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Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

Award-winning novelist captures fleeting youthby Rob NeufeldAnother Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson (Amistad: HarperCollins, Aug. 9, 2016)            The amazing, unusual thing about Jacqueline Woodson’s new novel, “Another Brooklyn,” I realize as it sinks in, is that the initial mystery—that is, why the narrator can’t…See More
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A rare interview, a story about an acid plant

A worker’s view of tannery work in Rosmanby Rob Neufeld             Haskell Luker was 11 when the Flood of 1916 caused his dad, Americus Alfred Luker, to leave the farm where he worked and take a job with an acid (tannin) plant in Pisgah Forest.             “Daddy was going down there to make big…See More
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Interview with Chitra Divakaruni about Before We Visit the Goddess

A talk with Chitra about her benediction of a novelby Rob Neufeld             Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni, one of our country’s most engaging and inventive novelists, first came to this region six years ago for Western Carolina University’s Spring Literary Festival.  That’s when I got to know her and began…See More
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Gary Carden's Outlander--about Kephart--at UNCA July 31--with author

Is Carden's Kephart play controversial?Gary Carden's play, "Outlander," receives a "staged reading" in the Reuter Center, UNC Asheville, 2 p.m., Sun., July 31.  Carden will be on hand to discuss the play with the audience.  It is a controversial play in that it has been criticized by the descendants of Horace Kephart who felt that the play "demeaned" Kephart.  "Ironically," Carden says, "my original purpose in writing the play was to 'redeem' Kephart. who has often been denounced by the…See More
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Bring Back the Game

BRING BACK THE GAME     Anna and I basically spent a month in Asheville, NC this summer. We returned to Georgia a few days ago, and while we were glad to get home, as we got out of the car, we were met with the suffocating heat that I still have not become acclimated to even though we have lived in Middle Georgia for over 30 years. Every plant in our backyard had dried up and only the belligerent squirrels had survived the summer’s inferno.      We had a great time in Asheville. We visited our…See More
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Amy Ammons Garza to Present Her Memoir at City Lights Bookstore

August 6, 2016 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Amy Garza will be presenting her new memoir, Appalachian Storyteller in a Feed Sack Dress, at City Lights Bookstore onSaturday, August 6th at 3 p.m. Follow Amy as she tells the story of her life as she lived it, each chapter being a story in itself. These are the compelling stories of a mountain girl who found the courage she needed in her life to listen and retell the stories of her family and heritage.  Amy Garza was born and raised in Western North Carolina, which leads her into her many…See More
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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 below.

#1: Falls Branch and Grove Stone Quarry – Sat., Feb. 2, 9 a.m. $20 for members or $30 for non-members.

#2: Blue Sea Falls – Sat., Apr. 6, 9 a.m. $30 for members or $50 for non-members.

#3: Mitchell Falls Hike – Sat., Jun. 2, 8:30 a.m. $50 for members and $75 for non-members.

#4 – Sat., Sept. 7.

#5 – Sat., Nov. 2.

To participate, make a reservation with hike leader, John Buckner, by calling 828-669-4300 or emailing

The Swannanoa Rim Hike Series, praised as “one thing all North Carolinians should do” by Our State Magazine, is also continuing this year with eleven breathtaking hikes through the Swannanoa Valley held on each third Saturday. Hikes include:

#1: Weatherford Heights segment – Sat., Feb. 16, 8 a.m.

#2: Rhododendron Rim segment – Sat., Mar. 16, 8 a.m.

#3: Cherokee Boundary segment – Sat., Apr. 20, 8 a.m.

#4: Montreat East Ridge segment – Sat., May 19, 8 a.m.

#5: Pinnacle of the Blue Ridge segment – Sat., Jun. 15, 8 a.m.

#6: Grey Eagle Rock segment – Sat., Jul. 20, 8 a.m.

#7: Mountain to Sea Trail segment – Sat., Aug. 17, 8 a.m.

#8: Walker Knob segment – Sat., Sept. 23, 8 a.m.

#9: Buckner’s Knob segment – Sat., Oct. 19, 8 a.m.

#10: Top of Brushy and High Top of Bee Tree segment – Sat., Nov. 16, 8 a.m.

#11: Finisher’s Celebration – Sat., Dec. 14, 5 p.m.

Each hike costs $25 for museum members or $45 for non-members. Each hike is limited to 30 participants; reservations must be made to John Buckner at 828-669-4300 or by emailing


There will be a Rim Hike Series Interest Meeting on Tues., Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. at the Black Mountain Savings Bank. It will be an orientation for those interested in the series.

For more information on these hiking series, visit the Swannanoa Valley Museum website.

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