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Family of Earth by Wilma Dykeman

Wilma Dykeman’s discovered memoir is essentialby Rob Neufeld             Fresh insight into the power and pertinence of the writing of Wilma Dykeman, Southern Appalachia’s preeminent spokesperson, comes to us through her posthumously published memoir, “Family of Earth: A Southern Mountain Childhood” (UNC…See More
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The Sinister Smile, A Sequel to A haven for Willa Mae by William Roy Pipes

THE SINISTER SMILE, an adult fiction thriller complete at 63,500 words and featuring William and Willa Mae Lawrence, and Howard Thomas. Howard, the affluent son of a wealthy and influential family, who is suspected of feigning insanity to avoid capital punishment for murdering Willa Mae’s mother plus three others.The novel begins with William and Willa Mae visiting Howard Thomas, a patient who had been in a mental hospital for almost thirteen years. His psychiatrist thought him to be…See More
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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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Writing workshops: Nov. 2015

The Writers’ Workshop, 387 Beaucatcher Rd., Asheville, presents two workshops: Book Marketing in the Age of the Internet with Jane Gari, Nov 7 (meets Saturday, 10-4 p.m.); and Writing Children’s Books with Bobbie Pell, Nov. 14 (Meets Saturday, 10-4 p.m.)  Registration is in advance only, at www.twwoa.org. For more info, contact writersw@gmail.com  or 828-254-8111.

Children's book awards

See 2014 winners of Boston Globe-Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children's Literature.

Poet Patrick Bahls

Patrick Bahls, math professor and poet, and his UNCA poetry mentor, Rick Chess, present work at West Asheville Library, Apr. 22. Learn more.

Best sci-fi

See the finalists for the 2014 Arthur C. Clarke Award.

Critics' picks

See about the winners of the National Book Critic Circle Awards for 2013 publications.

Gary Hawkins' love poems 

Hawkins, Warren Wilson College writing prof, publishes "Five (Occupational) Love Poems"--read them.

WWC MFA instructor is finalist 

Mary Szybist is a finalist in poetry for the National Book Award.  Read.

South Carolina writers 

An excellent new anthology about sense of place includes John Lane and Dpt Jackson.  See WNC new books.

Teaching about Appalachia 

A new book includes 14 contributions relating to our literature.

Susan Snowden wins prize

Hendersonville author wins IPPY fiction prize for Southern Fried Lies.

2013 Weatherford Awards

Kathy Newfont wins Weatherford non-fiction award for Blue Riudge Commons

L.A. Times best books

Ben Fountain's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk won for fiction; see more

Pulitzers and Grantas

April 15, 2013 Pulitzer prizes and Granta awards are announced.

The state of publishing

The Washington Post published a survey: Book experts weigh in on the publishing industry’s revolution.

Kickstarter for authors

Seth Godin, non-fiction author, tells of publishing with one-day fundraising campaign.

Natasha Tretheway named Poet Laureate

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Number of printed books sold rose 13.4% this year

Read story in June 4, 2012 Publishers Lunch

         Please announce these writing classes, sponsored by The Writers’ Workshop, a non-profit center since 1985. Classes meet at 387 Beaucatcher Rd., Asheville. Registration is in advance only, at www.twwoa.org. For more info, contact writersw@gmail.com  or 828-254-8111.

 

 

Nov 7:   Book Marketing in the Age of the Internet with Jane Gari

Shifting your perspective from artist to marketer is difficult, but if you want to be a published author, you have to adapt. The class will learn comprehensive book marketing strategies, including identifying your target audience; social media strategies; blogging; traditional media and publicity outlets; and creating a solid Amazon Authors Central Page. Gari has been published in print and online in literary journals, arts magazines, and blogs such as Writers Digest. Her memoir was published by Touch Point Press, and she is under contract with Alpha Books (a division of Penguin/Random House) for a book in the Idiot’s Guides series.

Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm.  

 

Nov. 14:  Writing Children’s Books with Bobbie Pell

Whether you’re write about talking elephants, bullies at school, or rhyming texts for lullabies, this class is for you!  We will look at the primary categories of books for ages 3-11, from Concept/Novelty Books, Picture Books, Easy/Early Readers, to Beginning Chapter Books.  Through close examination of Caldecott Winners books, we can learn what strategies make a successful children’s story: plot, believable characters, setting, style, and word choice. Pell earned her MFA degree at Goddard College, and is the author of A New Star and Scary Stories. She has worked with young children for many years as Writing Instructor and Storyteller.

Meets Saturday, 10-4 pm.  

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