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Salman Rushdie come to Asheville with new novel

Atheist believes in genies, novel revealsby Rob Neufeld             Salman Rushdie’s latest novel—“Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights” (1,001 nights)—has permitted me to come up with a headline as wild as the one above because the book is so exuberantly and infectiously…See More
Feb 7
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Jan 31
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73 classic works about Appalachia going online

Key Appalachian studies publications now going onlinefrom press release, Jan. 27. 2016 Appalachian studies scholars and those interested in regional history will have greater access to out-of-print works thanks to a two-year National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Open Book Program grant totaling $88,000 awarded to Belk Library and Information Commons at Appalachian State University.  Pamela Mitchem, the library’s coordinator of digital scholarship and…See More
Jan 30
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

John Parris' home-grown prose

South of Sylva, back of yesterday: John Parris' inspiration             “For the life of me, I just can’t understand why folks stopped usin’ cradles,” John Parris’ 97-year-old maternal grandfather had told him 60 years ago.            The oil lamp, the buggy, and the spinning wheel—they all were replaced by things…See More
Jan 27
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James Sturm expands scope of graphic novels

James Sturm blazes cartoon path to a new worldby Rob Neufeld             Why is it that when an author combines pictures with words, the medium is considered juvenile, like comics?  Words create literature; images, art.  Why, when you marry them, is it like pairing a milk cow with a mop?            Nothing against…See More
Jan 24
susannah eanes posted a blog post

The Writer as Pilgrim

Two articles leapt at my consciousness this week, both about writing. And suddenly, I know how to go forward from here. The first, The Price I Pay to Write, by Laura Bogart and published online in Dame Magazine, reflects on the difficulties of…See More
Jan 24
Rob Neufeld posted a discussion

Tired of thrillers with no soul?

Why read a 1940 man-on-the-run classicby Rob Neufeld             After reading a classic novel, you might think, “Oh, look at this superior ancestor of today’s fiction.”              For instance, “The Power and the Glory,” Graham Greene’s 1940 thriller about political oppression in Mexico, exemplifies the…See More
Jan 17
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Jan 9
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Art of Grace by Sarah Kaufman

Dance critic applies grace to every moveby Rob Neufeld             It’s nice to find just the right word for something, especially when it sums up a main idea in your way of thinking.            That was the case with Sarah Kaufman when she’d first felt moved, nine years ago, to write her new book, “The Art of Grace” (W.W.…See More
Jan 9
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Fire and Ice Roses interview with author/gardening blogger Kathryn Hall

Fire and Ice Roses has been interviewing gardening bloggers and gardening experts and were kind enough to include this short interview recently which was quite fun and very much appreciated! http://fireandiceroses.com/ask-an-expert-kathryn-hall/See More
Jan 5
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History in the making, January 2, 2016

History in the making: items of note, January 2, 2016It was reported in today’s print edition of the Asheville Citizen-Times that a new state law went into effect, requiring people who’ve filed for unemployment benefits to make at least 5 job contacts a week.  It had been 2.  How will that work?  Are there that many jobs for which a person is qualified?  Can you apply to the same job twice if it continues to be listed? Paul Bonesteel, noted Asheville filmmaker, revealed on Facebook that a…See More
Jan 2
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Local event of the day, Jan 1 2016

Tarantino, eminent domain, and emancipation Tarantino comes to townQuentin Tarantino’s New Year’s gore and gabfest, The Hateful Eight, is gutted by New Yorker reviewer Anthony Lane, who says that Tarantino toys with rather than explores history, using it “for boyish fantasies of revenge, as if enormous crimes could be undone, after the event, by lone and wanton acts of humiliation.” …See More
Jan 1

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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