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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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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
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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
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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

October 2009 Blog Posts (15)

How I escaped from the craft store with my masculinity intact

Editor’s note: This is a work of autobiographical fiction. Some of the facts have been changed to protect the dumb, foolish and outright scared.



I was taken to the craft store the other day searching for Halloween costume brick-a brack. Two other wusses, I mean men were there and they were obviously terrified.

As they were pulled along by their female captors they had anxious fearful looks on their faces which shouted silently, “Help Me!” Glancing over my shoulder, I caught… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on October 26, 2009 at 4:56am — No Comments

Dream Girl

I catch brief glimpses of you late at night when I fall asleep.
In my dreams we pass each other, your hair flying in the wind.
Your eyes shine with excitement and
You boldly laugh at the promise of a new day.
Waiting for you seems like forever.
Yet I must wait, for there can be no other.
Will we ever meet dream girl? Or will we smile and pass each other,
Moving on to other worlds and dreams?


Chuck Connors, October 22, 2009

Added by Chuck Connors on October 26, 2009 at 4:51am — No Comments

Louisiana Book Festival....

The La Book Festival was a wonderful experience. I enjoyed the panel I was on (they paired me with a Louisiana author). Wally Lamb and his wife bought my book after his wife attended my panel (teehee), and the book signing went better than I thought it would. The evening before, the author's party was well-attended and the food - well, So Louisiana food -even the worst is better than a lot of the best!



I had a great time and hope to be invited again next year!





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Added by Kathryn Magendie on October 25, 2009 at 8:22am — No Comments

Spooky October


Over at the Blind Pig we've been gathering scary stories during this month of Halloween. Need a good scare- click here.

Added by Tipper on October 22, 2009 at 9:55am — No Comments

Zoom Zoom

A magic carpet of colors

Flying up the highest ridges

Swooping down the mountain sides

Engulfing the valleys in lakes of light



Zoom zoom across the rivers

Way up high in the air

Reflecting the reds, oranges, greens, and gold’s

Splashes of rainbow colors slide down the streams



Autumn is the season of change

Wet and chilly, crisp and clean

Trees shimmer in the afternoon light

A smorgasbord of colors everywhere



Nature… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on October 20, 2009 at 1:18am — No Comments

Theatrical Play

A blanket of color, a riot of rainbows
Clothes the ridges and peaks of my home
Moving beams of golden sunlight
Light up the mountains
God’s theatrical play in motion

Added by Chuck Connors on October 20, 2009 at 1:15am — No Comments

Leaf-lookers on the Road

Sunlight slanting on the ridge tops
Burning polka-dots of red, orange and gold
A glowering of dark gray clouds

Sharpens the sunset,
highlights the colors,
gladdens the eye

Leaf-lookers like ants along the highways
clogging up traffic, taking pictures of the trees
Why can’t these gawkers appreciate God’s creation

in their own towns,
backyards,
and fields?

Added by Chuck Connors on October 20, 2009 at 1:09am — No Comments

What To Do For A Toothache



Ever have a toothache? In my opinion, a toothache is one of the most aggravating and painful problems to have. Lucky for folks today relief is usually just a phone call away.



Back in the day-things were a little different. Dentists weren't plentiful, it was hard to get into town to see one, and even if you could-you might not have the money needed to pay the bill. As with most ailments-there are tons of old medicinal remedies for… Continue

Added by Tipper on October 13, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Katy Did Folklore



As summer gives way to fall-one of the things I will miss-is the nightly song of Katydids around my house. Earlier this summer while attending a contra dance, I stepped outside to try to escape the heat. A gentleman remarked to me that nights in this part of the US were really loud. Took me a minute to figure out-he was talking about the Katydids.



Each spring I anxiously await the katydid chorus-thinking this will be the year that… Continue

Added by Tipper on October 13, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Gateway to the West

On animal trails, aboriginal footpaths and settler traces;

men, women and children moved across the continent

Struggling through the narrow cracks in the cliffs;

twisting, winding, ever moving upwards into the clouds



Settlers trudging up from the lowlands;

into the gaps they came,

into the gaps and mountain passes,

through the open places in the Great Blue Wall



Animals and men toiling together up from the piedmont,

choking on dust,… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on October 6, 2009 at 12:03am — No Comments

Fairy Walking

The magic of walking under the gaze of a full moon,

leaves me breathless in its stunning entirety

Walking by your side I can think of nothing else;

the two of us wraith-like, holding hands



Our actions balanced on a knife-edge;

between two worlds—the past and the future

Small animals rustle in the leaves,

inviting us to rustic delights



What magic happens when two people meet each other,

intersecting lives from two different… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on October 6, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

Harvest Moon of October

Squash, beans, corn, tomatoes,

ready for the gatherin’;

summer’s bounty ripe in the fields



Full moon of October

turns night into day

Creator’s gift to help us reap the goodness



Under the light of the big fat moon;

working in the fields, gathering in the crops,

the harvesters seem more ghostly than real



Throwing the hay bales on the wagon,

digging the taters from the ground,

pulling the last ear of corn off the… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on October 6, 2009 at 12:00am — No Comments

Born And Raised In WNC

There is nothing that compares to being a child of the mountains. I have been forced to leave the mountains from time to time throughout my life and have never enjoyed having done so. I am currently out of the mountains as I type this and am having to endure life here in Oklahoma for awhile. I miss the mountains as a mother would miss a dead child. Driving through the mountains of WNC whipping around the curves and letting off a little steam is one of the most wonderful things in life. I love… Continue

Added by Samuel DeWayne Shelton on October 3, 2009 at 7:15pm — 2 Comments

Her Every Fantasy



TITLE: Her Every Fantasy



SERIES: The Smith Sister's Trilogy



AUTHOR: Stephanie Morris



AUTHOR URL: http://www.stephaniemorris.webs.com



GENRE/THEME: Contemporary Interracial Romance



URL TO THE BUYING PAGE:…

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Added by Author Stephanie Morris on October 3, 2009 at 3:38am — No Comments

Tree Frogs

Tiny tree frog, tiny tree frog,

Though there’s millions like you;

You’re unique and individual,

One of a very few



Chirping tree frogs, chirping tree frogs,

The roar of your voices drowns all;

I see you among the leaves,

Covering the tree bark in the fall



Little tree frogs, little tree frogs,

Going chirp, chirp, on a branch;

Your voices tell me summer’s almost over,

Time to get ready for winter’s chance



Dying tree… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on October 1, 2009 at 1:15pm — No Comments

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