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Lyndsay Eli with GUNSLINGER GIRL (YA Novel) at Spellbound Children's Bookshop

January 20, 2018 from 6pm to 7pm
Are you a fan of The Hunger Games?  Then picture what Katniss would be like - with a gun.  That's just a taste of the "new" West action Lyndsay Eli brings to Spellbound Children's Bookshop with Gunslinger Girl.  She shares her debut novel on Saturday, January 20, at 6 p.m. The US has been fractured by a Second Civil War. Serendipity 'Pity' Jones finds a home of sorts in the corrupt, lawless city of Cessation (think Las Vegas on steroids).  Her shooting skills make her a star of the Theater…See More
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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.
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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
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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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December 2009 Blog Posts (11)

Appalachian Writers



A few months ago I had the pleasure of interviewing one of my favorite writers, Marshall McClung. Marshall's writing style and choice of subject matter reminds me of John Parris, who was well known for his Roaming the Mountains newspaper column in the Asheville Citizen-Times.



Marshall McClung is a… Continue

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I Wonder As I Wander: Murphy, NC 1933



Murphy 1930s Courtesy of Cherokee Co. Historical Museum



Last Christmas Pap loaned me a book someone had bought him, Stories Behind the Best Loved Songs of Christmas. He knew I'd find the history of the songs interesting and I did-but I was surprised to learn, one Christmas song originated right here in my back yard.…





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Added by Tipper on December 17, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

My Daddy's Funeral

My name is Kenny Zachary LaRue. Everybody calls me K.Z. though. When I was in school a bunch of stuck-up town kids kept following me around and calling me “krazy, krazy, krazy larue.” They stopped

that pretty quick when I cut a couple of ‘em with my KA-BAR pig sticker. The

sheriff come by and took me to the county reform school for a couple of months.

I weren’t mad at ‘em. They was just stupid. I don’t mind folks calling me…

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Added by Chuck Connors on December 16, 2009 at 6:30pm — No Comments

The Big Yellow House

Aunt Mamie and Uncle Early's Home..

This photo shows Mamie and Early at their wedding.



Aunt Mamie, was my dad's oldest sister. She married Early Lee Anderson and moved to Clay County. She came from a very Democratic family and Uncle Early was a Republican. This rather astonished my…

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Added by Sallie on December 15, 2009 at 10:30am — 1 Comment

What I'm reading now ...

What I'm reading now (actually what I just finished).



Just Passin’ Thru by Winton Porter (Menasha Press).

Since 2001, Winton has owned Mountain Crossings,

a combination hostel and outfitter shop on the Appalachian Trail

at the bottom of Blood Mountain in North Georgia.

For every thru-hiker who makes it as far as Mountain Crossings,

there is a story. An amusing book.



Danny Bernstein…

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Added by Danny Bernstein on December 15, 2009 at 8:30am — No Comments

New mediums for publishing

Publishing a book can be quite a feat, especially for a first time author. New mediums for publishing books are fascinating. One author (tech related) has published a book using Cloud Hosting. She has done a variety of Multivariate Testing to discover she may have a large potential audience. She plans to give… Continue

Added by Cindy Fallsen on December 11, 2009 at 6:09pm — 1 Comment

Taking Them Home

Christmas parades all over the land;

High school bands marching down Main Street.

Baton twirlers leaping towards the sky;

Fire engines with flashing lights and blowing sirens.



Pretty girls waving from convertibles;

Fat, laughing Santas throw candy from the floats.

Little children chase after the tossed treats into the street.

Everyone laughing, all are smiling.



Yet back in the shadows, some watch in silence;

Little girls and boys who… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on December 9, 2009 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Gray Missilesmi

Sleek gray missiles knifing cleanly through the air;

Winging their way through the skies wide and clear;

Thousands of birds borne upon the winds;

Hundreds of squadrons on an ancient mission.



The oldest and strongest lead the flights;

The young and the weak follow behind.

“Honka, honka,” the lead ganders give the cry;

Straight on, fly true, for thousands of miles.



The lead birds slipping back from time-to-time;

Resting in the slipstream of… Continue

Added by Chuck Connors on December 9, 2009 at 12:00pm — No Comments

Malaprop's hosts regional authors in December

I'm grateful to all of you for the support you've offered me and my two hiking guides; the most recent is Hiking North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Heritage

Malaprop's in Asheville continues to support regional writers. I will be signing books there on Saturday December 12 between 3 and 4 P.M.



Come by and say “hello”, pick up a bookmark and think of your outdoor friends at Christmas.



I hope you'll come into Malaprop's sometime during their celebration of books and… Continue

Added by Danny Bernstein on December 9, 2009 at 10:30am — No Comments

Another Universe

Riding over to Asheville on a chilly wintry day,
Going to the movies at a Sunday matinee.
Will I meet up with my new friend?
Or will I fail to connect again?
Only time will tell about us—
Whether we hit it off or not.
Saw a Sandra Bullock film;
It just might win an Oscar too.
Afterwards, conversation over coffee;
Gazing into her dark eyes;
Diving into another universe.


Chuck Connors, December 6, 2009

Added by Chuck Connors on December 7, 2009 at 1:06am — No Comments

Gritted Bread



After Pap showed me how to parch corn-he told me about gritted bread. Pap recalls 2 types of bread being called gritted bread. The first was made by using fresh corn that had been allowed to dry slightly overnight or a little longer. A grater-usually homemade-was used to remove the corn from the cob. After mixing sodie (baking soda),… Continue

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