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Salman Rushdie come to Asheville with new novel

Atheist believes in genies, novel revealsby Rob Neufeld             Salman Rushdie’s latest novel—“Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights” (1,001 nights)—has permitted me to come up with a headline as wild as the one above because the book is so exuberantly and infectiously…See More
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73 classic works about Appalachia going online

Key Appalachian studies publications now going onlinefrom 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.  Pamela Mitchem, the library’s coordinator of digital scholarship and…See More
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John Parris' home-grown prose

South of Sylva, back of yesterday: John Parris' inspiration             “For the life of me, I just can’t understand why folks stopped usin’ cradles,” John Parris’ 97-year-old maternal grandfather had told him 60 years ago.            The oil lamp, the buggy, and the spinning wheel—they all were replaced by things…See More
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James Sturm expands scope of graphic novels

James Sturm blazes cartoon path to a new worldby Rob Neufeld             Why is it that when an author combines pictures with words, the medium is considered juvenile, like comics?  Words create literature; images, art.  Why, when you marry them, is it like pairing a milk cow with a mop?            Nothing against…See More
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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…See More
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Tired of thrillers with no soul?

Why read a 1940 man-on-the-run classicby Rob Neufeld             After reading a classic novel, you might think, “Oh, look at this superior ancestor of today’s fiction.”              For instance, “The Power and the Glory,” Graham Greene’s 1940 thriller about political oppression in Mexico, exemplifies the…See More
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Art of Grace by Sarah Kaufman

Dance critic applies grace to every moveby Rob Neufeld             It’s nice to find just the right word for something, especially when it sums up a main idea in your way of thinking.            That was the case with Sarah Kaufman when she’d first felt moved, nine years ago, to write her new book, “The Art of Grace” (W.W.…See More
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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/See More
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History in the making, January 2, 2016

History in the making: items of note, January 2, 2016It 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 listed? Paul Bonesteel, noted Asheville filmmaker, revealed on Facebook that a…See More
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Local event of the day, Jan 1 2016

Tarantino, eminent domain, and emancipation Tarantino comes to townQuentin 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.” …See More
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Railroad history in Western North Carolina: a close-up and bottom-line look

Railroads in WNC: the perils, the people, and the profitby Rob NeufeldWritten in conjunction with exhibit, "How The West Was Won," in Rural Heritage Museum, Mars Hill University PHOTO CAPTION: The entrance to the railroad show at the Rural Heritage Museum is commanded by a mock-up of Climax engine…See More
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Grateful Steps Foundation, the Western North Carolina nonprofit foundation and publisher, is sponsoring the 4th Annual Asheville Bookfest.  The event will bring readers, authors, and publishers together and provide opportunity for publishers to present their books and authors to the public. Along with Grateful Steps and other publisher, the Asheville-based Pisgah Press will attend the event to share exciting new book releases.  Pisgah Press has published work by short story writer, Michael Hopping, Fairview poet, Donna Lisle Burton, and Spartanburg novelist Sarah-Ann Smith.  Hopping and Burton will be attending the Bookfest and will be available to sign copies of their books.  

Michael Hopping is the author of the short-story collection, "Mac Tiernan's Bottle."  It has been praised by critics as "a rich mix of story gems and intellectual amalgams," (Rob Neufeld); "The mother lode" (Elizabeth Lutyens, editor of The Great Smokies Review); and "lean, unpredictable, compassionate and edgy" (Marcianne Miller, Rapid River).

Donna Lisle Burton, author of "Letting Go:  Collected Poems 1983-2003" is incredibly decorated with positive reviews.  NC Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers writes, "Reading the poems of Donna Lisle Burton is like happening upon a cache of tender and beautifully crafted love letters," and Pat Riviere-Seel, winner of the 2009 Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry says, "Do not be misled by the title: once you start reading, there will be no Letting Go."

In addition to the book presentations by publishers and authors, several area bookstores will be offering discounts for attendees, and Asheville City School libraries will recieve a free book, author visit, and book reading if at least five children from the school attend.

The event is free and open to the public.  It will be held on October 20th, 2012 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Forum (Courtyard level) at Pack Place.  Access to the courtyard is most convenient from Biltmore Avenue or the Pack Place parking garage.  For more information, call Grateful Steps Bookshop at 277-0998 or visit at 159 South Lexington Avenue in downtown Asheville.  For more information about Pisgah Press, call 301-8968 or visit www.pisgahpress.com.

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