Local author Joseph Scotchie wins the Willie Parker Peace History book award


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.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall has lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. She is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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