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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
Nov 10
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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
Nov 9
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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
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December and January book discussions in WNC

Book discussions in WNC, Dec. 2015 - Jan. 2016 The Pleasure Was Mine by Tommy Hays Wed., Dec. 2, 7 p.m., Malaprop's Bookstore, 55 Haywood St., Asheville (254-6734) Pigs in Heaven by Barbara Kingsolv… View »

Sale of John Bridges recordings, books, and art, Dec 4

John Bridges Collection and sale John Bridges, a long-time contributor to this region's music and culture, has donated his lifetime collection of books, music (LPs, 78s, CDs, etc.), and art (posters,… View »

Melungeon heritage--the literature; an event

Melungeons in the mountains, gaining knowledge and taking pride THE EVENT Rhonda Gunter, retiring from her post as History and Political Science Instructor at Mayland Community College, gives a t… View »

Winner of 2015 Wolfe Fiction Prize for short story

Mesha Maren wins NC Writers' Fiction Prize from press release, Mar. 25, 2015 Mesha Maren of southern West Virginia is the winner of the 2015 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize for her short s… View »

Award for Jones' Bearwallow

Foreword Review award to Bearwallow Foreword Review, "a trade review journal to cover the rapidly growing independent, alternative, university, and self publishing industries," its website states, ha… View »

Indie Book Awards 2015

The National Indie Excellence® Awards for 2014 books The National Indie Excellence® Awards (NIEA) was created, the NIEA website states, "to help establish self-publishing as a proud,… View »

Rebel Bushwhacker by Wally Avett, and March 27 event

Bloody Bushwhacker novel by Murphy Author from press release         Murphy N.C. writer Wally Avett has launched a mountain work of fiction,REBEL BUSHWHACKER (W&… View »

Saving the Saluda Depot

Historian Urges Giving to Save Train Depot from press release  SALUDA, NC--Dr. George Jones, historian and founder of the Henderson County Genealogical and Historical Society spoke at the Marc… View »

Cherokee Voices Festival, June 14, 2014

At the Cherokee Voices Festival, June 14, 2014... (from press release) More than 26 artisans will be demonstrating their work throughout the day. Continuous performances from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. will… View »

Springtime literary festivals in the area, 2014

Four literary festivals for locals to attend this spring The N.C. Literary Festival, a free public event hosted this year by N.C. State University,  Apr. 3 - 6.  Featured authors include:… View »


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