Asheville native Joseph Scotchie has been named a winner of the Willie Parker Peace History book award for his book, A Gallery of Ashevilleans: The History of a People of a Mountain Town. The award is given annually by the North Carolina Society of Historians.
The judges’ collective comment for the book states, “This is an extraordinary book about a mountain town with an interesting history, beautiful architecture and colorful inhabitants. It deals with a plethora of subject matter, including concise stories regarding Asheville’s renowned citizens past and present, people who made significant contributions to the arts, [including] writers and musicians, well-known sportsmen, politicians, military data, information about the physical town and the changes made over time…It is reader-friendly and breathes life into Asheville as it was and brings Asheville up to a time familiar to most citizens.”
Scotchie is the author or editor of seven books, including biographies on Thomas Wolfe, Richard M. Weaver and Patrick J. Buchanan. He is a graduate of both Asheville High School and UNC-Asheville. He has worked for many years as a journalist in the New York City area, where his work has won a New York State Press Association Award.
A Gallery Of Ashevilleans is published by Asheville’s Grateful Steps. For information, call 828 277-0998 or go online at gratefulsteps.org.