Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features a new EP by quartet Whym (formerly The Friendly Beasts) and an organizational hub for all things creative writing.
Western North Carolina has a thriving community of authors who write for the middle grade and young adult market. In 2015, several of these authors had their work released by the country’s major publishers, and 2016 is shaping up to produce another bumper crop.
Chapel Hill-based author Lindsay Starck took on epic subject matter for her debut novel: The biblical story of Noah. But rather than the ark building it’s his spouse who captured Starck’s imagination.
The first half of Taylor Brown’s novel, Fallen Land, takes place in the Blue Ridge as a pair of orphaned lovers flee a group of bounty-reward seeking marauders. The book began as the title short story from Brown’s collection, The Season of Blood and Gold.
In July 2015, Kristina Horton — great-granddaughter of famed labor activist Ella May Wiggins — published Martyr of Loray Mill, a biography of her forebear. Xpress spoke with Horton ahead of her reading at Malaprop’s on Sunday, Jan. 17, to discuss Wiggins’ life, the meaning of her struggles and why it remains important to remember Ella May’s sacrifice.
The the monthly Asheville meeting — which begins on Monday, Jan. 18, at Malaprop’s — takes its cues from the Writers Coffeehouse launched by New York Times best-selling author Jonathan Maberry.
When Smith’s eldest son, Jonah, was in his last year of high school, she decided to give him a series of cooking lessons so he’d be self-sufficient when he left home. Those tutorials sparked the idea for a memoir that deftly stitches together family life, stories from her stints as the drummer in The Blake Babies, Antenna and The Mysteries of Life, and personal food-related memories.
Standouts include Sound, by Alexandra Duncan; The Dragon Lantern, by Alan Gratz; and Mr. Puffball: Stunt Cat to the Stars, by Constance Lombardo.
Allen holds a reading and signing for the paperback release of her book (the hardcover debuted last January) at Malaprop’s Monday, Jan. 4, at 7 p.m.
The annual event is at Diana Wortham Theatre Sunday, Dec. 20, at 2 and 7 p.m.
Each week, Xpress highlights notable WNC crowdsourcing initiatives that may inspire readers to become new faces in the crowd. This week features Dream Big Friends’ new line of toys aimed at empowering and inspiring kids plus a dark new novel by author John Shore.
Sponsoring organization Odyssey Community School hosts the three-round literary throw-down, which benefits charities of the winners’ choosing, on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 7-9:30 p.m.
The memoir Approaching Ali is a collection of vignettes covering 27 years of friendship and even further back. Author Davis Miller will launch his book at Malaprop’s Tuesday, Dec. 1.
“We try to honor the local literary of whatever locale we happen to be in that year,” says Nort Carolin Writers’ Network Executive Director Ed Southern. The three-day fall conference rotates locations throughout the state and this year it returns to Asheville, taking place at the DoubleTree by Hilton Asheville-Biltmore Friday to Sunday, Nov. 20-22.
Standing on top of Mt. Katahdin, with more than 2,000 miles of trail behind him, local Appalachian Trail thru-hiker Gary Sizer already knew his journey wasn’t yet over. A little over a year after his return from Maine, his reflective novel Where’s the Next Shelter? is now available.
Brownlee releases his poetry collection — the second work from spiritually-engaged local publisher Orison Books — with a free reading at Malaprop’s Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m.
“The idea that black people and white people have distinct music and culture has its roots in racist thinking.”,” says author David Gilbert. It’s a concept he delves into in The Product of Our Souls: Ragtime, Race, and the Birth of the Manhattan Musical Marketplace. Gilbert holds a book launch and discussion at Malaprop’s Saturday, Nov. 14.
Raleigh-based author Diana Chamberlain will read at Malaprop’s Saturday, Nov. 7, and at the Swannanoa Library Sunday, Nov. 8.
Halloween only falls on a Saturday every six years, so that’s one more reason to go all out this year. When planning your costume, steer clear anything too heavy, tight or restrictive because the offerings in and around Western North Carolina promise plenty of dancing.
Inspired by Authors/activists Neal Shirley and Saralee Stafford’s book Dixie Be Damned, artist Phil Blank has created stunning visual representations of the hard-fought, often violent struggles of the disenfranchised throughout Southern history, from the coalfields of Tennessee to the anti-KKK partisan groups that roamed Robeson County, N.C., during Reconstruction.
It appears that the geeks have inherited the Earth, or at least the realm of popular entertainment. And the Asheville Comic Expo celebrates all things geeky in Western North Carolina on Saturday, Oct. 24.