Smart Bets: Asheville Unchained

George Dawes Green, founder of storytelling network The Moth, got the idea for the Unchained Tour while on his own book tour through small-town Georgia. There, he was surprised to find independent book stores still in business. Inspired by what he calls "noble bastions against the electronic media," he bought a Bluebird school bus and loaded it up with authors, storytellers and musicians (his raconteurs). The current tour, which stops off at Asheville's Diana Wortham Theatre on Sunday, Sept. 16, 7:30 p.m., includes fiction/graphic novel author Neil Gaiman, Moth GrandSlam champion Peter Aguero and actor/poet/performance artist Edgar Oliver. The musical act is Rachel Kate and Joel T. Hamiliton from Charleston. Tickets are $20. http://www.dwtheatre.com. Go to mountainx.com later this week for an online interview with Gaiman.

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