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Story of Private Solomon Cunningham, 1861

Historic PhotoSolomon Cunningham, 1861On July 15, 1861, 35-year-old Solomon Cunningham (pictured here) enlisted in the Confederate Army at Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher and became a private in Company H of the 25th N.C. Regiment.  He went north with General Robert Ransom’s Brigade in late June 1862, and saw…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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Amy Ammons Garza to Present Her Memoir at City Lights Bookstore

August 6, 2016 from 3pm to 4:30pm
Amy Garza will be presenting her new memoir, Appalachian Storyteller in a Feed Sack Dress, at City Lights Bookstore onSaturday, August 6th at 3 p.m. Follow Amy as she tells the story of her life as she lived it, each chapter being a story in itself. These are the compelling stories of a mountain girl who found the courage she needed in her life to listen and retell the stories of her family and heritage.  Amy Garza was born and raised in Western North Carolina, which leads her into her many…See More
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The history of Oakley

Oakley is a place with an unforgettable historyby Rob NeufeldAn earlier time PHOTO CAPTION: The Taylor family of Oakley: Jean, Virgil, Sadie Louise, and Dan, c. 1936.  Photo courtesy Dan Taylor.            “We had hobos come to our house, and my mother would never turn them away,” Dan Taylor says of his experience…See More
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FDR and the Haywood farmer, 1937

New Deal boosted Haywood sharecropper’s familyby Rob Neufeld PHOTO CAPTION: Dan Cochran poses with his family—his wife, Ila; Howard, Pansy, and Chester; and Peggy’s and Kaye’s mother, Mabel Jean—dressed in clothes provided by the photographer, c.1927.            Franklin Delano Roosevelt started going to Warm…See More
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William Ritter & Sarah Ogletree Fundraising Concert at City Lights Bookstore

July 16, 2016 from 6:30pm to 8pm
William Ritter and Sarah Ogletree will perform a fundraising acoustic concert at City Lights Bookstore on Saturday, July 16th at 6:30pm. Donations will be collected for a friend, Aaron Shapiro, to help raise money for a volunteer trip to Malawi to assist with the construction of a school. William Ritter and Sarah Ogletree have been playing traditional mountain music together in WNC for the past five years. Their self-titled CD is on sale in the bookstore and will be available during the…See More
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A Slice of Life: An Evening of Stories at Metro Wines

June 18, 2016 from 7:30pm to 9:30pm
Connie Regan-Blake is a nationally celebrated storyteller and workshop leader. Join us in this intimate setting (with plenty of parking) for an evening of stories as her storytelling and coaching students "Take the Stage!" You'll enjoy a variety of stories and storytelling styles with tellers Vixi Jil Glen, Christine Phillips Westfeldt, Martha Reed Johnson, Dottie Jean Kirk, Mikalena Zuckett, Lee Lyons and Hettie Barnes. Ticket price includes a glass of wine so 'come on down'! Tickets can be…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

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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