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Jenny Bennett Returns with a New Novel at City Lights Bookstore

September 5, 2014 from 6:30pm to 8pm
Sylva author, Jenny Bennett, returns to City Lights Bookstore on Friday, September 5th at 6:30 p.m. with her second book, The Twelve Streams of LeConte. The main character of the book lives in Sylva and there are scenes set in downtown, the library and even City Lights Bookstore. Anne Woodrow is on honeymoon in Scotland when fate gives her a slap in the face: right then and there, her new husband falls in love with another woman. Injured and grieving, she returns home alone and conceives of a…See More
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Farming, Friends and Fried Bologna Sandwiches at Available at all bookstores

September 1, 2014 all day
Mercer University is pleased to announce the release of Farming, Friends and Fried Bologna Sandwiches, by North Carolina's own Renea Winchester. This is the second in the Farmer Billy series and Winchester's third book. See More
Wednesday
Doris Anne Beaulieu posted a blog post

Kids Love For Animals

Kids Love For Animals ( Poem )Children’s favorite shows are of animals I have hours in a playlist that are laughable Like a camera pecking rooster and fun monkeysTo a mom and a baby miniature donkeysVideos of wild turkeys and charming geese Ducks in water and chicks learning to speak Dazzling ostrich and many free birdsSome you would not want to move towardsA large unique animal is the alligator The total opposite of the caterpillar Camels and alpacas are tall and exquisiteBut they spit at you…See More
Tuesday
Regina Illig commented on Regina Illig's event Not for Children Only:Children's Classics for Adults
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Not for Children Only:Children's Classics for Adults at Pack Memorial Library

September 11, 2014 from 5:30pm to 7:30pm
SIGN UP NOW FOR "LET'S TALK ABOUT IT" BOOK DISCUSSION AT PACK MEMORIAL LIBRARYIf you'd like to learn more about great children's literature, Pack Library is offering a free "Let's Talk About It" book discussion program, Not for Children Only: Children’s Classics for Adults. This six-part series runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. every other Thursday beginning September 11. Participants will have the opportunity to read and discuss eight children's books, from traditional fairy tales to modern…See More
Monday
Doris Anne Beaulieu posted a blog post

Creating A Christmas Tree ( Poem )

Creating A Christmas Tree ( Poem )Create designer Christmas tree From squash, to bread, and fun cookiesInstructions made so easily One from red hat societyHome from the heart season theme Star wars made a holiday sceneWonderland can be of little lambs Making ornaments with your handsWhatever your style or budget Your personal touch can be tropicFocal point of your home can be Inspired by glamorous jewelryWe can help you get great ideas With animals and birds all right hereMy playlist has…See More
Monday
Doris Anne Beaulieu posted a blog post

Tractor Pulls

Tractor Pulls ( Poem )America’s passion tractor haul Ford and Farmall want to take it all Showcasing your tractor is never dullCase give a strong performance callSee a smokey John Deere tractor Unleash yourself in an Oliver Massey Ferguson speeds uncoveredAs International pulls with no effortWhite’s power with high tractive force As McCormick is running the course Agricultural machinery CompetitionFun family oriented tractor pullin’Opportunities may come and go You all know it’s a successful…See More
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Dan Rice, Black Mountain College artist--show and talks

Dan Rice at Black Mountain College: Painter Among The Poets An exhibition, Dan Rice at Black Mountain College: Painter Among the Poets, goes up at Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center, Sept. 5, 2014, and stays up through Jan.10, 2015.  There's a free opening reception on Friday, September 5 from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.; and it features a gallery talk by curator Brian E. Butler at 7:00 p.m. A full-color catalogue will be…See More
Aug 22
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In 1937, ex-slaves in Asheville bore witness

Interviews with former slaves in Asheville strike the heartby Rob Neufeld             Every day we see and feel the beauty of the world and of humanity.  But history sometimes shows us how wrong things can go, and we wonder why we are vulnerable to such aberrations.            One of the most powerfully distressing examples of human cruelty and suffering comes from the testimony of M.L. Bost, an African American former slave who moved to Asheville from Newton, and spoke with Marjorie Jones of…See More
Aug 21
Doris Anne Beaulieu posted a blog post

Woodsmen Day

Woodsmen Day ( Poem)Sport using handsaws With a toothed edge blade One or two handed sawingOn a woodsmen fair dayTraditional log rolling Is a lumberjacks technique Style used in river drivingThe illustration is uniqueSpringboard tree is branchless With live action you can’t beat Platform board is dangerousA risk if you competeBlock ax chopping Is a loggers sport indeed Hard on your back swingingBe careful of your feetWoodsmen day activities Is part of the fair you see I bring it all to my…See More
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Peter McClay "M.C." Worley

"Great photo, Deborah!  Have you got some stories and details?"
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Discussing JHATOR at UCC in Norwell, MA

JHATOR was chosen as the summer read for the book club at the United Church of Christ in Norwell, MA.  Today, the Rev. Deborah Spratley hosted an author's brunch and discussion of the book with me and members of both the book club and writer's group at the church.One of the first things I learned from the group members, who are approaching the book from a Christian POV, is that starting the book with Anat, the vulture, was unsettling for most of them.  Of course, that is the point of Chapter…See More
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The Backyard as Metaphor: Poems on Cattle, Gardening & Goats: a Poetry Reading and Discussion with Tina Barr at Monte Vista Hotel

August 21, 2014 from 5:45pm to 7pm
The Black Mountain Author’s Guild will present nationally known poet, Tina Barr, this Third Thursday at 6pm at the Monte Vista Hotel. Ms. Barr will read a twenty minute series of poems set in Black Mountain, and will follow the reading with a discussion of her process for generating ideas in poems, with lots of audience interaction.  She will bring in a series of drafts demonstrating her revision process, from rough draft to published poem, and talk about fictionalizing elements so they move…See More
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Hard Times Writing Contest, deadline June 30

The Writers’ Workshop of Asheville is asking writers to write about a difficult period in their lives, how they overcame it, and how they were changed by it in their Hard Times Writing Contest.

Awards include:

1st place: A 3 night stay at The Mountain Muse B&B in Asheville, OR 3 free online workshops, OR 100 pages line-edited and revised by The Writers’ Workshop’s editorial staff;



2nd place: A 2 night…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on May 29, 2013 at 7:41pm — No Comments

Choose by Casey Long

New book with WNC connection:

Choose by Casey Long (Tate trade paper, January 2013, 266 pages, $20.99).

Author event: 1 p.m., Sat., Apr. 27 at Sam's Club, 645 Patton Ave., Asheville

Debut Christian thriller novel by a Candler resident:

A young woman, the victim of a brutal assault, searches for a missing child and steps into the realm of the supernatural. Will she be able to escape her captor, or will she die for her beliefs?

Added by Kristina Blackford on April 24, 2013 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Gary Carden presents “Madison,” April 26, 7 p.m.

Master storyteller Gary Carden of The Liars Bench presents “Madison,” a monologue honoring the life of Western Carolina University founder Dr. Robert Lee Madison, on Fri., April 26 at 7 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Franklin.



Carden, assisted by Pam Meister, curator of the Mountain Heritage Center at WCU, tells the life story of Dr. Madison, a man who promoted the idea of a school that would…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on April 13, 2013 at 6:04pm — No Comments

Civil War genealogy workshop, April 13, 10 a.m., Raleigh

Members from NC’s Government & Heritage Library and the State Archives of North Carolina will discuss the top 10 questions regarding Civil War ancestors asked by researchers, including information on Confederate and Union records and U.S Colored Troops, on April 13 at 10 a.m. in the auditorium at the State Archives Building, 109 E. Jones St., Raleigh.

The Genealogy Research Room will be open from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. that day for any…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on April 6, 2013 at 4:34pm — No Comments

Asheville BookWorks May-July 2013 workshops

Asheville BookWorks, a community resource for print and book arts, presents their listing of May-July workshops:

 

Bookbinding Basics with Bridget Elmer

Sat.-Sun., May 4-5, 10-5 p.m.; $217 + material fee

This two-day weekend class covers the basics of bookbinding, providing students with a strong foundation from which to depart. We will explore the essentials of paper grain, successful paper prep, folding…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on April 6, 2013 at 2:37pm — No Comments

An Evening with Joseph Bathanti, March 25

UNC: Asheville’s Creative Writing Program and Literary Club present “An Evening with N.C. Poet Laureate Joseph Bathanti” on Mon., March 25, 7 p.m. in Karpen Hall’s Laurel Forum.

Joseph Bathanti will read from his collection of award-winning poetry, including his recent book, “This Metal,” which was nominated for the National Book Award. This event is free to the public. See the press release for…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on March 5, 2013 at 8:19pm — No Comments

The Writers’ Workshop Annual Writers’ Retreat, May 16-19

Asheville group The Writers’ Workshop is holding its Annual Writers’ Retreat in Folly Beach, SC (near Charleston) May 16-19. Beginning and experienced writers of fiction, plays, non-fiction, or memoirs are welcome to relax, write, and review each other’s work.

The all-inclusive rate, except for meals, is $495 for a private room or $450 for a shared room for non-Writers’ Workshop members, or $395/$345 for members. The commuter rate is $55 per…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on March 5, 2013 at 8:17pm — No Comments

“Parallel Journeys: WWII and the Holocaust” exhibit at UNCA

Throughout March, UNC:A’s Center of Diversity Education will present “Parallel Journeys: WWII and the Holocaust,” an exhibit highlighting many teens and young adults who were involved with the Holocaust.

Some of the well-known teens and young adults featured in the exhibit include Nobel Peace Prize-winning author Elie Wiesel, members of the White Rose resistance group, and Hitler’s secretary, Traudl Junge. However, the exhibit also includes the stories of other teens and young adults,…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on February 22, 2013 at 8:55pm — No Comments

Colony Collapse Disorder by Keith Flynn

New book with WNC connection:

Colony Collapse Disorder by Keith Flynn (Wings Press trade paper, February 2013, 120 pages, $16.00).

Author events: 6:30 p.m., Fri., Apr. 5, 2013 at City Lights Bookstore;

7 p.m., Sat., Apr. 6, 2013 at Malaprop’s Bookstore & Café;

Sat., Apr. 20, 2013 at Blue Ridge Books, time TBA.

Poetry…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on February 20, 2013 at 8:38pm — No Comments

Beautiful by Caleb Beissert

New book with WNC connection:

Beautiful: Translations from the Spanish Poetry of Federico García Lorca & Pablo Neruda by Caleb Beissert (New Native trade paper, February 2013, 82 pages, $12.95).



Author events: 3 p.m., Sat., Feb. 16, 2013, at Montford Books & More;

10:30 a.m., Thurs., Feb. 21, 2013 at City Lights Bookstore.



New translations of Spanish…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on February 13, 2013 at 9:16pm — No Comments

Award-winning journalist Alex Kotlowitz at UNC: Asheville February 21

Author and journalist Alex Kotlowitz holds two talks on poverty and race in America and a showing of his new documentary film, “The Interrupters,” at UNC: Asheville on February 21.

 

12:15 p.m. in Highsmith University Union: “The Things They Carry: Growing Up Poor in the World’s Richest Nation”

4 p.m. in Highsmith University Union Alumni Hall: “Bearing Witness: Storytelling and Human Rights”

7 p.m. in Highsmith University Union Alumni Hall: Film screening of “The…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on February 8, 2013 at 5:54pm — No Comments

Asheville BookWorks early 2013 workshops

Asheville BookWorks, a community resource for print and book arts, presents several new workshops for early 2013:

 

Introduction to Platinum-Palladium Printing with Clay Harmon

Fri.-Sat., Feb. 22-24, 6-9 p.m. on Fri. and 9-5 p.m. on Sat.-Sun.; $327

The beauty of the platinum-palladium print is in the subtle gradation of tones from dark to light. Platinum-palladium prints are prized for their ethereally subtle…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on February 7, 2013 at 9:21pm — No Comments

Cherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars’ Club by Christopher Teuton

New book with WNC connection:

Cherokee Stories of the Turtle Island Liars’ Club by Christopher B. Teuton with Hastings Shade, Sammy Still, Sequoyah Guess, and Woody Hansen (UNC Press hardcover, October 2012, 272 pages, $30.00).

Author event: 7 p.m., Wed., Feb. 13, 2013 in Belk Library, Appalachian State University.

Collection of traditional and contemporary Western Cherokee stories with information on Cherokee storytelling…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on February 6, 2013 at 5:30pm — No Comments

“American Dervish,” Ayad Akhtar at Appalachian State

“American Dervish,” a coming-of-age story about a Muslim-American boy by Ayad Akhtar, has been selected as Appalachian State University’s summer reading novel for 2013.

This highly-praised novel has been selected partly because it can apply to many facets of study – Dr. Clark Maddux mentions that “global studies, women’s studies, English classes, history classes, psychology classes, and sociology classes” will all find discussion points within “American Dervish.” It's also a story of…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on January 30, 2013 at 7:30pm — No Comments

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina by Danny Bernstein

New book with WNC connection:

The Mountains-to-Sea Trail Across North Carolina: Walking a Thousand Miles through Wilderness, Culture, and History by Danny Bernstein (History Press trade paper, February 2013, 176 pages, 16 page color photo insert, $19.99).

Author event: 7 p.m., Fri., Mar. 22, 2013 at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café.

Follows Bernstein’s 1,000-mile journey from Clingman’s Dome in the Smokies to Jockey’s Ridge State Park in…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on January 25, 2013 at 7:50pm — No Comments

Nebo woman publishes book about mother, ancestry

Nebo resident Mary Lackman recently published a book on her mother’s family stories and memories titled “Crossings: My Journey and Treasures Found Along the Way.” The book is in honor of Lackman's mother, Odean Fondren, and the optimism and strength she has displayed throughout her life.

Read more about “Crossings” in an article written by Landdis Hollifield in…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on January 25, 2013 at 7:23pm — No Comments

Swannanoa Valley Museum Hike Series for 2013

The Swannanoa Valley Museum in Black Mountain presents a new hiking series for 2013: The Waterfalls of the Valley Hike Series.

The Waterfalls of the Valley Hike Series will lead hikers to five of the area’s most secluded and breathtaking waterfalls. They will begin on the first Saturday in February and continue on the first Saturdays in April, June, September, and November. The entire series can be experienced by museum members for $125, or separately as shown…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on January 25, 2013 at 6:49pm — No Comments

Leaving Tuscaloosa by Walter Bennett

New book with Civil Rights/NC connection:

Leaving Tuscaloosa by Walter Bennett (Fuze trade paper, September 2012, 313 pages, $16.95).

Author event: 3 p.m., Sun., Jan. 27, 2013 at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café.

In 1962 Alabama, a young white man and a young black man struggle through 36 hours of racial turmoil, leading to their paths converging in “a terrible, riveting climax” (book description). “Leaving Tuscaloosa,” loosely based on…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on January 24, 2013 at 11:46pm — No Comments

“Beneath Shelton Laurel” play brings Civil War tragedy to life

On February 22 and 23, the Western North Carolina Historical Association will present performances of Sean O’Leary’s play, “Beneath Shelton Laurel.” The play, presented in the Reader Theatre style, is based on the 1863 Shelton Laurel Massacre in Madison County, where thirteen people suspected of Unionism were killed by Confederate soldiers.

“Beneath Shelton Laurel” will be performed on Fri., Feb. 22 at…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on January 23, 2013 at 9:10pm — No Comments

3rd annual Gathering of Poets has 20 spots available

The third annual Gathering of Poets, hosted by Press 53 and Jacar Press, is looking for 20 more poets to participate in their “day of sharing, learning, and inspiration.”

The Gathering of Poets will be held at the Community Arts Café, 411 W. 4th St., Winston-Salem, on Saturday,…

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Added by Kristina Blackford on January 23, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments

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