When Erik Moellering, an instructor in the A-B Tech English department, came on full time in 2009, the school lacked a feature common to four-year colleges and universities: a student-produced literary magazine. “Literary journals at community colleges are few and far between,” he says, and although A-B Tech had produced such journals sporadically — primarily […]
CDs are on their way out. For some music fans, they’ve been dead for years. As downloading and digital streaming continue to consume the music industry, more and more artists and boutique producers are embracing that transition by turning to alternative means of preserving the physicality of the album. Vinyl records have come back in […]
A literary smorgasbord, the seventh annual Blue Ridge Bookfest will host a variety of sessions exploring the art and business of the written word. Although much of the festival’s programming is open to the public, tickets for the event’s keynote speech and interview with Joe Galloway — longtime military correspondent and author of We Were […]
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features local musician Stephen Evans’ debut solo album, a print magazine by UNC Asheville students and a new record by Hank West and the Smokin’ Hots.
Although it’s not an autobiography — or a “how-to” guide, although nuggets of journalistic wisdom do make appearances — How to Talk to Rockstars draws heavily on Marshall’s lengthy music-writing career.
In an ongoing effort to connect those dispersed communities, the Appalachian Studies Association held its 38th annual conference last month in Johnson City, Tenn. The one-of-a-kind event unites scholars and musicians, activists and academics, to celebrate the often misunderstood region’s distinctive heritage, culture and physical landscape.
N.C. author David Joy’s new His new novel, Where All Light Tends to Go, has garnered comparisons to “Breaking Bad,” “Sons of Anarchy” and “Justified.”
The story is as chilling as it is compelling, and early reviews (from the likes of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Adam Johnson and Lauren Groff, author of Arcadia) suggest the novel lives up to its spooky promise.
Author Sara Gruen gets lost in her books. “I wasn’t able to immerse myself completely with Water for Elephants,” she says of her 2006 best-seller that became a film starring Reese Witherspoon. “The type of circus I was writing about no longer existed.” For her new book, Gruen spent a total of five weeks in the British Isles, researching, absorbing the culture and immersing herself — literally.
When Mississippi-based author Jamie Kornegay was working on his debut novel, Soil, he did what a lot of working novelists do: He wrote when he could.
This week’s crowdfunding roundup spotlights hand-crafted local essential oils and hydrosols by Blue Ridge Aromatics, literary event Asheville Wordfest 2015, expansion of Copper Pot and Wooden Spoon’s jam and pickle production and a studio album by esoteric septet the Galen Kipar Project.
The anniversary edition launches at Malaprop’s on Friday, March 13, at 7 p.m. The publication’s editor and contributors will read at the free event.
The author of short story collection MacTiernan’s Bottle, recently released his new dystopian novel, rhythms on a flaming drum through Pisgah Press.
On March 3, the first book from new publishing house, Orison Books — “a nonprofit literary press that focuses on work that engages the life of the spirit — goes on sale. The first work is I Scrape the Window of Nothingness from poet Stella Vinitchi Radulescu.
Crowdfunding platforms make it possible for individuals and organizations of any size to harness social networks and raise startup capital for projects that might otherwise fail due to lack of funding. This week: self-reliance through chickens, new adventures at Firestorm Books and a re-published Tarot classic.
It’s the story of Anna Münster and Armand Jacoubovitch that Mouillot recounts — or, rather, unearths. The couple survived the Holocaust only to sever all ties with each other shortly after the end of World War II. Mouillot also weaves her own story into the text. “A lot of what I was grappling with in the book is the daunting realization that life is always very complex,” she says.
“At 19, I was a rebel, a long way from that shy girl in the Long Island hot pink bedroom,” writes local author Lori Horvitz in her new book, The Girls of Usually. “To prove it, I shaved stripes into my hairy legs.” The collection of memoir essays, at once witty and self-effacing, follows Horvitz […]
Wednesday, Feb. 4, marked the 102nd birthday of Rosa Parks and the release of novelist Jonathan Odell’s Miss Hazel and the Rosa Parks League. It’s perfect timing for a work exploring the eventual bond of two distraught women, one black and one white, living and working together in pre-civil rights Mississippi. “Each woman spends her […]
If athletics and poetry seem like strange bedfellows, then you haven’t read Gabrielle Calvocoressi’s sports desk columns for The Best American Poetry blog. “Two days later it still feels awfully good to think about that game,” she wrote after the 2010 Super Bowl (New Orleans won). “And yet, like the jambalaya I made on Sunday, […]
It may be a closed industry event, but, having to do with books, booksellers and the publishing industry, ABA’s Winter Institute is bringing a “powerhouse of authors” to Asheville — a number of which will appear at public readings.
In some instances, readers know more about the books that local author Sarah Addison Allen has written than she remembers of them herself. Her fans are not only interested in her novels and characters, they’re invested.