A new 700-page book, Cemeteries of the Smokies, published by the Great Smoky Mountains Association, serves as an exhaustive guide to graves in Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Through photographs, oral histories and scholarship, the tome also sheds light on the unique world of Appalachian burial lore and traditions.
When you think about the Great Smoky Mountains, your thoughts might not immediately jump to death and destruction. But that is exactly what adventure travel writer David Brill of Morgan County, Tenn., dives into with his new book, “Into the Mist: Tales of Death and Disaster, Mishaps and Misdeeds, Misfortune and Mayhem in Great Smoky Mountains National Park.”
The Asheville Zine Fest hopes to represent the full range of independent publications. Supported by DIY, book- and craft-minded donors Big Crafty, Horse and Hero and Downtown Books and News, the event will also include readings and vendors at The Grey Eagle
A literary smorgasbord, the seventh annual Blue Ridge Bookfest will host a variety of sessions exploring the art and business of the written word.
In the course of a year, Xpress writers talk to a lot of visual artists, dancers, musicians, actors, crafters and designers. We also get to check in with local authors about their latest projects, book launches, writing tips, and what it means to publish work in a town with a deep connection to literature. Area […]
When Fiona Ritchie (the presenter of NPR’s long-running program, “The Thistle and the Shamrock”) first came to North Carolina, “people heard my accent and they’d say, ‘Oh, I’m Scots-Irish,’” she remembers. “I was confused. I thought they meant one parent was Scottish and one was Irish. It took me a wee while to realize this […]
Unlike larger book festivals, the Carolina Mountains Literary Festival deliberately sets out to create a “festival of ideas.” As anyone who has attended a previous festival knows (the gathering is now in its ninth year), events are informal, and are more akin to conversations than presentations.
Local author Sallie Bissell returns to her Mary Crow series Sallie Bissell describes herself as a “flatland Southerner,” and you can hear it in her voice. But this Nashville native who grew up reading Nancy Drew and the historical fiction of William O. Steele (now her touchstone for a good read), developed an ambition to […]
Man v. Liver is a book by Asheville native and illustrator Neil Hinson and author Paul Friedrich that centers around a simply drawn figure called “man” and his Dean Martin-esque one liners. Hinson describes the book as “a 100-page collection of sayings that we wish we remembered saying at the bar.”
At last week’s annual bookseller event in Seattle, American Booksellers Association announced it will celebrate Winter Institute 2015 in WNC. Photo from ABA’s Facebook page.
Has this happened to you? You’re in the library or (worse) the bookstore, and your child approaches full of enthusiasm for a book that turns out to be a graphic novel. As a parent of an 8-year-old, I know I’ve been there, and I’ve talked to quite a few parents who seem gun-shy about spending money for something their son or daughter will read in less than an hour. Or which might contain inappropriate material.
Author Robert Morgan reads and signs his new book at Malaprop’s on Saturday, Aug. 24 at 2 p.m.
Authors Susan Reinhardt, Bob Mustin, Leslee N. Johnson and Veronica Watts launch new books.
Books aren’t dead, according to Buncombe County Public Library Director Ed Sheary, but he admits that libraries cannot ignore the growing popularity of e-books and digital audiobooks. As part of a federal grant, the library is seeking public input about the North Carolina Digital Library, the virtual place where patrons can check out downloadable materials. The survey closes July 7. (Photo courtesy of Pack Memorial Library)
Nichols reads and signs his book, “The More You Ignore Me,” which takes a humorous look at web trolls. Friday, June 28 at 7 p.m.
Local author Katie Schultz launches her new collection of short stories on Memorial Day. Author event at Malaprop’s.
Events for readers and writers.
Author T. Cooper appears at Malaprop’s on Saturday, Jan. 19, to present his book “Real Man Adventures” about his female to male transition.
Awards, a book launch, and holiday gift ideas — all from local literary luminaries.
The final installment of this series on an author event at Malaprop’s in which unpublished authors pitched their book ideas. In a surprise ending, Pitchapalooza turned up two winners.
In preparation for Friday’s event with The Book Doctors at Malaprop’s, I’ve been honing the elevator pitch for a memoir I hope to someday publish. What do you think?