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2012 Award Winner for Literature -- Gary Neil Carden

A literature and drama teacher turned storyteller, Gary Neil Carden is an award winning playwright whose tales are informed by mountain life in North Carolin...
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Stories of Asheville's homeless

History of Asheville’s homeless: humanity on trialby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: Jim Parton and Kirk Faulkner, two homeless men at A-Hope, where Jim is getting help finding housing and Kirk is making job connections.  Photo, 2017, by Rob Neufeld.“I admire my daddy more than any other human on…See More
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Writers at Home at Malaprops at Malaprops

March 19, 2017 from 3pm to 5pm
A.K. Benninghofen, Lockie Hunter and Beth Keefauver will offer a free reading at the next installment of the Writers at Home series, presented by UNC Asheville’s Great Smokies Writing Program (GSWP), at 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 19, at Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café, 55 Haywood Street in Asheville. This monthly series of free readings is hosted by GSWP director and novelist Tommy Hays.See More
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Reading by Poet Bianca Spriggs at Three Top Room, Plemmons Student Union, App State University

March 30, 2017 from 7:30pm to 8:45pm
A reading by poet, multi-genre artist, and core member of the Affrilachian Poets Bianca Spriggs in the Hughlene Bostian Frank Visiting Writers Series at Appalachian State. Spriggs will also present a craft talk from 12:30-1:45 in the Price Lake Room of the Plemmons Student Union. Free admission.For more info, see the press release http://www.news.appstate.edu/2017/03/06/bianca-spriggs/Parking info is at parking.appstate.edu.…See More
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Hester

HESTER      Growing up in Asheville,  N.C. in the 50’s and 60’s seemed, at the time, to be filled with a rhythm of adventure and strange encounters sprinkled with an assortment of particularly interesting and somewhat odd characters. One of those persons who fascinated me as a child was my father’s friend “Hester. “       My dad was about as straight an arrow as anyone could find. He seemed to a preadolescent, somewhat indolent son, frankly boring. Looking back from a perspective of 70 years, I…See More
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African-American musicians in Asheville

African-American musicians flourished in Asheville neighborhoodsby Rob NeufeldPHOTO CAPTION: The Outcasts, the state’s Battle of the Bands winner in 1979, included: (kneeling l to r) Edward Stout, saxophonist; Darriel Jones, drummer; (seated) Patricia McAfee, vocalist; (standing l to r) Marvin Seabrooks, trombonist; Mike…See More
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Blind Man's Bluff

According to the Frank C. Brown Collection of North Carolina Folklore, the game Blind Man's Bluff is as old as the 16th Century. It was a game I never liked playing as a kid. I was always afraid someone would get hurt-namely me! Its one of those games that makes grown-ups yell things like "Somebodys going to…See More
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Bob Plott replied to Rob Neufeld's discussion Hunters and Plott hounds
"Thanks for sharing this Rob--and the book plug too. I have never seen this photo before. I have several others from the 1942 article, but this was a new one. The man on the truck looking down is WWII hero Little George Plott--who I profiled in my…"
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I'll Be All Smiles Tonight

old VHS film from 2002, a little distorted by the video conversion process... This song features a high lead by Pap and a harmony underneath. In the key of D...
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Region and world items on The Read

Region and world items on The Read

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

See NPR feature.

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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