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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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Connie Regan-Blake posted events
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Mirra updated an event
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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
May 12
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
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November 2009 Blog Posts (22)

Book by UNC Asheville Professor Featured in New York Times

"Building Bone Vitality: A Revolutionary Plan to Prevent Bone Loss and Reverse Osteoporosis," a new book by Amy Lanou, UNC Asheville assistant professor of health and wellness, has been getting a lot of attention. In fact, on November 24, it landed in the widely respected Jane Brody health column in the New York Times. The article was one of the most emailed stories in the Times that day. The exposure also helped boost book sales. "Building Bone Vitality" jumped more than 1,000 spaces in… Continue

Added by UNC Asheville on November 30, 2009 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Too much social networking?

Hi readers and writers:



How much is the right amount of social networking?

I have a website www.hikertohiker.com and a blog on that website,

www.hikertohiker.com/thishikinglife

I just signed up for Facebook. I realize that most of you have been on Facebook for

a while.

Now I read about this conference on social networking…

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Added by Danny Bernstein on November 28, 2009 at 6:52pm — 2 Comments

My reception

Chuck,

If it is convenient, please come to my reception at City Lights on Friday, December 4 at 7:00. I have been reading your blog and website and we have a bit in common. The reception is for the "official release" of the DVD of my play,

"Nance Dude," which I have been doing with Elizabeth Westall for the past 12 years. I am hoping that the reception might also serve as an opportunity to discuss Appalachian folklore/history/folk heroes as potential subjects for writing.

Gary… Continue

Added by Gary Carden on November 28, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Secrets of the Past

Dark fall days, night falls early

Mountains loom black, against an indigo sky

First star of the evening, twinkles brightly in the west

People scurry home, like squirrels scampering to their nests

Early Christmas decorations, light up the avenues

Window shoppers gaze expectantly, at toys in store windows

Strangers pass in the night, mouthing holiday greetings

Houses in the neighborhoods, cozy and warm

Yet something’s not right, not quite… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on November 25, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Naming a novel: One author's process

Over at the Flatiron Writers blog, Heather Newton has posted a lovely piece about how she came to name her novel, "Under the Mercy Trees," which has been accepted for publication. Congratulations, Heather!

Added by Caralyn Davis on November 25, 2009 at 11:36am — No Comments

North Carolina Writers Network

I'm at the North Carolina Writers Network Conference in Wrightsville Beach. Over 172 members from all over North Carolina and beyond are meeting to talk about improving writing and marketing your book. Though the Network is top-heavy with novelists and people writing memoirs, I gave a workshop

on "how to write a how-to" with Malcolm Campbell from Charlotte.

Danny Bernstein…

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Added by Danny Bernstein on November 21, 2009 at 10:00pm — 2 Comments

North Carolina Writers Network

I'm at the North Carolina Writers Network Conference in Wrightsville Beach. Over 172 members from all over North Carolina and beyond are meeting to talk about improving writing and marketing your book. Though the Network is top-heavy with novelists and people writing memoirs, I gave a workshop on "how to write a how-to" with Malcolm Campbell from Charlotte.

Danny Bernstein…

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Added by Danny Bernstein on November 21, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Pass This Way

Blue, blue farscape,
Wave upon wave of mountains.
What others strode here before me?
Did they marvel at what they saw?

Earth seems so empty,
Trackless forests, fields and hills.
I feel the spirits of the old ones
As they pass this way still.

Chuck Connors, November 21, 2009

Added by Chuck Connors on November 21, 2009 at 7:30am — No Comments

Great Smokies Writing Program Launches Online Publication

UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program has launched a new online literary magazine, “The Great Smokies Review.” The magazine offers former and current students of the Great Smokies Writing Program an opportunity to share not only their creative work, but their writing experiences and expertise, as well.



“As the Great Smokies Writing Program approaches ten years of bringing quality writing workshops to the Western North Carolina community, it is only fitting that we offer a… Continue

Added by UNC Asheville on November 20, 2009 at 5:35pm — 1 Comment

The Great Smokies Review has launched, and it's worth a visit

Some writers can use language to create images that evoke the gamut of emotions. Some writers can tell a darn good story. But not every writer can do both.



Paula Kane, a long-time student in the Great Smokies Writing Program, is a card-carrying member of that special class of writers whose words can make you shiver with their beauty while still satisfying your desire for plots and character development. Her short story, "The Color of Magic," appears in the premier issue of The Great… Continue

Added by Caralyn Davis on November 18, 2009 at 9:00pm — 2 Comments

Appalachian Vocabulary Test 13



Time for this month's Vocabulary Test:



1.Gall

2.Gander

3.Give out

4.Give in

5.Go devil



1.Gall-nerve. "The gall of her to talk about me after I bent over backwards to help her!"

2.Gander-look, stare. "Take a gander at that set of woods and see if you don't think it'd be a good place to hunt."

3.Give out-tired. "After a long day at work I'm usually give out."

4.Give in-to announce or submit.… Continue

Added by Tipper on November 18, 2009 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Appalachian Vocabulary Test 13



Time for this month's Vocabulary Test:



1.Gall

2.Gander

3.Give out

4.Give in

5.Go devil



1.Gall-nerve. "The gall of her to talk about me after I bent over backwards to help her!"

2.Gander-look, stare. "Take a gander at that set of woods and see if you don't think it'd be a good place to hunt."

3.Give out-tired. "After a long day at work I'm usually give out."

4.Give in-to announce or submit.… Continue

Added by Tipper on November 18, 2009 at 1:12pm — No Comments

Gathering Corn



When Pap was a boy, corn was the most important crop folks grew-I guess it still is for many farmers. Corn not only helped people survive through the winter-it was also necessary to ensure the farm animals survived the winter months too.



Here in the Southern Highlands of Appalachia, it was typical for folks to leave their corn in the field until it had been frosted on a few times and was completely dried out before the process of… Continue

Added by Tipper on November 18, 2009 at 1:00pm — No Comments

North Carolina Writers Network

Every once in a while, even I have to get out of the mountains.



This weekend, I'll be attending the North Carolina Writers Network at Wrightsville Beach, near Wilmington.

I'll be presenting a workshop on How to Write a How To.

Most people who attend are novelists or write memoirs but

the Network recognizes that "how-to" of all types sell.



I encourage folks to join the North Carolina Writers… Continue

Added by Danny Bernstein on November 17, 2009 at 5:44pm — No Comments

Dress Rehearsal

Little girl running on the sidewalk, how far from your mother will you go?

Is running a dress rehearsal for adulthood?

Or is it just a game,

Something only a child would know?



Skipping back and forth on the sidewalk

A little further every time

Seems like so much of my life

Has been wasted on song and wine



And when I vacillated so much

Not sure of what to do

Shying away like a young fool

From a lover’s gentle… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on November 16, 2009 at 1:01pm — No Comments

Who You Really Are

Whenever I think of you

It’s always your wonderful eyes

Windows of the soul

Love lights on the world



At times I’ve seen your anger

Flashing eyes, storm clouds and wind

Other times I see the hurt and pain

The past re-played again



Our eyes show our soul-strength

The strength to hold to life itself

A tremendous strength of will

Who of us perseveres, only time will tell?



Through your eyes sometimes I see the joy,

A… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on November 16, 2009 at 12:45pm — No Comments

Second Life

Past the midnight hour, way into the small hours of the night

I sit staring into the blackness, pondering what’s wrong and what’s right

Should I have grimaced and told the truth, risking all on trust and empathy

Or told sweet lies with a straight face, getting what I want without frippery



No answers come this late, only questions seem to grow

The pain of living hits me hardest when I’m all alone below

My only chance is to help another—someone facing more pain… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on November 16, 2009 at 11:17am — No Comments

Project



Help requested:

My pictorial history book is to be submitted by e-mail to an on-line book…

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Added by Margaret Shook on November 15, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Smoky Mountain Book Fair

I'm going to be at the Smoky Mountains Book Fair in Sylva on Saturday.

Check out their link

and come on out. It's only 45 minutes from Asheville.

Sylva is a sweet town with several good restaurants.

City Lights, their bookstore, is awesome.



So I hope to see you there - along with many other authors.

But I'll be giving away chocolate.…



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Added by Danny Bernstein on November 10, 2009 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Planting By The Signs - Finally A Test That Worked



My fall garden is producing a bumper crop of radishes, greens, and turnips. I made sure to plant my seeds on the appropriate day-dictated by the zodiac signs.



Back in the summer I attempted a sign test and a few folks played along. The test didn't really work out-first, I was unorganized and waited too late in the season to start, second-many of us ran into things we couldn't control-like mother nature and conniving chipmunks. There… Continue

Added by Tipper on November 8, 2009 at 10:00am — No Comments

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