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Malaprop's Bookstore at Malaprop's

November 9, 2015 from 7pm to 8pm
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A Chronology of Asheville and WNC Events in History

                                   IMPORTANT DATES IN ASHEVILLE HISTORY                                                                 by Rob Neufeld 1000: The Cherokee, who’d introduced maize agriculture to the region, began cultivating beans. 1540: Hernando De Soto led troops to East Tennessee through either the Hickory Nut or Swannanoa Gap, finding gold and copper and inspiring a succession of Spanish miners. 1663: Charles II bestows territory between the 31st and 36th parallels in America…See More
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Root-diggers of Appalachia

People in the Lost Provinces were herb-gatherersby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Three herbal products offered by S.B. Penick’s, once the world’s largest herb distributor, its largest warehouse located in Asheville.             “Last week, during a research trip to the ‘Lost Provinces,’” Luke Manget said about the landscape…See More
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A Preview of the new Sam Blackman mystery to be released November 3, 2015
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"Us versus Them" does not help fight against racism; worsens sectionalism

“Us versus them” is not good historyby Rob Neufeld             Writing about history and the complex lives that play out within it does not sell as well as team spirit, especially in this age of clicks and likes.            I recently confronted this truth when I wrote my article last week about the minds of our leaders in 1851. The word “slavery” was added to the headline to alert people to its relevance.  Seeing that term connected people to a cause they felt strongly about, particularly in…See More
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Player of Games and the Millennial Mind

Player of Games reveals today’s game-changing mentalityby Rob Neufeld             There is something big happening in Millennial Generation literature, and I thought I’d try to get a handle on it.            To give an idea of one aspect of current thinking: I was at a gathering recently, plenty of youngsters, and I…See More
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Julia Nunnally Duncan Book Signing at MACA Building

October 10, 2015 from 9am to 1pm
Julia Nunnally Duncan will sign her books at the McDowell Arts Council Association (MACA) Booth at the annual Mountain Glory Festival on Saturday, October 10 from 9-1.See More
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Deacon Chrisenberry -Berry- Howell (1855-1938) on horseback. From the collection of Purel Miller (2)

My maternal great grandfather, Chrisenberry Howell, who was called "Berry" Howell in Swain County. From the Purel Miller collection. Submitted by Ann Miller Woodford
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The skull merchant, the dead ape, and the narcoleptic mortician

Hello "The Read on WNC" readers:     I'm posting this note to announce the publication of vol. 3 in my "Loy's Loonies" series.  This one is called The Mortician's Road Trip and it's a bit more of a mystery than my earlier books. Here's a teaser for the story.     Upstate New Yorker Baz Rathbone makes ends meet by selling human skulls. By contract, he should cremate them, but he doesn’t. His little business comes to the attention of the FBI when a woman spots her late husband’s skull being used…See More
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"That East Tennessee Christian Association of Friends comment, especially bothered me, but it clarifies the view some folks from outside the region have about us even to this day.   … average intelligence...below that of colored…"
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FREUD'S LAST SESSION by Mark St. Germain at All Souls Cathedral Parrish Hall / Biltmore Village

October 4, 2015 from 7pm to 9pm
It is a "sharp, lively discourse, and audience members searching for engaging debate will be pleased, St. Germain's script is astute, and the humor is plentiful."-NY Times. Sigmund Freud invites C. S. Lewis to his home in London  ...they clash about sex, love, the existence of God and the meaning of life - just weeks before Freud took his own life. This play reveals the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men.  Afterwards a time to "talk back" with The Very Rev. Todd Donatelli and Dr. Mary…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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


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.



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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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…


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,…


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

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