the theory of planting your garden by the signs of the moon over on the Blind Pig & The Acorn site ( you can read about it Planting By The Signs and How To Plant By The Signs). In Appalachia the… Continue

Added by Tipper on June 3, 2009 at 8:12am — No Comments

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