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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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Nov 21
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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
Nov 6

Authors of Western North Carolina--A Gateway

Authors of Western North Carolina
A Gateway to Their Pages on The Read; Reviews & Interviews; and Websites

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Bahia Brenda Abrams

Mary Adams
Commandment: Review.

Sherry Austin

Byron Ballard

Peter J. Barr

Marie Bartlett

Michael Beadle

Jean Boone Benfield
Feature review

Danny Bernstein

Jeff Biggers

Charles Blackburn Jr.

Christopher Blake
UNCA collection

Charles Blount

Cecil Bothwell

Cathy Smith Bowers
Feature article

Bill Branyon

Kenneth Butcher

Kathryn Stripling Byer


Wayne Caldwell

Gary Carden

Catherine Carter

Jim Casada

Fred Chappell

Karen Chavez

Thomas Rain Crowe

Jennifer Elizabeth Daigle

Nancy Dillingham

Wendy Dingwall

Angela Dove

Barbara Duncan

Julia Nunnally Duncan

Pamela Duncan

Tony Earley
Video, "About Town Myth"
Video, about My Antonia
Review of The Blue Star

George Ellison

Marlon Ferguson

Charles C. Fletcher

Keith Flynn

Terrell Garren

Judith Geary

Gail Godwin

Judy Goldman

Alan Gratz
See his blog.

Christine Hale

Tim Hall

Michael Hardy

Tommy Hays
On inspiration
About Alzheimer's

Laura Hope-Gill
Her blog

Michael Hopping

Gloria Houston

Holly Iglesias
Web page
Reading poem

George Ivey
Book on Facebook

Dot Jackson

Bruce E. Johnson

Carroll Jones

Barbara Kingsolver

Brian Lee Knopp
Facebook for Mayhem in Mayberry

Elizabeth Kostova





Hal Littleton






Sebastian Matthews

Dawn McCall

Suzan Tanner McCoury

Mindi Meltz

MariJo Moore

Robert Morgan

Stephanie Morris

Rob Neufeld

Scott Owens

Sharon Oxendine

Ann Pancake

Joe Perrone Jr.

Bob Plott

Jack Joseph Prather

Charles F. Price

Jack R. Pyle

Ron Rash

Glenis Redmond

Randy Russell

Rick Russell

Pat Riviere-Seel

Leanna Sain

Lynn Salsi

Rose Senehi

Nancy Simpson

Ed Southern

Lin Stepp

Peggy Poe Stern

Jerry Stubblefield

Lawrence Thackston

Dave Turner

Dave Waldrop

Betty Cloer Wallace

John D. Waterman



Charles Dodd White

Hollis Williams

Lynn Wilson

Allan Wolf

Perry Deane Young

Diana S. Zimmerman


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