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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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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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Connie Regan-Blake Storytelling at Hendersonville Public Library at Henderson County Public Library - Main Branch

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Connie Regan-Blake’s 14th Annual Summer Storytelling Retreat & Adventure at StoryWindow Productions

July 14, 2019 at 10am to July 20, 2019 at 4pm
Come to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville for 7 days of story-listening & story-telling along with coaching, community & supportive exploration. This 14th annual workshop welcomes all levels of expertise, from beginner to experienced teller. Participants discover ways of being in the world that nurture your creative flow while developing skills to: Find, create, learn, and polish storiesEffectively integrate voice with image,…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake presents A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories at Black Mountain Center for the Arts

April 6, 2019 from 7:30pm to 9pm
Please join nationally celebrated storyteller, Connie Regan-Blake, as she hosts her workshop participants in an enchanting evening of storytelling in “A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories.” Here are the tellers for our April 6th “Slice of Life” performance.  Christine Phillips Westfeldt, Kyra Freeman, Steve Tate, Alberta Hipps and more! The event is hosted by the …See More
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Connie Regan-Blake's Taking Your Story to the Stage Workshop at StoryWindow Productions

April 5, 2019 to April 7, 2019
The focus of this “Taking Your Story to the Stage” 3-day workshop is on storytelling performance. Each participant is asked to come with a story that is almost “stage-ready.” Set in Connie’s home tucked in the beautiful mountains surrounding Asheville, NC, this workshop provides a supportive,…See More
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Connie Regan-Blake’s 14th Annual Summer Storytelling Retreat & Adventure at StoryWindow Productions

July 14, 2019 at 10am to July 20, 2019 at 4pm
Come to the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Asheville for 7 days of story-listening & story-telling along with coaching, community & supportive exploration. This 14th annual workshop welcomes all levels of expertise, from beginner to experienced teller. Participants discover ways of being in the world that nurture your creative flow while developing skills to: Find, create, learn, and polish storiesEffectively integrate voice with image,…See More
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Montreat College Friends of the Library Celebrate National Library Week at Graham Chapel, Gaither Hall, Montreat College, Montreat, NC

April 9, 2019 from 3pm to 5pm
Patti Callahan, author of the recent novel Becoming Mrs. Lewis, and Don W. King author of Out of My Bone: the Letters of Joy Davidman, A Naked Tree: Love Sonnets to C. S. Lewis, and Yet One More Spring: a Critical Study of Joy Davidman, will co-present on their works about Joy and her husband C.S. Lewis.  The event is free and open to the public on April 9, 2019 in Graham Chapel, Gaither Hall, Montreat College.Reception and Book signing to followSee More
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TWO NEW APPALACHIAN NOVELS

I have, just released two Appalachian Novels.OUT OF THE SHADOWS, begins deep in the Appalachian Mountains of in WNC. It is partly a true story about a young man who ran away from home at the age of fifteen. He meets another runaway, and they fall in love.A journey where he faced adversaries, but also success as he walked, hitchhiked, and made his way across the country.GONE LIKE A CANDLE IN THE WIND, is a story of three young people growing up in a farming community in the Appalachian…See More
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The Main Show

The Main Show: a story-poem stage presentation(part of  Living Poem)See video of Act 1, Scene 1: The SettingProgram Notes (A program note reader comes out to read from the program notes.) Reader: Don’t listen, children, and do not hear.(A monster is coming and there’s no escapeWithin this story, and no good way to tell it, Except to gaze at the horror as at a…See More
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Hollywood Pictures Inc in Fairview

In the 1920's it seemed the whole country was caught up in excitement about films and Hollywood.    Asheville and Western North Carolina were well aware of the hoopla of Hollywood.   In fact, Hollywood (or at least filmmaking) was already beginning to come to Western NC.I recently stumble across an article from the Jun 6 1926 issue of The Asheville Citizen Times which mentions that Hollywood Pictures Inc, was planning to film just south of Asheville, near Fairview.  But....was this really…See More
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With the Internet, it's possible to check and make sure your title hasn't already been used. That wasn't quite so true in 2000, when my publisher first heard of my novel in that initial query letter. I'm not sure I even had the Internet in 2000. And then when I did get hooked into the www, my computer, or modem or whatever, was so slow that it was impractical to do searches. Was Google even around back then? Anyway, as search engines became faster and more useful, I finally did determine that my title, Homunculus, had already been used by a British author back in the '80s. In fact, the word homunculus appeared in several book titles including what appeared to be a graphic novel. My publisher, who had by that time accepted my novel for publication, pooh-poohed my concern, but I was wishing I had stuck with the title of the short story and subsequent novella that my novel had developed out of: "Animus and Homunculus." But even that was awfully close, phonetically anyway, to the children's book Anna and the Homunculus. Since my publisher wasn't concerned, and we did agree that, just in terms of my story, it is definitely the right title, I put the issue out of my mind, and sure enough there's been no apparent problem. But still I occasionally catch myself wishing I had come up with something unique.

I just read Cormack McCarthy's new offering, The Road. Let's see, that was McCarthy's The Road, right? Not Jack London's The Road, and not my old friend John Ehle's The Road. I know it wasn't On the Road, because I read that long ago in college, about the time I read John Barth's The End of the Road. Just want to make sure, here... which road was it? The one to Oz or the one to Wellville? No, I am a big T. C. Boyle fan but that was way back there too. (I know there are lots of roads to exotic places traveled by Bob Hope and Bing Crosby, but those were movies, not of any concern here.)

One thing I completely overlooked was the pronounceability of my title. I've never had any problem pronouncing 'homunculus,' but apparently some people do. Just as I was too early to put the title into a Google search, I also jumped the gun in regard to the installation of a U.S. President who was unable to pronounce 'nuclear,' a situation that made us aware that there is a whole population out there -- small maybe but significant -- who simply cannot say nuclear and say instead nucular. I've now collected quite a menagerie of misspellings and mispronunciations of my title. Some people have just stuttered around enough to let me know they are trying to say the name of my book, and then smile sheepishly and continue what they were saying about it. One of my colleagues asked if he could simply refer to the book in our correspondence as Homo. My riposte: Homu, please! My favorite so far, I guess, is 'homonucleus,' which makes me wonder whether those persons (three people fell into this particular transmogrification) can pronounce 'nuclear.' It also makes me ponder what might be the meaning of 'homonucleus' if it were a word. Seems like it might just be useful...

Some years back I was reading a wonderful short story by Louise Erdrich in the New Yorker, and ran across the word "humunculation." What did it mean? The context wasn't much help. It wasn't in my dictionary. It wasn't in any dictionary at all, and I looked in major, major dictionaries. I wrote to the New Yorker, but, well, take my advice and don't bother. Finally I wrote to Louise, explaining that I had written a novel called Homunculus and so her word caught my eye but I couldn't find out what it means, so could she explain. She wrote me back a nice post card. She couldn't remember what it meant or why she used it! That's Louise Erdrich we're talking about!

Have I learned anything from all this, really, though? Have I learned to think twice before titling a novel with a word not many know and quite a few can't pronounce? The working title for my current project -- a longer and more ambitious novel -- is The Paraclete. That's right. One phoneme away from a talking bird. But it's the right title for the piece, I tell you!

By the way -- I mean BTW, sorry -- After years of pondering the non-word "humunculation," and revisiting Erdrich's truly beautiful short story several times, I'm quite convinced she intended the word "humicubation." Where were those New Yorker editors?

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Comment by Jerry Stubblefield on August 15, 2009 at 1:40pm
Thanks Terrell! Good point!
Comment by terrell garren on August 15, 2009 at 12:52pm
Don't be concerned about your title. Many people are not aware that you cannot copyright a title. There are many books by the same title. A good example is "The Last Full Measure" by Michael Sharra. There is another book by that same name about a Minnisota Regiment. I also think there may be a third. The title is not original for any of them, they all lifted it from Abe Lincoln. There can be ten or even a hundred different books by the same name, but they will all be distinguished by the fact that they are by a different author.

Terrell T. Garren

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