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Interview with Gail Godwin about Grief Cottage

Started by Rob Neufeld in AC-T Book Reviews Aug 3, 2017.

Ellington in Asheville--a survey

Started by Rob Neufeld in Local History Oct 6, 2017.

Dave Minneman, heroic portrait

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Julia Nunnally Duncan at Little Switzerland Books and Beans

August 30, 2019 from 3pm to 6pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will be a featured author at Little Switzerland Books and Beans on Friday, August 30, from 3-5. A book signing will follow. Julia will read from her latest books A Neighborhood Changes, A Part of Me, and A Place That Was Home.See More
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Guide to Antebellum Flat Rock

"The introduction of my new publication, Guide to Antebellum Flat Rock will be launched on Sept 14 2019 at 1:30 PM at the Henderson County Court House 500 Main Street. A talk and a brief slide show follows with refreshments afterward. …"
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Nancy Werking Poling at Black Mountain Library

June 15, 2019 from 3pm to 4pm
Can women rescue the planet from ecological disaster?Nancy Werking Poling will launch her new novel, WHILE EARTH STILL SPEAKS, set in WNC. She'll tell the stories behind the story: How did Mary (more crone than virgin) get into the narrative? And Mary Surratt, a co-conspirator of John Wilkes Booth?See More
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Flat Rock history via a road

Travelling back in time on a Flat Rock roadby Rob Neufeld             If you walk the one mile length of North Highland Lake Road in Flat Rock, you step nearly 200 years into the past.            At the east end, the 21st century reigns.  Fronting six-lane Spartanburg Highway, a super-Ingles sits above a bog; and a CVS store faces an Octopus Garden smoke shop, a chiropractor, a cell phone provider, and a six-lane avenue to I-26 a mile away .            Neither Ingles nor CVS carries the big…See More
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"Wear the Right Garb"

Many thanks to Edge Magazine for publishing this excerpt "Wear the Right Garb" from Plant Whatever Brings You Joy in their March issue! http://www.edgemagazine.net/2016/03/wear-the-right-garb/ Copies of my book are available at Malaprop's! xoxo

Added by Kathryn Hall on March 3, 2016 at 5:45pm — No Comments

Dennis Covington at Malaprop's Feb. 26 with Revelation

Dennis Covington's Revelation

Dennis Covington, author of Salvation on Sand Mountain, has a new book out: Revelation: A Search for Faith in a Violent Religious World, for which he visited "places where people are subject to extremity."   As Jesus instructed, he says, he is a witness to suffering in a search for holiness.

Covington presents his book at…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on February 26, 2016 at 10:18am — No Comments

Deadline approaches for poetry contest

2016 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition

Tuesday, March 1, the submission window closes. 



The Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition accepts one-poem submissions. The contest awards the winner $200 and publication in "storySouth." The final judge is Sarah Rose Nordgren, author of the poetry collection "Best Bones" (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2014), which was selected by Ed…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on February 17, 2016 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Vance School

VANCE SCHOOL

What I remember the most about Vance Elementary School in West Asheville , NC is the color red. I could remember lots of other things about my first school. It was at Vance that I said my first curse word. Also, I got into my first fight, saw my first professional yo yo performance and was caught breaking into the concession stand. I learned a lot at Vance. I learned that there are good teachers and not so good teachers. I learned that the world is inhabited by…

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Added by Toby Hill on February 16, 2016 at 9:34pm — No Comments

Treasures from Appalachian archives revealed, Feb 18

“Unveiling Our Treasures” program

Pauline Johnson and Roman Blevins present "North Carolina History:  From the Archives to the Classroom,” based on their research in the Southern Appalachian Archives, at the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies, Thurs., February 18th at 3 p.m. , Mars Hill University. 

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Added by Rob Neufeld on February 15, 2016 at 2:30pm — No Comments

73 classic works about Appalachia going online

Key Appalachian studies publications now going online

from press release, Jan. 27. 2016 

Appalachian studies scholars and those interested in regional history will have greater access to out-of-print works thanks to a two-year National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Open Book Program grant totaling $88,000 awarded to Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University.…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on January 30, 2016 at 9:11pm — No Comments

The Writer as Pilgrim

Two articles leapt at my consciousness this week, both about writing. And suddenly, I know how to go forward from here.



The first, The Price I Pay to Write, by Laura Bogart and published online in Dame Magazine, reflects on the difficulties of wedging time to write…

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Added by susannah eanes on January 24, 2016 at 10:56am — No Comments

Ray Spillenger, Black Mountain College alumnus, is finally celebrated

Black Mountain College artist--from obscurity to rediscovery

Ray Spillenger: Rediscovery of a Black Mountain Painter

Exhibition: January 22, 2016 – May 21, 2016

Opening Reception: Friday, January 22 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., FREE Admission

Curated by Dr. Theodore E. Stebbins Jr., Curator of American Art, Emeritus, Harvard Art Museums

Gallery talk by the curator at 6:45 p.m., January 22, 2016

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Added by Rob Neufeld on January 8, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Poetry writing contest, deadline Feb 28, 2016

Writer's Workshop Poetry Contest  

26th ANNUAL POETRY CONTEST

The Writers' Workshop of Asheville is sponsoring its 26th Annual Poetry Contest, open to any writer regardless of residence. The deadline is: postmarked or emailed by Feb. 28, 2016. Mail…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on January 8, 2016 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Fire and Ice Roses interview with author/gardening blogger Kathryn Hall

Fire and Ice Roses has been interviewing gardening bloggers and gardening experts and were kind enough to include this short interview recently which was quite fun and very much appreciated! http://fireandiceroses.com/ask-an-expert-kathryn-hall/

Added by Kathryn Hall on January 5, 2016 at 2:02pm — No Comments

History in the making, January 2, 2016

History in the making: items of note, January 2, 2016

It was reported in today’s print edition of the Asheville Citizen-Times that a new state law went into effect, requiring people who’ve filed for unemployment benefits to make at least 5 job contacts a week.  It had been 2.  How will that work?  Are there that many jobs for which a person is qualified?  Can you apply to the same job twice if it continues to be…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on January 2, 2016 at 7:00pm — No Comments

Local event of the day, Jan 1 2016

Tarantino, eminent domain, and emancipation 

Tarantino comes to town

Quentin Tarantino’s New Year’s gore and gabfest, The Hateful Eight, is gutted by New Yorker reviewer Anthony Lane, who says that Tarantino toys with rather than explores history, using it “for boyish fantasies of revenge, as if enormous crimes could be undone, after the event, by lone and wanton acts of humiliation.” …

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Added by Rob Neufeld on January 1, 2016 at 4:19pm — No Comments

Spring 2016 books by 3 great authors of this region

Spring 2016 will be great for our region’s literature

 

Ron Rash publishes Poems: New and Selected, Mar. 15.  The author of Serena is one of the country’s great poets and short story writers.  Selections from all four previous books of poems are included; as are eight new poems, one of which speaks the mind of a female country singer, “somewhere on a bus between/ Baton Rouge and New Orleans.”

 

Lee…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on December 19, 2015 at 6:52pm — No Comments

Genetics for meat-eaters: fact and science fiction

Genetic science fiction comes true

 

The New York Times (Nov. 19, 2015) reported that a genetically altered salmon has been created, and it grows twice as quickly a regular salmon.  It’s called AquAdvantage.  (See…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on December 12, 2015 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Double-issue on Appalachian music

Latest issue of the Appalachian Journal focuses on Appalachian music

from press release

The Appalachian Journal has published its first special edition on Appalachian music. This double issue (vol. 42, nos. 3-4) is the largest one in the journal’s 42-year history, with 300-plus pages and 60-plus contributors. 

Guest editors Mark Freed and Trevor McKenzie are both musicians and music teachers who…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on December 10, 2015 at 9:30am — No Comments

Rebel Rousers coming from Carroll Jones

Carroll C. Jones, author of Master of the East Fork, which received the Clark Cox Historical Fiction Award for 2015 by the N.C. Society of Historians, has written a sequel.  Rebel Rousers (Jan-Carol Publishing,  Johnson City) is a historical novel set during the American Civil War. It tells the coming-of-age tale of a youthful Rebel soldier from western North Carolina . "At once, the strapping lad has to bear-up under his romantic longings for the miller’s daughter,…
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Added by Rob Neufeld on December 4, 2015 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Century-ago woman's apple cake recipe

Mmm, them apples in Beaverdam cove

In 1972, Helen Nelon wrote about the traditions of old-time Spooks Branch, off Beaverdam Road.  Here's what she said about her use of apples in a cake.

(The full story of Spooks Branch will appear soon.)

There were apples for delicious cider cooled in the spring "dreem" (drain), apples for frying for cold winter days, and for special days there were dried apple sauce fruit cakes.

These cakes were…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on November 18, 2015 at 2:30pm — No Comments

Dignity is the key to Richard Russo's inspiration

So funny, and yet so exposing--Richard Russo's genius

Snakes on the lane

            In Richard Russo's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, Empire Falls, the protagonist, Miles recalls the time his father, driving, had accelerated into a box on a highway.  “What if that box had been full of rocks?” Miles asks.  Unfazed, Max quizzes his son about what he would do about the box.  Max says…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on November 14, 2015 at 11:31am — No Comments

Coming attraction--Singleton at Malaprop's & City Lights for Calloustown

George Singleton's latest collection of stories, Calloustown...

features the folk who try to survive in a place that has little to offer besides a Finger Museum and a taxidermy petting zoo,

It's funny, but also tragic and angry.  The review, "Love-hate humor cries in Calloustown," appears in the Asheville Citizen-Times, Sunday, 11/15/2015.  Singleton's at Malaprop’s Bookstore, 7 p.m., Wed., Nov. 18; and at City…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on November 10, 2015 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Turkey hunter lore from Jim Cassada

Jim Casada's book on legendary turkey hunters

Jim Casada, our premiere Great Smoky Mountains outdoorsman/writer (see his newsletter) has written a new book, Remembering the Greats: Profiles of Turkey Hunting's Old Masters.

“I knew several great turkey men, and every one of them was passin’ quair," Jim Cassada's grandfather had once told…

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Added by Rob Neufeld on November 3, 2015 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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