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Spooks Branch, a human history story

Spooks Branch was a singular place in settlers’ loreby Rob NeufeldImportant editorial note:This is a significant historical story that is also, in parts, personal and controversial.  It is about a few families who settled a particular cove and played out their heroic and complex legacies in ways that interacted with place and time.  You don't read this kind of story much because people don't like to expose themselves or stir up trouble, even a little.  This caution makes history classes boring…See More
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The Rise of Asheville by Marilyn Ball

History of the "Asheville 1000" and the 1970s renaissance                       Let’s not miss the history of Asheville’s renaissance, Marilyn Ball’s new book, “The Rise of Asheville,” advocates.            She’d come here in 1977, making her one of the advance guard of “artists, entrepreneurs, and off-the-grid…See More
Nov 20
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Century-ago woman's apple cake recipe

Mmm, them apples in Beaverdam coveIn 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 made of very thin, sweet dough with dried apple sauce spread between…See More
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Dignity is the key to Richard Russo's inspiration

So funny, and yet so exposing--Richard Russo's geniusSnakes 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 he'd stop and look in it,  “What if it was full of rattlesnakes? “ his father asks.            The verbal match…See More
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Humanize the history--especially with Civil War--writes acclaimed author

Writer illuminates tangled web of Civil Warby Rob Neufeld             David Madden has written a book, “The Tangled Web of the Civil War and Reconstruction,” that deserves special attention.            First, there’s Madden’s background.  In 1992, he founded the U.S. Civil War Center in New…See More
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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 Lights Bookstore in Sylva, 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 21.Here's an excerpt from the…See More
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Juniper Bends Quarterly Reading at DownTown Books & News

November 13, 2015 from 7pm to 8pm
Our very special Autumnal edition starts at 7PM and is sure to be a lively and vibrant set, with featured writers Randi Janelle, Tina FireWolf, Logan Parker, and Annabelle Crowe. Two of our readers have new books out, and as always there is wine flowing by donation. Hosts Lockie Hunter and Caroline Wilson look forward to seeing you there----remember, your wellbeing depends upon it.See More
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Love and Mercy ~ Up On Roan Mountain

My family lived and loved up on Roan Mountain and in the surrounding mountain areas, and this is their story. It's woven into a tapestry that weaves down through the years, before the days of the Civil War and up to present day. They were…
Nov 9
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It's All Relative--50 WNC women write about family

Family life as perceived by 50 WNC authorsby Rob Neufeld             If you have biases against small press books or anthologies of local writers’ work, I recommend you lay them aside and take a look at “It’s All Relative” (Stone Ivy Press), 52 stories and poems by 50 WNC women authors writing about family.           …See More
Nov 6

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 highlight tonality. This workshop is appropriate for anyone interested in learning one of the easiest and most rewarding alternative printing techniques. More info


Flat-Back Case Binding and Custom Slipcases with Bridget Elmer

Tues.-Fri., Mar. 5-8, 6-9:30 p.m.; $215 + material fee

Join us for four consecutive evenings as we craft custom, case-bound books and create a simple slipcase to house our creations. The flat-back case binding provides a strong foundation in the processes of successfully prepping and casing in books. More info


Pulp to Paper: Introductory Papermaking with Frank Brannon

Sat.-Sun., Mar. 16-17, 9-5 p.m.; $237

Weekend papermaking classes for the novice and those with some previous experience. You'll learn techniques for forming sheets of handmade paper using pulp prepared in our Reina beater. More info


Text & Texture: Designing Words in Your Artist Books with Annie Cicale

Wednesdays from Mar. 20-Apr. 24, 6-9 p.m.; $277

We will work with your handwriting to develop expressive textures, hand lettering with a slowed down print script, and if desired, some formal calligraphy. The basics of typography will be reviewed and page design will be introduced as well. More info


Metal Covers for Artists’ Books with Hollis Fouts

Fri.-Sun., Mar. 22-24, 9-5 p.m.; $387

In this workshop we will explore the broad range of metal and metal forms, and many surface techniques for transforming them. We'll use heat, creative surface techniques, coloration, oxidization methods and more to create unique covers and design elements. More info


Gelatin Prints & Two Bindings – Drum Leaf & Stiff Leaf with Jessica White

Sat.-Sun., Apr. 6-7, 9-5 p.m.; $242

Gelatin printing is a form of monotype (unique, one-of-a-kind prints) using unflavored gelatin as a printing surface. This is a simple and versatile process using water-based inks, so it can be easily done in a home studio or kitchen table. More info


A Handcarved Alphabet with Ele Annand & Beth Schaible

Sat.-Sun. Apr. 20-21, 10-5 p.m.; $237

Have you ever wanted to recreate embellished type or bring your own quirky hand drawn type to life? If so this workshop will teach you the skills you need to design, carve, and print your own type designs. More info


Gut & Wire with Heather Hietala

Sat.-Sun., Apr. 27-28, 10-5 p.m.; $252

This workshop will introduce the wonders and potential of working with steel wire and hog gut also known as sausage casing. More info


See Asheville Bookwork’s webpage for more information, including registration information.

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